Tag Archives: aesthetics

On Summer Camp’s “Bad Love”

1. I watched the video for “Bad Love” fifteen times in a row. Full immersion. I got down into it, watched all of the sections, figured out how the framing works. I could go full SEK here and map out … Continue reading

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On Jenn Culp’s “Makeup Mondays”

This blog has variously, depending on my mood, been about comics, video games, and my various academic concerns, and most recently that has turned into my writing about art that I’ve cared about on the internet. For a quick recap, … Continue reading

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Shaviro’s Redux of The Cinematic Body

It’s rare for academics who work in the realm of critical theory, or poststructuralist theory, or other such things in the humanities, even to polemicize against cognitivism: either because they are naively unaware of its institutional power, or because they … Continue reading

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Riff Raff Talks About His Tattoos

This interview is gold all the way through, but what is below is the first minute and a half or so of the interview. DJ Whoo: You really have a Worldstar Hiphop, um, tattoo on your shoulder? Riff Raff shows … Continue reading

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On Riff Raff or Swag Rap or Pure Aesthetics

“When the world was born, everybody was naked.” – Riff Raff Look–I know my hip hop well enough to talk through some broad structures. I am not an expert. Inevitably, whenever someone stakes an opinion on rap or hip hop, … Continue reading

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David Lulka on the lawn

The condition of the lawn in winter presents a more difficult set of issues. The immanence of grass presents no ethical challenge when lawns remain stagnant in the late summer heat. During winter and spring, however, immanence rears its head … Continue reading

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Thacker on Aesthetics and Biomedia

Whoa – well, if biotech is the after-party of the Enlightenment, then I’d hate to imagine what the hang-over the next morning will be…But what if biotech is not really about hyper-rationality, but really about something else – like aesthetics, … Continue reading

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Cabinet Interview with Sianne Ngai

This isn’t something substantive, but rather it is a moment where I tell you video game and comic book people that you have to read this interview that Sianne Ngai did with Cabinet last year. Ngai writes on aesthetics in a really … Continue reading

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Kill Screen Interviews Ken Levine

I am going to see Jacques Ranciere later today, so I don’t have time to make a well thought-out post, but I did happen to see this fascinating interview with Ken Levine that Kill Screen posted the other day. I recommend reading the … Continue reading

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Some Preliminary Thoughts on Groys’ Art Power

I started reading Boris Groys’ Art Power yesterday. Well, by “started reading” I mean that I slogged through the introduction; I find Groys fascinating but dry, which is probably more of a byproduct of translation than anything else. I enjoyed the opening … Continue reading

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