Indie

Lana Del Rey [source: petercruise]

“Indie” is a cultural punching bag. Everyone loves to hate indie people and almost nobody would self-identify as one, though they might admit to being a fan of the genre. The steady drumbeat of magazine articles and blog posts dismissing the indie outlook as content-lessand paradoxically conformist is proof enough of this,  although relatively few… Continue Reading ➤

David Shrigley: Artist of the Absurd

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In his landmark book The Theatre of the Absurd, Martin Esslin argues that a cluster of playwrights from the 1960s dramatized the theories of Camus and Sartre more coherently than they had expounded them themselves. Beckett, Ionesco and Genet didn’t just describe the absurdities of the human condition, they made them palpable, evacuating characters of… Continue Reading ➤

The Hunter-Uploader Society: Lights, Camera, Obsession

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“Quick! Take a picture!” “Get a snap!” “Film this!” “Hurry and record!” “You’ve gotta put that on Facebook!” Sound familiar? Well it should, because these are the stock phrases of the photo-mad digital world in which we live. Recording events on iPads before we think to breathe them in, snapping pictures with people we barely know… Continue Reading ➤

Old Front, New Façade

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The magazine Minute is not in the business of playing devil’s advocate. As the unadulterated mouthpiece of the French extreme-right, it is regularly and deliberately embroiled in controversy. Its most famous debacle came in the run up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when it ran an article by politician Georges Frêche posing the question, ‘are there… Continue Reading ➤

Uruguay’s Clasificadores

Source: GlobalRec, Comunicado de Prensa: Una nueva Marcha de Carros de la UCRUS, September 5 2012

It’s a typically chilly July afternoon. Traffic on one of Montevideo’s busiest streets is gridlocked by dozens of horse-drawn rubbish carts. Pulling up outside the Palacio Municipal, home to Montevideo’s regional government or Intendencia, the rickety carros and their drivers cause quite a stir. These clasificadores steer their carts through the streets of Montevideo, collecting rubbish from households and more often… Continue Reading ➤

Too Pale, Too Male: Sparks Fly Over Race and Admissions

Leslie Social lecture theatre at the University of Cape Town [source: Ian Barbour]

Sophie Lalla tosses her backpack and skateboard down onto the library steps. She sits down and gazes out over the University of Cape Town (UCT)’s central campus, a scenic expanse punctuated by lush rugby fields and ivy-covered classrooms. Students are gathered in small clusters, some giggling and many hard at work—after all, they’re enrolled in… Continue Reading ➤