Glass/Machine: Listening to the Technology of Philip Glass
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Glass/Machine: Listening to the Technology of Philip Glass

A pioneer of contemporary American music, Philip Glass is best known for his highly repetitive compositions. But behind their minimalist façade, Glass’s work hides an unsung influence—that of certain twentieth-century technologies. Philip Glass seated at his electric organ in the 1970s © Steve Pyke He celebrated his eightieth birthday this past January, but his work isn’t … Continue reading

David Foster Wallace’s Comic Horror of “Videophony”
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David Foster Wallace’s Comic Horror of “Videophony”

Within Infinite Jest (1996), video telephony is portrayed as both freaky and funny. In his lampoon of this technological innovation, we find David Foster Wallace at his most comical—and most critical. The twentieth anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, published in 1996, has come and gone. It remains, however, a seminal novel of the … Continue reading

<i>Pixel</i>, A Story of Dance and Technology
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Pixel, A Story of Dance and Technology

Created in 2014 by choreographer Mourad Merzouki, Pixel is an invitation to a journey between the real and the virtual, interpreted by the dancers of the Compagnie Käfig, from the Centre Chorégraphique National of Créteil (CCNC). On stage: 11 dancers, surrounded by hundreds of pixels. In this original creation by Mourad Merzouki, a dancer and … Continue reading

<i>Her</i> (2013): A Dissection of Love in the Modern Age
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Her (2013): A Dissection of Love in the Modern Age

Her is a touching romance drama that tells the story of Theodore Twombly who struggles to cope with life after a painful divorce and finds love in his Operating System called Samantha. The film explores the themes of the complexity of love shared among human and artificial beings. Set in a futuristic version of Los … Continue reading

Newspapers: towards the end of the traditional medium?
Culture / History of the Media

Newspapers: towards the end of the traditional medium?

Decline in circulation, job cuts and fall in advertising revenues….These are the symptoms of the ongoing demise of the newspaper industry. Long gone is the time when newspapers dominated the provision of news. Today, the crisis that touches the industry at its core brings into focus the destiny of the written press and the future … Continue reading