In the 9th century, the Banū Mūsā brothers in Baghdad designed a mechanical, hydraulic organ that was made to play endlessly by itself.
Underlying Julian Barnes’s and John Berger’s respective new collections on art, Keeping an Eye Open and Portraits, is the notion that we’re still figuring out how to engage with and portray the past.
A phonebook is a collection of data that encapsulates a specific place at a specific time. It’s a complete historical record, a city in book form. Rochester 585/716 wonders whether a photo book can be the same.
When it was announced last fall that Ta-Nehisi Coates would write an ongoing Black Panther series at Marvel, with art by Brian Stelfreeze, people beyond the confines of the comics industry got excited.
On its last day of existence — or, more particularly, on a day after its last day, when it reopened just for this purpose — the St. Mark’s Bookshop sold off all of its remaining stock at $2 a copy.
From 2007 to 2012, the late architect Lebbeus Woods kept a blog that offered a peek into the mind of one of our most visionary contemporary creators.
Originally intended purely as tools for navigation, maps have long branched off from this practical function to become an unexpected medium for visual expression.
Debt is the crux where economics and morality intersect.
Imagine confronting past versions of yourself — would you recognize your present self in them or feel completely alienated?
Anselm Kiefer bears a burdensome relationship to the written word.
The work of Marcel Broodthaers balances erudite postmodernism and a straightforwardness so literal that it borders on humorous.
A witty composition of lively geometrical shapes that turn the Arabic alphabet into a story-like puzzle, Tongue Twister was awarded for its “original attempt to give visual form to tongue twisters and the difficulty of pronouncing certain words very fast.”