Sketchiness: The Sun

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Beats to the Rhyme…

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Clickity-click: Art and Your Brain

“Although we cannot provide mechanistic explanations, the production of visual art involves more than the mere cognitive and motor processing described. The creation of visual art is a personal integrative experience –- an experience of ‘flow,’ – in which the participant is fully emerged in the creative activity.”

 

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Nineworlds Geekfest: Mental Illness Primer

Themes I hope to cover in my talk on Mental Illness in Nineworlds Geekfest 2014

Venue:

Radisson Blu Edwardian convention hotel at Heathrow, London

The talk is in Room 30, 11:45 to 1300hrs.

Themes:

  • Stigma: Why creative writers are of utmost importance in mental illness perception
  • Nuancing suicide and self-harm
  • The case of Electro-Convulsive Therapy
  • True psychosis versus Hollywood psychosis
  • Trauma, stress reactions, PTSD
  • Apathy/avolition, social decline, and the “mad” supervillain
  • Quick case study: Morpheus in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’
  • Quick case study: Hannibal (TV) auto-immune encephalitis
  • Quick case study: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Episodes:  ‘Normal Again’, ‘Hush’
  •  Quick case study: Angel, Episode ‘Damage’
  • The problem of Split Personality

I’ll be taking questions as well. If you plan to attend and you have a burning topic you can add it to the comments section.

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Sharknado…

…Is perfect schlock.

It will remain an artifact of pure film-making ineptitude and if we ever send out an interstellar probe a digital recording of it should be included.

It must be allowed to join films like ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ on the lists of worst films ever made.

No, I’m not going to review it. Look, there’s a scene where an object falls into water without any ripples. The effects are that bad. This movie only works as a comedy or a kind of living art installation with which one could teach students how not to make films.

 

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July 20, 2014 · 23:29

Sketchiness: What Next?

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Ink and watercolour

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