To some critics, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” was little more than neoconservative talking points tacked onto the silver screen: it glorified murderers, dehumanized victims, and ultimately presented war in a positive light. This animated short, “Confusion Through Sand”, casts a dark shadow on that vision, telling the story of a 19-year-old thrust into armed conflict and the toll it took on him. The hand-drawn short, made by animation studio Ornana films, required 6,000 pieces of paper to complete and premiered at South by Southwest.
Nicolae Ceausescu was either asleep during history class or had an ego so large he thought he could escape it: no dictator whose actions completely suppress and starve his or her own…
According to the European Space Agency, this Planck spacecraft-captured image reveals the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field. And, we might add, it looks oddly reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Schizophrenia literally means “split brain.” This is given a cruel irony by the history of mental illness, which has been a seesaw struggle between empirical and mystical explanations of the phenomenon. For thousands of years, doctors and scientists have struggled against theologians and metaphysicians over the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill people. During rare moments in history, while the empiricists have had the upper hand, treatment of the delusional has revolved around understanding what has gone wrong and treating psychosis as if it’s every bit as much an illness as cancer or diabetes. As civilization has declined, and the mystics and charlatans have gained traction, treatment has descended into depravity and sadism.
As with history and truth, beauty and our understanding of it don’t simply exist; we create them. Looking at beauty as a sort of cultural document, certain hairstyles and accented facial features can help explain the values and aspirations of a group of people at specific point in time. In under a minute, Cut Video examines the changing forms of beauty, reminding us of its inherently malleable properties.