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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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Sketchy

Sketchy

When it comes to matters of the courtroom, some cases are surely easier to empathise with than others. A sketch artist may have a personal connection to the plight of the accused or accuser...

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Medha Singh: Photography, Function, Fascism

Medha Singh: Photography, Function, Fascism

Was Walter Benjamin correct in suggesting a relationship between art and fascism?

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The Browsers

The Browsers

I miss browsing those chunky, foxed VHS cases and, I suppose, their leaner DVD heirs...

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Call for Poetry Submissions

Call for Poetry Submissions

We are very happy to announce that Berfrois is currently welcoming Poetry Submissions...

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Albert Rolls: Myself/Condition

Albert Rolls: Myself/Condition

Wilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, non-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue Spanish pouch?

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This Blessed Plot

This Blessed Plot

It is scarcely surprising that Shakespeare’s powerful words and images – the precious stone set in the silver sea –would later be enlisted to boost morale and stir national pride...

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Dadatage

Dadatage

Dada was not a stable concept that could be reinitiated untransformed, nor was montage a static category...

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People Look Like Emails by David Beer

People Look Like Emails by David Beer

In pandemic times I’m picturing Jason Fearn sat amongst his chaotic equipment, formulating a sinister and foreboding soundtrack...

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How the Art World Worked in a Non-market Context

How the Art World Worked in a Non-market Context

Klara Kemp-Welch’s latest book, Networking the Bloc: Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1981, challenges the idea of unconnected isolated art production

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Ed Simon: The Hidden Lightbulb

Ed Simon: The Hidden Lightbulb

Work No. 227: The lights going on and off consists entirely of an empty white-walled gallery in which the lights flicker off and on for five seconds apiece.

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Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Screenshot from “Scream” video, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Epic Records, 1994 by Francesco Tenaglia It only lasts for a moment. Not a glutinous efflorescence, or a spooky appearance fit to star in choreography from the good ol’ days. The sluggish shadow slippers from one...

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Toni Hildebrandt on Ana Vaz

Toni Hildebrandt on Ana Vaz

Atomic Garden, an experimental film by Ana Vaz, opens with a purely textual prologue: Aoki Sadako, an elderly Japanese woman, visits her flower garden...

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