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Check out Nathaniel Rivers' fabulous new essay on the work of contemporary artist Jenny Odell "who, in one quick moment,...
06/11/2014
artifacts

Check out Nathaniel Rivers' fabulous new essay on the work of contemporary artist Jenny Odell "who, in one quick moment, con-fused the project of an object-oriented democracy with the artistic gesture of re-attuning us to the infrastructures in our midst." http://www.themediares.com/pages/artifacts/stranger-attractions.html

Better yet, infrastructure has been the missing mass I think through the assemblages of nonhuman and human actors that compose the world.

Odell Jenny Odell!! by M.E.G
06/10/2014

Odell Jenny Odell!! by M.E.G

Nathaniel Rivers for TMR on infrastructure made alien in the work of Bruno Latour and Jenny Odell: "To think within infr...
06/10/2014

Nathaniel Rivers for TMR on infrastructure made alien in the work of Bruno Latour and Jenny Odell:

"To think within infrastructure is to do more than render its components visible: it is to rupture the seams between the human and the nonhuman in collective, political life."

http://www.themediares.com/pages/artifacts/stranger-attractions.html

Lynch may not have divulged the kind of meaning Holdengräber was after, but he left us with a form to contemplate, one t...
05/13/2014
parlance

Lynch may not have divulged the kind of meaning Holdengräber was after, but he left us with a form to contemplate, one that now, like his first film, Eraserhead, is “done,” has “gone out into the world” and “is what it is”–a form full of images–sugar as granulated happiness, luke-warm milk shakes, black cars and canopy-clad brownstones, dark subway entrances, a dumpster-diving David Lynch–that can “impress upon us steadily and constantly without intermission, without benefit of words or thoughts.”


http://www.themediares.com/pages/parlance/you-dont-say.html

Though claiming the authority of empirical truth, the privatized popular news media spouts ideology. The editors seek proposed submissions that involve satirical dialogue and speculative discussion. How to reinvest parody with critical potency? How to pollinate conversation toward human flourishing?

Lions in Winter
05/07/2014
Lions in Winter

Lions in Winter

The New York Public Library has announced a plan to remake its landmark building on 42nd Street. As Joshua Steiner, vice chairman of the board of trustees, put it in 2008, the renovation in many way represents the “further democratization” of the library. By contrast, a staff member with whom I spok…

The Literalist and the Dreamer: Paul Holdengraber in conversation with David Lynch"His insistence that Lynch report, des...
05/07/2014
parlance

The Literalist and the Dreamer: Paul Holdengraber in conversation with David Lynch

"His insistence that Lynch report, describe and theorize about things–the things he has made, but also the things he loves–the paintings of Hopper and Bacon, the music of Kanye West and Jimi Hendrix–made the whole event feel more like an art school crit than a conversation."

http://www.themediares.com/pages/parlance/you-dont-say.html

In a talk he gave at the University of Toronto in 1959 on Communication Media, the all-divining media theorist Marshall McLuhan said that ?the so-called meaning [of an artwork] is a way of lowering your guard so the form can work upon you.? And so it goes that assigning ?meaning? to a work of art, w…

A few words from TMR on David Lynch's recent appearance at BAM:"But when all the questions, quotations, paintings, and m...
05/06/2014
parlance

A few words from TMR on David Lynch's recent appearance at BAM:

"But when all the questions, quotations, paintings, and musical scores cast out by the formidable theory-packing Holdengräber began to seem like little more than booby traps set to pigeonhole Lynch into declaring just such a final verdict, it was difficult not to, as Piepenbring put it, “break into boisterous applause” with every one of Lynch’s hackneyed phrases or uses of the word “beautiful.”"

http://www.themediares.com/pages/parlance/you-dont-say.html

In a talk he gave at the University of Toronto in 1959 on Communication Media, the all-divining media theorist Marshall McLuhan said that ?the so-called meaning [of an artwork] is a way of lowering your guard so the form can work upon you.? And so it goes that assigning ?meaning? to a work of art, w…

Odd Flower
05/06/2014

Odd Flower

"Refusing to make money off your own data might be as political an act as refusing to drive a car or eat meat."http://ww...
10/26/2013
Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | MIT Technology Review

"Refusing to make money off your own data might be as political an act as refusing to drive a car or eat meat."


http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520426/the-real-privacy-problem/

As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

09/27/2013
http://www.redeggreview.org/common-vs-private-good-in-plymouth-colony-a/

"The obvious point is that the entire venture of the colonists was fundamentally capitalist in its inception, and that it was the Massachusetts Bay Company, a sort of seventeenth-century equivalent of a modern corporation, that had imposed the original charter on the colonists, essentially making them “wage slaves” of the company."

TMR contributor, Fr. Aaron Taylor for Red Egg Review

http://www.redeggreview.org/common-vs-private-good-in-plymouth-colony-a/

FDA for TMR, on the "foolishness" of Holy Russia:  "He prostrates himself before her, identifying Russia at last as one ...
08/07/2013
theologoumena

FDA for TMR, on the "foolishness" of Holy Russia:

"He prostrates himself before her, identifying Russia at last as one of that most Eastern brood of saints, the Fools-for-Christ, whose baffling and often, to all appearances, insane and immoral behavior is but a ruse to conceal their holiness and virtue and to preserve their humility."

http://www.themediares.com/pages/theologoumena/holy-russia.html

The Queen of the Sciences has been in exile. The editors seek proposed submissions that replant the seeds of humanism in the soil of Gospel. How to trivialize the logic of Wall Street with economies of eternity? How to re-enchant mind and matter with mystery? How to name the Other with mystical prec...

"you homeless, wanton, drunken Russia—fool in Christ." by m.e.g
08/07/2013

"you homeless, wanton, drunken Russia—fool in Christ." by m.e.g

Father Deacon Aaron Taylor for TMR-- on the enigma of Holy Russia:  'The existence of that “Holy Russia,” if it can be d...
08/06/2013
theologoumena

Father Deacon Aaron Taylor for TMR-- on the enigma of Holy Russia:

'The existence of that “Holy Russia,” if it can be doubted as we look upon that age when the domes and crosses of churches dominated the skylines of Russian cities, when the monasteries flourished, when the tsars were anointed and crowned in the cathedrals of the Kremlin, is surely proved whenever she willingly undertook suffering and death for the sake of Christ and for the sins of her children.'

http://www.themediares.com/pages/theologoumena/holy-russia.html

The Queen of the Sciences has been in exile. The editors seek proposed submissions that replant the seeds of humanism in the soil of Gospel. How to trivialize the logic of Wall Street with economies of eternity? How to re-enchant mind and matter with mystery? How to name the Other with mystical prec...

"Shall I dare cast a stone at you?Shall I condemn your wild and passionate flame?Shall I not bow down before you with my...
08/06/2013

"Shall I dare cast a stone at you?
Shall I condemn your wild and passionate flame?
Shall I not bow down before you with my face in the mud,
blessing the trace of your bare foot,
you homeless, wanton, drunken
Russia—fool in Christ" - Maximilian Voloshin

So Proud!
07/20/2013

So Proud!

WELCOME PROFESSOR GAELEN GILBERT

The College takes pride in welcoming Assistant Professor Gaelan Gilbert (University of Victoria) to the Department of English Language and Literature. He joins the full-time faculty on September 1st. While at Victoria, he served as Editor for the University of Victoria CSRS journal Illumine and co-founder of the University of Victoria Research Collective, Seminarium. While at Point Loma Nazarene University, he served as Curriculum Coordinator for the PLNU Study Abroad Program, Euroterm. His awards include the Vanderkerkhove Fellowship, Center for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS), University of Victoria, The Howard J. Petch Research Scholarship, The William and Doreen Kerby Scholarship in Medieval British Literature, The Donald Wagg Graduate Scholarship, The Alexander and Helen Stafford MacCarthy Muir Graduate Scholarship, The University of Victoria Alumni Association Graduate Award, and the University of Victoria Doctoral Fellowship. In addition to contributed book chapters and conference presentations, his scholarly work has been published in The Sixteenth-Century Journal, International Journal of Orthodox Theology, and LORE: Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Please join us in welcoming Professor Gilbert!

How does a literary historian end up thinking in terms of z-scores, principal component analysis, and clustering coeffic...
07/10/2013
VersoBooks.com

How does a literary historian end up thinking in terms of z-scores, principal component analysis, and clustering coefficient?

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world.

Yet another must-read from The New Inquiry:"Knowingness is the attitude that allows sexism to persist in progressive ins...
07/10/2013
Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child – The New Inquiry

Yet another must-read from The New Inquiry:

"Knowingness is the attitude that allows sexism to persist in progressive institutions that you would expect to know better, precisely because you would. When casual sexism pervades leftist theory, one assumes it is ironic; when progressive institutions ignore gender politics, one assumes this is because struggles for equality have already been won, or must be deferred so we can attend to more pressing political needs. Intellectuals tend to show class allegiance, bracketing or ignoring casual sexism in their own circles. They project misogyny outward, onto Middle America megachurches and racialized others, or onto the powerful men that pander to those masses."

http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/further-materials-toward-a-theory-of-the-man-child/

Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child By Moira Weigel and Mal Ahernimage by imp kerrLeft theory’s response to the feminization of labor has been to cry for mommyVirginia Woolf pointed out in A Room of One’s Own that, for most of history, if a piece of writing was signed “Anonymous,” it...

TMR contributor, Alyssa McLeod and editor, Emily Smith collaborate for the International Journal of Learning and Media: ...
07/02/2013
Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications | IJLM

TMR contributor, Alyssa McLeod and editor, Emily Smith collaborate for the International Journal of Learning and Media: http://ijlm.net/node/13300

Motivated by the combination of knowing and doing in humanities curricula, this piece gives audiences a concrete sense of teaching and learning multimodal communications at the graduate level. Together with seven example prompts and multiple student responses to each, the piece also includes student...

" This tale of Impressionistic experiments in paintings deploys a kaleidoscopic approach, intertwining art forms, texts,...
06/29/2013
artifacts

" This tale of Impressionistic experiments in paintings deploys a kaleidoscopic approach, intertwining art forms, texts, and clothing, which actually creates a lucid story of how fashion, art, and commerce conspired to define the art and experience of modernity." Adele Barclay for TMR: http://www.themediares.com/pages/artifacts/impressionism-to-punk.html

Objects act upon us yet can do without us; they alter our intentions yet plead for good use. The editors seek proposed submissions that discuss or investigate our constant arrangement amidst objects. Made or unmade; digital or analog; filmed or framed; animal, vegetable, mineral; solid, liquid, gas....

Instagram is turning children, like 5-year-old Alonso Mateo, into sartorial monsters--pint-sized incarnations of their p...
06/25/2013

Instagram is turning children, like 5-year-old Alonso Mateo, into sartorial monsters--pint-sized incarnations of their parents' materialistic aspirations. http://on.tnr.com/14vk4Ll (Photo via Alonso Mateo's Instagram account)

Instagram is turning children, like 5-year-old Alonso Mateo, into sartorial monsters--pint-sized incarnations of their parents' materialistic aspirations. http://on.tnr.com/14vk4Ll (Photo via Alonso Mateo's Instagram account)

"Just as taxidermy represents a colonial desire for mastery over nature, preserved clothing items accepted into the muse...
06/25/2013
artifacts

"Just as taxidermy represents a colonial desire for mastery over nature, preserved clothing items accepted into the museum tantalizingly present a fallacy of their histories as finite." http://www.themediares.com/pages/artifacts/impressionism-to-punk.html

Objects act upon us yet can do without us; they alter our intentions yet plead for good use. The editors seek proposed submissions that discuss or investigate our constant arrangement amidst objects. Made or unmade; digital or analog; filmed or framed; animal, vegetable, mineral; solid, liquid, gas....

"Impressionism and Punk make unlikely bedfellows."  An exquisite analysis by Adèle Barclay of two of last month's overla...
06/25/2013
artifacts

"Impressionism and Punk make unlikely bedfellows." An exquisite analysis by Adèle Barclay of two of last month's overlapping fashion exhibits at the Met: http://www.themediares.com/pages/artifacts/impressionism-to-punk.html

Objects act upon us yet can do without us; they alter our intentions yet plead for good use. The editors seek proposed submissions that discuss or investigate our constant arrangement amidst objects. Made or unmade; digital or analog; filmed or framed; animal, vegetable, mineral; solid, liquid, gas....

lady with the finger
06/25/2013

lady with the finger

le dejeuner sur l'herbe
06/25/2013

le dejeuner sur l'herbe

Get it while it's hot. Friend of and contributor to TMR,  The Frailest Thing, publishes a book of essays on technology a...
06/13/2013
The Tourist and the Pilgrim: Essays on Life and Technology in the Digital Age

Get it while it's hot. Friend of and contributor to TMR, The Frailest Thing, publishes a book of essays on technology and culture: https://gumroad.com/l/UQBM

The Tourist and the Pilgrim is a collection of essays exploring the character of life in a digital age. Selections included examine the history and ethics of technology, technology's relationship to memory and the body, the experience of an always-connected life, and more. They draw on a variety of…

Old Europe’s contribution to the future: Verso Books #agamben #lectiodigitas http://t.co/B4dHpiaeHR
06/07/2013
Versobooks.com | The Endless Crisis as an Instrument of Power: In conversation with Giorgio Agamben

Old Europe’s contribution to the future: Verso Books #agamben #lectiodigitas http://t.co/B4dHpiaeHR

A Latin empire against the German dominance? The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben explains his much-discussed thesis. Apparently, he had been misunderstood. Professor Agamben, when you floated the idea in March of a ‘Latin imperium’ against Germanic domination in Europe, could you have imagined t...

Lectio Digitas 5/31-6/7: Skim what you may, read what you must.
06/07/2013

Lectio Digitas 5/31-6/7: Skim what you may, read what you must.

TMR's favorite slavophile, Mr. Jeremy Antley, publishes a book.  Buy it:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQ85HPC
05/25/2013
Thoughts From the Peasant Muse

TMR's favorite slavophile, Mr. Jeremy Antley, publishes a book. Buy it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQ85HPC

Thoughts from the Peasant Muse is a collection of essays written by Jeremy Antley, contributing writer for Play the Past and his own site, Peasant Muse. A mix of digital culture, board games, history, television, and personal observations, Thoughts from the Peasant Muse represents three years of ...

Lectio Digitas: Skim what you may, read what you must -
05/25/2013

Lectio Digitas: Skim what you may, read what you must -

TMR favorite Jeremy Antley for The New Inquiry:  "The Newtonian meets the Platonic at a threshold that only solitaire pl...
05/23/2013
Solitary Confinement – The New Inquiry

TMR favorite Jeremy Antley for The New Inquiry: "The Newtonian meets the Platonic at a threshold that only solitaire play can provide, with old, dualist concerns over the mind and body blurred into a sensorium where the rational and metaphysical can interact as equal partners."

http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/solitary-confinement/

Solitary Confinement By Jeremy AntleyOn the U.S.S. Missouri before Japan’s formal surrender, September 1945The only winning move for some war games, it turns out, is to play alone“There is no more dreary and deadening outlook than that for which the world and our life are the effect of pure chance,...

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