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Heavy metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) abruptly begins to lose his sense of hearing. Despite his desire to press on and continue performing, he’s convinced to check into a community for deaf recovering addicts, in order to head off a possible drug relapse. Through his time there, attending NA meetings with other hard of hearing people, volunteering at a school for the deaf, and learning sign language, he comes to understand deafness as its own community and not a handicap.
In this way, the movie Sound of Metal delves into how we find meaning in our lives, through the purposefully heightened scenario of a musician being forced to radically recontextualize what they are capable of doing. In the process, it also understatedly explores the many nuances and diverse experiences of deaf people. Ahmed’s performance is beautifully rendered, as he expresses his character’s alternating frustration and curiosity about his situation with subtlety rather than showy dramatics. And the film’s use of audio is appropriately masterful, modulating the volume and ambience of its various sounds with minute precision. It avoids many of the problematic tropes of films about disability.
Sound of Metal is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.