Berfrois

Way Back When

Way Back When

Despite the fantastic silliness of the in-game time-travel logistics, the promise of historical accuracy has been a major selling point of Assassin’s Creed since the eponymous first installment in 2007...

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A Sound All of Its Own

A Sound All of Its Own

Blow Out contains premonitions galore about where conspiratorial thinking, and the technology that encourages it, ultimately leads us...

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Enjoy a Goya

Enjoy a Goya

Goya’s first big opportunity as an artist came in 1772...

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The 7th Mode

The 7th Mode

Racers such as the bounty hunter Captain Falcon hovered smoothly across intergalactic circuits suspended in the sky...

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Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

When does a life become a story, a narrative legible to those outside it?

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‘Few vaudevillistes can escape the contagion’

‘Few vaudevillistes can escape the contagion’

Your literature amounts to nothing now Having picked up all of romanticism’s errors, Its writings all reveal the face of Nature, Poor and decrepit, surrounded by great horrors...

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The Chalice Study of Destiny BOB

The Chalice Study of Destiny BOB

What is self-determination in an algorithmic age?

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The insect flew into Van Gogh’s impasto of Olive Grove…

The insect flew into Van Gogh’s impasto of Olive Grove…

Theoretically the insect could have been been trapped in the olive grove or the artist’s studio...

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Opened Worlds

Opened Worlds

None of this was window dressing, or walled off by the same invisible barriers preventing true movement in most video games we’d played...

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Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Lugosi not only acts in Wood’s movies and gives each scene his all—at one point he jumps into the water to wrestle a broken mechanical octopus—but also encourages Wood’s belief in their vocation...

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Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

This small stone man shows the fathomless silent darkness in our past. He is the wordless night...

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Sheepish Drumming

Sheepish Drumming

Elton John was singing “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and I was belting it out with him...

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Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

The scariest element of Night In the Woods isn’t anything aesthetic at all—and the secret to unlocking it lies in the game’s fundamental mechanic of decision-making...

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As Stacked

As Stacked

I am rearranging my music collection — looking at the album covers, hearing snippets of the songs in my head as I see each one and recall the memories attached to it...

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Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

When an exhibition is devoted to a theme, its paintings take a backseat, often to the detriment of the paintings...

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Opening nights since then are bittersweet…

Opening nights since then are bittersweet…

I grew up hearing the story of my mother and grandmother going to the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, to see Victor Herbert’s The Red Mill. This was 1940...

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Constable’s Cart

Constable’s Cart

Constable’s work depicts a quiet, pastoral scene on the River Stour, which forms part of the border between Essex and Suffolk...

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Are you content with content?

Are you content with content?

How do we enter into the ritual time outside of time in which narrative unfolds?

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Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

After the local video-game arcade and the local comic-book store, the finest establishment on earth was the local video-rental outlet, a paradise of garish rectangular boxes leaning precariously on wooden shelves divided roughly by genre...

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