The Demon-Haunted World & Carl Sagan

August 11, 2017 / 0 comments

Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy by Dave Hickey

May 12, 2017 / 0 comments

 Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy by Dave Hickey. From Art issues. Press, 1997: Colleagues of mine will tell you that people despise critics because they fear our power. But I know better. People despise critics because people despise weakness, and criticism is the weakest thing you can do in writing. It is the written…

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George Orwell: Pacifism and the War

May 11, 2017 / 0 comments

About a year ago I and a number of others were engaged in broadcasting literary programmes to India, and among other things we broadcast a good deal of verse by contemporary and near-contemporary English writers — for example, Eliot, Herbert Read, Auden, Spender, Dylan Thomas, Henry Treece, Alex Comfort, Robert Bridges, Edmund Blunden, D. H….

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FILM ANALYSIS: ONLINE VIDEO ESSAY LINKS AND SITES

February 28, 2016 / 0 comments

Video Essay Channels on YouTube: Every Frame a Painting Every Frame a Painting is dedicated to the analysis of film form and is the most popular video essayist on the Internet. Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement Nerdwriter1 This channel isn’t just movies, but his “Understanding Art” videos on movies are absolutely brilliant. If I need…

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F FOR FAKE: HOW TO STRUCTURE A VIDEO ESSAY

February 27, 2016 / 0 comments

If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure. NO SPOILERS. For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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GONZO JOURNALISM

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. The word “gonzo” is believed to have been first used in 1970 to describe an article by Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style. It is an…

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‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’: KUBRICK’S PIONEERING ACHIEVEMENT AS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FILMS EVER MADE

February 11, 2016 / 0 comments

Considering the fact we’re discussing a wondrous work of art continuously labeled as one the most significant and influential films ever made, it seems only befitting that the story behind the camera, of the laborious effort put into its production, matches the magnitude of the final product. It took Stanley Kubrick and his crew no…

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#RIOT: SELF-ORGANIZED, HYPER-NETWORKED REVOLTS—COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU

February 9, 2016 / 0 comments

LET’S START WITH the fundamental paradox: Our personal technology in the 21st century—our laptops and smartphones, our browsers and apps—does everything it can to keep us out of crowds. Why pack into Target when Amazon can speed the essentials of life to your door? Why approach strangers at parties or bars when dating sites like…

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SENTENCES ON CONCEPTUAL ARCHITECTURE

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

Sentences on Conceptual Architecture by Sol Lewitt and Toby Shew original here: http://www.altx.com/vizarts/conceptual.html Conceptual architects are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements. Irrational judgements lead to new experience. Formal architecture is essentially rational. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically. If the architect changes…

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