Refuge for all in carnival and the female grotesque

29 Oct 2016. Week 3, Aesthetics MAFA. I loved carnival from my first taste of “free festivals” in England in the early 1980’s. Elephant Fayre in Cornwall, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge. Men and women dressed as jokers and freedom fighters, grew their hair, expanded their minds. A counter culture, I thought: here we are free, and…

The victims of democracy; or the data sublime: postmodern ethnographic photograph portraiture in neoliberal times

16.10.11 Aesthetics Essay: ‘What are the explicit and implicit political effects that Stallabrass registers as consequent on the “data sublime”?’ Stallabrass, J. ‘What’s in a Face? Blankness and Significance in Contemporary Art Photography’, October n.122, Fall 2007, pp.71-90. Comment by Russell Honeyman. Stallabrass’s “Data Sublime” refers to large, ethnographic style photograph portraits of ordinary people,…

Msasa tree

This beautiful Msasa tree grows in Zimbabwe. From afar it is the flat topped tree of the savanna. It’s leaves change to red when the rainy season comes. Then a lush green. The bark is tough and gnarly, and the branches twisted and strong. I think Steve H made this picture but I’m not sure

Dionysis Mask

From Janus. Dionysis has long been an alter ego for dress up and festivals. But what does he mean? Who is he? He is the successor to the Great God Pan, who is said to have left our world at the birth of Christ. Though Dionysis was born long before Christ, he is still the…