Berfrois

March 2011

“All of those painters were horny”

“All of those painters were horny”

Horny Season, Armen Eloyan From Bidoun: Would you say your paintings are dark at all? “I don’t think so.” Talking to Armen Eloyan, in spite of his gorgeous voice, can be taxing. He is exceedingly terse, mostly answering questions in combinations of one, two, three, or four words. Five...

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Gaga’s Way

Gaga’s Way

by Kate Durbin and Meghan Vicks When Lady Gaga hit the pop culture-scape with “Just Dance” in 2008, her performance was accompanied by the slogan “Pop Music Will Never Be Low Brow,” which was appropriately projected in her video-screen glasses, the first of many props that would celebrate the...

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The Primitive, Technology and Horror

The Primitive, Technology and Horror

Alien, 20th Century Fox, 1979 by Norah Campbell and Mike Saren Recent works have explored the concept of posthumanism as a radical decentring of the human, humanism and the humanities in the wake of the complexificaiton of technology and systems, and new insight into nonhuman life (Pettman, 2011; Wolfe,...

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Marcia Hall: Sacred Images in the Renaissance

Marcia Hall: Sacred Images in the Renaissance

Christ at the Column (The Flagellation of Christ), Caravaggio, c. 1606/1607  by Marcia B. Hall I have always been fascinated by the paradox of limited freedom, both in life and in art. Architects and designers, unlike painters in the modern world, are constrained by the requirements of the commission....

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The replacement of “Welfare Queen” by “teacher” in Wisconsin is only the latest example of the transformation of class antagonism into culture war…

The replacement of “Welfare Queen” by “teacher” in Wisconsin is only the latest example of the transformation of class antagonism into culture war…

From N+1: After my parents got back from a weeklong vacation in Florida, funded in part by the pensions they receive as retired Wisconsin public educators, they went to Madison and, after enjoying lunch at the hip, local-food-oriented The Weary Traveler, took to Capital Square to protest Governor Scott...

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“Better listen to him, he’s in pre-corporate”

“Better listen to him, he’s in pre-corporate”

The College Sweethearts, Saturday Evening Post Cover, Monte Crews by Rick Popp For nineteenth-century industrialists, college was seen as a great way to insure against a successful career in business. As ambitious young clerks learned the ins and outs of commerce, balancing accounts and scribbling correspondence, college students diddled...

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