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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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From Crisis to Utopia: Implications of the Future Subjunctive

By Gabriella Andino     We communicate our conditions of being through a spectrum of languages and mediums. As limited as language is when it comes to bridging ideas and connecting individuals from different backgrounds, the concept of the contemporary functions as if there is a shared subject position that is equally accessible and capable…

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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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The Sun Never Sets: Mapping Digital-Colonialism

By Audrey Molloy     Modernity relies on critique to reinvent itself and to justify colonial exploitation, creating new hybrids and paradoxes and finding new ways to look at the world and our relationship to the past. — Irmgard Emmelhainz, “Decolonization as the Horizon of Political Action” (2016)   Despite contemporary verbiage that posits the…

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