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    Living Vicariously Through Cartman: Cartoons, Free Speech and Taboo

    Cartoons like South Park and The Boondocks are known for their provocative humour. However, its hard to imagine the same jokes and subject matter in a live-action format being tolerated in mainstream culture. Consider whether the worlds of cartoons, due to their overt incongruence with real life on the superficial level, make this kind of humour more palatable. Also, discuss the significance of cartoons for public conversation and free speech. Do cartoons and the universes they create allow us to indulge in taboo conversations in a way that is more difficult with more realistic material?

    • Definitely. I mean having these topics brought up in an 'unreal' world surely makes these things easier to say, and therefore, easier for viewers to stomach? Same kind of logic that applies to depersonalisation through online communication I suppose. – TomWadsworth 7 years ago

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    Brilliant article. Interesting to consider obsolescence in relation to the ‘archival impulse’ in contemporary art.

    Lively Objects: Curating 'Broken' Electronic Art

    Great article. I think the performance art of the 1960s and ’70s is really the beginning of a lot more critical thinking about the body, embodiment, subjectivity and so on. It was also (perhaps still is), in my opinion, the high-point of democratisation in art production because, well… everybody has a body.

    The Body Imperfect: Art as its Champion

    I think you’re right that people struggle with abstract work, but that’s largely because abstraction is seen as a massive leap from representation or realism, when in fact it’s better understood as a development.

    Exhibit A: JMW Turner’s late paintings were abstract in everything but name.

    Understanding Abstract Art