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Wednesday 23 Open Archive Public Workshop at the Slought Foundation Slought is pleased to announce “Open Archive,” a public workshop with Depression Era, a collective lens-based arts project based in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 10am-12pm. The workshop will be facilitated by members Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Yorgos Prinos, and Georges Salameh, and has…

Welcome and Posting Guide!

Welcome to our class blog for Foundations of Art, Design, and Digital Culture! You will be expected to post on here once a week before each Tuesday class. Your posts should relate to something we are talking about in class. They can range anywhere from design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, composition, fashion, video, architecture, and theory….

Bill Brandt’s Black

Bill Brandt is one of two photographers whom I return to every few months (the other is Peter Hujar). Brandt’s photographs are consistently shocking – because of their fearless confrontation with darkness, because of their unrelenting demand that the familiar become unfamiliar, and because his bodies look like buildings and his buildings breathe. I shuffle…

2nd Annual Animation First Festival Celebrates French Animation

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will be celebrating its second annual Animation First Festival in New York City from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27. Showcasing a variety of French animation and other forms of media, the festival explores the extensive history of French animation. In addition to 17 premieres, the line-up includes…

The Assassination of Gianna Versace

This weekend I started watching The Assassination of Gianna Versace.  As a dramatization of a real life tragedy, this series portrays the the events leading up to the murder of Gianna Versace. Before I started watching the series, I didn’t know anything about this event, so I watched with an open mind. Of course, I…

Critical Role Intro: Storytelling through Short Form Animation

Early in December 2018, the web series Critical Role released and began incorporating a new animated sequence to introduce each episode. Critical Role is a live-played game of Dungeons and Dragons, featuring a cast of voice actors portraying various “player characters” and notable voice actor Matthew Mercer in the role of dungeon master, the primary writer and driving force…

The Cultural Gap of Tattoo Aesthetics

Recently I’ve been experiencing what I call “tattoo fever” (otherwise known as my mother’s least favourite cousin of “baby fever”)—which is to say I’ve been making Pinterest boards and following hashtags on Instagram. In my many efforts to collect hypothetical designs that I considered representative of my own sense of aesthetics, I’ve realized that my…

Peter Parks: Unique Image Framing

The Atlantic has a fantastic series called Photos of the Week, which is exactly what it sounds like — a selection of photos from the week. This week one of the photos is this intriguing image shot by Peter Parks. The objects in the foreground, Rafael Nadal and fans holding a variety of objects to…

Mary, Queen of Scots and the Color Red

We walked in a bit late to the showing of Mary Queen of Scots, but the realization of the fierce and complex dynamic between Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth was immediate. Fittingly, the movie about 16th century Scottish/English monarchy is in a sepia-like hue and an ornate yet cloudy setting. However, Queen Mary and Queen…

Poster – An American in Paris

Over Winter Break, I visited the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City with my family. I really enjoyed all of the exhibits that I saw there that day, but one piece that particularly caught my eye was this poster for a French production of an American in Paris created by Philippe Apeloig, a…