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The Predicament of Beauty

Maria X. Liu | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

the most beautiful person is often the most fragile, because their sense of self worth is dependent on a fleeting notion requiring constant affirmation. Someone must judge the beautiful person to be beautiful and other people must agree, otherwise there exists no basis to determine that beauty.

Existential Fashion Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 09.04.2015 | Style
Skye Cleary

While we don't know what was in Søren or Regine's bag, below are a few suggestions regarding what your bag might reveal about your existential lifestyle.

Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 08.03.2015 | Science
Jens Martin Skibsted

Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.

An Artist's Perspective on Inspiration and Making Art

Anna Agoston | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
Anna Agoston

My art is of my soul. It is a fabrication of my internal machine, an organic engine powered by my conscious and unconscious minds. It is, however, more visceral than intellectual.

The Aesthetics of Environmental Equity

Lance Hosey | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Coal kills, and alternative energy can help save lives. But only if ethics can overcome aesthetics.

Classroom Aesthetics: Not the "Art of Teaching" - Teaching As Art

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the magic and beauty of the classroom, the soaring beyond simple skills and content, happens in the most unexpected ways. At these moments, we are experiencing a kind of performance art in the classroom.

After Postmodernism: Michael Pearce Writes About 'Art in the Age of Emergence'

John Seed | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Emergence, a cross-disciplinary theory which deals with the way that higher-order complexity can arise out of chaos, presents a powerful new model for aesthetics. For Pearce, emergence opened a dynamic alternative to what he feels have been the reductive and culturally erosive tendencies of Postmodernism in art.

Why Works Of Art Can Shake Us To Our Core (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

“Art and love are the same thing," the writer Chuck Klosterman wrote in Killing Yourself to Live. "It’s the process of seeing yourself in things t...

Good Luxury: In Search of Style + Compassion

Miriam Ava | Posted 11.07.2014 | Style
Miriam Ava

It recently struck me that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics in the premium segment of consumer goods seems to be considered a luxury too extravagant to indulge in by the fashion industry.

The Perception of Design Performance is a Crapshoot

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.07.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Do some just have a gift for judging design and are design experts superior at judging a product's performance as compared with lay people? Invitin...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Frederic Rzewski

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never be Defeated is one of those pieces that seems to have popped or plopped out whole and near perfect.

Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

Michael Marissen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Michael Marissen

Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.

Music and Trauma

John Mauceri | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

He played jazz during the war and, fifteen years after it was officially over, he wrote at least one beautiful melody that the world sang in 1962.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

The music world is a tough one for composers, leaving very few standing at the end. That is just the way it is, as sustained genius doesn't come around all that often. I should also add that sometimes great pieces happen at a very young age.

Software Takes Command: An Interview With New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 2

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.23.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Unsuprisingly, given Manovich's stated desire to avoid generalizations about technology, Software Takes Command is most successful when offering a detailed analysis of specific media software.

Software Takes Command: An Interview with New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 1

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Many of us have become daily producers/reproducers of cultural content, and it is technology that has made this possible.

Classical Music 101: Epilogue

John Mauceri | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Before investigating the apparent disappearing audiences for classical music, we might attempt to assess the 20th century itself when it comes to classical music.

Classical Music 101b: There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

The question that remains, and which I shall attempt to answer, is "What happened to classical music?"

Classical Music 101a:Why There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

I want to offer a few general thoughts about music - what we call classical music and what it actually is - free of politics and free of esthetic evaluations--and the latter frequently acting as a mask for the former.

5 Skin Tips to Take You From Summer Into Fall

Cassie Fehlen | Posted 12.01.2013 | Style
Cassie Fehlen

Now that fall's officially here, everybody keep your cool -- I'll teach you how to keep that glow even though the humidity in the air has lifted.

On a Budget? Here's How to Improve Your Skincare Routine Without Splurging

Cassie Fehlen | Posted 10.02.2013 | Style
Cassie Fehlen

By understanding what each step of your skincare routine is trying to achieve, you'll understand how just slightly improving the step will make a big impact on your regimen's results. After all, we want to get the most out of those 5 minutes at the sink each morning and night, right?

Meditation for Non-Meditators

Ada Polla | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Ada Polla

I practice active gratefulness. I was recently reminded of the power of gratefulness, and have a renewed commitment to it. Every day, I take time to think about one person, one incident, one thing, that I am grateful for. It is an act that forces me to remember how lucky I am.

Does Eric Garcetti Have the Aesthetic Chops to be Mayor of L.A.?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Paul Leiva

Sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts does not a good mayor make. But I believe that sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts can make a good mayor better. This is my hope for Eric Garcetti if he goes the distance and becomes the next mayor of Los Angeles.

Justice For Jazz Artists

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.23.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

I've been watching the development of the Justice for Jazz Artists (J4JA) movement for a couple of years now. If you haven't heard of this organizat...

Blood Ain't What It Used to Be

John Corso | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
John Corso

How can a substance that denotes death have such spectacular beauty? When we overcome -- or lose -- the cultural tendency to recoil from violence, we see blood's beauty and we marvel at splatter patterns, which recall astronomical formations.