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Ebba Wester

Ebba Wester has 11 articles published.

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Blade Runner 2049: Birth, death, and artificial identity

35 years after the release of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi love story Blade Runner, an updated imagining of Philip K. Dick’s A.I. dystopia returned in 2017 when the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 hit theatres. While enthusiastically lauded by a harangue of ecstatic film critics, Denis Villeneuve’s BR sequel also received considerable scrutiny for its… Keep Reading

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So Sad Today, So Sexy: Melissa Broder and the Internet Sad Girl

I first heard the phrase ‘Sad Girl’ used to describe a female “archetype” in the words of Audrey Wollen, an instagram artist whose ‘Sad Girl Theory’ started circulating on the internet around 2015. Wollens theory functions on a number of levels; firstly, as a reaction against what she describes as the high “demands” of contemporary… Keep Reading

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Sunspring: Surrealism, Susan Sontag, and the New Sensibility

During a visit to Paris this April, I had the great pleasure of attending the thought-provoking art exhibition ‘Artists and Robots’ at the Grand Palais exhibition hall. The show was a stunning interactive and immersive journey through the history of robotic and mechanical art-making; a factory of creative machines ranging from wooden, hand-cranked painting mechanisms… Keep Reading

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Dreaming Murakami: Translation as the art of empathy

“Mutual understanding is of critical importance. There are those who say that ‘understanding’ is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings, and while I do find this view interesting in its own way, I am afraid that we have no time to spare on pleasant digressions” (Superfrog saves Tokyo, Haruki Murakami). Documentary differentiates itself as… Keep Reading

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Playboy and Pulp Fiction: The role of low-brow literature in Anna Biller’s Viva & The Love Witch

In the early 1950s, television sets started to appear in the living rooms of American homes across the nation, leaving Hollywood in an existential crisis. Anxious to differentiate themselves from television, the major studios made an effort to boost the credibility and status of their entertainment product by turning to literary works as source material… Keep Reading

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Five relics

It’s October, so we continue to talk about relics at Ark. Today, we asked five of our volunteers to pick one, and their choices are, well, varied. This is their picks and what they had to say about them. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Macon The first book I can remember reading as some kind… Keep Reading

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End of Summer

The days are getting shorter, the wind is picking up, and all the avocados are hard and watery again; August has come to an end, and the short-lived Copenhagen summer is slowly slipping away while September knocks on the door. Yet, despite the disappointing pit fruit, the beginning of fall nevertheless signals very good news… Keep Reading

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Jodorowsky’s Dune: The Expanding Universe of the Collective Unconscious

Despite the wealth of adaptations that have made it to the screen throughout the history of cinema, and indeed the enthused popularity and high esteem surrounding prolific cinematic interpretations of respected texts, from Fincher’s Fight Club (1999) and Boyle’s Trainspotting (1996) to Kubrick’s Lolita (1962) and Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), the tendency to both explicitly,… Keep Reading

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