A new law takes aim at content deemed to “exacerbate and inflame divisions”
On Wednesday afternoon, Idaho’s Republican governor Brad Little signed a bill into law that takes aim at what it calls “critical race theory.” Framing itself as a law to promote “dignity and nondiscrimination,” House Bill 377 makes it a crime for public educators—including at the university level—to promote the idea “that individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.”
Earlier this week, I wrote a response to tech company Basecamp’s decision to ban political speech in the workplace. That same evening, Casey Newton published an article for The Verge that shed some light on the events that apparently prompted this announcement. As Newton’s article explains, the political discussions taking place at Basecamp largely focused on the internal culture of the company itself — not conversations about the outside world brought into work, as many were led to believe by the company’s original statement. Newton writes,
Interviews with a half-dozen Basecamp employees over the past day paint a portrait of…
For the past several years, Chicago-based company Basecamp has positioned itself as a moral and strategic leader in the tech world. This posture has come, in no small part, from the tireless workplace culture evangelism of cofounders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson—better known by his web handle DHH. DHH’s reputation for performatively calling out the unethical practices of other tech companies is part of the reason it came as a shock to many when, on Monday, Basecamp issued a statement outlining a series of internal changes to the company. Among other things, this statement (which has already been heavily…
How the Best Picture winner portrays the American West
One of the things I’ve missed the most during the pandemic is seeing first-run movies in the theater. However, the next best thing, I’ve discovered, is seeing first-run movies at the drive-in theater. The drive-in I’ve been going to is in Concord, California, a northeastern suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area. By day, its enormous parking lot plays host to a massive swap meet. At sundown, it becomes a drive-in theater, where patrons munch popcorn and tailgate amidst a sea of trash left behind by the day’s activities.
A survey of the prints by the greatest painter of the German Renaissance
Many details of the life of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer have survived into the modern era. This is because the artist kept great notes, as though he himself believed that his own life was something of great import. In addition to his paintings, the artist’s production includes some 105 intaglio prints and 346 woodcuts, making him one of the most prolific graphic artists of the first century of European printmaking. …
In many ways, her work prefigures the contemporary preoccupation with the anthropocene
When I was a teenager, I saw this piece at MoMA for the first time and it took my breath away. At the time, I was doing some welding and had this idea to stretch fabric inside planes created by a metal armature. When I saw that Lee Bontecou had already done it, I knew two things. First, I knew I never had to stretch fabric inside a metal armature; Lee Bontecou had already done it better than I ever could. Second, I knew that I wanted to…
A brief introduction to Jean-Louis Baudry’s apparatus theory
Apparatus theory was an influential contribution to film studies in the 1970s. The theory combined Louis Althusser’s idea of the ideological state apparatus with a psychoanalytic approach inspired by Freud. The purpose of this post is to provide a basic introduction to this theory as expressed in the works of Jean-Louis Baudry. (It is adapted from a presentation I gave as a student in a graduate film and media seminar, and is intended to be used as a supplement to, not a replacement for, the quoted texts.)
The cryptoart hype is designed to help people get rich doing something morally reprehensible
Just a few weeks ago, few people outside the niche world of cryptocurrency trading knew what an NFT was. This changed about a month ago when celebrities like Grimes began producing their own NFTs. Then on March 11, the auction house Christie’s made headlines for selling a digital collage of 5000 images by the artist Mike Winkelmann (who uses the moniker Beeple) for $69.3 million. This staggering sum is the third highest price ever realized at auction for the sale of work by a living artist.
This past weekend saw Donald Trump’s first post-presidential appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando.
Days before Trump took the stage, CPAC was already trending on Twitter. This was partly because of a weird golden statue of Trump wearing what looked like American flag swim trunks, and partly because many people had pointed out that the stage was clearly shaped like an Odal rune, an insignia used by the Nazis and more recently, as the logo of the American Nazi Party.
This is a photograph of three paintings from Hilma af Klint’s series Paintings for the Temple, completed in 1915, which I took at the Serpentine Galleries in London in 2016. This show followed a major retrospective organized by the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, and the Picasso museum in Málaga. Most recently, her work traveled to the Guggenheim. This exhibition drew over 600,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history. Pretty impressive, from an artist that very few people had heard of prior to 2013. …
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