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“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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Marcia Hall: Sacred Images in the Renaissance

Marcia Hall: Sacred Images in the Renaissance

Painters of sacred images in the Renaissance were constrained by the requirements of their patrons, by tradition and by the requirements of the Church...

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Popping Smoke On Veteran

Popping Smoke On Veteran

Call of Duty 2, Activision, 2005 From Kill Screen: The Call of Duty series represents the extreme forward guard of “hyperrealism” and technological might in contemporary game design. It’s a bombastic, McBay take on American foreign policy. Parents, commentators, and critics look on in horror as frenzied gamers lap...

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Andy Warhol as the Angel of Anachronism

Andy Warhol as the Angel of Anachronism

Marilyn Monroe and Charlie McCarthy by Joyelle McSweeney I’ve been thinking through a theory of Anachronism lately. My thinking goes that Art is a kind of Anachronism, breaking into, collapsing, and convulsing conventional ‘straight’ time with media, and, reflexively, turning conventional chronology into a kind of medium for convulsive,...

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Augmented (hyper)Reality: An interview with Keiichi Matsuda

Augmented (hyper)Reality: An interview with Keiichi Matsuda

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop, still, Keiichi Matsuda, 2009 by Greg J. Smith Keiichi Matsuda is a multidisciplinary designer based in London and Tokyo who garnered widespread attention last year for Augmented (hyper)Reality, a speculative video series that explored near-future media environments. His short films Domestic Robocop and Augmented City 3D...

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Steroid Slugger was never released…

Steroid Slugger was never released…

Points of Entry, Persuasive Games, 2007 From Columbia Journalism Review: In the summer of 2007, one of the hottest debates in America centered on immigration. Every pundit and politico had an opinion on the merit-based system proposed in the McCain-Kennedy Bill, either criticizing its rejection of family ties or...

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Dreams Rise in the Darkness

Dreams Rise in the Darkness

Eine DuBarry von Heute, Alexander Korda, 1926 by David B. Clarke  The cinema has never shone except by pure seduction, by the pure vibrancy of non-sense – a hot shimmering that is all the more beautiful from having come from the cold. – Baudrillard (1990a, 96)  1.      Réalité Vérité  Until...

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‘Diaghilev at all times was what he was’

‘Diaghilev at all times was what he was’

Firebird, Ballerina, Léon Bakst, 1910 From The New York Review of Books: In the 1930s, when he was trying to establish American ballet, Lincoln Kirstein complained that “balletrusse” was one word. Successor companies to the defunct Franco-Russian Ballets Russes, cashing in on its name and legend, were spreading themselves...

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One More Go

One More Go

Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Firaxis, 2010 From The Walrus: One evening a few months back, as the hour of 6 p.m. and the year AD 1490 approached, a profound choice was thrust upon me: should I declare war on Germany, thereby committing the French nation to decades of strife...

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If the Coffee is Good, Who Cares about the Graphics?

If the Coffee is Good, Who Cares about the Graphics?

Deadly Premonition, Twin Peaks and Cult Fandom by Nate Garrelts When it was released in the United States and Japan during the Spring of 2010, the game Deadly Premonition (Xbox360) received a disparate set of reviews. Notable among these were those featured on two popular game sites, IGN and...

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Edited Out

Edited Out

District 9, TriStar Pictures, 2009 From Killing the Buddha: This version of District 9 was really strange. Scenes were missing. The dialogue was muted out on occasion. Characters vanished from the plot, never to be heard from again. In some cases they vanished into (literal) thin air. I know the...

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Super Shigsy and the 25-Year Jumpman

Super Shigsy and the 25-Year Jumpman

From The New Yorker: Fishermen have a saying, in reference to the addictive sensation of a fish hitting your line: “The tug is the drug.” Gamers, as video-game players are known, thrill to “the pull,” that mysterious ability that good games have of making you want to play them,...

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