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 …

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 …