MATTER, a new book from Vandret Publications, is an inter-disciplinary, collaborative art/science project created by an eclectic group of visual artists. The decidedly avant-garde book was assembled, Frankenstein-like, from the bones of a 1963 book by the same name. The original Matter was the first volume in the popular Life Science Library series of books published by Time-Life. Written by...
July 20, 2018
There is hubris in the idea that humans can improve upon Earth’s natural systems, which have evolved over the course of 4.5 billion years. Yet it’s also understandable that people want to cheat death by enhancing, or even escaping completely, the human body, that bag of bones and water that starts dying almost as soon as it’s created. Transhumanists aim... More »
June 22, 2018
Pink 1950s cars, peeling paint and covetable cigars are just a few of the photography clichés commonly associated with Cuba, whose charged political history, colorful culture and architecture are a huge attraction for visual tourists. A quick internet search for “photography excursions Cuba,” for example, displays more than 700,000 results with language describing it as a “photographer’s dreamland” alongside outsider... More »
June 15, 2018
Wrapped up in the concept of manifest destiny is the idea that the American West, its natural resources and splendor, were created by God for the benefit of man. Specifically, white American men, who were in sole possession of political and economic power in the country in the mid-1800s. Advocating for the annexation of the Republic of Texas and the... More »