Archive | Art

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University

Socrates via Singularity University Weblog:

Singularity University is not about the singularity and is not even a university. It is not about abundance and is not an exponential organization.

Then what is Singularity University about?!

Those are the claims I made and the questions I asked, and tried to address, during my recent presentation at a local meetup organized by Singularity University in the Netherlands. Check it out and judge for yourself.

(You can listen to/download the audio file above or watch the video in full. If you want to help me produce more videos like this one please make a donation!)

You can read the transcript here.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Negativland: U2, FU, and the TPP

The musical group Negativland has been at the center of copyright conversations for the last 25 years. A series of lawsuits that began with U2’s record label, Island Records, sent them “on something of a crusade to bring this issue out for public debate.” These guys literally wrote the book on “Fair Use” and coined the term “culture jamming,” so there’s probably no one better to ask about the intellectual property aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a slew of looming threats to online freedom, which is what a new interview with Negativland’s Mark Hosler does.

In the first part of the interview, Hosler states, “The powers that be, the so-called 1%, etc, the TPP is them kinda writing the rules, it’s like their wet dream fantasy of how they’d like the world to run. It all works to their advantage and to the disadvantage of absolutely everyone else.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

“The White People,” by Arthur Machen

“Sorcery and sanctity,” said Ambrose, “these are the only realities. Each is an ecstasy, a withdrawal from common life…” [Etext]


If you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft but have never heard of Arthur Machen, then you’re in for a treat. A Welsh author, actor, and practicing member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Machen’s weird fiction was a major influence upon Lovecraft, who pays homage to him by name in The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft, in fact, regarded him as “a Titan—perhaps the greatest living author.” “There is in Machen,” he wrote, “an ecstasy of fear that all other living men are too obtuse or timid to capture, and that even Poe failed to envisage in all its starkest abnormality.” 

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Mœbius & Jodorowsky’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece, The Incal, Brought to Life in Animation

From the director Pascal Blais:

A movie trailer project inspired by the graphic novel “The INCAL”, from Moebius and Jodorowsky.

A while ago, I reunited a bunch of artists from the original “Heavy Metal” movie, to produce a trailer based upon this great work. Then I got busy building my company and it sat on my shelf until a few months back, when I decided to revamp it with today’s digital punch.

Two sequences from the original “Heavy Metal” movie were borrowed from Moebius’s work; “The Long Tomorrow” story and “Arzach”. Given that till this day, Moebius and Jodorowsky are heralded as some of the world’s greatest Sci-Fi visionaries; it seems to me that a film, based on their work would be even more successful than one inspired by it.

Bringing these incredible artists’s work to the big screen, I am convinced would be a great success…so much so that I animated and directed this piece with other like artists.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Podcast Episode 3: Pagans & Prisons


Compelling stories, ambient recordings, and interesting background music, woven into a radical pagan tapestry with a high audio-geek quotient.

Via Gods & Radicals:

In episode 3, we hear from several members of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, all of whom work in some capacity with pagans in prison, along with a rant on the subject from our own Dr. Bones.

“We’re number one in prisoners.

By every measure the U.S. leads the world in prisoners, with 2.2 million people in jail and more than 4.8 million on parole. No nation tops that – not China with 1.7 million, not Russia with 670,000. We not only have the highest number of prisoners, we have the highest percentage of people in prison or jail. In the U.S., 702 of every 100,000 people were in prison or jail in 2013. Cuba has 510 per 100,000 people in prison, Russia has 467, and Iran has 290.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Melancholia and the Infinite Sadness: A truly Dark Side of the Rainbow

When first told about the idea to combine Lars Von Trier’s cinematic ode to romanticized depression with the mid-’90s classic from Smashing Pumpkins, what struck me was the obvious similarity of titles. But then the little things start to add up:  Kirsten Dunst’s character in Melancholia is named Justine and the Pumpkins song “1979” also features a character by that name; “Justine never knew the rules.”

David Plate, a multi-media artist who goes by “MK Ultrasound,” has collected a list of correspondences between the two pieces of media (enough that he considers Von Trier may have utilized the album as a direct influence or even intended it as a secret soundtrack). If you want to experience it and judge for yourself, Plate has made this experiment in Xenochrony available to the public:


Read the rest

Continue Reading

Pop Art, Robber’s Masks, and Skate Culture with Alex Scher


Being a self-proclaimed movie buff, I know all too well how pretentious the film world can be, but the “art world” can be even more overbearing and stuffy. So, it’s always refreshing to encounter those who work against that “pretentious artist” stereotype. I typically gravitate to filmmakers who turn art cinema (whatever that really is) on its head. And, I suppose, there’s really no difference when it comes to other artists I admire.

I just relocated to Chicago for a stint, where I happened to meet up-and-coming artist, Alex Scher. His tongue-in-cheek, skate culture spin on pop art is a refreshing recourse to the darker, more “serious” art I often come across.

After seeing some of his work, I sat down with him to discuss art, skate culture, and whatever the hell is up with his robber’s mask obsession.

Read the rest

Continue Reading