A person using a tablet and stylus to draw

DeviantArt and AI: The showdown between manual playbour and automated playbour

Paper
Pak Wing Ng
27/11/2023
15 minutes to read

By looking at DeviantArt and its no-AI alternative Side 7, the article explores an issue of the security of users' artwork with the rise of AI art generators, as well as the way the platforms deal with artwork protection. 

Screenshots from party bus footage Vindicat

The deviant image of student association Vindicat

Paper
Ruben den Boer
16/03/2022
16 minutes to read

How student association Vindicat tried to restore its own image by labeling individual members as 'deviants' (and failed). 

Behind the Curtain: “1984”’s Aesthetics of Immediacy

Article
Inge van de Ven
25/01/2024
12 minutes to read

The TV ad “1984” introducing Apple's Macintosh PC has many intertexts—from the aesthetics of fascism to Plato to The Truman Show. This article discusses the video’s ‘aesthetics of immediacy.’

The Rosetta Network - Imagined by Milo Miranda

Video
Milo Miranda
01/03/2024

Exploring Rosetta's innovative potential for personal development and artistic expression, bridging human potential and technology in the speculative landscape of 2045.

Even a first, superficial interpretation makes it clear that Apple's "1984" commercial has an outspoken political character. In this article, Thomas Decreus uses the work of Gilles Deleuze and others to gain a more profound understanding of one of the most famous technology commercials that ever aired on television.

The war in Ukraine and the end of everything

Paper
Kevin Doyle
13/05/2022
34 minutes to read

Kevin Doyle doesn't understand why we let ourselves be reduced to passive observers of the war in Ukraine. Will we one day wake up – complicit and deranged – as nothing more than spectators at the end of everything?

Fortnite characters

Convergence culture in the video game industry

Paper
Szymon Zbiegniewski
05/12/2022
10 minutes to read

The NorCal and SCal culture industries are converging on multiple levels, and one of them is the video game industry. This paper explores how Fortnite revolutionized the way we perceive games.

A frame from Miranda July's Somebody movie

Miranda’s July Relational and Participatory Art

Article
Szymon Zbiegniewski
24/10/2022
10 minutes to read

In 2014 Miranda July created a project that asked a question about how difficult it is to approach strangers. In this paper, I analyze this project through relational aesthetics and participatory art. 

Bandersnatch: You Make The Call, Right?

Paper
Wulan Bekker
24/05/2023
11 minutes to read

This paper examines the ways in which Bandersnatch and in specific its interactive function is a response to our post-digital way of living. 

A look into the reason behind K-pop's never ending popularity

Paper
Mehreen Sarfaraz
10/05/2023
8 minutes to read

While K-pop groups have gained popularity around the world, we can wonder: is K-pop really still Korean? This paper looks into the impact of globalization on the rise of K-pop on a global scale. 

Ghislaine Handiri: Authentic Self-Presentation on Social Media

Paper
Noa Reijnen
27/01/2023
9 minutes to read

This paper describes how one specific influencer, Ghislaine Handiri, presents herself as authentic on Instagram and how Instagram as a mediator influences and shapes her authenticity.

Truth Social in the Apple App Store on an iPhone

The truth on Truth Social

Paper
Hannah Meijaard
13/02/2023
16 minutes to read

A discourse analysis on the platform "Truth Social", created by former US president Donald J. Trump.

How Andy Warhol anticipated acid house rave culture!

Paper
Wessel Joosten
08/11/2023
12 minutes to read

This paper will explore and analyze how Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable Now has anticipated and influenced Acid House Raves, in particular the ones at the nightclub called Shoom in London. 

When Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology over 25 years ago, people believed the whole world would soon resemble the United States. Today, the situation appears much different. China appears to be the most futuristic country in the world and the United States, together with its  monopolistic tech companies, might represent a past we'd want to leave behind sooner rather than later. 

The main characters of Derry Girls

Derry Girls: Fictional Perspective on Real History

Article
Anna Skorodihina
25/10/2023
12 minutes to read

This article looks at how the Northern Irish TV show Derry Girls portrays truthful and fictional narratives to create a realistic piece of media, represent the time frame of The Troubles and gain the attention of viewers.