Marina Caspe – Ceramic Artist

“The world is a beautiful place. I can not wait to teach you about an experience as smooth as velvet but sharp as a sharks tooth. As the sun peaks over the horizon, bus door shuts on a decrepit bus, a mother cradles her crying child, life is happening. The clock is ticking, and relationships… Continue reading Marina Caspe – Ceramic Artist

Mind-reading technology has arrived

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An AI-powered “brain decoder” can now read your thoughts with surprising accuracy. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have achieved a groundbreaking feat: translating people’s brain activity, including their unspoken thoughts, into actual speech. This development, detailed in a study published in Nature, marks a significant advancement in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. Traditionally,… Continue reading Mind-reading technology has arrived

Frankenstein: how Mary Shelley’s sci-fi classic offers lessons for us today about the dangers of playing God

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, is an 1818 novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Set in the late 18th century, it follows scientist Victor Frankenstein’s creation of life and the terrible events that are precipitated by his abandonment of his creation. It is a Gothic novel in that it combines supernatural elements with horror, death and… Continue reading Frankenstein: how Mary Shelley’s sci-fi classic offers lessons for us today about the dangers of playing God

The Watchers – Directorial debut from Ishana Night Shyamalan gets lost in the woods of folklore 

We’ve come to expect intricate, creepy thrillers from M. Night Shyamalan so it’s no surprise that his daughters directorial debut follows in the same footsteps, almost. The Watchers follows Mina, an artist living estranged from her hometown America in Ireland, who gets lost in the woods and finds herself enslaved by the watchers; a swarm… Continue reading The Watchers – Directorial debut from Ishana Night Shyamalan gets lost in the woods of folklore 

Patricia Leite: Paisagem de Lenda – A Celebration of Brazilian Myths and Landscapes

Patricia Leite in her studio in São Paulo,

Exhibition dates: 7 June–3 August 2024Thomas Dane Gallery, 3 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1Y (Landscape of Legend) – the second exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London by the renowned Brazilian artist Patricia Leite. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1955, Patricia Leite’s artistic journey has been deeply influenced by the myths and legends… Continue reading Patricia Leite: Paisagem de Lenda – A Celebration of Brazilian Myths and Landscapes

The Old Oak: is it right to ban the XL Bully?

T.J walks through a graveyard, visiting his wife who is buried there. By his side, his tiny mongrel pup, Marra, yapping about and waggling his tail. Like all dogs, he is just grateful to be outside, and grateful to be alive. Marra suddenly runs, catching a scent and following his instincts. T.J pursues, calling his… Continue reading The Old Oak: is it right to ban the XL Bully?

Pixar Lays Off 14% of its Employees

Last year, Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney, had already eliminated 75 positions, including key creatives behind the box office disappointment “Lightyear,” sources told Reuters. Now, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is reporting that an additional 14% of Pixar’s workforce has been laid off as part of Disney’s cost-cutting efforts. This marks the largest… Continue reading Pixar Lays Off 14% of its Employees

A24 Acquires Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’

Renowned filmmaker Ruben Östlund is set to begin shooting “The Entertainment System is Down” in early 2025, making it unlikely to debut at next year’s Cannes Film Festival. Instead, a 2026 premiere on the Croisette seems more probable. With the script finalized, casting is now underway. Keanu Reeves has been confirmed for a starring role,… Continue reading A24 Acquires Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’

Lost Klimt portrait sells for €30m in Vienna auction

A late portrait by Gustav Klimt, previously believed lost, has recently been sold at auction in Vienna for a staggering €30 million. Titled “Portrait of Fräulein Lieser” and painted in 1917, this artwork, surrounded by mysteries, fetched a hammer price of €30 million (€35 million with fees) at Im Kinsky, setting a new auction record… Continue reading Lost Klimt portrait sells for €30m in Vienna auction

Challengers review: Luca Guadagnino’s tennis film reviewed by an expert in the psychology of competition

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“Tennis is a relationship,” says Tashi Duncan (Zendaya) in director Luca Guadagnino’s new film Challengers. However, this relationship is not simply between the game and the player. Rather the heart of tennis, and perhaps of all competition, is a three-way relationship between two contestants and a third person. Their presence, and observation, is what gives… Continue reading Challengers review: Luca Guadagnino’s tennis film reviewed by an expert in the psychology of competition