Film
November 29, 2016

Baz’s Bronx – Get Down Or Let Down? (Lachlan MacDowall)

On August 12 Netflix screened the latest project by Australian film director Baz Luhrmann. The Get Down is a twelve-part television series set in the Bronx in the 1970s that chronicles the birth of disco, punk and particularly hip-hop, through the lives of four teenagers. In one sense, the broad story of hip-hop…

Painting
November 21, 2016

Beyond “Zombie Formalism” – Painting After The End Of Painting (Iwo Zmyślony)

This essay first appeared in the catalogue of the 9th Bielska Jesień curatorial exhibition (28.10-26.12.2016), held by Bielska Gallery BWA (Curators Jagna Domża and Wojciech Kozłowski, https://www.facebook.com/events/1643325709292819/).  Reprinted with permission. Rather than initiating the death of painting, as was expected, photography and other media of mechanical reproduction have been like…

Poetry
November 15, 2016

Slam Poetry Returns Literature To The People (Interview)

This interview with slam poets Lane Shuler and Jonathan “Courageous” Clark along with commentary and some history of the genre was undertaken by Esthesis editor Rebekah Gordon. Slam poetry is a competitive form of spoken word that began in the U.S. in the 1980’s in open mic sessions at cafés in cities…

Music
October 15, 2016

Avant-Garde Jazz and the Posthuman (Roger Green)

Recently in Boulder, Colorado I had a chance to play guitar for the Ron Miles quintet.  The trumpeter / cornetist Ron Miles, is a long-time mentor and friend, and we have at times appeared together live and on each other’s recording projects. Both Ron and I come from a Denver-based…

Consumer Culture
September 2, 2016

The Power of Innovative Storytelling in Consumer Marketing (Joy Steinberg)

Storytelling is a hot topic from academia to advertising and virtually everywhere in between. The concept and evolution of storytelling has roots dating back to prehistoric times with cave art illustrating stories. The famous cave of Lascaux in France contains cave art estimated to be up to 20,000 years old.…

Arts and Society
August 31, 2016

After The Death Of Art (Carl Raschke)

Even if God is dead, art is not. And art is starting to come alive again through powerful new forms of collaborative partnerships between artists and commercial interests as part of a new movement that the Austrian inventors of the term have called “strategic art branding”. Up until the late…

Art Theory
August 31, 2016

Ambient Rhetoric And Graphic Novels (Sergio C. Figueiredo)

In the fall of 2015 I taught a Literary Genre course Kennesaw State University in Georgia on the Graphic Novel (ENGL 3230 Syllabus).  I taught it from the perspective of rhetorical genres as described by Carolyn Miller in “Genre as Social Action.” the features of which are as follows: Genre…