The cultural landscape of Vienna is indelibly marked by the work of Egon Schiele, and the superb collection of his paintings at the Leopold Museum remains a fixture on any cultural tour of the city.Read More
An intriguing attempt to parse the possible futures headed our way, The Promise of Total Automation at the Kunsthalle examines what the curators call “the allure of an automated life.”. The age we live in finds us renegotiating the terms of what it means to be human; the Internet of Things is no longer a fanciful notion, and just about every aspect of our lives seems interwoven with the mechanized world.Read More
For an uninterrupted stretch of three decades (1913-1944), it was a cat that held court in the funny pages of the Hearst newspaper empire. Appearing as a 4-panel comic strip on weekdays, and occupying an entire newspaper page on Sundays, Krazy Kat is that most unlikely of things: poetry fostered and cared for unquestioningly by commerce.Read More
Internationally renowned for directing anime under the banner of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki has been responsible for classics of animation such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro – films that are without parallel in their evocation of a reality infused with the gently fantastic.
And yet, in his native Japan, he is equally revered for his first (and only) manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Straddling the divide between children’s picture book and adult graphic novel to splendid effect, The Arrival, by Australian illustrator Shaun Tan, is one of those rare beasts: a wholly graphic fiction, that dispenses with the use of words entirely.Read More
‘The world is bound by secret knots’ – Athanasius Kircher
The Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) is one of history’s more intriguing figures. Possessed of a profound erudition, he achieved great renown in his own time, and yet has now slid into a near-total obscurity.
A wordless pean to water in all its fluid variants, and to the old warehouse district in the port city of Hamburg, Vortex is a story that celebrates – and is driven by – the drawn image. First published by Arrache Coeur in 1997, it is one of the quieter milestones in the development of graphic fiction; breaking wholly new ground in terms of the form that a story told in pictures can take.Read More