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Essay/Art

Has art ended again?

Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?

Owen Hulatt

Video/Art

James Turrell’s singular quest to transform a crater into a natural-light observatory

8 minutes

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the fairest rectangle of them all?

2 minutes

Video/Mathematics

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

5 minutes

Video/Art

‘This is post-traumatic growth’: how one artist painted over her rape

4 minutes

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Essay/Art

Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King

Video/Design & Fashion

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

4 minutes

Video/Art

What happens when an artist doesn’t give up the day job?

6 minutes

Idea/Wellbeing

Feel-good fractals: from ocean waves to Jackson Pollock’s art

Florence Williams

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/Neuroscience

Here’s looking at you

Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain

Jeffrey M Zacks

Idea/Art

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price

Jonathan R Goodman

Video/Art

How a focus on the present moment has given David Hockney many lives

7 minutes

Idea/Nature & Environment

It’s not easy to make landscape a place: you have to feel it

Fiona Stafford

Video/Art

An artist finds rich pickings in the sprawling mundanity of a Walmart store

4 minutes

Video/History of Ideas

Why Socrates believed that sexual desire is the first step towards righteousness

2 minutes

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Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

It is and it isn’t

Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is not just a radical kind of art. It’s a philosophical dialetheia: a contradiction that is true

Damon Young & Graham Priest

Video/Art

The flickering ray of hope in the stark loneliness of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

8 minutes

Essay/Art

Why people collect art

Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification

Erin Thompson

Idea/Art

Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history?

Noah Charney

Video/Art

How René Magritte turned philosophy into painting

7 minutes

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

There is no difference between computer art and human art

Oliver Roeder

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Idea/Art

If we return Nazi-looted art, the same goes for empire-looted

Erin Thompson

Video/Art

When is art a better tool for understanding mental illness than science?

8 minutes

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

The concrete buildings of Brutalism are beautiful

Barnabas Calder

Essay/Art

Moments of depth

Stuart Franklin has photographed conflict, nature and people. He discusses what makes a memorable image

Stuart Franklin & Nigel Warburton

Video/Mental Health

A recluse creates a dreamworld in miniature to grapple with his world at large

9 minutes

Essay/Anthropology

Magic bowls of antiquity

Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market

Samuel Thrope

Essay/Design & Fashion

What do clothes say?

Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?

Shahidha Bari