SWM Archive: Star Wars

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These are a collection of my writings on the original 1977 Star Wars film.

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Thoughts on Episode VII: Attack of the Drones - What the next Star Wars film should be about: bring on Luke Starkiller- Good Read! Star Wars Film, Star Trek, John Power, Funeral Pyre, Episode Vii, Drones, Nerdy, Random Stuff, Archive

Thoughts on Episode VII: Attack of the Drones

Darth Vader's Funeral Pyre; Vader's post-pyre helmet A friend asked me the other day what I thought Episode VII should be about. Befor...

Looking at Modernism with David Brin David Brin, Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Modernism, Science Fiction, Sci Fi, Nyc, Critic, Cold War

Looking at Modernism with David Brin -6

Sith Architecture: Le Corbusier and Star Wars (Return to Part 5) When I originally sent David the link to my essay, Star Wars: A Ne...

Below are the slides for the third part of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave. Ugly Americans, Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, Ap Art, Graphic Design Branding, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Being Ugly

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode VI - Return of The Ugly Americans

Below are the slides for the third part of a three-part, 8-bit, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave...

Star Wars: A New Heap - This is the first essay I wrote about Star Wars, and, by means of art history and theory, relates the film's visual program to the art, architecture and polotics of the post-Vietnam Cold War era. John Power, Art With Meaning, Star Wars Film, Art History, Canopy, Literature, Articles, Writing, Cold War

Triple Canopy – Star Wars: A New Heap by John Powers

Was George Lucas a minimalist? Was Donald Judd a Jedi? The coincidences of Star Wars and modernism.

Thoughts on Episode VII: Wish Upon A Death Star - this is an open letter to Disney executives, urging them to be artists and make Art. Episode Vii, Star Wars Film, Open Letter, Death Star, Make Art, Wish, Entertaining, Lettering, Thoughts

Thoughts on Episode VII: Wish Upon A Death Star

Wish upon a Death Star I am a sculptor. I consider what I do Fine Art, and believe it is a serious undertaking worthy of dedicating one...

Star Wars and the Modernism of 2001 Science Art, Science Nature, Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Modernism, Archive, Sci Fi, It Cast

Star Wars and the Modernism of 2001

In his book, Air Guitar , Dave Hickey argues that, "artistic practice changes because younger artists must willfully misinterpret the w...

Last thoughts on Episode VII: Quasi Infinities and the Waning of the Force Dark Father, Warrior Pose, Joseph Campbell, Episode Vii, American Freedom, Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Archetypes, Fathers

Last thoughts on Episode VII: Quasi Infinities and the Waning of the Force

Old Story In 1977 the unprecedented success of Star Wars inspired the scholar Joseph Campbell to claim George Lucas was the best s...

Below are the slides for the second of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave via. Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, Long Time Ago, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Art History, Texts, Archive

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode V - Cold Warrior Clones

Below are the slides for the second of a three-part, 8-bit, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave via...

Below are the slides for the first of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave v. Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Art History, Texts, Archive

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode IV - The Hope of the NEW

Below are the slides for the first of a three-part, "8-bit", art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave v...

Star Wars & Modernism: An Introduction 8 Bit Art, Episode Iv, Postwar, Star Wars Film, Some Text, Art History, Archive, Stars, Portrait

Star Wars & Modernism: An Introduction

Earlier this week on twitter I 'tweeted' what might be thought of as an 8-bit art history lecture. By "8-Bit" I mean that, in the same ...

Star Wars and Postmodernism Apartheid, Postwar, Star Wars Film, Postmodernism, Archive, Aesthetics, Poses, This Or That Questions, Stars

Star Wars and Postmodernism

Boys and their toys, Then , and Now Like most boys, I spent a lot of time playing war. But unlike American boys of the 50s a...

The Future of Art: Rosalind Krauss is a Jedi - Drawing (and explaining) a "semiotic square" laying out my approach to the chronologically layered visual program of A New Hope - as well as an ode to one of my favorite art theorists. I RK Star Wars Film, A New Hope, Princess Leia, Stars, Digital, Concert, Archive, Writing

The Future of Art: Rosalind Krauss is a Jedi

Rosalind Krauss is Princess Leia A year and a half ago, about the time I had finished writing the essay Star Wars: A New Heap for Tri...

Star Wars and South Commons - An autobiographical post about my own memories of before and after seeing Star Wars (I don't actually remember seeing the movie the first time). Star Wars Film, Personal History, Modernism, First Time, Archive, The Unit, Memories, Stars, Couple Photos

Star Wars and South Commons

Clearly, I associate Star Wars with Modernism, at least part of that association is personal. I wrote the following personal history for Ka...

fascism Set In Futura - Fonts, politics and the Star Wars Logo Michael Bierut, Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Documentaries, Period, The Past, Politics, Graphic Design, History

fascism Set In Futura

At this point I have watched the Helvetica documentary back to back easily five times in the past two days and I still love everything abou...

The Communist Manifesto Turns The NeoCons are Sith Lackeys - Unpacking the political iconology of A New Hope, and the difference between capital-"F"-Fascists (Nazis) and lowercase-"f"-fascists (Chicago cops). Star Wars Film, A New Hope, Sith, Oppression, Cops, Archive, Chicago, Politics, Author

The Oppression of the Sith

When Bill Kristal explained on Special Report last year, “So Thursday we will have Obama versus Cheney, which is going to be fun, don...

Thoughts on Episode VII: Delirious Coruscant World Of Tomorrow, Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, Star Destroyer, Detroit, Planets, Archive, Thoughts, Stars

Thoughts on Episode VII: Delirious Coruscant

Opening, Star Wars (1977); Ken Ohyama, Interchange (2007) What could be more shocking that seeing Luke Skywalker don Vader's...

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