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Centerpoints: Underground Parks, Facebook IDs, Superflex’s Tools

• Tobias Leingruber has shut down FBbureau.com, a satirical art project in which he proposed official Facebook ID cards, after the online giant had its lawyers send him a cease-and-desist letter claiming trademark infringement. • “You can use an object as a sculpture, but also you can also smash a window with it, or break […]

Tobias Leingruber has shut down FBbureau.com, a satirical art project in which he proposed official Facebook ID cards, after the online giant had its lawyers send him a cease-and-desist letter claiming trademark infringement.

• “You can use an object as a sculpture, but also you can also smash a window with it, or break into a bank,” says Bjørnstjerne Christiansen on why Superflex calls its art (like the work Bankrupt Banks) tools. “It invites participation, and also criticality.”

Ai Weiwei, Burmese poet Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, and Russia’s Voina collective are nominees for the 2012 Index Awards, which highlight creators “whose work asserts artistic freedom and battles against repression and injustice.”

• Inspired by the High Line, the elevated park in Lower Manhattan, organizers are fundraising on Kickstarter to build a LowLine on the Lower East side: a 1.5-acre, solar-lit public green space in an abandoned underground trolley terminal.

• After printing a $100,000 bill on a billboard—a John Baldessari work commenting on the financial crisis—the second project selected by High Line art curator Cecelia Alemani is a giant eye by Anne Collier. “There’s so much voyeurism here,” she says.

Ikea is teaming up with Oregon-based architectural firm Ideabox to get into the prefab housing business. The Swedish-themed one-bedroom abode, which has a design focused on efficient space use, will retail for just shy of $87,000.

• After Occupy Wall Street sent a letter calling for an end to the New York institution’s signature biennial, the Whitney got pranked Monday: a faked Whitney website and release claimed the museum was rejecting sponsor money from Sotheby’s and Deutsche Bank.

• Occupy is alive and well in the realm of comics. The July issue of Archie will address the global protest movement, according to leaked artwork that shows banners that read “Occupy Riverdale” and “We are the 99%.” It follows up an equally political issue of the comic: #16, an issue protested by conservative groups, featured the same-sex marriage of gay character Kevin Keller. Copies of the issue sold out.

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