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September 17, 2019
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How Political Art That Works…Works (Margot Mitchell-Nockowitz)

In the 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial, contemporary painter Dana Schutz’s contributing work “Open Casket” (2016) was set to be exhibited for an allotted time of 18 weeks.  It was hung with and in between the multimedia works by other artists, all of which were meant to be in a curatorial…

September 9, 2019
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Duchamp – A Liberating Lineage For Social Art Practice, Part 2 (Jacquelynn Baas)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first can be found here. My thanks to curator Mary Jane Jacob and artist Ernesto Pujol for their skillful editing of this text. Pujol originally proposed the topic of the essay, which will be published in 2018 as part of…

September 1, 2019
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Duchamp – A Liberating Lineage For Social Art Practice, Part 1 (Jacquelynn Baas)

The following is the first of a two-part series. My thanks to curator Mary Jane Jacob and artist Ernesto Pujol for their skillful editing of this text. Pujol originally proposed the topic of the essay, which will be published in 2018 as part of the School of the Art Institute…

August 20, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 3 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the third installment of a three-part series.  The first can be found here.  The second is here. Something to Do With a Girl Named Marla The most significant shortcoming of Tyler’s pure yang energy, however, resides in the fact that it is powerless or unable to love. As…

August 10, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 2 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the second installment of a three-part series.  The first can be found here. This interaction prompts the narrator’s first visit to a support group for men with testicular cancer, most of whom had lost their testicles.  Here too, we learn a great deal more about the nature…

August 1, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 1 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the first installment of a three-part series. A way that can be walked is not The Way A name that can be named is not The Name —Tao Te Ching, Verse 1 The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.The second rule…

July 7, 2019
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Mediation Into Remediation – The Impact Of The “Blockbuster” Industry On Visual Culture, Part 2 (Alice De Bourgoing)

The following is the second of a two part series.  The first can be found here. With the recent debate on the switch from illusion to immersion, we know that Hollywood’s image factory produces affect despite our awareness of constructed images. Indeed, our suspension of disbelief works only in cinema.…

June 24, 2019
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Mediation Into Remediation – The Impact Of The “Blockbuster” Industry On Visual Culture, Part 1 (Alice De Bourgoing)

The following is the first of a two-part series. When Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (2016) won six Oscars and seven Golden Globes, I wondered how a film that was not really innovative could be such a success. Indeed, this transposition of classical jazz musical only renews the old genres…

June 1, 2019
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What Might Burning Man Say To Reflexive Christianity In The West?, Part 2 (John W. Morehead)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. With a basic definition of counterculture, as well as consideration of their oppositional forms of expression and differing types, I now turn to consideration of their significance in relation to Burning Man, as well…

May 20, 2019
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What Might Burning Man Say To Reflexive Christianity In The West?, Part 1 (John W. Morehead)

The following is the first of a two-part installment. An annual event held in connection with the Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada has become a pop culture phenomenon. Burning Man Festival, which began very modestly in northern California’s Bay Area with a handful of individuals,…