Why is digital art still a sideshow? As a groundbreaking new exhibition opens, we look at pioneering works from the first arcade games to films made fully in CGI – and argue that it’s high time we took it seriously. Read more

Above: Amon Tobin, ISAM, 2011. Photo: Calder Wilson

The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy has confirmed that he is the creator of an artwork showing trenchcoat-wearing, sunglass-sporting spies close to the surveillance agency GCHQ.

It was suspected that the work was by Banksy, but the artist has confirmed it on the Q&A section of his website. Asked: “Did you paint the spies in Cheltenham?” He replied: “Yes.” Full story here

Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The Pont des Arts, a bridge in Paris famous for its “love locks”, had to be closed after part of it collapsed under the weight of the locks attached to it. Read more

Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

Doel, an eerie Belgian village, is largely abandoned, with only 25 remaining residents – and it has become a playground for street artists. See more photos

Photo: Randi Sokoloff for the Guardian. Artist unknown. 

The city is fast becoming China’s city of clones. Boasting 56 famous replica bridges as well as Venetian- and Dutch-style villages, the Chinese city of Suzhou is the home of ‘duplitecture’. But what’s driving this passion for urban mimicry?

Photo: Michael Silk

David LaChapelle on his best shot:

The photograph, called The Rape of Africa, is a critique of consumerism, of a global society fuelled by greed and power.

Photo: David LaChapelle

The top 10 backs in art

A visitor looks at Le Violon d’Ingres by Man Ray (1924). Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/Corbis

In the bleak blocks and grim lives of St Petersburg’s suburbs, a young generation of Russian photographers has found inspiration. See more photos

Photograph: Alexey Bogolepov

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”

Earlier this year, artist George Butler spent several days with Syrian refugees. His portraits of the people – and the often random possessions they brought with them when they fled their homes – tell their own poignant tales. Read their stories