Category Archives: Essay

The Question Concerning Hyperaccumulation, Or, the Role of Technology in Mel Chin’s Revival Field

By Sophie Loring, Bryn Mawr College Originally published in the 2020 print edition. Thlaspi caerulescens (alpine pennygrass), Silene vulgaris (bladder campion), and Zea mays saccharata (sweet corn) push through the ground in an unusual garden: Mel Chin’s Revival Field, 1991,

The Question Concerning Hyperaccumulation, Or, the Role of Technology in Mel Chin’s Revival Field

By Sophie Loring, Bryn Mawr College Originally published in the 2020 print edition. Thlaspi caerulescens (alpine pennygrass), Silene vulgaris (bladder campion), and Zea mays saccharata (sweet corn) push through the ground in an unusual garden: Mel Chin’s Revival Field, 1991,

Humanizing the Machine: Selection and Synthesis in New Media

By Nolan Kelly, Eugene Lang College, The New School Originally published in the 2020 print edition In the past century, apparatus-based art forms have moved toward modes of production that foreground selection as a textural quality. In a world that

Humanizing the Machine: Selection and Synthesis in New Media

By Nolan Kelly, Eugene Lang College, The New School Originally published in the 2020 print edition In the past century, apparatus-based art forms have moved toward modes of production that foreground selection as a textural quality. In a world that

Our Uncanny Digital Existence

By Amanda Ba, Columbia University Originally published in the 2020 print edition   Since the time of the Y2K bug, new media has exponentially and effectively saturated both our everyday life and the art world that embellishes it. The engagement of

Our Uncanny Digital Existence

By Amanda Ba, Columbia University Originally published in the 2020 print edition   Since the time of the Y2K bug, new media has exponentially and effectively saturated both our everyday life and the art world that embellishes it. The engagement of

Almost Human: Recent Interest in Puppetry and Doll-Making

by Eddie Baker, Columbia University Originally published in the 2020 print edition   Carlo Collodi’s original story of Pinocchio—contrary to the sanitized Disney version, which brought the tale to American masses—follows a puppet who gets beaten up, brutally maimed, mugged,

Almost Human: Recent Interest in Puppetry and Doll-Making

by Eddie Baker, Columbia University Originally published in the 2020 print edition   Carlo Collodi’s original story of Pinocchio—contrary to the sanitized Disney version, which brought the tale to American masses—follows a puppet who gets beaten up, brutally maimed, mugged,

Pierre Huyghe: “UUmwelt,” the space between humanity

By Max Gruber, Swarthmore College   A torso with six eyes like robin’s egg shells is buffeted by a virtual breeze across a grainy, barren landscape. A rose-colored bulb props up a wrinkled yellow membrane flanked on each side by

Pierre Huyghe: “UUmwelt,” the space between humanity

By Max Gruber, Swarthmore College   A torso with six eyes like robin’s egg shells is buffeted by a virtual breeze across a grainy, barren landscape. A rose-colored bulb props up a wrinkled yellow membrane flanked on each side by

Review: Rachel Harrison, “Life Hack”

By India Halsted, Barnard College As part of JAC’s push to integrate more digital content in accordance with our 2020 journal theme, “New Media, New Messages,” we are thrilled to present this online-only exclusive. Here, our very own Events Coordinator,

Review: Rachel Harrison, “Life Hack”

By India Halsted, Barnard College As part of JAC’s push to integrate more digital content in accordance with our 2020 journal theme, “New Media, New Messages,” we are thrilled to present this online-only exclusive. Here, our very own Events Coordinator,

Deana Lawson’s Exalted Black Subjects

By Nicole-Ann Lobo, Columbia University. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. As a linguistic act, place-naming seems to tame spatial ambiguity by exerting a sense of ownership and control over a domain. But still there remain nameless places that

Deana Lawson’s Exalted Black Subjects

By Nicole-Ann Lobo, Columbia University. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. As a linguistic act, place-naming seems to tame spatial ambiguity by exerting a sense of ownership and control over a domain. But still there remain nameless places that

In Which Humanness Rests

By Oscar yi Hou, Columbia University. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. 1. Negative Space “My relationship to my paintings are like my relationships to people.” (Jennifer Packer, 2017)1 Subjects melt into red earth in Graces, a painting of

In Which Humanness Rests

By Oscar yi Hou, Columbia University. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. 1. Negative Space “My relationship to my paintings are like my relationships to people.” (Jennifer Packer, 2017)1 Subjects melt into red earth in Graces, a painting of

Lee Ufan and the Art of Margins

By Allison Yoo, Barnard College. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. Lee Ufan was a Korean-born artist, working primarily in Japan beginning in 1956.1 Throughout his career, Lee participated in multiple art movements, though he is most well known

Lee Ufan and the Art of Margins

By Allison Yoo, Barnard College. Originally published in the 2019 print edition. Lee Ufan was a Korean-born artist, working primarily in Japan beginning in 1956.1 Throughout his career, Lee participated in multiple art movements, though he is most well known

Mandalas and Black Holes: The Effects of the Flicker Film on Human Consciousness

By Jason Ooi, New York University Originally published in the 2019 print edition. An article from legendary avant-garde publication International Times contains some of the only discourse on Paul Sharits’s elusive film Ray Gun Virus (1966). Writer David Curtis begins

Mandalas and Black Holes: The Effects of the Flicker Film on Human Consciousness

By Jason Ooi, New York University Originally published in the 2019 print edition. An article from legendary avant-garde publication International Times contains some of the only discourse on Paul Sharits’s elusive film Ray Gun Virus (1966). Writer David Curtis begins