Category: writing

The Dark Side of Heroics

Every time there’s a school shooting in the news (seems like every six weeks or so?), I find myself speculating that this person, almost always a young white male, probably believed as deeply and sincerely in his own righteousness as any of us, as dictated by the pretty-much mandatory western heroic worldview. If life is a competition, and you are…

Control and Forgiveness

I’ve been speaking mostly of control in terms of the individual leader-artist heroically controlling external reality – in filmmaking this takes place through the massive expenditure of resources, deployment of specialized technology, and employment of hierarchical management structures to create a seamless and glossy audiovisual faux-reality, covering the messy organic reality underneath. This is performed with tools ranging from massive amounts of…

OtherZine 29!

I have a new piece published in the online journal “OtherZine” which is connected to the Other Cinema in San Francisco. It’s called “Beyond MacroCinema” and it’s related to what I’ve been writing about here for the last year or so, but it’s nice to put those ideas into an outside forum, without the benefit of context, to see if…

Compare and Contrast

MacroCinema is hierarchical, product-oriented, and an attempt to make the world conform to a directorial / studio / corporate vision. MicroCinema is relational, process oriented, and an attempt to make something that reflects and responds to the world as it is at this moment – objectively or subjectively speaking. MacroCinema attempts to rigidly conform to a schedule and a budget – it…

Leisure and Privilege

As Apple prepares to release the iWatch, which promises to blend aspects of conspicuous glamour-tech consumption and the metrics of the “quantified self” movement in daring new ways (I don’t know all the details, but it will make it possible to track things like steps and heart rate continuously and fashionably for the first time…), I have heard more discussion than…

Re-Printed

(digitally) …by The Line Media! And I heard, incidentally, that the essay on Minnesota Playlist has been viewed over 1000 times, with an average page visit of 7 minutes – which is a lot of time for anyone to spend in one place on the internet. Some people have been very positive about the piece, some people have made comments…

The Death of the Artist

‘When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old…