Issue 8

Fear and Loathing in GTA V: Where the Wave Broke

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught,” Hunter Thompson wrote in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten…

Dept. of Cute | Crystal Beiersdorfer

“Digital culture is constantly altering the definition of what it means to be a “beautiful” woman, with the worshipping and glorification of the proper thigh gap, hipbone protrusion, exaggerated collarbone, etc. The female body is relentlessly being mutilated through digital software and, as a result, the female psyche is being…

Virtual Embodiment | Christina Smiros

Christina Smiros explores the tensions between technology and the self. In virtual embodidment, she forms and erases her “pixelated form” where she describes her “identity as mine, everyone’s and no one’s–all at once.” The piece questions where the screen begins and the body ends, and who, if anyone, is in…

Our American Monster

So much of this year has felt like the thing from the grave. Just a rotting monster pulling itself out of the crypt, skin falling off in grotesque, fleshy loops. You feel that? Maybe you don’t, but I think you do. Wherever you fall politically, this election cycle was rough….

Blonde Women Looking Away | Szilvia Ruszev

In Blonde Women Looking Away, Szivlia Ruszev responds to The Broad Museum’s collection of artist and photographer Cindy Sherman alongside “Untitled Films Stills” from the Prelinger Archives. Ruszev explains that the “icon of the Blonde Woman…[evokes] power structures and the objectification of the female body.” The artist suggests watching the…