YouTube Existentialism: Tom, Jerry and Shiloh Dynasty.

Trite observations on a new genre of short film. There is an excellent rabbit hole of Youtube dedicated to the analysis and appreciation of (largely early noughties) animation available. From sustained forty minute long-breakdowns of how The Simpsons died (hint: it was long before Maud Flanders), to any number of so-called ‘video essays’ on certain… Read More YouTube Existentialism: Tom, Jerry and Shiloh Dynasty.

Stalled.

Driving instructors, if at all blessed with sympathy, are quick to assure the learner driver that stalling the car is not an automatic fail. It is a minor fault, but you’re allowed fourteen of them, so it’s really not the end of the world, if – and more practically when – it happens. However, they… Read More Stalled.

Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum

As a grad student, I wrote a study of the Tiberius Cup, now in the Louvre, originally found in the silver hoard of a villa at Boscoreale, near Pompeii. The cup depicts a triumph of the (future) Emperor Tiberius, and is the only known realistic depiction of this archetypal Roman event in the whole corpus… Read More Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum