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Vernon Lee’s Satan the Waster: Pacifism and the Avant-Garde

Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 18:01

Part essay collection, part shadow-play, part macabre ballet, Satan the Waster: A Philosophic War Trilogy (1920) is one of Vernon Lee's most political and experimental works. Amanda Gagel explores this modernist masterpiece which lays siege to the patriotism plaguing Europe and offers a vision for its possible pacifist future.


The Private Life of a Cat (ca. 1945)

Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 15:24

Experimental film from Alexander Hammid (and possibly also Maya Deren) exploring the lives of their two cats (and then five kittens) with which they lived in their Greenwich Village apartment.


Ogawa Kazumasa's Hand-Coloured Photographs of Flowers (1896)

Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 22:19

Stunning floral images produced by the Japanese photographer, printer, and publisher.


The Fourth Dimension and the Bible (1922)

Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 11:18

William Granville's attempt to explain the more mysterious aspects of the Bible through the rigours of pure mathematics.


Audubon’s Haiti

Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 09:54

An entrepreneur, hunter, woodsman, scientist, and artist — John James Audubon, famous for his epic The Birds of America, is a figure intimately associated with a certain idea of what it means to be American. And like many of the country's icons, he was also an immigrant. Christoph Irmscher reflects on Audubon's complex relationship to his Haitian roots.


Philippine Folk Tales (1916)

Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 07:47

Huge variety of stories presented, sourced from both the more traditional tribes, including the headhunters of the rugged mountain regions, and from those "Christianized natives" whose stories bear evidence of their European influence.


Hans Prinzhorn's Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922)

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 16:08

Artworks from Prinzhorn's landmark text in the history of thinking about mental illness and creativity.


Medieval Pattern Poems of Rabanus Maurus (9th Century)

Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 18:10

Spectacular and complex pattern poems from Maurus' De laudibus sanctae crucis (In Praise of the Holy Cross)


Progress in Play: Board Games and the Meaning of History

Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 16:22

Players moving pieces along a track to be first to reach a goal was the archetypal board game format of the 18th and 19th century. Alex Andriesse looks at one popular incarnation in which these pieces progress chronologically through history itself, usually with some not-so-subtle ideological, moral, or national ideal as the object of the game.


Shakespeare Songs from Victor Records

Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 10:45

Songs from Shakespeare plays as recorded by Victor in the first two decades of the twentieth century.