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Solomon Bobinac | Artist Profile

Solomon Bobinac is a prolific 14-year-old from West Phoenix. He attends the Metropolitan Arts Institute. Much of his work has manifested as fliers and album art for local musicians. He’s made artistic contributions for Playboy Manbaby, Red Tank!, Captain Samurai, and Sore.  His art runs the gamut from digital collages which draw from a diverse pop-cultural milieu […]

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Only 90s Kids Will Get This: The Demise of Traditional Hegemonic Media Consumption

“The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson It’s been previously posited that the “90s-kid” obsession with nostalgia for pop-cultural artifacts reflects millennial distress over significant technological disparities on our generational bookends. We experienced technology in a way that previous generations never had before, and in ways that are […]

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JOSIP ON DECK > YOUR FAVORITE ANIME

Enigmatic alternative rapper Josip On Deck has cut his teeth on the world wide web. He has become omnipresent through both his use of social media and a ‘do-it-yourself’ aesthetic and has amassed quite the following on websites like 4Chan and YouTube. With almost 100 singles available and hundreds of thousands of hits on his […]

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Milk Gallery: Virtual Art Museums and the Digital Gallery Experience

Milk Gallery is a virtual art museum created by @beefmilk from Twitter. The program incorporates work from various artists from the far reaches of the internet into a gamified virtual experience. You can walk (not run, as the entrance sign advises) and jump through the gallery at your leisure. A hyperreal ambient soundtrack belies the […]

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Chicago Footwork: Subversive Movement and the Right to the City

In an interview for Red Bull Music Academy in 2011, DJ Rashad, one of the most prominent music producers in the South Side of Chicago’s footwork scene, responded to the question of where the term “footwork” came from by saying, “we don’t know…the people came up with it.” By “the people”, he means the black […]

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Leika Kitamura | Artist Profile

Leika Kitamura is 17-year-old artist and writer. She lives in Glendale, Arizona and attends the Metropolitan Arts Institute in downtown Phoenix. She also displayed work at our launch show on February 26th. What themes or subjects are typically involved in your art? Are there any particular styles or influences you would cite? Leika Kitamura: Right […]

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Memes: The Clarion Call of the Proletariat

“He who controls the memes, controls the millennials!” – Unknown social media strategist From emulating the emoji-laden language of a teenage fangirl on Snapchat to posing for selfies with Kim Kardashian on Twitter, Hillary Clinton and her team of new media “experts” have invested heavily in creating an online persona that young people would (hopefully) find […]

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On Togetherness and Momentum.

The inherent power of a person, or collection of people, is best understood by paying close attention to the type and amount of energy that is put into their suppression. By and large, the authoritative structures of human history have succeeded in collectively preventing women from accessing the same degrees of prominence, leadership, safety, or […]

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How aesthetics—a key category of axiology, or the philosophy of value—became a meme.

  Recently, the word “aesthetic” has emerged or re-emerged in the young Western lexicon, which is exciting—to me, anyway, since this re-emergence would seem to reflect a sincere interest in value theory despite the nihilistic thread that’s trending hard on the human tapestry. A simple scan of online communities will reflect this fact. Since my […]

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Islamism in 140 Characters: ISIS and Digital Recruitment

“Both Al Qaeda and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today’s world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage. They use the Internet to poison the minds of individuals inside our country; they undermine our allies” (Obama, […]