INFECTIOUS - Over the past decade, the New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff has distributed his work as paintings, LPs, cufflinks, used hard drives, and ringtones; he's inserted it into book covers and printed it onto slipmats. The speed with which this work...
Taha Husayn - 1. For some, to see means to know. Our eyes isolate, violate, pay no regard to the problem of hallucination and illusion. Our eyes trick us into believing that the “real” is merely what we see on the surface, what we...
A POND AND THE PEOPLE - Mashapaug Pond, even as the largest freshwater pool in Providence, is easy to miss. It’s tucked behind the grey concrete facades and garish storefronts of Ocean State Job Lot—a strip mall that lies on the Providence-Cranston border. The built environment of highway...
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The Arms Race - “This is unacceptable,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, placing emphasis on all the wrong syllables. “We don’t want to see the biggest guy out there, we want to see the most beautiful man, the most athletic man out there on stage.” At this...
Advice - What do I do if I met some people over spring break who I am in love with and will probably never see again? Do I try to stay in touch, or simply the enjoy the ephemerality of our relationships? P:...
Stuffed to the Gills - Prepare the form In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist pulls up
to an empty motel and has an unsettling dinner with its owner—the infamous Norman Bates—in his neighboring mansion, the parlor of which is covered wall-to-wall with stuffed animals. The beady eyes...
Magic, Magyck, Magick - “Bring a small, empty tin-can and a pencil to beat it with,” read the flyer. “It will make an ominous and interesting sound. During the demonstration we will attempt to raise (by Magyck) the Rampart Police Station several feet above the...
Gridwork -  ...
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by Dash Elhauge, Malcolm Drenttel, Maya Sorabjee & Zeve Sanderson
Asset Management Fee Structure for Municipal Pensions “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see,” Muhammad Ali rhymed in one of the most famous shit talks in sports history. Really, talk doesn’t get much shittier than that. It’s not just that Liston won’t win the bout, it’s that he can’t, cause he’s...
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by Emma Moore
    Archival Work Performed by: Emma Moore Location: the Picture Collection, RISD Fleet Library second floor, 4 November 2014. The Subject Index binder at the RISD Picture Collection ranges from Abacus to Zoo. Each listed item has a corresponding folder. Each folder is filled with mostly-laminated magazine pages. Items in each folder tangentially relate to the subject, and are chosen...
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by Natan Lawson
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The Armenian Genocide 100 Years On

by Dominique Pariso
Kim Kardashian’s Instagram has long been lauded as the master class in selfie taking. Scrolling through the feed, you see a montage of close-ups and wider shots: of the perfectly tousled hair and contoured cheekbones that we all desire, and of the aestheticized, perfect lives that have become the chief aspiration of contemporary life. And yet, each year, Kardashian takes the...
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by Mark Benz
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by Sara Winnick
    One May I spent three weeks sitting in an armchair in my family room. I looked through a wall of slide-open glass windows onto a backyard full of green. The grass was green and the oak trees were green and the sky was white-blue without clouds. The forsythia were yellow. The immobilizer was gray. It wrapped twice around my...
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by Jamie Packs & Elias Bresnick
Whopper of a Wedding Wedding announcement photos are surely the pinnacle of elegance. Typically set in some idyllic pastoral scene, or perhaps against a timeless white background, the photos serve as a means to express a couples’ love to friends, family, exes. An Illinois couple, however, is changing things up with their recent decision to take their wedding announcement photo in...
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Negotiating the Future of the Middle East

by Peter Makhlouf
Since the Iranian revolution, 1,672 Iranians have died in plane crashes. Iran has one of the most dismal aviation safety records in the world. While this is a particular case, it is emblematic of how crippled Iran’s economy has become through years of sanctions by the US and its allies. The lack of access to international trade has forced citizens throughout...
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by Madeleine Matsui
After a slew of new appointments to the Providence School Board (PSB) by newly elected Mayor Jorge Elorza, the expansion of charter schools in Rhode Island has proven to be as controversial here as anywhere else in the country. Despite a projected budget shortfall for the city, for the first time in five years the PSB is pressing the mayor’s office...
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A Short Timeline of Controversial Art

by Max Genecov, Joshua Kurtz, Eli Pitegoff, Erin Prinz-Schwartz, Maya Sorabjee
To simply be offensive in one’s artistic practice is to engage in a hollow act of provocation. It is to be, for lack of a better term, uninteresting. To simply cause a stir will not suffice. Utilitarian ends alone, such as provoking important conversations about, let’s say, appropriation or aestheticization or systematic racism, do not simply redress the ethically fraught act...
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by Noah Beckwith
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Technology, Agriculture, and the Computational Metaphor

by Lisa Borst
  We conceive of the Internet mostly through metaphors. Early imaginings of a globally distributed network of information likened the nascent web’s structure to that of a branching tree, its archival function to human memory. In 1945 engineer Vannevar Bush, who served as director of the US Office of Scientific Research and Development during the Manhattan Project, wrote in The Atlantic...
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