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Richard Deming: Struth’s unpeopled photos evoke the loneliness of urban life

  Sixth Avenue at 50th Street (1978) by Thomas Struth  I’m making my way across lower Manhattan on an early May afternoon, my mask snug and my glasses quickly fogging … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Be Whole Again Beyond Confusion

The young blame us for everything that is wrong
with the world, as if we’d plotted it that way
just to torment them, as if poisoned
the very land we’re standing on. Some of us did.

May 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate

Guided by the biologist Adrian Smith, the film captures a series of 11 different winged insects – including a praying mantis, beetles and weevils – as they propel into flight at a riveting 3,200 frames per second, and are slowed down roughly 200 times for your viewing pleasure.

May 21, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Bruiser

After his father gets into a fight at a bowling alley, Darious begins to investigate the limitations of his own manhood.

May 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Opposites Game

An English teacher asks his class: ‘What’s the opposite of a gun?’

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes.

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Richard St. John: The Tao to Disneyland 

Disneyland at last: The draw-bridged entry! Monorail!
Tom Sawyer’s cave. Gators on the Jungle Cruise. Natives
passing in canoes. Snack-bar at the Matterhorn.

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: When the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence canonised Derek Jarman

Born on the streets of San Francisco in the late 1970s, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) is a gay rights group known for their subversive use of religious imagery – and, in particular, donning Catholic nun attire to upend gender norms, protest oppression and satirise moral hypocrisy.

May 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Luong: Art and Identity on the Spectrum

In observance of Autism Acceptance Month, we asked four illustrators on the autism spectrum to create a self-portrait of themselves. We asked one simple question: As a creative on the autism spectrum, what’s something you would like others to know? 

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dear Federico

Tonight, we’re watching Amarcord,
your dream-mix of homage, fable & satire.
The boisterous half-grown schoolboy Titta,
the fiery father, the long-suffering mother.

April 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Fire Season

As wildfires ravage California, bystanders record nature’s wrath.

April 10, 2022 · 2 Comments

Nina Kossman: Three Poems About a Head (3)

Yet you keep saying:
“I’ve lost my head for the love of my son,
I cannot find it anywhere!”
Well, then live without it.
Your son is lost to you and it is not your fault

April 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Truth | Kamasi Washington

Directed by AG Rojas, the music video features a series of scenes that appear to have one foot rooted in everyday life, and another reaching for something beyond it.

April 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Tengri

According to the ancient religion of Tengrism, at death, the wind spirit ushers one’s soul back to the sky god Tengri in an inevitable return to nature. In this short film, the Mongolian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Alisi Telengut uses hand-painted animation to illustrate the Mongolian postmortem ceremony known as wind burial.

April 6, 2022 · 5 Comments

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