Vox Populi

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Claudia Nolan: Fable

  . Fable is a visual koan that questions greed and value systems — and that moment of hesitation when courage may play a part. In our current moment, we … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hans Runesson: Woman hitting neo-Nazi with her handbag, 1985

Danuta Danielsson, a Polish-Jewish woman whose mother was in a World War Two concentration camp, during a Neo-Nazi march in Växjö, Sweden on April 13, 1985. Photo by Hans Runesson. … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: The Garden of Earthly Delights According to Studio Smack

. PARADISE, a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights Here’s the press release from Studio Smack: “Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: The Treachery of Images

. This video essay by Nerdwriter explores the paradoxical precepts behind the art of René Magritte (1898-1967). One of his most stark and provocative works, The Treachery of Images (1929), is an exploration … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Elders

. After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960’s, Karim and Kartari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Morning Poem

  In the detail from Botticelli’s painting, the one of the oranges in their deep green trees at twilight, I’m able to feel it again. As a child, I didn’t … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Claudia Nolan: The Mask of the Neenerans

  The Culture of the Neenerans Among the diverse cultures of the 21st century, there is a particularly proud group which considers itself to be the most elite and superior … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Two Went To Sleep” — Leonard Cohen

. In this short animated video based on a 1974 radio interview, Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Two Went to Sleep” and talks about how he came to write the … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Sister Rosetta Tharpe — Didn’t it Rain

. Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays ‘Didn’t It Rain’. Recorded in Manchester, England in 1964. Tharpe (1915-1973) attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Mni Wiconi — The Stand at Standing Rock

. This gorgeous short film features water protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies trying to stop the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline – DAPL. Interviews in the film include … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ian Boyden: This Kind of a Starlit Night

On August 25, the Tibetan poet and activist Woeser posted a photograph taken at night. In its star-filled sky, the Milky Way seems like a whisper of ancient light as … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Leonard Cohen – Democracy

. A Spadecaller video featuring the visual arts of Matthew Schwartz in accompaniment with Leonard Cohen’s song. . Democracy It’s coming through a hole in the air, From those nights … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: How to Rig an Election / Michael Moore’s Morning After To-do List

  . Michael Moore’s Morning After To-Do List: 1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably. 2. Fire all pundits, predictors, … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Still Dead

I couldn’t recall when I’d last experienced similar symptoms. Churning in my stomach. Elusive rational thought. Inability to string words together coherently. Zombie-like motions. But I knew they felt familiar … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 7 Comments