Kanye’s Gospel pt 1: On surfaces

On surfaces Graduation announces a thread that would become more obvious from that point forward: the investigation of surfaces. West’s first two, which add 'live' instrumentation to the sample-rich template of his commissions, also stage a conversation between the mediated times of musical authorship and listening: the crackle of vinyl reveals itself every listen not… Continue reading Kanye’s Gospel pt 1: On surfaces

Napkins

Astounding for the way that it exploits the unease around its branching thematics- a haunted/haunting confluence of Mansfield's geographic isolation and the tenuous domestic frame trying and failing to contain a landscape maybe malicious, maybe indifferent, certainly unknowable. There is enough to be considered about the work responding to a century of colonial arrogance with a shivering… Continue reading Napkins

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Only Cuarón and Yates (in the first Deathly Hallows) managed to understand and so properly exploit the ambiguities of what they were working with. For some reason the Harry Potter films arrived already jaded- where the books started wide-eyed and itching for wonder before they found disillusionment, the films were always post-magic, as though the living… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban