Mint’s iPhone App: Now With Budgets, Push Notifications, and an Extra Layer of Security

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Mint, the popular personal finance site that was just acquired by Intuit, just released a major update to its iPhone application (iTunes link). While Mint’s iPhone app was always quite good, this new version brings a number of new features to the app that make it more useful and, most importantly, more secure. The new features include the ability to edit transactions on the phone, mobile access to Mint’s newly enhanced budgeting features, and the app can now also receive push alerts which can be customized on the service’s website.One new aspect of the app that users will definitely appreciate is the extra layer of security that Mint has now added. Users can now specify a passcode that will keep others from opening the app even if they have access to the phone. In addition, the application now automatically exits whenever a user receives a call or text message.Hide Your Data Behind a PasscodeOverall, this update brings Mint’s iPhone app in line with the company’s regular web service. Having access to the budgeting features is a nice addition, as is the ability to edit transactions right on the phone. The most important update, however, is the added layer of security that the application-level passcode now brings. Carrying access to all this financial data around on a phone will definitely make a lot of potential users feel queasy about using the app. This extra level of protection, however, should give users enough peace of mind to give the app another try. Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

UP to form Yuva Mangal Dal to promote sports: Chauhan

first_imgLucknow, Oct 22 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government will form a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village to promote sporting culture in the state, sports minister Chetan Chauhan said today.Chauhan said the aim of the programme is to produce at least five athletes who can win gold medals at international events in the next decade.Speaking at a programme here on the 41st anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India, Chauhan said: “The state government in order to improve the atmosphere for sports in the state is constituting a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village of the state.”These dals will hold cultural programmes and organise football, volleyball and kabaddi competitions, he said.”MLAs and MPs have started requesting for stadia to be constructed in their constituencies. This signals a change in the atmosphere,” he said. PTI NAV MG ABHlast_img read more

Rangers Beat Oilers, 3-0, For 3d Straight

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — Henrik Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season was a breeze. Lundqvist made 16 saves, and the New York Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Dec. 14.“It was not a very tough game for me, but they had a few chances here and there,” Lundqvist said. “We were patient. We felt like they were playing not to make any mistakes and were staying back. They were waiting for us to make mistakes so that they could counter. But we did a good job of playing a smart hockey game.“We just stuck with the game plan and let our chances come to us. I thought we were the better team the whole game, but at the same time it was still a one-goal game for most of it.”Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin scored for New York (14-10-4), which has won three straight and five of seven. Lundqvist also had 29 saves in a Dec. 13 5-1 victory at Vancouver.“I was happy when they told me I was going in again,” he said. “I am used to getting into a mental flow where you don’t have to work to get focused, but when you don’t play as much you have to work a little harder at that.”The Oilers (7-19-5) have lost four in a row and 15 of 16 overall. “When you put only 16 shots on net, it’s tough to win and it showed tonight,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said.Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said the Rangers put up a bit of a brick wall.“It was a tough night it seemed to get anything going,” he said. “It was one of those, it looked like a game where you’re watching paint dry. Both teams were being fairly responsible. The Rangers a few years ago took on that mentality of shot blocking where nothing was ever going to get through. It seemed like they were able to block a ton of shots and we weren’t able to get them through.”The Rangers grabbed the lead when Girardi’s pass through the crease hit the skate of Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello and went past goaltender Ben Scrivens at 16:04 of the first.It was the 21st time in 31 games that the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game. Rick Nash picked up an assist on the play, running his point streak to a career-high 10 games.“He’s been one of our most consistent performers on both ends of the rink,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “In this league you have to be able to score, but you also have to be able to defend and he has done a really good job in both ends of the ice for us.”Hagelin added an empty-net score with 22 seconds remaining. Scrivens finished with 20 stops.Despite a limited amount of action around his net, Lundqvist did make a point-blank save on Oilers defender Jeff Petry with four minutes to play in the second.Lundqvist bailed out his defenders with another big save in close on Taylor Hall with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.Both teams play again on Dec. 16. The Rangers travel to Calgary to face the Flames and the Oilers begin a two-game road swing against the Arizona Coyotes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ASPCA To Host 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon

first_imgThe ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals) 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon, with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, will recognize both people and animal heroes who, over the past year, have demonstrated extraordinary efforts and a commitment to animal welfare.Other guests include Lo Bosworth, Candice Bergen, Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilbertson, Sharon Jacob, Barbara Cates, Jeff Pfeifle, ASPCA CEO Matthew Bershadker and more…Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories, including the brand new ASPCA Citizen Hero Award. This year’s 2017 honorees in attendance include:· ASPCA Dog of the Year: “Rescue,” Cambridge, MARescue, a service dog trained by NEADS, provides essential support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue’s assistance for Jessica includes opening doors, fetching objects, calling for emergency help, and many other tasks. At the same time, Rescue also provides Jessica and her husband Patrick Downes with invaluable emotional support and comfort that has helped transform their lives after tragedy.· ASPCA Cat of the Year: “Flame,” Greenville, SCFlame was a malnourished orange and white kitten when he strayed into the Belmont Fire Department in South Carolina in 2015. He attached himself immediately to the firefighters, who returned the affection, opening their home and hearts for him. Flame brings them companionship and comfort, even during the most stressful and tragic moments, and also participates in educational events with local children.· ASPCA Citizen Hero Award: Judy Obregon, Fort Worth, TXWhen Judy Obregon discovered that an area near Fort Worth, Texas had become a dumping ground for abandoned, injured, and deceased animals, she vowed to help them. Since 2010, Judy has visited this financially challenged, high-crime area to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. With help from a network of local volunteers she formed, Judy has rescued more than 300 dogs to date, inspiring admirers across the country.· ASPCA Henry Bergh Award: Mission K9 Rescue, Houston, TXMission K9 Rescue assists American retired military and working dogs who risk their lives in heroic service at home and abroad. While these animals are cared for during their tours of duty, some end up homeless, injured, and very vulnerable afterward. Mission K9 Rescue provides necessary care and rehabilitation, and facilitates reunion and adoption opportunities. Since its founding, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited more than 70 canine handler teams and rescued more than 100 dogs in need.· ASPCA Equine Welfare Award: Fleet of Angels, Evans, COWhen lifelong horse-lover Elaine Nash saw how badly horses needed help across the U.S., she launched Fleet of Angels – a program to manage large equine crises and to move at-risk horses to safety through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Early this year, in the largest known horse rescue in history, Fleet of Angels took in a group of more than 900 starving and neglected horses that had been seized, and have now almost completed the mission of placing them all in good homes. Each year, thousands of horses are assisted by Fleet of Angel’s life-saving work, including horses recently displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.· ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award: Jessica Brocksom, Milford, CTEleven-year-old animal lover Jessica Brocksom won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on the strength of her inspiring animal welfare platform. Elected by fifth graders from across the state, Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow children to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs and other animals in cars during hot weather.WHEN: Thursday, November 16thWHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Streetlast_img read more

Santiago Solari reveals what he thinks of Isco

first_imgReal Madrid caretaker coach Santiago Solari has revealed that Madrid’s midfielder Isco is “special”, however, he claims he was not willing to rush the midfielder.The 26-year-old Isco who went for an appendicitis surgery in September has not been featured in any of Madrid’s past three games which the Champions won in all since Solari took charge.Solari also showered praises on the Spain international and admitted that the playmaker had work to do to fully recover and be his best.“We know Isco’s quality and how special he is. He is training to get back to peak fitness,” he told a news conference on Saturday, according to FourFourTwo.“He had a delicate operation and it’s not easy to come out of that, but he is training with the group.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“All of us who have been footballers know that you have to keep training to get back to your best.”Madrid will visit Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday and have scored 11 goals without any losing any of the three matches in which Solari’s was in charge.👊 Next target: @RCCelta⚽ @isco_alarcon ⚽ @marcoasensio10 👐 @NavasKeylor #RMCity pic.twitter.com/m4CCtBEJBR— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 8, 2018last_img read more

CES 2019 Blue Ember is a 100 XLR microphone for serious podcasters

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Tags CES Products Post a comment CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 0 85 Photos Audio The Blue Ember (tall mic in center). Sarah Tew/CNET Blue has long been a favored microphone among podcasters and YouTubers, thanks to affordable models like the Yeti. But the company also produces XLR models intended for professional and prosumer customers priced at $1,000 and higher. Now, it’s meeting in the middle with the Blue Ember, an XLR mic that will cost only $100 when it debuts in February.The Ember, on display here at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, is a directional mic with what the company calls a “tight cardioid pickup pattern.” In other words, it’s specifically designed to pick up only the voice of the performer, while reducing background noise such as clacking keyboards or other in-studio distractions. And the balanced XLR connector, of course, means that this is for home studios with a more professional bent — anyone with RCA connectors or USB inputs need not apply.The Ember includes the stand mount, too.Check out Blue’s website for complete specs and preorder info. Share your voicelast_img read more

Asus treats Zenfone Max Pro M1 M2 with sweet Android Pie

first_img Google Assistant now introduces visual snapshot feature After conducting beta testing for over a month, Asus has reportedly commenced rolling out the Android Pie to the company’s two popular mid-range phones.As of now, Google’s sweet baked dish-flavoured mobile OS versions— 16.2017.1903.050 & 16.2018.1903.37— is now available to the Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) and the M2 (ZB632KL) series in India. Since it is being deployed in phases, the major Android update is expected to reach all corners of the country by the end of this week.In addition to new Android Pie, it comes with Google’s security patch to protect the devices from the latest malware threats. Google Android 9.0 Pie is now available to both Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and the Zenfone Max Pro M1.Android/Twitter (screen-grab)Here’s how to install Android Pie OTA on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2 series:1. Once you get new Android Pie update notification, select “Yes, I’m in”2. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”3. After the software is installed, your phone will restart automatically4. Your Asus phone is now updatedAndroid Pie: All you need to know Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with 6.2-inch full HD display with Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6 shield.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaIn addition to Google’s security patch, Android 9 Pie brings numerous new safety features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.After upgrading to the Android Pie, devices will restrict any apps accessing users’ phone microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.)The Pie update also brings important enhancements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing. It enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.Android 9 Pie also makes notifications more useful and offer actionable functionalities with conversations such as attach photos and stickers along with suggesting smart replies. Also, helps users get things done faster by predicting their next move and displaying the right action on the phone.The new System navigation system offers a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled).One of the major aspects of Android Pie is digital wellbeing. It brings Dashboard, which highlights screen time and phone usage including how many times the device has been unlocked and a number of notifications received so that they get an overview on how much obsessed with the phone. It also allows users to set App Timers to put limits on app usageAndroid Pie also comes with Wind Down and Do Not Disturb. With these features, users can set a daily schedule to get the phone ready for bed. Its screen fades to Grayscale, while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep. He/she can activate Do Not Disturb anytime they want to disconnect.Android Pie’s Slices feature identifies relevant information of users’ favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when they need themOther notable features include full-view screen friendly swipe-based navigation interface option, revamped setting drawer, adaptive battery and display, extend battery life and several others.Stay tuned. Follow us @IBTimesIN_Tech on Twitter and on Google News for the latest updates on Asus and Google Android Pie release schedules. Closelast_img read more

Rami Malek and Daniel Craigs Bond 25 movie details announced

first_imgDaniel Craig as James Bond in Casino RoyaleTwitter/ James BondWe finally have all the details about the upcoming James Bond movie. Daniel Craig will be reprising his role of Bond whereas, the Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek will play the main villain in the feature.There had been several speculations about the upcoming Bond 25 movie. At first, there were reports that Daniel Craig will be replaced by Chris Hemsworth or Idris Elba as the protagonist in the action-thriller movie. It was later clarified that Craig will star in Bond 25 for the last time as James Bond.Following which, there were talks about Danny Boyle joining as the director but the acclaimed filmmaker left the project due to some creative conflicts. But that’s all in the past now, as we have all the details about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.At the recently held live event at Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye villa in Jamaica, movie experts and fans learned several interesting things about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.As of now, the upcoming James Bond movie has no title whatsoever. Even the studio is using #Bond25 to promote the movie.Joining the cast of #BOND25 is Lashana Lynch (@LashanaLynch) pic.twitter.com/SyMGsKtH4S— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019The other important details about Bond 25 are as follows:Rory Kinnear will return as James Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner.Ben Whishaw will return as Q after playing the role in Skyfall and Spectre.Naomie Harris will portray Eve Moneypenny.Léa Seydoux will play the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.Jeffrey Wright will be back as the CIA operative we last saw in Quantum of Solace.Rami Malek is reportedly going to feature as the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 25 movie. He was featured in a video in which he said the following:A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.twitter.com/CLJ5mpO9mu— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019″Hey everyone, this is Rami Malek and I am not jealous not one bit… that you are in the absolutely stunning setting of Ian Fleming’s iconic Caribbean home GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica!” Rami said while adding that he is stuck in New York in the production but he is “very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew very soon. And I promise you all I will be making sure that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in his 25th outing.”Even producer Barbara Broccoli talked about the movie’s plot and revealed that James Bond won’t be on active service at the start of the film as he will be enjoying his time in Jamaica.last_img read more

Racial concerns prompt Christian university in Oklahoma to rename auditorium

first_img Bobby Ross Jr.,Load Comments,Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions By: Bobby Ross Jr. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 News Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policies By: Bobby Ross Jr. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — A Christian university in Oklahoma is renaming its main auditorium — known for a half-century as Hardeman Auditorium — amid concerns over a racist statement attributed to the late namesake, N.B. Hardeman.The president of Oklahoma Christian University, which is associated with Churches of Christ, recently revealed to students that the assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh.The Baughs are members of the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston and active proponents of racial unity efforts in Texas’ largest city. They recently gave Oklahoma Christian $1 million — just their latest donation after previous seven-figure support of the university’s Bible and engineering programs.Students greeted President John deSteiguer’s announcement of the newly renamed Baugh Auditorium — already dubbed the “Baughditorium” — with a standing ovation.Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer reveals that the school assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh at the former Hardeman Auditorium in Oklahoma City on Feb. 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Hayley Bentley, Oklahoma Christian University“For a lot of African-American students, we’re happy that the name is changing,” said Elise Miller, a sophomore from Plano, Texas. “It’s difficult to worship under the context of a man who, if you met him, probably wouldn’t like you.”In 1966, Oklahoma Christian dedicated the 1,175-seat auditorium in memory of the late N.B. Hardeman, whom the university’s website called “a great preacher among churches of Christ in the early part of the 20th century and a longtime president of Freed-Hardeman College.”But recently, some students, faculty members and alumni raised questions about whether Hardeman was a racist.“As I learned more and more about the levels of concern that people had, I thought: Hospitality and welcoming people are such important core values of this institution that we probably needed to make a change,” deSteiguer said.Minority and international students comprise roughly one-third of Oklahoma Christian’s total enrollment of nearly 2,300.In an article titled “Negro Meetings for White People” in the March 1941 edition of the Bible Banner, prominent Church of Christ preacher Foy Wallace wrote that Hardeman refused to meet with African-American Christians and made derogatory comments about them while speaking in Texas.“When N. B. Hardeman held the valley-wide meeting at Harlingen, Texas, some misguided brethren brought a group of negroes up to the front to be introduced to and shake hands with him,” Wallace wrote. “Brother Hardeman told them publicly that he could see all of the colored brethren he cared to see on the outside after services, and that he could say everything to them that he wanted to say without the formality of shaking hands. I think he was right. He told of a prominent brother in the church who went wild over the negroes and showed them such social courtesies that one day one of the negroes asked him if he might marry his daughter. That gave the brother a jolt and he changed his attitude!”Douglas A. Foster, director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University in Texas, said the statement attributed to Hardeman was “typical of the overtly racist attitudes of the day, including the reference to black men as sexual predators and the specter of miscegenation.”“Hardeman, like virtually all the white leaders of our churches and schools, bought wholly into white supremacist ideology, and it was manifested throughout all his dealings with people,” Foster said.Oklahoma Christian officials quietly removed the Hardeman name from the auditorium over the Christmas break, a fact first reported by the student newspaper The Talon in late January.Brad Bradshaw, a great-grandson of Hardeman, responded that nothing in his great-grandfather’s life, actions or works “supports any kind of disunity in the church. On the contrary, he was in favor of unity.”The great-grandson, who attends a Church of Christ in the Atlanta area, said older relatives who knew Hardeman well and are still living witnessed no hint of racial prejudice.“The allegations that my great-grandfather was a racist are a complete lie,” said Bradshaw, who was 9 years old when Hardeman died at age 91 in 1965. “It upset me, and it upset the family.”Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., also is associated with Churches of Christ. It’s named after A.G. Freed and Hardeman. Officials there declined to comment on Oklahoma Christian’s decision to rename its auditorium.However, Freed-Hardeman President David Shannon addressed racial issues at the Tennessee university’s recent 83rd annual Bible Lectureship. Shannon responded to a keynote sermon by a prominent African-American minister named Eugene Lawton. The New Jersey preacher’s message, taken from Exodus 22:21-27, addressed how “liberation from injustice was needed in Egypt then, and liberation from injustice is needed now in America,” according to the online program.Eugene Lawton, minister for the Newark, N.J., Church of Christ, preaches on liberation from injustice at the 83rd annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., on Feb. 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bramblett GroupShannon voiced regret for “so many injustices that we simply cannot explain.”“We regret the violent times of the Civil War and civil rights (era) — times of prejudice and cruel hatred,” Shannon told the lectureship crowd. “I regret times that we settled to be nice yet to be separate.”Shannon also said that “many of our Christian schools only opened the doors to all races when our government tied their funding — federal funding — to this discussion.”“There’s no way to explain that away, to make it right,” he said. “It’s just not. For this I’m sorry.”Churches of Christ have an estimated 1.4 million adherents in 12,000 congregations nationwide, according to a national directory.In recent years, universities associated with Churches of Christ have taken steps aimed at racial reconciliation — from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., awarding an honorary doctorate to Fred Gray, a civil rights attorney who once sued Lipscomb, to Abilene Christian launching a center on race studies and spiritual action.At Oklahoma Christian, an annual “History Speaks” series brings civil rights icons such as Gray, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and Terrence Roberts and Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine to campus.“It’s been a priority for us to bring in heroes who we could learn from and be with as we try to make this a more welcoming community for folks,” deSteiguer said.(Bobby Ross Jr. writes for The Christian Chronicle, where the original version of this article appeared.) Share This! 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Hoshino Enthralls JKK

first_imgAt the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.last_img read more