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Reflections on Refigurations: Thinking Across Media in One’s Own Work

March 18, 2016 |

As part of my final contribution for this course, I have decided to bring in a project I have been working on outside of my coursework, in conjunction with a student from the graduate School of Education and the … Read More

It is so ordered

March 9, 2016 | 1

In our discussion of love today, I am thinking a lot about Justice Kennedy’s words from Obergefell v. Hodges, which seem to be a kind of legal poetry about love for our era:

“No union is more profound than marriage, … Read More

Chess, Imagination, and Fear in 1957

March 9, 2016 | 2

Bobby Fischer was at the height of his powers in 1957. At 14 years old, he was rising to his position as world champion, a title which he would win in 1958. In the Cold War year’s of Bobby Fischer’s … Read More

Joan Didion, Emily Post, and Reclaiming Pre-Feminist Handbooks

February 24, 2016 | 1

Joan Didion, in The Year of Magical Thinking, finds Emily Post’s 1922 manual about etiquette to be the most helpful in helping her understand her own experience of grief. Didion culls through various texts in her mourning, looking for answers. … Read More

Death in the Cabbage Patch

February 24, 2016 | 2

Our discussion of Montaigne and his notion of a swift death made me think of the death of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Montaigne writes: “I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening” … Read More

Response to the Anderson Collection: Oakland Maquette, Fletcher Benton, 1969

February 17, 2016 |

Fletcher Benton’s Oakland Maquette is part television, part swimming pool. Although its structure mimics the shape of the kind of small television you might have found sitting on the counter of a suburban kitchen in 1969, the central action of Oakland Maquette … Read More

Artists and Aphorisms

February 5, 2016 | 1

From Kafka to Richter, we have grappled in this class with the aphoristic form. How does the aphorism serve the artist, why are artists so drawn to the contradiction, oxymoron, the pithy and playful? How does the aphorism push up … Read More


January 25, 2016 | 1

I have been thinking about works of at that address similar material as Harris’ approach in I Love Your Work, but operate differently than Harris. The recent film Tangerine does not deal with pornography, rather with sex work, and is fictional rather than documentary. … Read More

Re: Jonathan Harris and 24 HOURS

January 25, 2016 | 2

After our conversation about Jonathan Harris, and reading Silvia’s post about Kessels’ 24 HOURS, I am reminded of two more works of art/installations dealing with technology and our lives.

Related to our conversation about the ethics and politics of Harris’ … Read More

herding the wind: hopefulness and futility in ecclesiastes

January 13, 2016 |

Leonard Bernstein’s score for the 1961 film West Side Story (originally written for an earlier stage production), specifically Tony and Maria’s duet “One Hand, One Heart,” came to mind while reading Ecclesiastes. For those who haven’t seen the film, Tony and Maria are … Read More