Suzanna Ivanič’s new book Catholica: The Visual Culture of Catholicism is an essential primer on how Catholicism intersects with art history.
Visual Propaganda of Hate Groups Is on the Rise in America
While their numbers decline, hate and anti-government groups have found their way into American mainstream politics, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
How Our Visual Culture of Credibility is Being Manipulated
The extreme views presented by orators are veiled by their adoption of design aesthetics typical of newscasters.
Two Artists Attempt to Collaborate Across Continents, Travel Bans and All
With “The Other Apartment,” a joint project by Jon Rubin and Sohrab Kashani, located in both Pittsburgh and Tehran, Iranians and Americans can attend events and experience the space together, in real time.
Satoshi Kon’s Sensitive Story of People on the Margins of Society
Recently restored and back in theaters, the 2003 anime film Tokyo Godfathers looks tenderly at street dwellers, who are often ignored in art and the media.
The Strange Reign of Raccoons Online
The raccoon is one of the most popular animals on social media. But the human obsession with the scavengers predates the internet by thousands of years.
As Local Media Dies, Community Meme Pages Keep the Spirits of Cities Alive
Online spaces embody Aldo Rossi’s view of the city as “the collective memory of its people.”
An Interview with Lynne Tillman
The novelist and critic discusses her new book of fiction — Men and Apparitions.
The Rise of the 20th-Century Yearbook Smile
With their standard formats and widespread availability, high school yearbooks represent a historical data set of 20th-century style. They also capture how our tendency to smile in photographs has intensified over time.
New App Lets You Un-Instagram (aka “Normalize”) Your Photos
A year ago, Fast Company checked in on Instagram, the immensely popular photo-sharing app, nine months after its launch and called its growth “staggering.” That was before Facebook acquired it, this past April, and then, in May, Instagram hit the 50 million users mark. The lesson here? People really love taking and sharing pictures. And they also love filtering them.
Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1B
Today, Facebook announced that it has acquired the hugely popular smartphone photo-sharing app, Instagram, and in the process further consolidating its position as the biggest visual archive in the world.