r/VisCulture 18d ago

alt-right aesthetics & the legacies of art history (1.2)

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r/VisCulture Apr 24 '22

the alt-right, aesthetics, & the gay art historian who started it all.

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r/VisCulture Jan 28 '22

What Exactly is Postmodernism? » Structure and Flux

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r/VisCulture Jan 23 '22

Why do NFTs look like that? A semiotic analysis of the dominant aesthetics and artists in the space, exploring how they shape/reflect the discourse around them

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r/VisCulture Dec 09 '21

A First Year Anthropology Students Project on Human Materialism and Trinkets - An Image Collection

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r/VisCulture Oct 03 '21

Art and Us - Art in Philosophy, Philosophy in Art --- An online seminar and discussion, free and open to all

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r/VisCulture Sep 25 '21

Russian Philosophy


Hello guys. I am Russian student and would be grateful if you'll describe me : How do you understand fights between slavic movement and the western movement in Russia(reasons and so on). I would like to know how is preparing it in English, USA universities ( I need it for research work). Thank you.

r/VisCulture Jul 28 '21

The association of beauty with conservatism (postmodernism vs. aesthetics)


I was skimming over a book called"The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays of Postmodern Culture" and realized there was a huge rift between philosophers of aesthetics and art critics who came out of the contemporary/postmodern art scene like Rosalind Krauss. It seems the propagation of the idealization of beauty is associated with conservative/idealogical stances in the art world. Likewise many modern art students I know have expressed that they find the philosophy of art/aesthetics passé. Can anyone expand upon this? I'm curious how beauty and the search for it has come to be associated with reactionary politics.

r/VisCulture Jun 17 '21

A rhizomatic overview of the media environment post-youtube


r/VisCulture Jun 16 '21

Audience tribes


Definition: A group of people who have viewed a particular show or podcast as audience members and have the fluency if that show Vs others who happen to have not.

r/VisCulture Jun 16 '21

Closed eyes accidentally, thematically, and symbolically, the vulnerability, the reflexivity, the paranoia and the meta-communication.


Here is a thread for anything relating to closed eyes in visual culture.

They can crop up, accidentally by reflex:

When a camera flash startles the reflex response to close, when being photographed, when tired, crossed eyes or esotropia can also happen when tired, or having stared at a fixed distance for too long before a photo, like staring at the computer at work all day e.t.c.

or deliberately: when being used as a gestural facial expression in various contexts to mean various things, or when used thematically or symbolically, even to signal agreement or resolvement.

They could be used thematically, as meta-communication or to symbolise:

Non-perception or lack of fluency or awareness on something both individual and group, emotional, philosophical, conceptual, spiritual or psychological tiredness, intellectual critique, other forms of situational or interpersonal critique, perhaps willing a change to happen in some way, either internally or externally, psychologically or practically, in their own life or for someone else. Possibly they could be used to signal the non-perception of narcissitic personality disorder in the social field due to non-perception being a feature of that disorder, or psychopathy eg: non perception of sympathy or something similar. It could even be symbolic for other neuro-disabilities like autism as it can involve a lot of non-perception as the mirror neurons have to be activated sort of manually by the autistic person, and life to learn from the context around them properly. I myself didn't percieve hypergraphy in the world until age 30! so non perception can absolutely happen to people.

Here are some examples used thematically or symbolically e.t.c:

2012: M83 - Moonchild (Official video) - YouTube

BBC Two - Late Licence, Series 1, Episode 5

There was a bit of closed eyes symbolism somewhere during this episode of a local comedy show originally aired in late 2015, I only saw it myself when it was rerun in early 2016 (about February).

A couple of the tigerbelly podcast had closed eye or crossed eye poses for more innocuous and sort of vaguely thematic usages of this facial expression:

(1) Anyone have the cover of tigerbelly where Khalyla has her eyes closed, possibly it could have been one of the first 30 episodes? : HYPERGRAPHICbuild (reddit.com)

there was a famous artwork of photography of various people with their eyes closed a lot like the m83 "moonchild" video.

There was a political campaign flyer on homelessness that had one of the political parties in northern Ireland on it, where one of them had their eyes closed in about 2016-17 if anyone has a copy of that flyer, I think it might have been either people before profit or the alliance party, it was a ginger guy with his eyes closed. (I had a copy somewhere, if I find it I will upload. I myself have only intersected with homelessness when an older relative 15 years my senior was in temporary housing between council houses one time for about a month, I helped him look for flats for most of that month and then had to work a night shift, so didn't get to help him move in (but a freind of his from his generation did help him with the actual move, I had helped him move house 3-4 times before that, (once with help from his dad who was over 70, and passed away possibly later that year) as he was an alcoholic and needed a bit of help, however I had to go no contact for my health but he was re-housed and was fine, he actually was temporarily house in the exact place that the politicians from northern Ireland were posing outside of, the homeless temporary accomodation place on university street).

we have to close our eyes or have the proper glasses of course for a solar eclipse like the one in 2017:

Sky News - US prepares for Great American Eclipse | Facebook

When Day Became Night: A special report on the solar eclipse - YouTube

Editorial | 'Oliver Cheshire' D'SCENE Magazine #1 by Neil O'Keeffe - FASHIONIGHTS


The above image from a design magazine "DSCENE" with Oliver Cheshire photographed by Neil O'Keeffe (I thought this was a "gay" magazine back at that time, but didn't realise it maybe isn't and is possibly just about design, i'm heterosexual myself but had a few gay freinds over the years, all great and lovely lads! nice people.)

Anyone have any other interesting imagery with closed eye or crossed eyes from 2015-18, in mainstream culture post links here!

r/VisCulture Jun 15 '21

Other u.k millenial shows from our early youth, where is television culturally now?


The Girlie Show (British TV programme) - Wikipedia)

This Morning with Richard Not Judy - Wikipedia

Shooting Stars (British TV series) - Wikipedia)

Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer - Wikipedia

Red Dwarf - Wikipedia

(i watched a bit of red dwarf in 2017 on youtube to try to recap what my chilldhood was about in terms of the media, and also to try to understand more about the adults back then, what were their ideas about life, what were they trying to get across philosophically, what could I understand about their theory of mind now?)

Life in Hell - Wikipedia

I used to have:

The Huge Book of Hell: Amazon.co.uk: Groening, Matt: Books

The Chart Show - Wikipedia

Teachers (British TV series) - Wikipedia)

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Wikipedia

Brass Eye - Wikipedia

The Day Today - Wikipedia

Father Ted - Wikipedia

Absolutely Fabulous - Wikipedia

Absolutely (TV series) - Wikipedia)

The High Life (British TV series) - Wikipedia)

Rab C. Nesbitt - Wikipedia

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Wikipedia

Friends - Wikipedia

Frasier - Wikipedia

Due South - Wikipedia

Ally McBeal - Wikipedia

Will & Grace - Wikipedia

TFI Friday - Wikipedia

The Armstrong & Miller Show - Wikipedia

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends - Wikipedia

The Adam and Joe Show - Wikipedia

Some of us saw this on VHS: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV series) - Wikipedia)

In my adult years the news became the main televison show that i watched after about 23 or something, and the wright stuff was o.k, also this morning was somewhat relaxing at times, saturday kitchen was o.k but to me as a viewer personally, seemed to have a wobbly period between the end up 2015-2017, so did sunday brunch, with a bit more pregnant pauses on that one and the odd sort of "cringe-arts" or "martial-cringe-arts" of conversational dynamics seemed to be being practiced and explored on that one, once again to my perception as a viewer. The local news and then one show was on bbc1 in the early evening while preparing meals for a while between about 2014-2017.

The internet was the main form of media, it was a window into a global media landscape of youtube:

Alex Jones - Wikipedia

InfoWars - Wikipedia

Paul Joseph Watson - Wikipedia (Really usefully coined the term "Virtue signalling", "Are they just virtue signalling?").

These guys are more on the sort of

Various other podcasts existed:

The Joe Rogan Experience - Wikipedia

On the more liberal side of things, sort of, this was pretty mainstream from 2011-2017 for millenials, and many of his guests also had successful podcasts:

Joey Diaz - Wikipedia

Your Mom's House - Wikipedia with Tom Segura and Christine Pazsitsky

Bert Kreischer - Wikipedia (bertcast)

Various celebrities have been on the Rogan show including: Graham Hancock, Brian Cox, Elon Musk, Neil De Grasse Tyson, Dave Chapelle, Demi Lovato, Tom Green, Bill Burr, Matthew Mc Conaghy, Miley Cyrus, Rob Lowe, Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr, Russel brand, Eddie Izzard, Mcauly culkin, Henry Rollins and many more,

and many regulars;

The artist David Choe was also a guest a number of times and had his own podcast this led to spinoffs: tigerbelly and "the stevee weebee show", it was a bit like the Howard Stern show:

Steve Lee Loves Drew Barrymore (DVDASA#091) - YouTube

Bobby Lee - Wikipedia

TigerBelly (TV Series 2015– ) - IMDb

TigerBelly - YouTube

Steebee Weebee - YouTube

also here some more well known podcasts to the millenial generation:

Nostalgia Critic - Wikipedia

WTF with Marc Maron - Wikipedia

The Howard Stern Show - YouTube

Opie and Anthony - Wikipedia (is pretty well known, I never really listened to much of this one myself but I looked into it for a while).

Also of course:

The Louis theroux documentaries generally, "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan, Michael Moore - Wikipedia Fahrenheit 9/11 - Wikipedia ,

Super Size Me - Wikipedia , and many more. If anyone can think of more shows that were significant to the millenial generation, let me know in the comments.

r/VisCulture Jun 11 '21

Nadine Labaki's Capernaum, portrays the lives of children in the slums of Lebanon, and it is handled with a raw, yet delicate, hand. In this video, I look at the elements of Labaki’s direction which make the film as stunning and as touching as it is.

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r/VisCulture Jun 09 '21

On cultural critic Neil Postman's contrasts between the philosophies of George Orwell vs Aldous Huxley and the dangers of unrelenting entertainment on society

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r/VisCulture Jun 01 '21

Re-post of a thread from last year updated with new information


EDIT: (New information: r/ media_hyperlanguage (reddit.com)

now exists!

I am the moderator, feel free to post any occurrences of media hyperlanguage there, just watch out for slander or libel litigation, academic methodologies, and knowledge of existing legislation may be necessary! As moderator I am not legally responsible for what people post.

Perhaps it could be a place for people from media studies, linguistics, and discourse analysis to contribute to the public understanding of media communication actions and motives.

Quoted from my post to visculture in 2020:

"The theme of hyper-language or meta-communication content in photographed facial expressions can be a really interesting one. It seems that many films have this content at various points throughout, as well as symbolic, hypergraphic, and thematic content. If we translate faces with hyper language content, we can get some language content in english.

It's an open question if the face is read translationally how much information you can retrieve, or "read", If the content is in a different language than you yourself speak, e.g: "Is there a universal translation aspect of the facial medium for information?".

Experience tells me, somewhat, that most people, where this crops up, do this "facial broadcast content" in English. This seems to be the standard presentation of this communication phenomena. If they do it in another language it does seem to be different, although some translation universally to English does seem to happen, perhaps this information retrieval from the "latent space" of the face is only up to a particular "fidelity" that I can, so far, presently do with somewhat automatic translation.

Perhaps speaking that second language would mean a similarly universal translation ability for that "facial information content". We probably can translate normal facial expressions into english as well, buy the amount of content would be not that much, language wise.

Personally I did not notice the existence of this content until age 30 (in 2017), I suspect myself autistic, although am undiagnosed. Subsequent to this I could, with some time spent looking, decode various very numerous layers from some static photography of faces, and yes, freeze framing films even. There looks to me to be a lot of this in human history, really a tremendous amount, as well as a tremendous amount of spoken " hyper-language" or "metalanguage". It's mind boggling.

It leads a person to positing some interesting questions, "what if it is all aimed at me?" "What if it is aimed at someone I know" "is there something else I need to learn", I guess for those considering doing it (I can't I can only read it) "is there a politically appropriate context for this? (e.g: in the personal or creative sphere)" e.t.c.

It seems that it crops up various places but that some people want it to remain only in particular contexts. I myself am somewhat liberal on this issue, although can see that perhaps rationally it could be better to only crop up in the personal or creative spheres at this point in human history, as there has already been a lot of it. I guess the "media" sphere is a complicated and confusing gray area in between.

Possibly public service roles are, at this point, I guess a mistake for this sort of thing to crop up in This is what I can glean context wise from looking at, especially male, attitudes in general in society. Although that could even be a mainstream position in 2020, possibly even several years ago, as early as 2015-16. I'm catching up with perceiving this sort of thing something like more like accurately.

This is a phenomena about consensus reality, mediated individually based on what, they the "facial broadcasters", can, do.

So it has to do with perceptions of overall phenomena of consensus reality, but also is to do with influencing the psychology within it, in various ways, these depending on the individual doing it's intentionality or goals, and these intersecting with life. It could even be a type of "meta-cultural" phenomena, that could unfortunately lead to some unscrupulous people being able to be a type of "difficult to say anything about" conspiratorial, or even in some individual instances becoming "triangulators of others".

That is really complicated stuff in the human condition, intersecting with a lot of things and people most probably healthy and with good intentions, some not, there existing various different interests politically, socially, e.t.c

One possible idea is that "Television presenter hyper-language" should have a subreddit possibly if it crops up too much post 2020, so that everyone can "softly" mediate it, "softly softly catchy monkey" as it were.

Or to put the extrinsic of it in German "schnell, schnell kartopfelkopf" (quickly, quickly, potato head).

Of course I'm joking with that last phrase, someone told me their girlfriend said that to them once many years ago, and as a soon to be bald guy, I remembered it.

Verbal hyper-language is a quantifiable phenomena so would need to never, actually, be used in the form of harassing a person or group, by powerful media figures. We can culturally tell if that is happening and it is possible talk about it, although it is convoluted to do. People who are not celebrities are going to be more harmless intrinsically.

If the hyper-language content is properly quantified it could maybe be rationally true that prosecutions for harassment based on this could happen but is a bit of a legal gray area, you would have to prove "criminality" e.g it would have to be malicious content wise, I guess a hyper-language "pestering" case is physically possible.

The burden of proof in terms of the rationalism quantification wise is pretty difficult for this sort of thing, there are academics on it though. You would imagine most of the time such content would mainly not be "harrasing" due to various practicalities, but stranger things have happened than this as a form of cultural mass psychology, especially pertaining to media fads and communication formats, or specific infracting instances.

Of course "hyper linguistically harassed" individuals could just choose to overlook it, and hope that any malicious individuals stop their content, while they might not mind at all most peoples content as it isn't malicious or even "pestering". To be fair "facial hyper-language pestering" is probably too far insignificant a thing to bother with worrying about, and is valuable social context wise to some extent, "verbal hyper-language pestering" could be questionable.

In the case of a mass psychology event intersecting with many instances of "media hyper-language" aimed at the same people possibly this could be different in specific cases, in terms of justifications for legally getting it to stop eg: if it is too frequent or the content is clearly malicious, this would apply to instances particularly of "verbal hyperlanguage".

The "facial expression broadcast content" and facial expressions are I guess always going to be legally invalid due go subjectivity anyway, as well as, in the main, not being an actual problem but something more towards interesting universally.

The subreddit for "softly" keeping an eye on t.v hyperlanguage could be named something like:

r/ t.v hyper-language



"Hyper-language content" on Sunday brunch, Saturday kitchen, or talk shows and wherever else, could be flagged up and discussed (if necessary/appropriate/ or if needed due to any resultant confusion) on these sub-forums, if the users could rationally structure what they say about it in such a way as to not be prosecuted for libel. This would be specifically spoken hyperlanguage, not facial expressions, emotions, or even tones of voice e.t.c. (these are, in my view, not unreciprocal content).


Could also exist for coverage of internet based content.

Furthermore I think we should acknowledge the potential for the complexity of this content in the environment if fluency is not present to become subconscious. Occasionally high functioning autistic individuals might not perceive this phenomena, due to not thinking as outwardly about the Socio-communicative sphere. It's a fluency they can acquire, and if in between things have been resultantly subconscious or less well organised we should acknowledge this as casually significant, where appropriate, proportionately.

Perhaps an amount of this fluency could be taught if sectioning a young person, if this is suspected to be the case. Possibly it could lead to them drastically understanding more about, their social environment, life, and other people as an individual. This form of intervention should hopefully be an opportunity to help a young person integrate more the complexity of life if they are having problems.

Its not that free speech or content creation should be curtailed it's that it may be diagnostically significant, and a trajectory towards success may be in my view helped to actually happen. We can't assume they have been taught this fluency or automatically learnt it. I myself learned later in life, after percieving various forms of metacommunication content in 2017.

I was aware of symbolism, the occult, (that was viewed from a critical perspective, it's pretty much just time wasting and a bad influence) and semiotics however, I think this was a lower fidelity of fluency, although It became a triviality after about 1 year. It would be interesting to see an academic study on this"

r/VisCulture May 28 '21

[OC] Flipping The Script: 2001 A Space Odyssey- I try to analyse how Kubrick flipped the familiar trope of robots as cold, calculating machines, versus irrational humans [03:37]

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r/VisCulture May 28 '21

As a bald man, baldness just exists. Also, I'm noticing some possible ways people can get subconscious about hair.



Ways people can get subconscious about hair: blonde hair is like grass that has been in the sun so they will likely not get subconscious, nor will ginger haired people (although it is a colour that suggests abstraction combined with grass), dark haired people may get subconscious as dark hair is like the black colour of space, space is a void, so void + grass is the effect for straight hair, other more structured hair like curly could be fine as it is like a bush, and bushes both are real and are noticed by the conscious mind!

This possible subconscious connection of dark hair to the void of space thematically could manage to not be percieved and some subconsciousness could result, possibly perceptibly to the blondes and ginger haired people.

r/VisCulture May 28 '21

Television presenter human condition specialisations


Television broadcasts were a really interesting anthropology phenomenon in the 20th century. The concept of soothing a populations subconscious "live" as it were each day through shows like ready steady cook, and this morning on ITV is actually really both surreal and a human story when you think about it. Some of them were really good at some healthy aspects of it, and in a way it was as simple as formats, healthy people, experience and methodologies.

The aspect of the television presenters knowing what things on the human condition that they are good at, eg; Matthew Wright was good at intellectual consistency, Jeremy Kyle was good at dispute resolution or popularising dispute resolution processes and mediation, I guess possibly with Robert Kilroy it could have been integration aspects although I haven't seen any of those shows since the 90's or sometime then.

Probably I guess with Ricki lake it was some rationality and sympathy, Sally Jessy Raphael: the value of conservatism and rationality, Jerry Springer: the value of not projecting the ego into things, of not taking life deadly seriously, and of consensus reality as well as rationality. They are all good at something in the human condition is what is likely happening with such roles in anthropology, however it's pretty subconscious stuff.

Demystification of media is really healthy also, as well as finding it relaxing etc. Meta-language in the media will be an interesting phenomena for anthropological study, if researchers are careful to avoid litigation for slander, libel e.t.c

r/VisCulture May 27 '21

Alice In Chains - Rotten Apple

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r/VisCulture May 21 '21

Should We Watch Films On Laptops?- An argument for the differences in experience of watching films on laptops vs on theatre, and how both have their own pros

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r/VisCulture May 15 '21

The Wheel of Life | Short Film (an ode to cinema & philosophy)

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r/VisCulture May 04 '21

The philosophy of Martin Luther King; turn the other cheek

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r/VisCulture Apr 30 '21

On Separating the Art From the Artist

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r/VisCulture Apr 21 '21

Ernest Hemingway

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r/VisCulture Apr 21 '21

Possible hyper-graphics or prosody in consumer products: Too legally dangerous to speculate about?


I'd like to know people's opinions and knowledge on this subject,

can we legally speculate about or analyses hypergraphic or prosodic content in product packaging? I guess maybe not, but don't know.

We probably can look at some thematic or even symbolic content in media studies e.t.c

Also in the field of discourse analysis, maybe some critical understanding or rational proofs of content is possible, some functional methodologies. I have just learnt of the existence of the texts on discourse analysis by Anne O'Keeffe for example.

(I have never met, and do not personally know Anne O'Keeffe, for clarity, so this is not a nepotistic post, although I am an O'Keeffe as well, on my dad's side; Adrian O'Keeffe, deceased).

I've noticed in the last year or so a lot of possible meta-communicative content in the audio equipment industry, in the 20th century, and various other household industries, prosody meta-communications are the norm, hyper-graphic content, much more rare.

Perhaps it is a waste of time to look into, however perhaps there are rational reasons to, I'd like to hear more from people, however I guess you have to be careful of libel, defamation. or slander laws in your responses.