News Recap: January 29, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Rob Spence "Eyeborg" demonstartes the LED light. Photo courtesy of Eyeborg.

Filmmaker Replaces His Eye With a Camera
Toronto filmmaker Rob Spence lost his sight in one eye in a shotgun accident at the age of 9. Twenty-six later, Spence replaced the dysfunctional eye with a digital camera. Calling himself the Eyeborg, Spence uses his eye-cam in his documentary work. The camera is embedded in a prosthesis and is not connected to the optic nerve, meaning that Spence cannot see out of it, he can only make recordings. The technology has raised ethical issues regarding privacy and safety concerns.
Read the full story (New York Post)

Corbis Sells Image and Licensing Division to China
The expansive photography archive Corbis has sold its image and licensing division to Visual China Group. The new owner will have control over iconic photographs including Rosa Parks on a bus, Einstein sticking out his tongue, and others. Alarmingly, the archive also includes photographs from Tiananmen Square in 1989, images that China’s Communist Party has attempted to remove from public view. However, Visual China has stated that they intend to distribute all of the images to all countries, expect for China.
Read the full story (New York Times)

Italy Covers Nude Statues for Iranian President’s Visit
Italian authorities recently covered the Capitoline Museum’s classical nude sculptures in an effort to avoid conflict during a visit from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. This decision was met with outrage from Italian politicians who believed that Italian culture should not be hidden away in order to strike a business deal. Despite the covering and removal of most potentially offensive statues, Michelangelo’s David remained on view.
Read the full story (Art Net News)