Thinking Ahead

The movement we glibly call futurism today first began to crystallise as a literary trend in Europe, not long before World War I exploded across the continent. Young men with articulate minds began praising technological advancement and all the speed, heroics, violence, industry, politics and combustible energy that went along with it. The frenzy for the race towards…

Behind the Comedic Mask

Top Five (2014), a film by director and funny guy Chris Rock, hones in on the many themes and kinds of visual imagery that flood the life of a comedian who “doesn’t feel funny anymore.” Top Five follows the goings on of Andre Allen, a comedian whose career is in decline; the reasons why are…

Imperial Days

I have a bit of ancient history for you on this first day of August, a month named for the very first emperor of Rome, Augustus Caesar, who ruled from 27 BCE to 14 CE. Born Gaius Octavius to a pretty young Julia Ceasar, sister to a certain Julius, and a wealthy senator who widowed her, the boy knew public life…

Russia and the Eye of Noir

A new publication by Cult photographer Teresa Neal is in the pipeline for release. ‘In The Eye of Noir’ focuses on the dark flip side of everyday life. This is a departure from her last book ‘Industrial Coastline’, a documentary collection of photography about economics, industry, and the environment. There is, however, a nod to…

Halo

Halo Video by Helen Smith Dissolving into High-Summer. Halo is based on a particular physical experience encountered by the filmmaker wherein the definition or boundary between the individual and the landscape disappears, one flowing into the other and back, leading to both a heightened sense of awareness and a sensation of completeness. The mirror, in…

Wonderland Calling

On July 26, 1951, Walt Disney’s thirteenth animated film, Alice in Wonderland, made its cinematic debut in London. Executed in kaleidoscopic Technicolor, the more-than-memorable film continues to haunt the dreams of children and leave stoners utterly dumbfounded today. The queer, dark yet lovely storyline was adapted from a very fictional nineteenth-century work by English poet and mathematician…

Hopper Goes to the Movies

Here’s wishing a happy posthumous birthday to American painter Edward Hopper, who was born on this day in 1882. Very capable of picking out melancholic beauty in the modernising world, but thoroughly cynical nonetheless, he once bluntly stated, “Ninety percent of artists are forgotten ten minutes after they’re dead.”  Yet Hopper’s gruff pessimism, or perhaps pragmatism, did nothing to diminish…

Signs from Above

A crown is never just a crown. Its bearer, its layered symbolism and its various interpretations, all these things are an inherent part of such a regal item. Historically, crowns have played a major role in society. They are symbols of unchecked power, the expected headdresses of individuals that wield such power. Crowns speak of…