The paranoid aesthetic?

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    One can't forget Helmut Newton and his S&M voyeurs in lonely luxury hotels and ambiguous sexuality. [​IMG] And Guy Bourdin: [​IMG] Charles Jourdan Shoe Ad [​IMG] It's cool elegance. Some of the music of The Residents and Les Georges Leningrad could apply.
     
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    Anyone catch the Residents' CD-Rom game "Bad Day on the Midway"? It was a point-and-click adventure game that predated things like Myst and 7th Guest by at least a couple years I think.
     
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    Also, speaking of music, i always got that creeping feeling whenever i listened to that malcolm maclaren album about paris.
     
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    Is Derailed too mainstream? I'm intrigued by this whole concept but still wrapping my mind around it.

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    I'll stay with Monet, but as a point of interest, I believe this is might fall under what psychologists call 'crucial to the sublime' -- the combination of disparate strong emotions that allows a stronger output than a mere sum.

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    The sublime as initially defined by Edmund Burke, that is, the mix of pain and pleasure. Painters such as Turner and Friedrich explored this. And Bernini's Ecstasy of St.Theresa. [​IMG] A better option for film would be The Night Porter: [​IMG] Or perhaps Badlands with Sheen and Spacek. Three Women with Spacek again and Duvall: [​IMG]
     
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    I like the sadomasochistic theme in you last post LabelKing. More please!
     
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    There is a lot of that thematic element recurrent in Biblical art: [​IMG] St.Agatha having her breasts cut off [​IMG] Salome [​IMG] A Luchino Visconti fete of decadence with incestuous transvestite bisexual pedophile Nazis. And that was only one character.
     
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    The sublime as initially defined by Edmund Burke, that is, the mix of pain and pleasure.

    Perhaps for Burke. I wonder how often pain was his visitor? In any event, it sounds like he'd agree with the psychologists. I've seen enough pain to have had my fill; consequently I prefer pleasure without admixture.

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    i love deus ex
     
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    On a dark and windy late-Spring night several years ago, we were fortunate enough to see all of Francis Bacon's studies for the Pope's portrait at the MCASD nee La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. Our home is a short walk from the museum. We looked over our shoulders as we walked home. Paranoid?

    The links below access the museum's Web archive as well as the main site. Catalogues and WebSites don't begin to convey the macabre essence of this work. Innocent doesn't appear so innocent in the studies when you are nearby.

    http://www.mcasd.org/exhibitions/bac...ery/frame.html

    http://www.mcasd.org/

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    Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday is rather prototypical of this aesthetic (which seems to be an exclusively 20th-and-later century phenomenon.)

    Somewhere on the title page of the first edition Chesterton did, after all, refer to this biblical exegesis of his as "A Nightmare".

    I suspect that the omission of the author's little hint in many later editions was the evildoing of certain publishers (or lazy typesetters?). Is this a paranoid supposition on my part?
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    I've seen a Francis Bacon exhibit once in the Danish art museum Lousiana. It scared me, I think was too young to appreciate it.

    Are any of you familiar with the Danish artist Michael Kvium? I went to see his "Jaywalking Eyes" exhibit with my girlfriend last week, it's incredible.

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    What about Poe or Hitchcock? I am thinking specifically about Poe's story about the body under the floorboards which haunts the man in the story. I can't remember the title.

    Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and I would consider many of his stories very "paranoid".
     
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    The Tell-Tale Heart. I liked Poe when I was little. On the mention of Deus Ex, though, I have to say I was disappointed by that. It got the overall atmosphere right, but when it came to creating a compelling game, I was really disappointed. I guess it didn't help that I came to it four years after it was released, but I was expecting more.
     

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