[Art Review] Dry Dreams, Dry Passage: A ‘City of Cyborgs’ for Eindhoven’s Biennial

I was commissioned by Dutch magazine GonzoCircus to review the 2013 Eindhoven Biennial titled City of Cyborgs. I had the pleasure of traveling to Eindhoven and exploring the exhibition at my leisure, and seeing iconic works by artists I admire like Stelarc and Marguerite Huemau from up close. The review was published on the magazine’s blog, in English.

Excerpt from the article:

In Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film Princess Mononoke, we follow the story of mortal men who set out to murder their gods, and take their fate in their own hands. In the film’s mythical setting, the emperor demands that the “Forest Spirit,” the god of life and death, is killed and his head brought to him, because legend has it that the god’s head gives eternal life. Eventually the emperor’s hunters track down the Forest Spirit and manage to run away with his head. The now headless god chases them, trying to get his head back, mindlessly killing everything in his path. One of the emperor’s hunters exclaims mockingly: “Look! He’s a brainless, swollen, life-sucking god of death!” The enchantment is broken: the god may be powerful, but he’s just stupid. The god of life and death is a machine.

You can read the complete review HERE.

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