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Category: Art

Was Renaissance Art Pornographic?

To call art pornographic is taboo. To call any renaissance art pornographic is especially taboo because its era has the most prestige. People worldwide respect renaissance artists. And for centuries people have separated the ‘artistic’ and the ‘impressive’ from the ‘common’ and ‘vulgar’, with The Renaissance examples embodying the latter. Even the definition of art… [Read more]

On “It’s so bad, that it’s good” Art

Good versus bad art is a dichotomy, that need not be played off against one another. But we all do play them off against each other in practice: in how we choose to exhibit or not exhibit pieces and how we spend institutional funding, taxes, and our time. A sense of worthwhile, memorable, pleasurable, meaningful,… [Read more]

Pleasure Videos and ASMR

The first time you felt the tingles, you never thought it was strange. At the time, tingles to you just meant some pleasant albeit peculiar sensation related to puberty. You had asked before if others felt hormones going up and down their legs, or as most often happens, down the cranium to the shins in… [Read more]

The Neuroscience of Music

Following on from my post about the oldest song in History, I have mined This Is Your Brain On Music by the cognitive neuroscientist, music producer and musician Daniel J. Levitin. I have made a playlist of all the relevant songs he uses which can be listened to for free here. I made it because… [Read more]

This Is The Oldest Song In History

This is the oldest song in existence that you can hear reconstructed now. It was written by a grieving musician named Seikilos 2000 years ago, and composed in honour of a dead loved one. 2000 years ago means it could well be from the time of Jesus but is probably from 200 years after his… [Read more]

Why You Should Read Comics

Comics have less prestige than writing, film, or the fine arts; even the word ‘art’ conjoined to ‘comics’ is often perceived as misnomer. Whereas animation and illustration are prestigious, because they offer familiar job titles, and graphic artist because it invokes a dedication to visual beauty, the comic artist is condescended. This is due to… [Read more]

The Point of Art

Art is useful otherwise it would not be made and enjoyed. Yet it is not as useful as Science, since the products of Science are used by everyone: no one questions a car, a smartphone or a computer because they are socially conditioned into a necessity. One of the distinctive qualities of art is that… [Read more]

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