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Art show augments the future shock of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”

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Last week, a window into the future opened up in downtown Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district. Peering inside of the Wooster Street Social Club’s storefront window, passers-by could see digital grafitti screens along with getting a look at the robot arm they’ll be wearing in the future. Well, the future of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” anyway.

08032011_DXHR_art_show4.jpgThe upcoming cyberpunk action RPG takes place in a future where cyborg augmentation is turning human bodies into much more than nature intended. Publisher Square Enix mounted an art show where artists illustrated pieces that spoke to the pro- and anti-augmentation sides of the debate. Giant pixellated blow-ups of lead character Adam Jensen stared out from the walls of the Social Club, providing a backdrop to painted and photographed work from artists like Estevan Oriol, Sam Flores, N8 Van Dyke and two-man collective 3rassiere.

Speculating that scientific meddling would find a home below the belt line, 3rassiere’s Alexander Tarrant and Justin Metros relished the chance to deface a pro-augmentation advertisement. It was an ad they made, representing the next era of male enhancement. Tarrant says, “We got the smug boner smile from the guy in the picture that says, ‘Yeah, I’m still railing my old lady.'” That poster then gets defaced with jokes that deride the older gentleman as something less than human. Using a two-stroke engine gag for an erectile dysfunction ad got giggles out of a few attendees.

08032011_DXHR_art_show3.jpgOn the other side of the debate, Van Dyke’s piece portays Rodin’s famous “The Thinker” sculpture in a drawing that gives the figure a bionic right arm. The artist offered that he drew from the idea of human augmentation ushering in a new renaissance, with a neo-Thinker who’s pondering the future. Van Dyke spoke about his contribution, saying that the scribbles on the background were inspired by the design notes that DaVinci would write all over the sketches of his forward-looking innovations.

DaVinci, of course, worked during the Italian Renaissance and that time period actually figures prominently in the art direction of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution.” The Eidos Montreal dev studio working on the game is seeding vaulting archways in the gameworld’s architecture and scarves and frilly sleeves to be found on various characters. Despite the callbacks to the medieval past, the future of “DXHR” isn’t all that far away, thanks to cutting-edge biomedical advances being made at an alarming rate. The Wooster Street art show brings the moral quandaries into the present in grand style and Square Enix’s just announced fans can actually get prints of the commissioned works via an auction at the CharityBuzz website. If you’re in New York City, the exhibition runs until Sunday, August 7th. “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” comes out on August 23rd.

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Which piece of “DXHR”-inspired art would you want hanging on your wall? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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