Art Theory
February 28, 2017

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. Before, during, and after having…

Creative Writing
February 20, 2017

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. I felt intuitively that our…

February 14, 2017

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 – a style of abstract art…

Art History
February 7, 2017

Art And Madness, Part 2 (Iwo Zmyślony)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here. Less than a year prior to the publication of Prinzhorn’s book, another major publication came out titled Madness and Art. The Life and Works of Adolf Wölfli (Ein Geisteskranker als Künstler), where the…

Art History
January 22, 2017

Art And Madness (Iwo Zmyślony)

  The following is the first of a two-part series. How can we enter someone else’s head? How can we get inside? How can we break through our own, invariably too constricting horizon to reach out to another human being? How can we look at reality from the perspective of…

Consumer Culture
December 30, 2016

Treating Your In-Home Automated Concierge Like A Real Person (Brittany Scantland-Lall)

For Christmas, my parents gave us an Amazon Echo. If you’ve seen the commercials (or have one in your home), you know this is the Amazon in-home concierge with “Alexa” who responds directly to your commands. “Alexa, add yogurt to my grocery list.”  “Alexa, play Piano Guys Christmas music.”  “Alexa,…