Archive For The “Features” Category

Blue is the Color of the User Interface

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Blue is the Color of the User Interface

By Audrey Molloy   Charles O’Rear, Bliss, 1996, digital photograph     “…the first step into a new architecture of values comes in the setting of limits. Negatively drawn out of the darkness of Being, the field of linguistic translation—and thus, of action—emerges as a game shaped by the specific limit of the board over…

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Love Poetry From Machine Boy

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Love Poetry From Machine Boy

By Yutong Liu     When the machine loves a girl, thoughts are full, storage is full, everything is full…   When I fall love in you, my life becomes different. When I fall love in you, I start my real life. I start to expect my future, the future with you. Each order you…

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INCARCERATED AUTHORS, ACTIVIST POETS, STUDENT DESIGNERS, LED BY WOMEN POETS + PRINTERS

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INCARCERATED AUTHORS, ACTIVIST POETS, STUDENT DESIGNERS, LED BY WOMEN POETS + PRINTERS

By Jamie Mahoney and Liz Canfield   One of many Bowe House Press collaborative artists books, sanctuary is the result of over two years of work by more than 50 writers, artists, and activists. It is a collaboration among the University of Richmond’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies students, Graphic Design letterpress students, local activists…

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The Magic of Needles, Thread and Technology: Transforming Fashion and Visual Merchandising at the University of Memphis

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The Magic of Needles, Thread and Technology: Transforming Fashion and Visual Merchandising at the University of Memphis

By Lisa M. Williamson   University of Memphis Classroom, 2019. Photo courtesy of Ramona Sonin.     The Visionary and the Vision   Call it kismet or coincidence, but when Ramona Sonin (or just Sonin to all who know her) named her pitbull “Memphis” while living in Venice, California, the idea of moving to her…

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Spells of Ruin

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Spells of Ruin

By Lap Le Have you seen the footage of an alpine newt tadpole forming from a single cell? (1) The one that is time-lapsed so we can see how the cell splits – then splits again, exponentially, until our eyes can’t make out the divisions. You should watch it. It’s a beautiful video; turbulent, like…

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The Fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Nemesis

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The Fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Nemesis

By Greyory Blake   00. This is what we know. Times were urgent, though that urgency was unrequited. There was a moment of excess and greed that assembled as avarice. An unprecedented, insurmountable, and ultimately meaningless degree of data was collected under the guise of future reference. Stockpiles of information were gathered and conserved in…

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Becoming as practice as performance as Becoming: I am the orange, and You Can, Too.

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Becoming as practice as performance as Becoming: I am the orange, and You Can, Too.

Liz Clayton Scofield     It’s like I can’t unsee it. You find meaning in what you assign meaning to. This, I suppose, is the exercise of art.   In some past, an orange was just a citrus fruit that I’d eat sometimes.  Somehow, through some accumulation of decisions and acts, an orange now is…

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Living Sideways

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Living Sideways

  “This is the Humpty Dumpty I know,” Neil Hancock says.   We sit before The Comedown, propped up against a wall in his studio. Hancock interprets his own painting to me subjectively. The work may, he says, deal with the starting point of recovery from addiction; however, he recognizes any political readings of the…

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Editorial 98:  Future Past

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Editorial 98:  Future Past

By Sunni Johnso     In David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the demonic inhabitant known as Bob monologued a riddle regarding the “future past” as one totality. Instead of the mutually exclusive idea that we know the past and the future to be, and amongst all the crypticism of the famed series, the combined concept of…

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

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Memphis on the Upswing: The 2019 ArtsAccelerator Grant Winners

by Clay Palmer     Since 2013, ArtsMemphis has awarded grants to working visual artists in Shelby County to support them at a critical juncture in their practice. By doing so, ArtsMemphis encourages growth and artistic development for Memphis as a region and focuses on creating an environment focused on progress and enrichment of the…

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