Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 2 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the second part of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The Dhamma, when told to someone, conditions the mind of the artist, who then becomes conditioned and forms ideas according to his biases or other preferences.  Hegel writes in Read More …

Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 1 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the first of a two-part series.  The second installment can be found here. In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as Read More …

Against Art By Other Means – The Case Of Goran Đorđević, 1972-85 (Branislav Dimitrijević)

Galerija Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb, Croatia In January 1980, the leading daily newspaper in Belgrade, Politika, published a small announcement for the opening, on January 29 at 6 pm, of an exhibition at the Students’ Cultural Centre (SKC) by the artist Goran Đorđević, entitled Against Read More …

The Socially Engaged Art Of Francis Alÿs (Hania Afifi)

  Francis Alÿs, collection of portraits of Saint Fabiola, National Portrait Gallery, London. At 09:00 AM on Sunday June 23, 2002, the 12-person Peruvian brass band, Banda de Santa Cecilia, began playing solemn subdued rhythms in front of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Read More …

The Ontology Of Doodling and Everyday Image-Work (Sergio Figueiredo)

“Consider what is at stake in our world today, registered in the basic fact that the anthropocene coincides with electracy. We notice immediately that prayer and engineering do not suffice, and no one doubts they are trying. We desire effective change but are not able, we cannot despite Read More …

The “Fatal Woman” In Feminism And Modernism (Eric Galowitsch)

In French, femme fatale means a “fatal” or “disastrous” woman. She is often one who attempts to attract or snare men. The definition of femme fatale from the Merriam Webster Dictionary is either/both a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations and/or a Read More …

The Museum As Battlefield – The Case Of Hito Steyerl, Part 2 (Wigbertson Julian Isenia)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The museum as a public space What is the public in a contemporary context? How is this idea of the public constructed historically and how can we analyze it from Read More …

“When Did Beauty Become So F…n’ Ugly?” (Davor Džalto)

    In Jonathan Parker’s movie Untitled (2009) we find an insightful (and also cynical) description of some of the major features of the contemporary art world. One of the main characters, Josh (Eion Bailey), is a successful commercial painter who is nicely positioned within Read More …