Everyone Else

Otherness Otherness has less to do with a specific, measurable distinction of what makes one ‘normal’ and another the ‘other’, and more to do with the perception of ones self as being the centre point of what is ordinary or nondescript, and any difference from that is worthy of label or fascination.┬áRichard Dyer writes in┬áthe […]

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Function Over Form in Fairy Tales

During the last session we looked at Fairy-tales. Stories with no copyright, with an instant familiarity and shared understanding with an audience. These stories tend towards flat but multiplied scenarios, good and evil, black and white conflicts. They are also fairly popular as sources for remixing, taking the familiar characters of these old, word-of-mouth stories […]

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Identity and Self-Design

Paraphrasing and referencing a source: The design of the self is not a new phenomenon, people design their identity for a myriad of reasons, either to go with or against what is expected of them, or perhaps construct an identity to sell as a product or brand. Christian tradition of the early 20th century had […]

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Meanings of Things

Everything is meaningless. That’s a bit of a sweeping statement, right? In a lot of ways it can be argued to be false, in some ways it’s true, and those arguments not only depend on evidence but also the meaning of the words used, the meaning of ‘meaning’. This all gets a little confusing, but […]

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Museum of Innocence: Impressions

The exhibition at Somerset House focuses on 13 vitrines filled with everyday objects that each represent a single moment within the relationship, interwoven with film by celebrated director Grant Gee, original material about the making of the museum and facsimile manuscripts of the novel. https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/museum-of-innocence The exhibition spans two medium sized rooms. Regular objects are […]

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Can Deadpool be seen as a descendent of Brecht’s attitude towards theatrical characters?

This is a question dependent on what exactly Brecht’s idea of epic theatre means, and whether or not modern movies and films seek the same ideals. It also depends on whether or not modern self-aware characters like Deadpool that do not seek full empathy from the audience are the way they are for similar reasons […]

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The Hoax

A hoax is not simply a lie or a fabricated story. In order to be considered a hoax, the lie must not only be believable and substantiated in some way, but also sensational and of some consequence so as to draw significant enough attention, else it is not a successful hoax at all. The purpose […]

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