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 …

Perennialism and Primitivism In Psychedelic Religions, Part 2 (Roger Green)

The following is the second of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here. An economic approach that more astutely tracks what’s at stake in emergent ayahuasca religions might combine Luis León’s idea of ‘religious poetics’ with anthropologist, Michael Taussig’s ficto-criticism of Latin Read More …

Perennialism and Primitivism In Psychedelic Religions, Part 1 (Roger Green)

The following is the first of a three-part series.  The second part can be found here. In this essay I am going to explore New Religious Movements (NRMs) emergent in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that use entheogens or psychedelic substances as sacrament.  This means that Read More …

On Affect Theory And Art Criticism, Part 2 (Jeremy LeMahieu)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first part can be found here. There are two common methods of writing about this experience. One describes the experience and brings it into the realm of representation. The other explains how the experience Read More …

On Affect Theory And Art Criticism, Part 1 (Jeremy LeMahieu)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. There it is. Here you are. The encounter with art. Before, during, and after the recognition of the art object. Before, during, and after the art has been broken down into its essential formal elements. Read More …

Library Of Dreams – Bibliotherapy And The Beautiful Barrio (Joy Roulier Sawyer)

Years ago I pursued a doctorate in the interdisciplinary fields of art, psychology, and theology. At the time, I served as poetry editor for a flailing literary journal with the same three-part focus, an enterprise that eventually folded, as did many publications of that era. Read More …

The Tiny House Movement – Where Less Is Really More (Rebekah Gordon)

The current vogue for so-called “tiny houses”, where people live in as little as 100 to 400 square feet, derives in many respects from the earlier artistic movement known as minimalism. Following the reductive trajectory of modernism, and reacting against the emotionalism and politicalization of abstract expressionism, minimalism – Read More …