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World-revered Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has recently made hundreds of high-resolution images from its various films available to download. Going forward, the studio will be posting new monthly selections for people to peruse; the starting lineup features eight movies, mainly newer ones (none came out before the turn of the century). Each film page respectfully requests that people “use the images within the bounds of common sense.”
The above image from Spirited Away is now my laptop wallpaper. There are 400 additional frames to pick from, like this striking dream image from The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s wistful meditation on the costs of artistic fervor and the dangers of nationalism:
Or this indelible moment from Isao Takahata’s masterpiece The Tale of the Princess Kaguya:
Miyazaki’s Ponyo was explicitly made to appeal mainly to small children, which goes to show that even at their lightest, the studio can turn out stunning work like this:
Lower-key, lesser-regarded Ghibli films are nonetheless still filled with heartbreaking craft, such as When Marnie Was There:
After pausing all production for several years, Ghibli is now at work on its next film, How Do You Live?, with Miyazaki again directing. The animation is progressing at an agonizingly slow pace, but whenever it’s finished, there’s no doubt that it will be similarly beautiful.
New works by one of Bangladesh’s most prominent photojournalists, writers, and activists are on view at the Chicago art space through November 27.
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.