Issue 7

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…

Red Rover, Red Rover…

From the death of Muhammad Ali, to Hillary “clinching” the Democratic presidential nomination, to the shooting at the UCLA campus, this past week has had its fair share of big news stories. It’s understandable that some events will fall by the wayside when so much else is going on. With…

Bloody or Redundant

There is a common question amongst people in my age bracket, a telling anthropological detail for anyone keeping score in the future. It goes something like this: “Should I even go to my high school reunion? After all, I can already see what everybody is doing on Facebook.” Which is…

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” | Eric Souther

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” explores the semiotic shift of language as transient definitions that form organically online. The piece opens with examples of the first 1,000 video results from a YouTube search of “ISIS goddess.” Because the search contains the word “ISIS,” the search engine could understand the keyword as a reference to the terrorist…

Brooklyn School of Magic by Elizabeth Montague

Brooklyn School of Magic | Elizabeth Montague

Artist Statement This piece was inspired by a combination of the recent casting of a black Hermione Granger in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the all black cast in the film adaptation of the musical The Wiz Live!. With this in the back of my mind, I saw a photograph on Tumblr…

The Word on the Street is not a Word: It’s An 😄 | Grace O’Brien

The newfound popularity of emojis and emoticons can be attributed to the human need for nonverbal communication, representing language progression and evolution.  They serve to imbue digital writing with imperative nonverbal cues that would otherwise be lacking. For the first time in history, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) “Word of the…

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…

Dana Dal Bo, Marginal Consent

Marginal Consent | Dana Dal Bo

Editor’s note: This piece is intended for mature audiences. In this two-minute video, artist Dana Dal Bo reenacts poses associated with hysteria in the late 19th century. The piece was posted online on amateur porn and “tubesites”. The work is complicated by its publication as web users attempted to place the artist’s actions…

Damage Control

When I was still an undergrad at the University of Richmond, I wrote a Digital America piece on “the Streisand Effect,” an internet-age phenomenon that involves individuals inadvertently drawing attention to a topic by trying to…well, draw attention away from the topic. In the early-2000s, Barbra Streisand attempted to suppress…

FEELS LIKE SPAM

FEELS LIKE SPAM from Keaton Fox on Vimeo. I made FEELS LIKE SPAM as a reaction to a warning I had received via Tinder. The language that was used was really fascinating to me. “Feel”, especially. This digital application, that has no feeling, was telling me what I felt like. This…