Category: 2017

A Subtlety, Domino Sugar Factory, New York, NY, USA, June 29, 2014 | © Courtesy of gigi_nyc/Flickr.

New Article: Prissy’s Quittin’ Time: The Black Camp Aesthetics of Kara Walker

Brian Stephens Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0059 Abstract Through a close reading of Walker’s first silhouette instalment-the audaciously titled Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred Between the Dusky...

New Article: “If You Don’t Bring No Grits, Don’t Come”: Critiquing a Critique of Patrick Kelly, Golliwogs, And Camp as A Technique of Black Queer Expression

Sequoia Barnes Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0062 Abstract I have written this article in order to establish Patrick Kelly as a black forbearer of fashion. Kelly complicates our sense of fashion through his use of black...

New Article: “Beef Jerky in a Ball Gown”: The Camp Excesses of Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Carmen Dexl / Katrin Horn  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0041 Abstract In this essay, we look at Titus Andromedon from the Netflix-sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2014-) as a singular phenomenon in contemporary TV: a black queen whose use...

The Man who would be King! H.R.H Prince Charles and the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson Effigies, Portobello Market, London, UK, January 1, 2005 ©Courtesy of drinks machine/Flickr.

New Article: Nobody Knows My Name: The Masquerade of Mourning in the Early 1980s Artistic Productions of Michael Jackson and Prince

Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0058 Abstract The article analyses Michael Jackson’s album Thriller and Prince’s movie Purple Rain. We explore their camp aesthetics and their recasting of the cultural...

New Article: Love is the Message: Barkley Hendricks’s MFSB Portrait Aesthetics

Genevieve Hyacinthe Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0057  Abstract Barkley L. Hendricks’s (1945-2017) portraiture is considered in relation to camp’s liminal nature. Hendricks employs the camp techniques of surface emphasis, and affective audience engagement, to relay a...

New Article: Beyoncé’s Slay Trick: The Performance of Black Camp and its Intersectional Politics

Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0038 Abstract This article pays attention to African-American artist Beyonce Knowles and her performance of black camp. Beyonce’s stage persona and performances invite multiple ideological readings as to what pertains...

Hernan Bas, Florida Living Exhibition, Feb. 14 - Aug. 20, Returning to the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia, USA, April 7, 2017 | © Courtesy of JR P/Flickr.

African-American Artists and Performers between Camp Aesthetics and Racial Identity: Black Camp as a Critical Category

This article presents a blog version of Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska’s panoramic introduction to “Notes on the Uses of Black Camp”: A special issue of Open Cultural Studies published in its inaugural, first...

New Article: Affect and Dialogue in Collaborative Cross- Disciplinary Research: Developing Interactive Public Art on Cardiff Bay Barrage

Alice Entwistle / Inga Burrows / Fiona Carroll / Nathan Thomas / Mark Ware / Gareth Loudon Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0055 Abstract Where Cartesian philosophy distinguishes the perceiving and perceptual mind from the body, phenomenology constitutes the experiential/experiencing body as the subject, giving rise to...

Bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the Cervantes Monument, the Plaza de España, Madrid, Spain, December 5, 2008 | © Courtesy of Jorge Láscar/Flickr.

The Refractions of Cervantes’ Fictional Figure of Don Quixote in Cinematic, Literary and Therapeutic Narratives Across Cultures

In this blog post, Juan de Dios Torralbo Caballero briefly introduces Multicultural Cervantes, a special issue of Open Cultural Studies published in 2017, based on his foreword, that examines the work of Miguel de...

L'exposition "The boat is leaking. The captain lied" (Fondation Prada, Venise), Venice, Italy, June 26, 2017 | © Courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr.

Transdisciplinary Studies Show How Hybridity Crosses the Boundaries of Cultural Media

In a special issue of Open Cultural Studies entitled “Transmediating Culture(s)?” that appeared in 2017, Justyna Stępień and Beata Zawadka, as its guest editors, have brought together contributions from cinema, literary, visual, epistemological and...

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