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The Artist Who Drew With Computers, Before Computers Were a Thing - SURFACE

ART<p>Vera Molnár, a little-known founding mother of computational art and thinking, will feature in MoMA’s new exhibition on art and technology, …

Artists

Strangers know your social class in the first seven words you say, study finds

What we wear and buy are status symbols we can purchase to show off our economic success in the workplace. But a new study shows that there are …

Psychology

Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies

In the summer of 1983, the Jamaican scholar Stuart Hall, who lived and taught in England, travelled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to deliver a series of lectures on something called “Cultural Studies.” At the time, many academics still considered the serious study of popular …

Margaret Thatcher

Three Essential Dadaist Films: Groundbreaking Works by Hans Richter, Man Ray & Marcel Duchamp

Iconoclastic art movements need manifestos—to explain themselves, perhaps, to announce themselves, surely, but also, perhaps, to soften the blow of …

Art

The new, nearly invisible class markers that separate the American elite from everyone else

Being wealthy has become so passé that rich people are increasingly choosing not to display that wealth—that’s the theory behind a new book exploring the changing consumption habits of rich people in the West.<p>In 1899, the American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen published the classic …

Equality

Art, Technology, and Humanism - Journal #82 May 2017 - e-flux

In the public imagination, technology is mostly associated with technological revolutions and the acceleration of technological change. But, …

French Revolution

Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor

In late March of 2006, a college dropout named Jack Dorsey finished coding a site for Internet users to post 140-character messages.<p>It was called twttr.<p>Dorsey and his co-founders eventually added vowels to the service, forming Twitter. The name made total sense.<p>“The definition was ‘a short burst of …

Social Media

Dolce Vita Confidential by Shawn Levy review – swinging Rome in the 1950s

The post-Mussolini capital of Italy was a glamorous ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’, even if Fellini’s famous film is now misunderstood<p>Her mane of wet peroxide hair is flung back and she is almost busting out of her strapless black gown as she wades recklessly through the fountain. Anita Ekberg in the …

Rome

Using Artificial Intelligence to combat sexism in the literary world

The team of undergraduate students who created Just Review, a new advocacy project that aims to tackle gender bias in book reviews.By McGill Reporter …

Gender

Angels and Administration: An Interview with Alexander Kluge

<i>Our Winter issue features fiction by Alexander Kluge: “In Medieval Angelology, There Are Nine Orders of Snow,” twenty-two stories on some lines from Ben Lerner’s</i> The Lichtenberg Figures. <i>Kluge made a rare trip to New York a few months ago, appearing in conversation with Lerner at the Goethe-Institut</i> …

Poetry

How to Become a Famous Media Scholar: The Case of Marshall McLuhan - Los Angeles Review of Books

WHEN MARSHALL MCLUHAN published <i>Understanding Media</i> in 1964, the Cambridge-trained literary scholar was not well known, even inside the academy. By …

Books

Nina George über die Stellung der Frauen im Literaturbetrieb / Macho Literaturbetrieb

Ich zähle Frauen. Seit zehn Jahren; in Rezensionen von Medien, die das Etikett "intellektuell besonders wertvoll" verleihen, bei Preisen, auf Podien, …

Best Book of 1818: The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, by E.T.A. Hoffmann

1818 was a good year for literature. Mary Shelley published Frankenstein – the fruits of a ghost-story writing competition with Percy Shelley and …

Literature

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.<p>Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome's Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May …

Art History

Roberta Smith on Francis Picabia

[image] The reports coming in from the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA makes it seem like museum's unpopularity problems are a thing of …

Art

Francis Picabia: the art 'loser' who ended up winning it all

An extravagant new retrospective of the avant-garde French-Cuban artist highlights often troubling yet always distinctive work<p>The president-elect’s favorite term of abuse is “loser” – lobbed more than 200 times from his toxic Twitter account, at victims from Jeb Bush to Rosie O’Donnell. When people …

Art

Pasolini’s lost boys

Pier Paolo Pasolini depicted Italian urban life in all its beauty and brutality. Does a new English language version of The Street Kids, by Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed translator, do his work justice?<p>Pier Paolo Pasolini’s love affair with the city of Rome began in 1950, when he was in his late 20s. …

Books

Poet at Work

How should a poet make money? This is a terrible question, and has no satisfactory answer. The poet knows what ought to happen. What ought to happen …

Toyota Camry

The Man Who Invented Bookselling As We Know It

Today, few people are likely to remember James Lackington (1746-1815) and his once-famous London bookshop, The Temple of the Muses, but if, as a …

Publishing

How Look Magazine's Only Female Staff Photographer Captured a Changing World

The first and only woman photographer for LOOK magazine, Charlotte Brooks, is the focus of a new exhibition at the Davis<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Charlotte …

‘Grand Hotel Abyss’: Life among the original anti-consumerists

For the most part, we read a work of nonfiction for two intertwined reasons — to learn about a particular subject and to enjoy the intellectual company of the book’s author. I started “Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School ” because I’d long wanted to know more about the careers and …

T.S. Eliot

Plagiarism in Poetry

<b>Plagiarism in Poetry</b><p>In recent years in UK poetry publishing circles, certain poets have reproduced within their poems verbatim extracts from other …

Poetry

The Years In Retrospect: How Photoshop Has Shaped The World Of Graphic Design

The art of photography has improved itself a lot over the years. Today, as we are well-seated into the 21st century, anyone who knows how to turn on a computer can learn to manipulate images with little or no effort. Thanks to tools like Photoshop CC for graphics and iMovie for videos, graphic …

Graphic Design

Millions of historical images posted to Flickr

Technology desk editor<p><b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced …

Genealogy

Cinema’s Walking Cure

The cinema begins with action—with the most banal yet most mysterious of actions, namely, walking, in the Lumière brothers’ 1895 spectacle showing workers leaving their factory.<p>The subject has been on my mind for the past month or so, because, as a result of a knee injury and (fortunately minor) …

TV

Hear Arthur C. Clarke Read 2001: A Space Odyssey: A Vintage 1976 Vinyl Recording

When we hear the opening of <i>Also Sprach Zarathustra</i>, we instinctively steel ourselves for enormous leaps through space and time. We have since 1968, …

Science Fiction

1973: Der so genannte Nahsprecher; ein Therapiegerät zur Wiederaufnahme des Dialogs in ermatteten Zweierbeziehungen. https://t.co/cZeBEMX0lO

Phones, photography and the Snapchat factor

Apple pours resources into the iPhone camera because of what it might be used for in future – not for the photo enthusiasts of the past<p>As some readers may remember, I’m a keen photographer. For many years, I’ve always carried a camera. In the early days of digital photography, that meant a …

Photography

Dirty Life and Times: The Past, Present and Future of Working-Class Literature

<i>by Adam Fleming Petty</i><p>Some of the most impassioned conversation in the literary world has been devoted to highlighting what it lacks: voices of people …

Literature