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Will There Ever Be "Art TV"?

Will There Ever Be “Art TV”?

Culture
Rob Hutton
FX’s sci-fi drama Legion concluded its three-season run recently. It was one of the most improbable shows on television: a superhero franchise tie-in, run by Fargo creator Noah Hawley, that very quickly turned into an experimental and surreal work about the nature of consciousness. Its final season included musical numbers, narrative told through still frames, an episode-long trans-temporal fairy tale, time demons, a scene from a completely different show spliced in, and a whole lot of subtitles. Nobody really cared ...
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Punk Before Punk

Punk Before Punk

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Zach Davison
The birthplace of punk rock is as contested as the proverbial chicken and egg. The UK, the US, Australia, amongst others, all have a deserved horse in the race, but the truth is a little less clear-cut. What is generally termed “punk” refers to the artistic and musical movement of the mid to late 1970s that spilled through to the 1980s. As a movement in the 1970s, punk was heavily politicised. It was, though not confined to, a nihilist expression of a lack of prospects for the working-class youth, but it too extended beyond the realms of socioeconomic limitations to foster anyone with anti-establishment leanings ...
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A Filmmaker Reflects on Cinema as Art

A Filmmaker Reflects on Cinema as Art

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Mahum Jamal
Today I am in Berlin and meandered into two probing contemporary art exhibits. Actually, the first was a wealthy collector’s personal collection which, for me, did not do much except reflect on a history of powerful, wealthy families defining taste. The second was more my speed, an academic look at two artists at the KN Space for Art in Context. A labyrinth of open spaces webbed together in highly compelling geometry filled with video installations, each piece separated into open rooms, but still together given the unique exhibit architecture. Both artists, David Wojnarowicz and Reza Abdoh, use video to function as powerful statements. Reza Abdoh used film to capture his theatre: dramatic, and surreal. A man is ...
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Love, Life and Death

Love, Life and Death

Culture
Peter O'Neill
For the purpose of perspective, I should like to carry out a short comparative study of two poems treating the subject of the sea. The first poem I should like to focus on is the great sonnet by Charles Baudelaire L’Homme et la Mer, whose composition dates back to 1852. The second poem is a poem I wrote sometime last year, L’Homme et la Merde, in which I use the poem by Baudelaire, as an obvious starting point, in order to attempt to underline the epic socio-and ecological shifts which have occurred in the time frame of the composition of both poems. So, just so that we are absolutely clear, the period of time that separates both ...
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Cut Up on Copacabana - David Scott - Book Review

Cut Up on Copacabana – David Scott – Book Review

Culture Frankie Gaffney This review was originally presented in speech form at the book’s launch in Dublin, May 2018 It’s a great honour to be asked to speak about this book, which, like its author, is exceptional. I mean both David and his book are exceptional in the sense of brilliant—but also in the sense of very strange. The text announces its weirdness from the outset, opening with a series of different dialogues, in which several different and conflicting explanations for the same set of scars on the protagonist’s chest are offered. There is no narrator, the reader is left to chase truth themselves. These playful verbal back and forths immediately call to mind the good-natured dominance contest of sparring ...
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At Vacuum's Edge by Michael Mc Aloran - novella Review

At Vacuum’s Edge by Michael Mc Aloran – novella Review

Culture Ross Breslin As an author and editor I consider myself just about well-read enough as one would have to be in those dual positions and not much more. It’s a source of personal concern, an insecurity I assuage by assuring myself that, while I may not be all that well-read, what I have read, I have read well. It gets me through the day. Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, I can honestly say that Michael Mc Aloran—the mesmerizing, disturbing and eviscerating style of his signature “disembodied voice” perspective—is unlike any other poet or writer I’ve ever read. And it is both poetry and prose (and perhaps, even, it’s neither). As I said, it’s different. It’s hypnotic, unsettling—somehow viciously-grotesque ...
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Dan Riley: Walk the Other Way EP Review

Dan Riley: Walk the Other Way EP Review

Culture Scum Gentry Staff Dan Riley is a man of many talents. Not only is the Lancashire-born troubadour a poet of some renown—having found a platform for his work in publications as sophisticated and widely admired as this one—he’s only gone and dropped a five-track EP of easy-listening alternative folk and smooth pop-rock that’s pretty much all hits and no misses. And the whole thing’s available for you to listen to immediately. Well shucks, this must be your lucky day. Evocative of a host of great forebears from The Beatles through Pink Floyd and John Martyn, “Walk the Other Way” is a pleasing traipse through summery emotions with Riley’s earnest, crooning vocals running the gamut from plaintive and introspective to ...
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Tongue Bundle Peppery Talk - Album Review

Tongue Bundle Peppery Talk – Album Review

Culture Robert Mulhern Now, as I am a man on the internet who likes and writes about music, I must have some sort of licence to talk about music..........yes? Of course I fucking do. I went to MIT and studied “objective taste”, a scientifically programmed PHD course which allows me to pass judgement on anything I see fit. I am an expert on everything from wine to music, I’m not just a musician on the internet with millions of opinions just like everyone else in this field. So you should just take my word as gospel. Before I start, I must state that music journalism is an exact science and that everything I say must be correct regardless of my ...
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