Thursday, February 20, 2020

Managed Middlebrow Mimesis



Successful "art packaging" can exercise the dynamics of peer-defined normative mimetic reinforcements. The peer-normative symbols are focused though an archetype-model (an author in this case) and the cultural artifacts (books) created by that model, which are packaged, transmitted, and regulated through the media promotional apparatus. The symbol of the media promotional apparatus (Steve Allen in this case) patterns the archetypal behaviors of involvement, veneration and deference that consumers are encouraged to imitate.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Artist Making an Image (representations and contexts)



On display at the American Museum of Natural History.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center

Museum Day is an annual celebration of art and culture hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry for guests on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Tickets will be available to download starting February 27, 2020. Tours of the Yuko Nii Foundation’s special collections to be scheduled. Special gallery exhibit to be announced.

Please click HERE to learn more about the program.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Critical Synoptics

It is often useful to see the activity of conceptual analysis as a literary activity. The subject matter of analytic philosophy--which itself is a linguistic analysis--consists of philosophical concepts, but the activity and arguably the method are very often literary. 

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Vivian Kubrick on Plato's Republic, Julian Assange, and etc.



She says Plato's "Utopia" but of course she means Plato's Republic.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

"The Quantum Theory of Conscious Cities" by Vitasta Raina






















"Within a city's quantum mind, the information shared between and created by the interaction of different city layers and their components creates dynamic areas of social cognition, but it also creates patches of urban wilderness, fringe areas without stimulation. These dark jungles of a city's mind are the domain of the elusive city organism.... [D]espite an accurate knowledge of these systems of self-projection, there is a void between the animate and the inanimate nature, a gap in the system between the self-animal and core-entity, and this leads to the creation of a 'boundless void' within ourselves because we are often unable to pinpoint the exact area of discomfiture between ourselves and our true selves, unable to determine even the brims of our conscious and subconscious streams of thoughts, emotions and associations. Since Supranatural systems exist beyond our control, they occupy a space outside of our self spaces. diagram below reflects the self-entity model with different spaces occupied by different systems within the space of our psyche."

Please click HERE to explore the essay.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Video Introduction: The Paradise Lost Board Game



Click HERE to play the Beta version.

Click HERE to view the cards (under development).