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“Oh! you pretty things”: David Bowie ans the death of gender

By | April 15th, 2016|LRO 29|

As this reference to the Victoria and Albert Museum suggests, while gender difference and identity were certainly a matter of political positioning, they quickly became more about style than sexuality, a form of cultural self-expression. Inevitably, in an era that ushered in neoliberalism, such self-expression was also a form of self-promotion and self-marketing, ‘transgression’ riding [...]

Discontent in the United States

By | April 8th, 2016|LRO 28|

Sanders will probably not get the Democratic nomination, but it is undeniable that his unexpected success testifies to something shaky in the US establishment. To an image consultant, he is not the perfect candidate. He lacks the youth or charisma of Kennedy, Clinton or Obama. However, he has managed to present himself as an average [...]

That which regards you

By | April 8th, 2016|LRO 28|

Offering neither historical, nor religious, nor literary escape, the female genitalia are framed full-frontal. No evasive manoeuvre for the viewer confronted with the question of their concupiscence. The refinement of the painter pulls the work back from pornographic imagery. She exhorts interpretation. For Philippe Sollers, the title evokes some powerful female demiurge, “as if the [...]

Tattoo and its Current Feminisation

By | April 1st, 2016|LRO 27|

The change in the population that practices tattooing is as old as the history of mankind itself. When you study the history of tattoo, you will find a constant switch throughout the centuries. Sociologists will interpret this vacillation as cultural changes in modes, styles and values. From a psychoanalytical point of view, the study of [...]

To Trump Death

By | April 1st, 2016|LRO 27|

And for 8 years now a strange being has been leading the country: an elegant man, in tailored suits, who seems to apologize for his country on a regular basis, but who never seems to change much of anything. A man who was exhausted after having finally arrived at the White House. One who, as [...]

Could Emoji Rule?

By | March 18th, 2016|LRO 25|

The history of emojis1, the little pictorial icons we all have on our cellphones today, really started in the mid 1990s when Shigetaka Kurita, an employee with Japanese mobile network DoCoMo, invented them. The emoji craze however took off later, when Apple successfully slipped them into the iphone. Using emojis in text messages was seen [...]

Spotlight, Pictures of contemporary helplessness

By | March 18th, 2016|LRO 25|

Denmark, 2012, Thomas Vinterberg’s film The Hunt is released. It told the story of how a town is shocked after a four-year-old girl confusingly insinuates to the school’s principal that one of the teachers, Lucas, has behaved inappropriately. This triggers a parade of adults who cannot hold their own as parents and embark on a [...]

Absence – Presence or the Fundamental Moment of Love

By | March 4th, 2016|LRO 23|

In this dimension, art has a homeostatic function. In a manner of speaking, art is an experience. This kind of experience seems to run through the work of Alexandros Maganiotis. Maganiotis was interested in painting all along. The innocent brushstrokes of his clidhood years gave way to the more structured images of his teens, yet [...]