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George W. Bush: Painting Loss of Power

George W. Bush took up painting as a hobby after his time in office. Through his series of self-portraits and portraits of world leaders, George Bush Jr. is on a journey to rediscover the simplicity of the life of a private individual, away from the spotlight, and to re-exlpore his time as a public figure.

And while some have seen in their simplicity a mirror of Bush’s own simple-mindedness, they are a conflicting effort to both shed his presidential status while trying to immortalize his presidency.

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What footprint will we leave on Mars?

As we stand on the threshold of becoming an interplanetary species, the debate has centered on the technical feasibility of putting men on Mars to the expense of what kind of presence we wish to be in the cosmos. Is mankind about to become the predatory extraterrestrial race often depicted in horror films? What safeguards are we placing to save the universe from ourselves?
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The Anthropocene: Unearthing Universalism and Resizing Political Narratives

The current geological age is defined by man-made climate and environmental change. The anthropocene crowns centuries of human activity and represents the intersecting of economic development and the biosphere.

Yet, ‘anthropocene’ is more than just a geological term. It lies at the intersection of science and politics, holding the universalist promise of science while falling prey to political recuperation.

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What is the spirit of terrorism?

The term terrorism has been applied to a large spectrum of events and motives: from targeted and symbolic actions to mass shootings; from political radicalism at the turn-of-the-century to present-day religious fundamentalism.

Yet underlying its diversity, the asymmetrical violence of terrorism plunges the gaze of both terrorized and terrorist into the other’s subjectivity. With what effect?

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