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May 20, 2018

Degenerate Art and The Modern (Sue Wightman)

“IT’S A SICKENING OUTRAGE! Sadistic! Obscene! Evil! ……. These people are the wreckers of civilization!” (Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn) The ‘Prostitution’ Exhibition at the ICA, London caused an outcry in the national press and parliament.  Debate raged against the ‘degenerate’ nature of the show. Yet again art was testing the…

April 23, 2017

The Museum As Battlefield – The Case Of Hito Steyerl, Part 1 (Wigbertson Julian Isenia)

 The following is the first of a two-part series. If we lose public and semipublic space, we lose everything. Artists give up their authorship when necessary, and it is the same for institutions. We need to find ways to get out of the art context, especially during historical moments like…

April 3, 2017

Perennialism and Primitivism In Psychedelic Religions, Part 3 (Roger Green)

The following is the last of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here, the second here. Although Mercante tracks gender differences, when visitors are foreign, education level, and occasionally social class, he does not address ethnicity among members.  This makes his work difficult to comment on from the…

October 31, 2016

From Shakespeare To Search Engines – Experimental Poetry Comes Of Age (Daniel Y. Harris)

The following are edited portions of an interview with Daniel Y. Harris, a contributing editor of Esthesis as well as co-founder and current editor of X-Peri, an e-magazine for experimental poetry.   He is also the author of several influential books of poetry, including Hyperlinks of Anxiety, The Underworld of…