In Fatebe, Ebecho Muslimova Has Created An Abjected Double, A Vessel Of Curiosity And A Kind Of Superhero
Art

In Fatebe, Ebecho Muslimova Has Created An Abjected Double, A Vessel Of Curiosity And A Kind Of Superhero

Fatebe (“FAT-E-be”) is in the midst of the Lacanian Mirror Phase. “She’s starting to interact with her own image and own sense of self versus the drawing of herself,” says her creator, the New York-based artist Ebecho Muslimova. “[The film] Ex-Machina, popped in my mind; she’s looking at herself in a mirror, self-realizing. I feel … Continue reading

Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”
Film / Send in the clowns

Sympathy For Mr. Fleck: A Filthy Dreams Dueling Review Of “Joker”

By and large, I’ve grown to despise comic book and superhero films. When I see praise lavished upon these narrative-less, stakes-less, CGI shlock-fests I stew with hatred for the artistically bankrupt culture that produces and pays for them to be continuously made. So when I went into a theater to watch Todd Phillips—a director best … Continue reading

Do Clothes Liberate Our Bodies Or Restrict Them?: Confusion And Potentialities In “Life And Limbs”
Art / Fashion

Do Clothes Liberate Our Bodies Or Restrict Them?: Confusion And Potentialities In “Life And Limbs”

The politics of liberation are essentially corporeal. The struggle for free will—for subjecthood—is defined by the ease and unease of the body. The fear of hunger is physical; the wretched horror of deprivation is one of bodily need. All emotional despair is felt as corporeal absence or excess. If I am so wretchedly miserable that … Continue reading

Bad Sex, Bad Drugs, Bad Music, Some Good Art: Curatorial Trying Too Hard At The Hole
Art / Music

Bad Sex, Bad Drugs, Bad Music, Some Good Art: Curatorial Trying Too Hard At The Hole

Curating isn’t an easy job. At its best, the act of curation is its own form of artistic creation–a kind of creative essaying. The curator has a thesis derived either from his/her own observations about the world or filtered through a particular cultural criticism that is then supported through the arrangement of art objects. There … Continue reading

Jeffrey Epstein’s “Suicide” Is A Baudrillardian Perfect Crime
Opinion / Trash

Jeffrey Epstein’s “Suicide” Is A Baudrillardian Perfect Crime

Few cinematic sequences signify the dawn of postmodernism and all its attendant schizoid unknowability beneath its constructed surface veneer better than the final scene of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation. In that scene, the audio tapping specialist Harry, portrayed with quiet and contemplative everyman rage by the great Gene Hackman, rips his apartment up with … Continue reading

The Corporeal Fragment: A Symbol of Revolution or a Rejection of the Postmodern?
Art

The Corporeal Fragment: A Symbol of Revolution or a Rejection of the Postmodern?

In her 1994 essay The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as a Metaphor of Modernity, art historian Linda Nochlin ties the genesis of modernism to the French Revolution, framing the guillotine as a symbol of the severing of inherited dynastic power ushering in an era of radical politics, creativity, and culture. The guillotine becomes representative … Continue reading

Transcendental Style on Television: Nicolas Refn’s Problematic Series Is A Massive Leap Forward for Streaming Aesthetics
TV

Transcendental Style on Television: Nicolas Refn’s Problematic Series Is A Massive Leap Forward for Streaming Aesthetics

In his text Transcendental Style in Film, the critic turned auteur Paul Schrader observed a formal connection between several mid-1900s filmmakers, particularly Yasujirô Ozu, Robert Bresson and Carl Thedor Dreyer. “Transcendental film,” Schrader argues, “seeks to maximize the mystery of existence; it eschews all conventional interpretations of reality: realism, psychologism, romanticism, expressionism, and finally, rationalism.” … Continue reading