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From Hopper to a hamster wheel: The week in pictures

  • Cracking up

    A model displays the work of 20-year-old artist Hikaru Cho, who became an internet sensation in 2013 for her hyperreal body art made under the nickname Choo-San. Cho has teamed up with Amnesty International to create a series of unique paintings for the organisation’s new campaign, My Body My Rights, which seeks to defend sexual and reproductive freedoms for all. This image suggests the emotional scars of sexual violence. (Photo: Jim Marks/PA Wire)

  • Scarred landscape

    Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been selected to create official memorials at the sites of the 2011 massacres in Norway carried out by the right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik. For the artwork Memory Wound, a 3.5m-wide excavation will be sliced out of the headland at the Sørbråten peninsula, which faces the island of Utøya where Breivik killed 69 people. The material taken from the cut will be used to build the foundation for the memorial near the government offices in Oslo, where Breivik set off a bomb that killed eight people. (Photo: Jonas Dahlberg Studio/KORO/Public Art Norway)

  • Painting by street numbers

    From Canaletto in Venice to Utagawa Kuniyoshi in Tokyo, Halley Docherty has superimposed well-known paintings of city scenes around the world onto Google Street View. This image shows Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting Night Hawks – which was recreated as a 3D installation in 2013 – in front of the New York eatery it is said it depicts. According to Docherty: “The painting was likely inspired in part by a diner that used to stand on this corner in the 1940s, but much altered for the sake of the painting by Hopper's own admission.” (Photo: Halley Docherty/ The Guardian)

  • Switched-on sculpture

    The i Light Marina Bay festival – billed as Asia’s only event dedicated to sustainable light art – opens in Singapore today. One of the 28 installations featured is Cloud by Canadian artists Wayne Garrett and Caitlind Brown, an interactive sculpture made of 6,000 burnt-out incandescent lightbulbs. Alongside the art on display, 52 buildings in Marina Bay have pledged to support a campaign to switch off non-essential lighting during office hours. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

  • Reinventing the wheel

    New York-based performance artists Ward Shelley (top) and Alex Schweder (bottom) have created a giant hamster wheel complete with beds, desks, a kitchen and a bathroom. The pair aim to live in the wheel for 10 days, positioning themselves at opposite ends. They have to coordinate their movements carefully: if one walks, the other has to move in the other direction. "It's really an exploration of what it means to collaborate," Schweder told AP. "It's an exploration of trust between two people." (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Bottled it

    African artists gathered in Ivory Coast for the annual MASA (Market for African Performing Arts) festival to promote theatre, dance, music, comedy from across the continent. Here, Ivorian dancer Nadia Beugre performs on stage wearing plastic bottles at the Goethe Institute in Abidjan. (Photo: AFP Photo/Issouf Sanogo)

  • Modelling clay

    French fashion house Kenzo’s show at Paris Fashion Week revealed an unlikely collaborator: the film-maker David Lynch. After Twin Peaks motifs appeared in the brand’s recent menswear collection, the director created a backdrop and 16-minute soundscape for Kenzo’s womenswear show. With a contorted clay head as its centrepiece, the construction radiated Lynchian oddness. According to Lynch: “I've sculpted a head in clay once, and I had put a piece of cheese and some turkey inside it. I opened a kind of mouth on it and I left it in my kitchen. For four days, ants came and worked day and night to eat it up.” (Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bright sparks

    Considered a turning point in the history of music theatre, Einstein on the Beach broke operatic conventions when it premiered in 1976. Created by composer Philip Glass and avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson, the plotless opera is made up of four acts over five hours with no interval. A revival of the 1976 production reached the end of its international tour at the Berliner Festspiele this week. (Photo: Lesley Leslie-Spinks)