Category Archives: Miscellaneous

gaming the arts: collision of entertainment and art?

Are computer games art? The millions of gamers and game designers out there will most likely tell you yes. Artistic principles comprise at least a part of some of the professions in video game design, a list of which can … Continue reading

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thrown ups: winning the cultural explosion

by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com) After the ‘grunge explosion’ died out and the dust settled, there were, in reality, only a very few people who actually became long term successful. the number of actual “millionaires” could be counted on the fingers … Continue reading

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grape nuts: birth of a nation

grape nuts. marketing waste product to human chickens? There ain’t nobody here but us chickens. I’m o.k. but you’re not o.k. y’know just down there. Create a demand and fill it….. Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com ): Do you know what … Continue reading

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the greasy palm & the invisible hand

The extent to which public private corporations influence the public sphere is seen nowhere better than funding for the arts. One of the latest rows is over BP’s funding of the Tate Modern. Whether its a dispassionate tax write-off, or … Continue reading

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every good child deserves favor

There were almost no flickers of sensitivity to the horror. The callous behavior of parents and adults to infants in seventeenth-century England and eighteenth-century France is almost too impossible to appear credible. The women of the poor suckled for a … Continue reading

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gold bugs: buried with their booty

Among the allies of the Trojans in their bitter war to save their city were men from the far off land of Thrace. According to Homer, their chariots were laden with silver and gold and their weapons were also of … Continue reading

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cry him a river

Varying degrees of madness. A creepy but vulnerable figure escaping his awkward urges with bloodhounds on his trail. It is an intangible sliver of hope. ¬†Peter Lorre gives pause for a reflection on the nature of evil, particularly who the … Continue reading

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innocence: signs of the normal

Its difficult to doubt that cruelty is a major obsession and obscenity of modern life. The mediatised examples are a running faucet of lurid sensationalism that play on the disquieting tendencies of attraction and repulsion. Leaving aside, the more large-scale … Continue reading

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the barn: tangles and angles of innocence

Advertising billboards on the side of barns are really part of Americana, and have been so since the end of the eighteenth-century.¬† Its easy to dismiss this kind of advertising as having minimal cultural value or significance, but closer looks … Continue reading

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their favorite game

He was considered the most glamorous name in photography and his fusion of commercial and high art brought him controversy, but also redefined fashion photography. It was high-end marketing with a pop sheen to it. Cinema noir with a trace … Continue reading

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