Department of Rhetoric and Writing

The University of Texas at Austin

Mexican-American studies, visual culture, and film theory reading in Austin

Bill Nericcio lecture poster

If you’re going to be in Austin on Thursday, November 1, you will want to plan on attending Bill Nericcio’s reading from his book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America. He’ll be speaking from 4–6 p.m. at UT’s Cactus Cafe.

Wikipediavision: Visualizing anonymous edits to Wikipedia

screen grab of Wikipedia vision

László Kozma, a grad-student at the Helsinki University of Technology, has created Wikipediavision a mashup of Wikipedia edits and Google maps reminiscent of Twittervision and Flickrvision.

A Compendium of the Visual Tropes of War

The music video above is by Serj Tankian (lead singer of System of a Down) and directed by Tony Petrossian. Depending on your taste in music, you may want to watch it with the volume turned down.

Making type taste good: Typographics

This short film by Boca and Ryan Uhrich provides an introduction to typography while illustrating some of the possibilities of typographic videos.

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One Way to See the State

one way sign I live on a one way street so I’ve always viewed the “One Way” signs in my neighborhood as good information for motorists and visitors. They are excellent reminders to people that cars should only face east on Washington Street. But this altered image (actually from one block over on Madison Street, where cars travel west) reminds us that street signs are not merely about expressing information about traffic patterns; they are also the banal markers that inform us about the presence of the state’s authority.

Visualizing time

Visualizing Time: sequence image

Here’s a great collection of freehand drawings where the artists were asked to visualize time. The individual images are usually witty statements about their authors’ views of time.

Black sheep and propaganda

An election poster reading This poster is a political advertisement for the SVP (in English, the "Swiss People's Party"), a far-right political party in Switzerland that has made anti-immigration policies a centerpiece of its campaign in an upcoming election. The posters have been controversial: the tagline reads "to create security," and the image depicts three white sheep booting the black sheep from the swiss flag, presumably symbolic of Swiss territory.

Functional architecture

Stata Center, MIT. Gehry & Partners The Morgan Library and Museum exterior. Renzo Piano Building Workshop Slate has posted a slide show featuring functional architecture, emphasizing the function and versatility of buildings over Gehry-esque flashiness. This article from Good Magazine makes a similar point.

Mustache blog

I’ve spent the past hour trying to think of an educational or theoretical reason for posting this link, but I can’t come up with anything. Here it is anyway.

image from Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century

Speak, image

Abortion as the Grim Reaper (the culture wars by way of Bergman) Manohla Dargis just published her NYT review of Lake of Fire, a new documentary directed by Tony Kaye about the "abortion wars" in the U.S. (Kaye is probably most famous as the director of American History X.) Apparently, Kaye has been making this film for over sixteen years, and the duration of his effort may show in the length of the film, which clocks in at 152 minutes.


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