Metropolis

by Hazel Anna Rogers for the Carl Kruse Arts Blog The stage is set. Three pyramids built up of myriad buildings and angles forge forth unto the screen. Spotlights dance in symmetrical lines, lighting up sections of the structures like a stage. The buildings blur into three black pieces of machinery plunging up and down, … Continue reading “Metropolis”

Short Reflection on Kraftwerk

by Fraser Hibbitt Four men, a measured distance apart, standing disinterestedly over four synthetic sound systems. There is a small crowd seated in front of them. The sound that permeates the room comes from the barely moving men, and it is one of melodic and harmonic simplicity. It is entirely electronic apart from the short … Continue reading “Short Reflection on Kraftwerk”

Segovia and the Guitar

by Fraser Hibbitt The seventy-four-year-old maestro sits plump in a large wicker chair. His gut ovals as he looks out from his balcony towards the Mediterranean Sea. His home is large upon the hill, overlooking an olive grove which blinks out the Andalusian heat. Close by is Granada, the spiritual birth place of Andres Segovia.   … Continue reading “Segovia and the Guitar”

The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity

by Asia Leonardi “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,  [… ] with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,  [… ] who drove cross-country seventy-two hours to find out … Continue reading “The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity”

Upcoming: Adele Schwab Photo Exhibit in Berlin

by Carl Kruse My friend Adele Schwab has organized a photo exhibit in Berlin on two dates: 19 November 2021 (Friday) from 21.00pm-22:30. 20 November 20 (Saturday) from 17.00-18.30. Adele Schwab. Photograph from the artist’s website. Her exhibit is titled, “Seeing the Unseen” an audio visual project that attempts to make air “visible” and investigates … Continue reading “Upcoming: Adele Schwab Photo Exhibit in Berlin”

Bowie’s Alter Ego That Transcends Death: Major Tom

by Asia Leonardi  It is 1969, and the young David Jones, better known as David Bowie, begins to ascend the world stage thanks to the launch of his latest single, Space Oddity. Likely influenced by the space race, the tales of Ray Bradbury, and undoubtedly by 2001: A Space Odyssey. The single was supported by two video … Continue reading “Bowie’s Alter Ego That Transcends Death: Major Tom”

Upcoming: An Artist Talk With Yury Kharchenko

by Carl Kruse Our artist friend Yury Kharchenko joins a debate titled “Art, Culture and Memory” at the Wallraf Museum in Cologne, Germany, on 5 October 2021 from 19.00-21.00. The chat will deal with issues surrounding Holocaust remembrance, the culture of remembrance and the cult of guilt. Yury Kharchenko. Photo: New York Times. In his … Continue reading “Upcoming: An Artist Talk With Yury Kharchenko”

Reflections of Montmartre

by Hazel Anna Rogers The sun has been shining for some time now. At first, warmth came from behind bulbous grey clouds, yielding a muggy, wet heat, but now light has taken precedence and grass glows white in its piercing rays. We were walking on one such sunny day and stopped beside the book shop … Continue reading “Reflections of Montmartre”

The Art of Atari

by Fraser Hibbitt Tim Lapetino’s book The Art of Atari is a celebration of the visual worlds that emerged from Atari’s mission to market their video games. It is also a compendium of a certain time, the nascent culture of video gaming. An unavoidably nostalgic book – one flicks through and is brought into the … Continue reading “The Art of Atari”

The Legacy of the Satyr

by Hazel Anna Rogers The passing-down of literature fascinates me. I find something utterly awe-inducing in the ability of human language to convey a narrative generation after generation, and for us to have the knowledge and ingenuity to understand the importance of preserving great stories and characters. I suppose the process must be akin, in … Continue reading “The Legacy of the Satyr”