Arts and Society
July 19, 2017

How To Talk About Art, Part 1 – What Is Art? (Rebekah Gordon)

The following is the first of a three-part series on the nature and language of art and artistic expression. Art, like religion(s), or love, can be an ephemeral and esoteric concept – difficult to put into concrete terms. What makes art “art”? Many have asked this question, and their definitions of…

Consumer Culture Marketing
July 4, 2017

How Stories Impact The Brain…And What That Can Mean For Brands (Joy Steinberg)

An earlier article by Joy Steinberg on the impact of story-telling on marketing can be found here. Have you ever had one of those days when you cry at a laundry detergent commercial? You know the type…adorable baby, doting mom and perhaps even a cuddly puppy all frolicking amid plush…

Art Theory Arts and Society
June 20, 2017

Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 2 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the second part of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. The Dhamma, when told to someone, conditions the mind of the artist, who then becomes conditioned and forms ideas according to his biases or other preferences.  Hegel writes in the Phenomenology of Mind: “…spirit…

Art Theory
June 13, 2017

Hegel And The Buddha in Popular Culture and Art, Part 1 (Dion Peoples)

The following is the first of a two-part series.  The second installment can be found here. In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art…

Arts and Society
May 23, 2017

The Socially Engaged Art Of Francis Alÿs (Hania Afifi)

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 midtown Manhattan, signaling the start of Francis Alÿs’s The Modern Procession. The band was accompanied by several dogs,…

Art Theory
May 16, 2017

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 our will and knowledge. Here…

Art History
May 9, 2017

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 woman who attracts the male by…