Question: What do NOLOSE, Comic-Con, and Animal Crossing have in common? Answer: They all propose alternative, utopian spaces where the attendee/player can develop alternate identity(ies), meet new people, and obtain a different sense of embodiment. Here’s a rundown. nolose: the revolution just got bigger BUT DON’T CALL US A UTOPIA (YET) Boasting a Facebook page … Continue reading Youtopia? 3 Communities
Dear Magically Real: I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 yesterday, and it was pretty good. I liked how they freed the dragon and I like Neville’s speech to the bad guys, But, as one of your commentators said in a previous post -- this story sure REMINDS me of a lot … Continue reading Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze, part 2 — sources
Dear Magically Real: Everyone including my sister in Kansas and my uncle in Dubai awaits the final movie installment of the Harry Potter series with hysterical anticipation, bordering on frenzy. Frankly, I don’t get it. Could you please clue me in as to what this JK Rowling phenom is about? Very truly yours-- Committed to … Continue reading Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze
When I was a little girl, I went to the Museum of Modern Art and saw scary strange paintings. A huge green face looked at a creepy cow, and figures screamed breasts as they hung out of dresses. I hid my eyes. Then I opened them. Who’s THAT? I said. The Lady with the Monkey? … Continue reading HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIDA KAHLO!
Dear friends of the unreal! Submitted for your consideration : Art that is public official and institutionally validated. Art that is private, personal, and unauthorized. Seen: In its “new and improved” supersized incarnation MOMA presents the historical trajectory of German Expressionism in 3 enormous galleries – taking us from the beginning of the 20th Century … Continue reading 2 Germans: MOMA’s German Expressionist Exhibition and Idee German
What do you do if you’re a celebrated gay male artist, living in Paris, France and your country has just gotten out from under being occupied by the meanest, blondest most homophobic sons-a-bitches in Europe (some of whom are themselves gay and partying up a storm at your bars, and your hangouts)? What do you … Continue reading Beauty with the Beast–Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête, 1946/Queer Film Blogathon 2011
(This call may be monitored by the subconscious.) In Tieck's creepy tale from the late 18th Century, Der blonde Eckbert, a Knight tells a story of a magical bird and dog to a dear friend whom he kills immediately afterwards. The friend keeps on showing up in different guises til Eckbert loses his mind. The … Continue reading Breton’s dreams and ours: Welcome to Magically Real