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Uncertainty in Architecture

Or, the blip

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Tai Shaw

How do we work with uncertainty? Uncertainty suggests undesirable and uncontrollable outcomes. It also suggests opportunity. Deriving from my architectural thesis …

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

When I was 14 years old, my father sat down on the piano bench with me and placed some sheet music …

Past Tense

Notes on nostalgia

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Devika Girish

The latest season of Black Mirror opens with the cheeriest episode in the history of the bleak, techno-dystopic series. San Junipero …

Rooms For Fear

Imagining art after Trump

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Will Tavlin

In her essay “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” Toni Morrison recalls in the Nation a moment after President …

Performing Intimacy

A conversation with Rashaun Mitchell

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Zack Kligler

As Rashaun Mitchell speaks to me over the phone I can make out below his voice the faint familiar hum of …

A Distance From The Moon

Coded empathy in Moonlight and American Honey

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Will Weatherly

Early in the film Moonlight, released this past week, a young boy named Chiron asks his mentor Juan how he can …

Houseworks

Exploring the limits of the home

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg, Dolma Ombadykow, Malcolm Drenttel & Jonah Max

Mall-House In 2003, artist and RISD graduate Michael Townsend devised a plan to create a luxury apartment in a 750-square-foot space …

International Art Spam

Arts, Nov 04 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

Specimen: The Artist’s Museum begins with the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together large-scale installations, photography, film, and videos that …

Vulgar in Vogue

A look at taste's effect on fashion

Arts, Oct 28 2016

by Signe Swanson

On October 13, curator Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips debuted their joint exhibit The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at London’s Barbican …

Most Suitable Candidate

A complicated love letter to Hillary Clinton's pantsuits

Arts, Oct 21 2016

by Kelton Ellis

“Fashion! Turn to the left./Fashion! Turn to the right.” —David Bowie, “Fashion” (1980) Fashion matters. Though it’s tempting to think of …

In a Million Different Pieces

A conversation with poet Rachel Zucker

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

Before calling up New York City-based poet, teacher, and doula Rachel Zucker, I came across a line from her poem "The …

How to Write in the Human Realm

Notes on Ben Lerner and the politics of poetry

Arts, Oct 07 2016

by Joshua Kurtz

In a video that the MacArthur Foundation produced after awarding Ben Lerner a genius Grant last year, Lerner poses the question, …

Reclaiming Endangered Languages

When language death means culture death

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Tatiana Dubin

Spanish missionaries were the first Westerners to begin documenting the indigenous languages of the ‘Viceroyalty of New Spain.’ Travelling to newly …

Found in Translation

Jhumpa Lahiri in Italian

Arts, Sep 30 2016

by Saanya Jain

Try reading without reading. The first thing your eyes encounter is the appearance of the words, the absurdity of the shapes, …

Forever in Love with Bertha

On Deathly Kitsch at Funtime Junction

Arts, Sep 23 2016

by Liby Hays

Of the many junctions I know and love (and there are many, in this lattice-bound society) very few self-identify as junctions. …

First Vacation to the Sun

Arts, Sep 23 2016

by Lynn Tachihara

march 31st mountain view, california we sprawled ourselves under leaves, hanging caterpillars. listened to quiet voices that guide our eyes through …

Notes on Gay Softcore Camp

When Gay Sex Loses its Politics

Arts, Sep 16 2016

by Andrew Deck

The first ‘gay-themed’ feature-length film I watched was Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds. Like many closeted eighth graders, I had turned …

Gestures in Absence

On the 15 Year Memory of 9/11

Arts, Sep 16 2016

by Will Tavlin

A thousand 9/11 stories are the same. Ask any New Yorker who watched the event in real time what they saw …

The Artist Formerly Known As...

Arts, May 12 2016

by Corey Hébert

Prince has never been a human. As he immortalized in I Would Die 4 U, he was not a woman, he …

Public Space is the Place

Art and Politics in Battery Park City

Arts, Apr 29 2016

by Will Tavlin

Wheatfields - A Confrontation, Agnes Denes, 1982 Before the World Financial Center, the glass skyscrapers, the open-air cafes, the high-end boutiques, …

Two Manifestos and a Strongly Worded Suggestion

Arts, Apr 29 2016

by Liby Hays

The Mini Manifesto (It is important for the purposes of this argument that you note the semantic difference between Minimalism and …

Soft Systems

Arts, Apr 22 2016

by Ryan Rosenberg

On the East End of London in 1961, theater producer Joan Littlewood was thinking about ways to disrupt theater-going experiences that …

Sin of SimCity

Victory and failure in virtual urban space

Arts, Apr 22 2016

by Will Weatherly

To a 15-year old Providence Journal writer named Joseph Braude, it made a lot of sense: invite five of the candidates …

Late Lunch

Arts, Apr 15 2016

by Maya Sorabjee

On the third and fourth floors of an old revival building in the southern tip of Bombay lives an institution so …

Spaces We Might Not Have Inhabited

Fragments on Ambient Media

Arts, Apr 08 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

“This which yields or fills / All space, the ambient air wide interfus’d” –John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667) The term ‘ambient …

Black Is the Color

Colorism in Nina Simone's Biopic

Arts, Apr 08 2016

by Kelton Ellis

Watch the trailer for the upcoming biopic Nina, out April 22, and you might think Zoe Saldana inhabits the role well. …

False Dogs

Arts, Mar 11 2016

by Liby Hays

Donna and the Whitney

Thoughts on Museum Curation

Arts, Mar 04 2016

by Brock Lownes

The Whitney Museum in New York was the first museum dedicated solely to the work of living American artists. Eighty-four years …

Cannon Cloth

Thoughts on T-Shirt Guns

Arts, Mar 04 2016

by Mary Catherine Nanda

Walk into any Goodwill and you can find an anthology of cotton t-shirts that span a certain American experience. There’s Megan’s …

Notes on Mom Books

Elena Ferrante's Visual Aesthetics

Arts, Feb 19 2016

by Lisa Borst

When I was in high school, I worked in a small bookstore in Virginia. I mostly helped out, shelving books and …

RISD Confidential

On Foundations and Boundaries

Arts, Feb 12 2016

by Liby Hays

A mythic aura hangs about RISD Foundations year like a thin layer of spray fixative in an art student’s lungs. When …

Return of the Franchise

The Force Awakens to Disney

Arts, Feb 12 2016

by Will Tavlin

The triumphant return to Star Wars, the opening crawl, like every preceding Star Wars film, plants us in the thick of …

Documentary Analysis

The PDF, the STL, and the Future of Documentation

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Jonah Max

In an early effort to digitize their libraries’ vast archive of texts and documents, the archivists and librarians of MIT began …

$HORT-¢HANGED

The Language of the Financial Crisis

Arts, Feb 05 2016

by Eli Neuman-Hammond

Vocabulary Short When someone “shorts” a security, they are betting that it will fall in value at some point after the …

Black Boxes and Black Mirrors

Arts, Dec 04 2015

by Alec Mapes-Frances, Eli Neuman-Hammond & Athena Washburn

A black box is a unit, a unified system, or a discrete object which takes inputs and produces outputs but whose …

The Failed OG Was a GOP

When Music Taste Turns Political

Arts, Nov 20 2015

by Rebecca Blandon

News outlets have been prying into each bit of Dr. Ben Carson’s autobiography, vetting stories from his childhood in which he …