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"The Art of David Lynch”— How Rene Magritte, Edward Hopper & Francis Bacon Influenced David Lynch’s Cinematic Vision. When an artist becomes an adjective—think Orwellian, Kafkaesque, or Joycean—one of two things can happen: their work can be superficially appropriated, reduced to a collection of obvious gestures clumsily combined in bad pastiche. Or their distinctive style can inspire artists with more skill and depth to make original creations that may themselves become touchstones for the future. What might distinguish one from the other is the degree to which we understand not only the work of Orwell, Kafka, or Joyce, but also the work that influenced them. When it comes to David Lynch, there’s no doubt that the “Lynchian” stands as a model for so much contemporary film and television.

But while some directors make excellent use of Lynch’s influence, others strive for Lynchian atmosphere only to reach a kind of uninspired, unintentional parody. Without Lynch’s surrealist vision, oddball characterization and dialogue fall flat—as in Twin Peaks’ second season, which Lynch himself says "sucked. " Ssoar hsr 2012 3 dodds pennock Mass murder or religious homicide. Learning Chords: 4 Basic Chord Types and How to Play Them. How communist Bulgaria became a leader in tech and sci-fi. The police report would have baffled the most grizzled detective. A famous writer murdered in a South Dakota restaurant full of diners; the murder weapon – a simple hug. A murderer with no motive, and one who seemed genuinely distraught at what he had done. You will not find this strange murder case in the crime pages of a local US newspaper, however, but in a Bulgarian science-fiction story from the early 1980s.

The explanation thus also becomes more logical: the killer was a robot. The genre was flourishing in small Bulgaria in the last two decades of socialism, and the country became the biggest producer of robotic laws per capita, supplementing Isaac Asimov’s famous three with two more canon rules – and 96 satirical ones. One thing that the computer revolution brought was a certainty that industrial society was changing, or even about to be finished.

The communist parties of eastern Europe grappled with this new question, too. Some of these customers were in Bulgaria itself. When Homer envisioned Achilles, did he see a black man? Few issues provoke such controversy as the skin-colour of the ancient Greeks. Last year in an article published in Forbes, the Classics scholar Sarah Bond at the University of Iowa caused a storm by pointing out that many of the Greek statues that seem white to us now were in antiquity painted in colour. This is an uncontroversial position, and demonstrably correct, but Bond received a shower of online abuse for daring to suggest that the reason why some like to think of their Greek statues as marble-white might just have something to do with their politics. This year, it was the turn of BBC’s new television series Troy: Fall of a City (2018-) to attract ire, which cast black actors in the roles of Achilles, Patroclus, Zeus, Aeneas and others (as if using anglophone northern European actors were any less anachronistic).

The idea of the Greeks as paragons of whiteness is deeply rooted in Western society. The early Greek vocabulary of colour was very strange indeed, to modern eyes. The Substance of Geek Culture. In his article “On Geek Culture,” Ian Williams writes, “. . . what is Superman in the twenty-first century but a corporate mascot, albeit one with a lavish backstory?”

This sets the tone for a fundamentally reductionist approach to geek culture and the various cultural products that populate its mediascape, from Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica. Indeed, Williams goes even further in his project of reducing works of art to their commodity form asking the reader to imagine a scenario in which the usual costumed superheroes and other genre characters are replaced by “Geico geckos or Progressive Insurance Flos.” The article is not without its merits, particularly in its call for more creator-ownership over the cultural products of geek culture. Williams’ definition of what constitutes a “geeky” approach to material also echoes the definitions of such notably commentators (and participants) in the sub-culture as Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day. Against guilty pleasures: Adorno on the crimes of pop culture.

Classical music and high European culture were at the heart of Theodor Adorno’s philosophy and outlook on life. He was born in 1903 in Frankfurt in Germany, and grew up with music, both as a listener and a practitioner: his mother, Maria Calvelli-Adorno, was a singer, and the young Adorno was a talented pianist. He attended the Hoch Conservatory, going on to study with the Austrian composer Alban Berg. Adorno chose a career as a professional philosopher taking a position at the University of Frankfurt in 1931, but music and culture remained the focus of his interests.

Adorno insisted on high standards – culture was not merely a matter of technical progress (in composing more beautiful, more complicated music, for example) but also (if indirectly) a matter of morality. Music, like all culture, could either develop or obstruct social progress towards greater freedom. These trends towards regression and domination were borne out with the rise of Nazism.

Visit our Kickstarter campaign. Sarah Nicole Prickett on Twin Peaks: The Return — The Complete Recaps - artforum.com / slant. Twin Peaks: The Return, 2017, still from a TV show on Showtime. Season 3, episode 9. EUCALYPTUS TREES, WEAKENED BY DROUGHT, are on their last legs all over Los Angeles. One fell and knocked out the power lines next to my friend’s house, where I am staying, in Eagle Rock, and we stood on the deck drinking Vinho Verde––delicious, like if wine were beer––watching the action.

A fire truck loitered for an hour, produced no helpers, and left. Disruption made the street its own neighborhood. Homeowners came out wondering, hands synchronized on hips. One man retrieved his digital camera and tripod and took commemorative photos. The light dimmed outside, and my friend and I read books by flashlight and candle. To begin with, there was almost no sound. Lynch used to hate his show being interrupted by commercials, saying, Imagine if you were at the symphony and every fifteen minutes the music stopped and was interchanged with jingles, and a benefit of streaming is the optional elision of ads.

How Twin Peaks Is Transcending Prestige TV And Nostalgia. “This is a doughnut. It is very sweet, and very good. But if you’ve never tasted a doughnut you really wouldn’t know how sweet, and how good, a doughnut is… Transcendental meditation gives an experience much sweeter than the sweetness of this doughnut. It gives the experience of the sweetest nectar of life. As Maharishi says, those who don’t know, they don’t know. . – David Lynch, Meditation Creativity and Peace Three months ago, I began writing an article about watching Twin Peaks in the age of the hot take. David Lynch is the master of uncertainty — a currency greatly devalued in the time of the listicle, the call-out, and the recap.

The Return, I’ve come to realise, is a meditation. At 17, Twin Peaks changed what I watch, and my way of watching it. The Return is, to paraphrase Major Briggs, a vision of light. People discuss the legacy of the original Twin Peaks as though it were a beloved high-schooler on a morgue slab. The original Twin Peaks achieved this in radical ways. Pantera, 'Vulgar Display of Power' (1992) | The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Following his drunken, acrimonious exit from Black Sabbath, Ozzy's music-industry stock was so abysmally low that he had trouble getting a new record deal – and not even his biggest fans would have guessed that he was on the verge of launching a major career comeback with his first solo album. Released in the U.K. in September 1980 (and six months later in the U.S.), Blizzard of Ozz was a remarkably strong and focused record whose highlights (including "I Don't Know," "Crazy Train" and the controversial "Suicide Solution") were more modern-sounding than anything he'd done with Sabbath, yet still packed a serious metallic wallop.

"The Blizzard stuff was a beautiful evolution from what was happening in the Seventies with metal to [metal in] the Eighties," shred-guitar ace Steve Vai recalled in a 2011 interview. "It had a completely different attitude. " Oh My Gosh, It’s Covered in Rule 30s!—Stephen Wolfram Blog. A British Train Station A week ago a new train station, named “Cambridge North”, opened in Cambridge, UK.

Normally such an event would be far outside my sphere of awareness. (I think I last took a train to Cambridge in 1975.) But last week people started sending me pictures of the new train station, wondering if I could identify the pattern on it: And, yes, it does indeed look a lot like patterns I’ve spent years studying—that come from simple programs in the computational universe. My first—and still favorite—examples of simple programs are one-dimensional cellular automata like this: The system evolves line by line from the top, determining the color of each cell according to the rule underneath.

Many of them show fairly simple behavior. If one runs it for 400 steps one gets this: And, yes, it’s remarkable that starting from one black cell at the top, and just repeatedly following a simple rule, it’s possible to get all this complexity. But back to the Cambridge North train station. Yeats’s “Second Coming”—Our Most Thoroughly Pillaged Poem. Fractal patterns in nature and art are aesthetically pleasing and stress-reducing. Humans are visual creatures. Objects we call “beautiful” or “aesthetic” are a crucial part of our humanity.

Even the oldest known examples of rock and cave art served aesthetic rather than utilitarian roles. Although aesthetics is often regarded as an ill-defined vague quality, research groups like mine are using sophisticated techniques to quantify it – and its impact on the observer. We’re finding that aesthetic images can induce staggering changes to the body, including radical reductions in the observer’s stress levels. Researchers are untangling just what makes particular works of art or natural scenes visually appealing and stress-relieving – and one crucial factor is the presence of the repetitive patterns called fractals. Pleasing patterns, in art and in nature When it comes to aesthetics, who better to study than famous artists? In 1999, my group used computer pattern analysis techniques to show that Pollock’s paintings are as fractal as patterns found in natural scenery. Breaking down the glorious first scene of Inglourious Basterds.

The opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a drawn-out masterclass in tension that also functions as a prologue and an introduction to Christoph Waltz’s legendary antagonist Hans Landa. While the larger movie it’s attached to has an uncertain place in critical evaluations of Tarantino’s work, the scene itself is one of the most acclaimed of the director’s career. A new video from Lessons From The Screenplay digs into exactly how he pulled it off, using (as the name would suggest) Tarantino’s writing as a guide. Filmmaker Michael Tucker views the scene’s 17 pages through the lens of the philosophy and psychology of suspense, noting how the introduction of instability (here in the form of Nazis approaching an idyllic farmhouse) makes us yearn for a return to stability.

It’s a smart analysis of the video that also ropes in plenty of archival footage of Tarantino describing the scene himself, which is always revealing and suspenseful in its own way. “Tyler, you’re fucking Marla”: A perspective on Fight Club to piss off its devotees – Another angry woman. Content note: there’s a lot of discussion of sex and violence in this post. Also, spoilers for Fight Club, if somehow you’ve made it without watching it or knowing “the twist” for almost twenty years. Aren’t Fight Club fans the fucking worst? They’re usually men who think they’re quite smart to have understood a film (or book) which spends an awful lot of screen time giving a blow-by-blow explanation of its own twist.

They relate to Tyler Durden, see something in the text which says Very Deep Things about masculinity, find its rather heavy-handed anti-capitalist messaging really revolutionary. They see Project Mayhem as aspirational, and they’re probably “alt-right” neo-Nazis. They’ve been going about the story all wrong. Allow me to present an alternative perspective on Fight Club. “Tyler Durden” is a real, flesh-and-blood human being. We are told, in the twist at the end of the film, that Brad Pitt’s chiselled character is a figment of the nameless Narrator’s imagination. Tl;dr Like this: Talking Heads 5.1 Downmix. Originally titled Eclectic Remain In Light Downmix Mojique sees His Village from a nearby HillMojique thinks of Days before Americans Came Mojique buys His Equipment in the Market PlaceMojique plants Devices through the Free Trade Zone Mojique smells the Wind that Comes from Far AwayMojique waits for News in a Quiet Place Intro BEING A FAN of the MiniDisc, I enjoy experimenting with new equipment, techniques and manipulation.

The Talking Heads remasters, whilst sadly brickwalled to an extent (see: LOUDNESS WAR), were still well presented and restored. The clarity of the 5.1 mixes in particular was appealing. Downmixing So! To Hell with SCMS The Serial Copy Management System employed on MiniDisc prevents a further digital copy being made from any digital copy (by simply adding a "copy" bit to the first copy). Transcribing From the Onkyo 105FX the blank was passed to one of my portable HiMD units (the MZ-DH710 'budget downloader'). 'Listening Wind' waveform of 5.1 stereo downmix: Acquiring Omg!

Download All 8 Issues of Dada, the Arts Journal That Publicized the Avant-Garde Movement a Century Ago (1917-21) Surrealism, Discordianism, Frank Zappa, Situationism, punk rock, the Residents, Devo… the anarchists of counterculture in all their various guises may never have come into being—or into the being they did—were it not for an anti-art movement that called itself Dada. And like many of those anarchist countercultural movements and artists, Dada came about not as a playful experiment in “disrupting” the art world for fun and profit—to use the current jargon—but as a politically-charged response to rationalized violence and complacent banality.

In this case, as a response to European culture’s descent into the mass-murder of World War One, and to the domestication of the avant-garde’s many proliferating isms. The explicit tenets of Dada, in their intentionally scrambled way, were ecumenical, international, anti-elitist, and concerned with questions of craft. Ball and Tzara were not the only assertive disseminators of Dada’s art and aims.

Related Content: Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Haunting Emotions: Visualizing Hamlet's Melancholy for Students in Two Recent Graphic Novel Adaptations Marina Gerzic and Helen Balfour, University of Western Australia Abstract The study of emotion and Shakespeare and, in particular, emotion and Hamlet, is well established. Shakespeare's work enables us to experience emotions and their transformations as we try to understand them.

From the opening of the play, Hamlet's emotions are all too clearly present; Shakespeare defines him as a passionate and emotional man plagued by melancholy. How is this human emotion interpreted and visualized by authors attempting to adapt Hamlet in the twenty-first century? In recent years, visual literacy has become a prominent aspect of classroom learning.

For many K-12 students, the mention of the name Shakespeare inspires groans of complaint, looks of boredom and horrified concern, and protests like: "What's the point? Graphic Novels as Multimodal Texts: Introducing Kill Shakespeare and Hamlet Notes. Akira’s secret weapon is its clever use of lighting. The Limitations of Punching Up – Electric Literature. Let’s All Obsess Over This Intricate Map of Alt Music History. Abandoned places: the worlds we've left behind – in pictures | Travel. This Reissue of the Scientists Is Some Riveting, Disruptive Rock 'n' Roll. @gene70 @realDonaldTrump. Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films | Film. Inside the World's Only Surviving Tattoo Shop For Medieval Pilgrims. All Mapped Out. Hollywood has ruined method acting | Movie News | SBS Movies. The 50 podcasts you need to hear | Television & radio.

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