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Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Review: The Box

First-semester social-science students would wince at the overreaching metaphors in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly’s latest Rorschach test.
David Kelly boxes himself in
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009

Love bug

At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2009
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Manufactured landscapes

Depending on our mood, most of us seek out albums that coddle our hopes, fears, and concerns; failing that, we want escapism, foreign environments that either take us where we want to be or startle us with the thrill of the new.
Highlights from a banner year in wordless music

Epochalypse soon

The end times do indeed commence on December 21, 2012.  On that date, this fragile blue orb of ours will suddenly cease to be a very fun place to live.
The end is nigh! Or not.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 25, 2009

Nude vs. prude

Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
Some Things  at Trinity
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


His last year at Marienbad

Alain Resnais, perhaps as a dig at his screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, sometimes tells a joke about their notorious 1961 movie.
Alain Robbe-Grillet: 1922–2008
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2008

Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche: Ultimate Reality

Kind of like one long Rorschach test, Ultimate Reality is a collaboration between experimental music producer Dan Deacon and visual artist Jimmy Joe Roche.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

Road to ruin

In contemporary art, Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River is a 1.3-mile-wide symbol for humanity’s hubris.
Exploring “Urban Landscapes” at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2007

Creation’s silent roar

Nicole Duennebier’s painting reaches into a primordial deep-sea darkness to pull out luminescent patterns dotting undulating shapes.
Nicole Duennebier astounds at Aucocisco
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 07, 2007

Origin of species

When in 1976 Jennifer Bartlett premiered her epic painting Rhapsody, John Russell, the chief art critic of the New York Times, proclaimed it “the most ambitious single work of art that has come my way since I started to live in New York." “Jennifer Bar
Jennifer Bartlett’s breakthrough masterpiece and photographers of the future  
By GREG COOK  |  October 18, 2006


Not aht

What a pity that Samuel Beckett’s plays aren’t more widely appreciated.
2nd Story’s Godot is free of pretentiousness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 30, 2006

Different strokes

Some say the movie impulse comes from voyeurism, but I think a case could be made for sado-masochism, especially after watching some of the selections in this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival.
The Boston Underground Film Festival  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2006