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Tidy Futures

The work of decluttering with Marie Kondo

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Nickolas Roblee-Strauss

As we entered 2019, a push for dispossession caught the nation by storm. Brendan Hurley, manager of Goodwill Industries in the …

Unliving Color

Colorization and popular history in Peter Jackson's director's cut of the First World War

Arts, Mar 15 2019

by Ben Bienstock

About a half an hour into They Shall Not Grow Old, the new documentary by Lord of the Rings director Peter …

Cybernetic Ghost Towns

New pathways of communication, histories of warfare, and the practice of listening

Arts, Mar 08 2019

by Alexis Gordon

Norbert Wiener first outlined the theory of cybernetics in his 1950 book The Human Use of Human Beings. Cybernetics describe a …

The World as Picture, Exhibition, and Target

Angkor Wat, neo-colonialism, and opacity

Arts, Mar 01 2019

by Alexis Gordon

Postcard for the Angkor Wat Pavilion, 1931 I want to talk about some phenomena in the violence against Southeast Asian peoples, …

Do I Know You?

Bryan Singer, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and brushing up on your history

Arts, Feb 14 2019

by Zachary Barnes

The most erotic film I’ve ever seen was made in 1950. It’s a silent French film that lasts all of twenty-six …

"Solving" Translation

Women's labor on the page

Arts, Feb 08 2019

by Saanya Jain

“In Urdu, the only language she knew, all things, not just living things but all things—carpets, clothes, books, pens, musical instruments—had …

Dirty Funding

Warren B. Kanders at the Whitney Museum and Brown University

Arts, Feb 01 2019

by Tristan Harris & Babette Thomas

On December 9, 2018, Hyperallergic, an online arts magazine, posted an image of four members of the Fire Department of New …

Freedom for Whom?

The reflexive photographs of Danny Lyon and the stakes of critical curation

Arts, Dec 07 2018

by Wen Zhuang

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Sit-In, Atlanta, 1963 Who’s the real Danny Lyon? The year was 1969 and Lyon was an …

Gross National Cool

Objects I found in Tokyo

Arts, Nov 16 2018

by Liby Hays

While researching my trip to Japan, I was surprised to find that “Gross National Cool” was an actual governmental concern. A …

Slowing Food

Using and watching Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Arts, Nov 16 2018

by Flo Li

Being a foodie is most definitely entwined in my DNA. My mother famously recalls only eating noodles for about two months …

WHY AM I LONELY FOR LONESOME LOVE?

Emotion and spectacle in Mitski’s Be the Cowboy

Arts, Nov 09 2018

by Iman Husain

I remember a particular moment from my first night on Brown's campus this September when my entire body was enveloped by …

To Be a Composer is Not Enough

The life and music of Julius Eastman

Arts, Oct 19 2018

by Julian Fox

The last known recording of composer Julius Eastman is his performance in 1981 of an original song cycle entitled “Taking Refuge …

We Don't Live in That Kind of World

Revisiting Thelma and Louise in the second “Year of the Woman”

Arts, Oct 05 2018

by Mara Dolan & Mia Pattillo

content warning: sexual violence Last week, we hosted a dozen women at our house for a screening of Thelma and Louise. …

Some Notes on Weather, Potentialities, and Limitations

Roni Horn and the Icelandic abyss

Arts, Sep 28 2018

by Wen Zhuang

Preface I recently acquired my first raincoat. It happened at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier in Southeastern Iceland. “If you …

Vocalizing Whiteness

Reversing Minstrelsy in Sorry To Bother You and BlacKkKlansman

Arts, Sep 15 2018

by Marianne Verrone

Within a week of Spike Lee’s autobiographical drama BlacKkKlansman being released, Boots Riley, director of absurdist dark comedy Sorry to Bother …

The New School

Expressionistic recollections of a night in virtual reality

Arts, Apr 20 2018

by Liby Hays

The worst part about virtual reality is how flagrantly interesting it is. You bring it up and everyone within earshot turns …

Soft Power

Petra Collins and the problem with the female gaze

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Jane Argodale

Two women press their cheeks together, with dark hair falling in their faces and lips parted to reveal the radiant white …

The Shame of the Cities

Renderings, reality TV, and obsessive urbanism

Arts, Apr 12 2018

by Ella Comberg

There’s an image of the proposed Providence streetcar that keeps me up at night. It depicts the corner of Empire and …

Night of the Four Moons

Crumb, Lorca, and Harmony with Space

Arts, Apr 06 2018

by Seamus Flynn

Every US president since the 1970s has announced some new plan to send humans back into space. Besides ‘inspiring millions,’ those …

Irona Pop

The strange popularity of Randy Newman

Arts, Apr 06 2018

by Ben Bienstock

I think it’s going to rain today The lyric might be understood any number of ways. Though the promise of rain …

Looking Like You

A review of the 2018 RISD Faculty Exhibition

Arts, Mar 23 2018

by Eliza Chen

One time, during the bizarre event that is my primary studio course at RISD, we spent two hours thinking hard, in …

On Layli Long Soldier's Whereas

Arts, Mar 15 2018

by Tatiana Dubin

On November 28th, 1795—a chilly day in Bristol, just weeks after the French Revolution began grinding its wheels—English poet Samuel Coleridge …

"Hold Fort for Love Forever"

Björk’s Utopia, and ours

Arts, Mar 15 2018

by Mica Chau

It’s November 2017, and I’m shuffling through wintry New England weather, the chill biting through my half-zipped parka. I am aware …

Bodies of the Water

The Bogotá River and Tequendama Falls

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Maria Camila Arbelaez Solano

Pollution Two great floods are burned into my memories of those days. Memory, for a child immigrant, often feels like a …

Love Never Fails

Car Seat Headrest and my twin fantasies

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Cate Turner

The February release of Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) wreaked more psychological havoc on me than any other …

Watching the Olympics on TV

Thoughts on those very wonderful games

Arts, Mar 02 2018

by Isabelle Rea

Every couple of years, the normal schedule of televised sport is upset by a two week long global tournament of sports …

Sun-less Sunset

On the collected and the collective in Chris Marker and Penelope Umbrico

Arts, Feb 16 2018

by Wen Zhuang

“One day, I’ll have to put it all alone at the beginning of the film. He told that if they don’t …

I'm Not Going Anywhere

Architecture, Columbus, and the possibilities of caring

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Josh Wartel

In 2009, Texas Monthly published a long story recounting the relationship between a mother, Ann McClamrock, and her son, John. John …

On Scrolling

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Scrolling is the single gesture–besides maybe walking or blinking–that I perform most in my everyday life. Two fingers, or maybe just …

Singing a Different Tune

Grad Party and the queer storytelling of “Pretty Boy”

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Anna Hundert

As a genre, the love song has a fraught history of reinforcing particular frameworks within the heterosexual matrix. The male singer-songwriter, …

Ursula, Oh Ursula

What do you do when your favorite person dies?

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Eliza Chen

After the death of a great artist such as Ursula Le Guin, the inevitably lesser person writing the memoriam (in this …

From Molding to Demolding

Musings on casting, the Internet, and the things in between

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by William Samosir

The below diagram is a non-comprehensive illustration of a casting procedure. Casting commences by wrapping a blanket of material around a …

Inspiring Angels

Freakery and resistance in AIDS crisis performance

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by Cate Turner

In 1970s San Francisco, to be gay was often to be spectacular. The Angels of Light, a free theatre formed in …

Book Reviews

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Liby Hays

New Releases / Reissues Cunny Poem by Bunny Rogers Cunny Poem is a collection of Bunny Rogers’s poetry written between 2012 …

A House Musuem

Mystery in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Isabelle Rea

Underneath the premiere painting of the Isabella Stewart Gardner collection, Titian’s Europa, hangs the skirt of Isabella Gardner’s own ball gown. …

Vision Machines

Apocalypse & virtual deterrence in Southland Tales

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Robin Manley

content warning: suicide The world never quite ends in Southland Tales. When a nuclear detonation interrupts an idyllic suburban afternoon in …

My Cromwell

On the fantasies of Wolf Hall

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Isabelle Rea

I’d seen the book around the house, collapsed on different surfaces. I had heard remnants of kingly names and dark adjectives …

The Art of Flower Power

Visual appropriation during the Vietnam War

Arts, Nov 03 2017

by Zak Nguyen

In the late 1960s, American poet Allen Ginsberg developed the idea of Flower Power in his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as …