Josey-Greenwell-Nate-Green-360x259Josey Greenwell, the openly gay country music artist who once dated Brazilian model Rodiney Santiago and graced the pages of DNA in his underwear, has emerged from a year of hiding as Nate Green, a dashing young country singer who is now straight and aggressively banning gay men from interacting with him on social media.

The sleuths over at WeHo Confidential first made the connection earlier this month, noting that “Josey Greenwell” had mysteriously disappeared from the Internet in early 2013:

About 6 to 8 months ago, we noticed Josey Greenwell took down his Facebook profile and fan page along with all social media profiles. Even his Wikipedia profile was deleted. It was like he tried to disappear or erase his identity.

Then recently, we discovered why. Josey Greenwell resurfaced as Nate Green, a straight country singer.

Before the success of out country singer Steve Grand swept the community last year, Greenwell told DNA that “music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.”

Proud?

The former identity of “Nate Green” was confirmed to WeHo Confidential by LA scenesters who used to party and “hook up” with Greenwell, and by Josh Robbins, a BNA Talent Group representative.

Currently, Nate Green does not allow gay men to comment on his Facebook or Instagram pages, and bans users that associate him with his former identity of Josey Greenwell. According to WC, one commenter received threats of legal action from Green after posting “gay-related” comments on his pages.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.49.32 PMIt’s hard to see the latest solar panel technology — which is kind of the point.

Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent. It harnesses solar energy using organic molecules, which glow when exposed to sunlight.

The panels utilize infrared light with tiny photovoltaic strips around the edges of the pane. These are miniaturized versions of the more standard solar panel you might see on a solar farm or a rooftop.

But the infrared light being used is invisible to the unaided human eye, so the panels appear transparent.

But the infrared light being used is invisible to the unaided human eye, so the panels appear transparent.Previous translucent solar panels more closely resembled stained glass or tinted windows because of the embedded photovoltaic layers. Richard Lunt, a member of MSU’s research group, says they are looking to improve the experience.

Currently, the new panels convert about 1% of the light that passes through them to energy. The world’s most efficient panels convert 40%.

The MSU team is aiming for 5% efficiency in the near future.

 

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Bu3yuneIUAA_gQUMischa Badasyan is a 26-year-old gay man who sometimes feels lonely and unfulfilled from the sexual interactions initiated by hookup apps like Grindr and sites like GayRomeo.

Badasyan is also a Russian-born, Berlin-based performance artist who, beginning in September, will have sex with a different man every day for an entire year. The controversial piece, titled “Save the Date,” will explore the feeling of emptiness so pervasive in today’s hookup culture, especially for gay men.

For his piece, Badasyan takes inspiration from French philosopher Marc Auge, specifically from his theory of contemporary culture’s “non-place.”

Non-places are supermarkets, shopping malls, airports and other largely anonymous spots where people lose a sense of identity and feel like they don’t belong,” Badasyan explained to Arts.Mic. “In these places, you don’t have to talk to anyone or feel a sense of belonging. That creates loneliness.”

Badasyan plans to use dating apps and websites to meet up with a variety of strangers, all men, in these types of non-places. The performance artist will explore what occurs at the nexus of anonymous sex and anonymous spaces. “Eventually I’ll be like a non-place,” he explained. The artwork will explore the contemporary phenomenon of being with so many people, physically or sexually, and yet feeling alone.

Although Badasyan accepts the possibility he may not achieve his goal of one sexual partner a day, he is determined to do his best. He’s cited Sophie Calle as an influence, who similarly toed the line between documentary and performance with a heavy dose of sexuality.

This project has also been compared to Tehching Hsieh‘s year-long performances. In 1978 the Taiwanese artist spent a year locked in a wooden cage and in 1980 he punched a time clock every hour on the hour for an entire year.

Badasyan has already signed up for internet sex sites to facilitate the serial performance; he’s also been tested for STDs and has found himself a condom sponsor. The final pieces of the puzzle are the men themselves. Badasyan hopes to acquire a small token from each sexual partner, acquiring 365 objects throughout the performance and thus making “all of the non-places into a place.

Although corners of the internet have been critical of Badasyan’s artistic experiment thus far, we wonder if this ire will compare to those who actually have sex for the sake of art. “Generally, I’m not going to tell my dates about this project,” the artist told Vocativ. “What if I tell you I just had sex with you for an art project? People won’t like that. It’s horrible, actually.”

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