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Thursday, December 11 2008

Hong Kong Graffiti: Not for Lack of Inspiration

Subversive commentary should be thriving in Hong Kong. All the ingredients to spark graffiti are there -- the divides in social class, the thriving materialistic culture, and political antagonism with Mainland China.


Tuesday, December 9 2008

20 Questions: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge warns PopMatters 20 Questions readers, "Pleasure is a cultural weapon. Use it wisely."


Monday, November 24 2008

The ‘Murderous’ Art of George Baselitz

For Baselitz, the true artist is the eternal outsider. While he leads a good bourgeois family life, at his art he becomes a murderer, a man on the fringes of good society, a destroyer.


Sunday, November 16 2008

Hamburg: Germany’s Port of Rock ‘n’ Roll

PopMatters shoulders its backpacks and treks to Hamburg to check out Germany's pop music capital, to partake of four days of Kunst und Kultur, historical wanderings, and indulge in a bit of Gemütlichkeit.


Wednesday, September 17 2008

Makes You Paranoid

Things have taken yet another sinister turn in this overcrowded train car: I have now been assigned the role of the carriage madman -- the obligatory Northern Line loonie.


Tuesday, August 19 2008

Brighton Wok: The Legend of Ganja Boxing

Brighton Wok is England’s first marijuana Kung-Fu movie. You get the bong, I’ll get the nachos.


Wednesday, July 23 2008

Give ‘Em Helvetica

The famed font aspires to eerie emptiness of meaning. Now, has it persuaded us to do the same?


Tuesday, July 22 2008

Pop Culture: Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Neighborhood

Whether intentionally spiritual or not, popular culture and its products serve many of the same drives of religion: making meaning and forging the bonds of community.


Sunday, July 20 2008

Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.


Thursday, June 12 2008

Flying Alone: Edward Hopper and America’s Night Side

Isolation is more than being alone. That is why the greatest and most discomforting presentation of isolation can be found in Hopper's paintings that include more than one person.


Sunday, February 24 2008

I Am Obama: The American Imagination and the New Black Hero

If Americans are willing to believe that the former Fresh Prince of West Philly can save the world all by himself, then there is a possibility that a black man may be the next president of the United States.


Thursday, February 21 2008

Move Over Alpha Geeks, Here Come the Fangrrls

Thousands of women gather for a sci-fi convention, and they have a pretty great life, thanks very much.


Sunday, February 17 2008

America’s Most Policed Art Form: Subway Graffiti, NYC’s Visual Criminal

The policing of the art form has been so thorough and enduring that it’s become possible to see hip-hop as just that: an agent, or better, a target, that has a life over and above the individuals that practice it.


Sunday, February 10 2008

No Punk Left Behind

How dissent is sustained in the face of consumerism and co-optation in Bloomington, Indiana, a quintessential midwestern college town.


Tuesday, February 5 2008

Plough Shares: Gardening’s Radical Edge

Can political activism be achieved with a trowel and some bulbs? For Guerrilla Gardeners, the act of urban planting is more than beautification, it's a reclamation of public space that challenges concepts of municipal ownership.


Thursday, October 25 2007

Teenage Wasteland

A night in a police cruiser in a typical American college town reveals the cumulative effects of suburban boredom.


Sunday, August 26 2007

Wyndham Lewis: The Irascible Enemy

Wyndham Lewis brought a scintillating intellect to his artistic endeavors. If only we could let him loose on the majority culture of our time.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Confidence Games on Canal Street

Consumers of counterfeit branded products may be dupes or they may be shrewd shoppers, but they are also communicators; people who demonstrate literacy in the meanings attached to certain symbols in the marketplace both of goods and ideas.


Monday, July 23 2007

The Transformation of Generation X

The fascination with the shape-shifting toy may have something to do with a metamorphosis this nostalgic cohort wants to forestall -- the change to adulthood.


Sunday, July 22 2007

Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson

It is Dyson’s ability to make himself and his work accessible to lay audiences -- ironically much like grassroots activists -- that makes him a target for those folk within the academy and elsewhere, who don’t believe that his work is rigorous enough.


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