Reviews

Drone 2: The Subversive Sound of Sunn O))) | Norberto Gomez

Originally presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference, Roanoke, Virginia, October, 2016 for the panel: Sound Art and Subjectivity. “Drone 2” is a continuing investigation into drone metal and digital culture begun by the author in The Book of Cannibals (Sybil Press, 2014). While there is some repetition, this essay expands the scope of…

George Lucas’ First Feature Film, THX 1138 (1971)

“You are a true believer, blessings of the State, blessings of the masses. Thou art a subject of the divine, created in the image of man, by the masses, for the masses.” These are the salutations of OMM, a state-sanctioned deity whose visual representation is Hans Memling’s Christ Giving His…

Lunar Resurrection, Or, How To Die On The Moon | Norberto Gomez

Take your first step out to outer space You’re like a little baby who never walked before So, take your first step out to outer space — “Walking on the Moon”, Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra with June Tyson[1] “Saturn 3, when they want to give the solar…

Mr. Robot | Andrew Jones

“The darkest timeline” is a phrase that became famous during an episode of Dan Harmon’s classic television series, Community. In “Remedial Chaos Theory” (season 3, episode 4), a number of alternate realities are introduced as the show’s main characters roll dice to decide who gets to pick up the pizza…

A Moon Shaped Pool | Damian Hondares

Everyone has one of those formative moments in life, when they suddenly come to the realization that, in that moment, of all the infinitesimal moments in the entropy of the universe, they will begin to become the person they ultimately choose to become. For some, that moment of enlightenment comes…

Spectre: A Review | Michael Leonberger

How can one seriously advocate a love of James Bond in 2016? The martini-swilling, tuxedo-sporting, murderous womanizer of the Cold War is now made up in the popular imagination as equal parts parody and awful colonialist-conservative ideology. Namely, might makes right, with regards to foreigners and women, their own agency…

Review: Push Pull: A visual analysis | Nia Burks

The first viewing of Push Pull by Purity Ring is reminiscent of a figurative interpretation of the abstract minimalist aesthetic that has defined much of the iOS7 and later mobile vernacular. Complete with slow moving hair as reference to the parallax scroll on the iPhone, stark gradient background that is…

Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz (2015) | Norberto Gomez, Jr.

I had a dream David Bowie taught us how to skateboard But he was shaped like Gumby -Cyrus, “Twinkle Song” There is something great about the image of tweens at a Miley Cyrus concert being forced into existential quandary by the pop star they grew up with now performing with…