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The Persistence of Mockery: Garfield and Surrealism
Goofing around with Garfield on The Garfield Randomiser and Garfield Minus Garfield evokes the poetic Surrealism that arose from Dadism. [17.Oct.14]
A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain
Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could. [16.Oct.14]
The Magical Presence of Anna Karina: More Than Godard's Muse
It’s not that Anna Karina couldn’t act, but that she didn’t have to. Her physical presence was the art, and her beauty, in and of itself, was a significant contribution to the culture. [15.Oct.14]
What More Is Mankind Than Nature's Parasite? Reflections on 'Herzog: The Collection'
For Werner Herzog, man’s tug-of-war with nature is not a present imbalance but a lost cause, the barbarous beauty of nature made mere barbarism by humankind. [14.Oct.14]
Neither Here Nor There: 'The Institute', the Game, and the Thread to Elsewhere
The trend in alternate reality gaming fits a traditional definition of hyperreality; the condition where fiction and the real become indistinguishably blended together. [13.Oct.14]
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