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    Art and religion

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    Student at University of Washington
  • Favorite movies
    Yi Yi (A One and a Two) Au Hasard Balthasar Rosetta Munyurangabo
  • Favorite music
    The Innocence Mission >> Birds of my Neighborhood Joe Henry >> Tiny Voices Autolux >> Future Perfect Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee >> Noel St. Vincent >> Actor Pernice Brothers >> The World Won't End
  • Favorite creative writing
    Marilynne Robinson, Gilead Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day Michael D. O'Brien, Father Elijah Leif Enger, Peace Like a River Ha Jin, War Trash
  • Favorite visual art
    Oldies: Van Gogh Cezanne De la Tour Contemporary: Knippers Cavanaugh
  1. Any possibility that she'll release the full-length as a standalone? For some reason I always assumed this was going to be the case..
  2. Reminds me of the Japanese word 'setsunai,' except that one is more narrowly construed as bittersweet and usually applies to relationships.
  3. Well, 'liberation' and 'enlightenment' imply forward progress, and I don't think the characters in this film move linearly. They just kind of go with the flow. The ending in particular is both musical (rest and coda) and emotional (mournful and peaceful) but I can't say it feels all that judgmental. Actually, come to think of it, Emma doesn't seem all that free to me, either, despite what I said about her agency. She does have a choice, but she chooses between two equally coercive options: traditional authority and uncontrollable passion. So maybe that's why the filmmakers don't see her as
  4. The film definitely deals more in terms of stasis and change than good and evil. Applying a moral analysis to its characters' behavior probably won't yield much insight into its meaning, since their actions are inherently irrational. They either hold on to structure (tradition, family) or let themselves be carried off by emotion. In this sense, the film is amoral, and it doesn't care that you think its characters should pursue a more meaningful ideal of love. There isn't much point in disagreeing with the film's morality, because it doesn't have a morality--though you could certainly criticize
  5. Yep, the guy in the devil mask. He got some good attention
  6. Should have expected it, but Sufjan + Halloween are two EXTREMELY COMPLEMENTARY flavors. I loved the drummer in the giraffe head. Also, some of the tracks that felt a bit oppressive on Adz get really lightfooted and groovy live.
  7. Has modern art actually put art "in the hands of everyday people"? Is art that just anyone can produce art that just anyone can enjoy? Which is more elitist, a world in which few make art but anyone can appreciate it, or in which anyone can make art but only a few can appreciate it? I did note the irony where they present this new art to 'everyday people' who then tell them they don't want it. But I think this binary is misleading, not least of all because of that fact that artmaking tools have become available to everyone in a way that's historically unprecedented. So anyone CAN make art n
  8. Where does systems art fit into the continuum? It's definitely not your typical representational painting, but neither is it Picasso. Systems artists portray the relationships between objects and their environment, while focusing less on the objects themselves than their interaction. Many installations implicate the viewer and make her part of the system, leading some of these artists to proclaim that they are trying to show how 'everyone is an artist' in the way he influences conditions around him. It speaks to issues of social responsibility and environmental liveability. At the same tim
  9. Even disregarding the swears, I don't think it's a great album to play with kids around. Unless you want them to cry, or they have ADD
  10. I'm playing three iterations of 'I Want to be Well' simultaneously at different points in the song, and it sounds all right! At least, it really sounds like something he could have done, like a lost bit from the album
  11. Maybe just one line, but he sings it a million times. I like it.
  12. Not that out of character. He did the same thing with 'Sister.' Hmmm
  13. I'd like to see Beat, Prey, Shove: The Bully Memoirs.
  14. It's awesome that they're playing up the steampunk angle. Not sure if that means a less 'pan-Asian' flavor as the aesthetic moves into a more heavily industrialized look. Judging from the still, though, it looks like the two elements are meshing well. Asian steampunk. Awesome.
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