Topic: Art & Aesthetics

The spectrum of our offerings that engage the techniques and development of the arts throughout history, from classical forms to modernity.

  • Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    Collective Unconscious and The Fourth Wall

    We return to our examinations on “The New Weird” while pondering the very basis of narrative. Do we tell stories? Or do they tell themselves through us? That’s the challenge known as “The Borgesian Conundrum”, a potent tool in a genre with prophecy, visions and congress with alien powers in its collective toolbox. Made all the more relevant by The SCP Foundations collective font of stories.

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  • Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Join us on an incisive deep-tissue study of the evolution and icons in classical and contemporary horror fiction, from monsters to slashers and less supernatural fare, as well as their varying manifestations, such as podcasts, radio plays, and other media.

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  • Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    In today’s installment of Zen and the Art of Screaming, we take a deep dive into the origins of vampires—how they originated as an Eastern European myth, to how they came to represent “the Other,” to how the evolved into sexy supernatural beings in modern media offerings.

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  • For Whom the Box Boops

    For Whom the Box Boops

    Music does far more than just soothe the savage beasts of our psyche. The sonic experience viscerally brings virtual and cinematic worlds to life. Join us in our examination of the evolution of video game and synth music in tandem with storied and largely influential arrangements used in film and animation.

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  • ‘It’s a Mario!’ Musical!
  • A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    A Study in Stairways – Series Conspectus

    Come with us on our first look on an in-depth analysis of the history of illustration, animation, and the counter developments and competitive symbiosis of Eastern and Western influences, as its shaped the marketplace and culture of modern illustrative art.

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  • History of Woodcut and Woodblock Printing
  • Franchise Feature: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Authors of the Amorphous: Brian Lumley’s Necroscope

    Authors of the Amorphous: Brian Lumley’s Necroscope

    Continuing our journey into the lurid and ineffable borders of fiction, this week we examine the works of Brian Lumley, a master of the “new weird form.” His Necroscope series and assorted other works are exemplars of the genre’s balancing act, blending, sci-fi, horror, and a fair amount of mystery and detective tropes together in a seamless weave.

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  • Asian Architecture, Italian Plumbers