MP3s, rebundled debt, and performative economics: Deferral, derivatives, and digital commodity fetishism in Lady Gaga’s spectacle of excess

by Anne Kustritz [1] Lady Gaga’s rise to fame in the wake of the global financial crisis highlights the contradictions of late late capitalism in both the financial sector and the music in... Read more →

‘Non Non Non’ – Visiting the exhibition with Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi

Non-political, non-aesthetic, non-educational, non-progressive, non-cooperative, non-ethical, non-coherent: contemporary. It is after this list of negations that Hangar Bicocca in Milan deci... Read more →

‘The Abramović Method’, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (March-June 2012)

The observer must become a participant, because that is the only way he can have the double experience of being the observer, and being the observed. – Marina Abramović[1] I made an advan... Read more →

Cinema and experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno

I first encountered the work of Miriam Hansen as a graduate student in the mid-1990s when her book Babel and Babylon was the talk of the (at that time still fairly modest) film studies town ... Read more →

European nightmares: Horror cinema in Europe since 1945

Patricia Allmer, Emily Brick, and David Huxley’s edited collection European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945 (New York-Chichester: Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press,... Read more →

A multiplied medium: Reviewing recent publications on television’s transitions

In recent research on academic knowledge production there are intimations that a certain fuzziness of the investigated object, even a somewhat vague set of questions, are not the worst start... Read more →

The good, the beautiful and the sublime

No…don’t come to me! There is more allure / In waiting with sweet apprehension, fear. / Just while seeking out everything is pure; / It’s nicer when just foreboding is near.[1] – Des... Read more →

Alternative Film/Video Belgrade 2011

Alternative Film/Video Belgrade began as a festival of Yugoslav alternative film and video production, with the aim to document and define trends in film theory as well as to identify the va... Read more →

The 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival: Seeking the social in the virtual

There are 11 days in September when the world’s cinematic community turns to Canada for the glitz and glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).[1] The streets are flooded ... Read more →

‘The Angels’ Share’ at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Subverting the usual touristic signifiers of Scottishness – tartanry, whisky, and so on – The Angels’ Share (Loach, 2012) follows four young people from Glasgow’s impoverished East E... Read more →