Contemporary Music Music Popular Music
May 13, 2018

Heavy Metal As Surrogate Religion – Exploring The Metal Subculture (Katrina Lavender)

According to the Office for National Statistics, Heavy Metal has recently become an official religion, with 6200 followers in 2011. Music as a cultural artefact clearly exemplifies the intersection of religion and popular culture. Andy Bennett states, in Cultures of Popular Music, that the heavy metal genre, which originated in…

Art History Arts and Society
April 2, 2018

The Dance At The Barnes (Ayala Sella)

The following essay was originally written in September 2009. In May 2012, almost nine decades after its opening, the Barnes Foundation closed its doors in Merion, Pennsylvania, and the collection was moved to a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Highway in downtown Philadelphia. The story of the Barnes Foundation…

Art and Spirituality Art History Arts and Society
March 21, 2018

Charles Cassar – An Artist of “Colour” (Louis Lagana)

Maltese artist Charles Cassar explored aquatic imagery and marine creatures in his works. His father, a Navy man, instilled in him a love for the sea. Cassar’s art reflects nature’s textures in powerful representations of changing moods. Charles Cassar spent his early days as a student at the Lyceum. He…

Art History Art Theory Arts and Society Creative Placemaking
March 11, 2018

Creating a Room of One’s Own – The Feminine Placemaking of “Womanhouse” (Shelby Maiden)

The visual and performing arts are inherently bonded to the art of literature; all additionally lend themselves to the narratives of women and their specific hardships. Examination of the relationship between each art form and its history is vital, but perhaps even more essential is the relationship that contemporary art…

Culture Social Justice
February 27, 2018

God Is Dead – Now All We Have Is Victimhood Culture (Miriam Wilson) – Part 2

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first portion can be read here. The Nietzschean frame that most easily lends itself as a comparison to contemporary victimhood is that of the Last Man. Appearing in the prologue of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the figure of the Last…

Culture Social Justice
February 19, 2018

God Is Dead – Now All We Have Is Victimhood Culture (Miriam Wilson) – Part 1

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. Picture ‘the enemy’ as the man of ressentiment conceives him—and here precisely is his deed, his creation: he has conceived ‘the evil enemy,’ ‘the Evil One,’ and this in fact is his basic concept, from which he then evolves, as an afterthought and pendant,…

Popular Culture
February 6, 2018

Childish Gambino On Blackness (Eric Washington)

Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover is an artist and a philosopher. As a black rapper, Childish Gambino knows how the world perceives young black men: lazy, violent, and stupid. He is known for the breaking of these racist perceptions, and the questioning of society on why these ideas of young black…