Checkmate: John Cage and Marcel Duchamp | Prerna Anilkumar

But irrespective, walls were broken. Boundaries were dissolved. Life and art had merged. And no one summed it up better than Lowell Cross himself. In his essay ‘Reunion: John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Electronic Music and Chess’ he called the event “a public celebration of Cage’s delight in living everyday life as an art form.” Continue reading Checkmate: John Cage and Marcel Duchamp | Prerna Anilkumar

History of Daguerreotype| Prerna Anilkumar

A proud and magnificent ancestor of our present day DSLR cameras, the Daguerreotype satisfied our ancient quest to see our own image. It was the first time that we experienced a kind of tautology for the eyes. A reiteration of reality on a sheet of copper. Never before had this project of representation surpassed such limits of details and accuracy. Continue reading History of Daguerreotype| Prerna Anilkumar

On Sadomasochism|Prerna Anilkumar

In different periods of history, sadomasochism has been actively carved out and composed as an art form. A way of communicating. A way of creating. Oneself and the other. As something that situates and locates the meaning at the surface and not the deep. In mapping sadomasochism’s aesthetics, one stumbles upon a dialogue between the history of aesthetic philosophy and the literary history of sadomasochism with evolving definitions of sexual subjectivity. Continue reading On Sadomasochism|Prerna Anilkumar

When the Dragon Took a Beating|Aniket Singh Charan

There was more to come. On 1st October the Chinese attacked the Chola outpost which was a few kilometres north of Nathu La. The said assault was planned with the singular intention of avenging the Nathu La defeat and establishing Chinese dominance in the Region. The only problem was that India was prepared. A recently raised Gorkha regiment was stationed in the region and it was in this battle that it was blooded. A scuffle had ensued the same morning between the Chinese commissar and Naib Subedar Gyan Bahadur Limbu the forward platoon commander over the boundary demarcation. Continue reading When the Dragon Took a Beating|Aniket Singh Charan

History of Marginalia

Despite all its beauty, in this age of the E-book, the future of marginalia stands uncertain. In a significant move, Kindle started allowing for electronic marginalia in the form of ‘notes’. The reception of this move still being debated in various circles, one can’t deny that something of the spontaneity is lost. It seems more forced. This Coleridgean fantasy is actually not a fantasy at all. Continue reading History of Marginalia

A Prisoner Of Birth-The Trial and Conviction of the Last Fuhrer

The Trial of Admiral Donitz was, according to The Times, the “Keenest legal battle of the Nuremberg Trials”. The Allies were eager to make an example of Donitz for not only heading the Reich in its last days but also for doggedly pursuing a naval war that cost the allies roughly 3,500 Merchant ships, 175 warships and 72,000 merchant and naval men. This “Battle of the Atlantic” was won at a heavy cost and Admiral Donitz was the man responsible for the pain inflicted. Continue reading A Prisoner Of Birth-The Trial and Conviction of the Last Fuhrer

History of Blue | Prerna Anilkumar

According to one theory, sky was considered to be white till we actually came up with a word for blue. The conception of this shade as a colour in our minds took its own sweet time. This thesis was further supported by a study on an old Namibian tribe which didn’t have distinct words for blue and green. Thus, language truly shaped our perception of the world.
It literally coloured our world. Continue reading History of Blue | Prerna Anilkumar