Category Archives: Aesthetics and Representation

Llhuros @ LOL

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This week, the LOL hosted “artifacts” from the Civilization of Llhuros an experiment in archaeological interpretation. via LOL | The Landscapes and Objects Laboratory at Cornell University.

LOL Hosts Civilization | LOL

LOL Hosts Civilization

Posted on October 4, 2012

As part of Adam Smith’s course “The Rise and Fall of ‘Civilization’”, students are examining the historical and archaeological assumptions embedded within the algorithms of one of the most popular video games of the last decade: “Civilization”.  Over the course of 3 game sessions, students will examine the elements of what makes a Civilization, according to contemporary game designers, and compare this to archaeological studies of ancient civilizations from around the world.

via LOL Hosts Civilization | LOL.

Rethinking fashion, war, and peace

Can costume disarm?  This is a larger historical question posed by Anarchopanda, the alter ego of Julien Villeneuve, a philosophy professor at the College de Maisonneuve in Montreal.  As police attacks on students protesting tuition hikes became more violent, Villeneuve … Read more »

New Maya Temple of the Sun God

A fascinating discovery of a temple of the sun god at El Zotz in Guatemala dramatizes the articulation of rulership with the cosmos.  Two things of particular interest strike me most immediately.  The first is the dynamic nature of the … Read more »

Repatriation and “Blackmail”

Imagine that thieves force their way into your house and steal all the paintings off of the walls.  You know who the thieves are, but they are rude and uncooperative and the police are ineffectual.  But get this, the thieves … Read more »

Heritage, Irredentism, Materiality

As described in a recent column in The Atlantic Armenia is opening a fascinating new front in the battle over heritage and repatriation: To the British Museum, she is “probably Aphrodite,” the Greek goddess of love and beauty. To most Armenians, she … Read more »

Happy Birthday, OK!


Happy Birthday to the universal affirmative.

Happy Birthday, OK! – Lingua Franca – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The New Antiquities ‘Arms Race’

A two-and-a-half-year-long suspected archaeological fraud involving thousands of forged Greek and Etruscan artefacts, a hospital x-ray machine, a philanthropic aristocrat and a sophisticated network of forgers has come to an abrupt end after police raids late last year on two … Read more »

Modern Art and the CIA

This new revelation raises a number of interesting questions.  What art is the CIA supporting now and why?  Did it (or does it) also support other artistic genres?  What does the term ‘propaganda’ mean when the link between politics and representation is invisible?

Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

via Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’ – World – News – The Independent.

Socialism in Ruins

Michael Shanks discusses two recent studies of the archaeology of socialist worlds: World Crisis in Ruin: The Archaeology of the Former Soviet Missile Sites in Cuba by Mats Burström, Anders Gustafsson and Håkan Karlsson and Persistent Memories by Elin Andreasssen, Hein B. Bjerck, and Bjørnar Olsen.   The photos are deeply striking and hauntingly familiar for anyone who has worked in the former USSR or other now post-socialist communities.

See Ruin memories – Michael Shanks.