Organizing the Aesthetics

When you think of films or television shows, many elements come to mind. There are lighting and sound specialists, actors, set builders, camera operators and numerous other positions essential to the production. Two of the most overlooked, but necessary organizations would be the costume department and the makeup department. Both of these creative careers are […]

Attack on Anime: an Industrywide Implosion

Since the 1970s the America has had an undeniable fascination with Anime, the distinct art of Asian, often more specifically Japanese, animation. Many fans who fell in love with the medium dream about moving there and pursuing a career creating the artwork that they grew to love. Animator Henry Turlow did this, and highlights some […]

Technologically Induced Precarity in Art Direction

The website for the Art Director’s Guild (ADG) describes the guild as a local chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE). There are more than 104,000 members of the ADG spanning the US and Canada. The Union includes not only art directors but graphic artists, illustrators, matte artists, model makers, production designers, […]

Datafied Medicine

It’s not everyday that I will make a connection between two, overtly different, conceptual disciplines. However, technocratic normalization has come up in both my Medical Anthropology class and the most recent book I have read, We Are Data by John Cheney-Lippold. So, let me begin with a brief description of what Medical Anthropology refers to […]

Internet Killed the Video Star

“A star is not born. A star’s image is meticulously made and remade…” (Cheney-Lippold, xi) In We Are Data, John Cheney-Lippold’s book on the algorithms of digital agency, he discusses the online personas we as Internet-users cultivate, and those personas that are cultivated for us. He describes the phenomenon of the Internet celebrity—someone whose online […]

Assembly-Line Art

Nearly every century has had its share of creative sparks, but the 20th century somehow managed to produce not only periods of innovation and spectacular creativity, but also sustained high productivity, particularly in industries like music and film. During certain decades of the 1900s, media industries—and their titans—were able to tap into a no-fail formula […]

The Krono’s Effect: Monopolizing Information

AT&T does not play any games when it comes to sustaining its position as an imperial, monopolistic force. This was painfully apparent after reading Wu’s book, The Master Switch, which situates the history of innovation, industry, and information technologies within the theoretical frameworks of the Krono’s effect. In Greek mythology, Kronos, the second ruler of […]