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Radio Weekend! November 17, 2017

Hello! We’re at the weekend, and I’m happy to report that Francisco will be LIVE on the radio on Sunday, 19 November, discussing social media with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO radio. Listen on http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/category/wccoam/ at 3.05pm Eastern time. Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

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Karl Lagerfeld interviews Karl Lagerfeld November 9, 2017

In the unrecognized genre of self-interview, artists have long been revealing a trove of personal biases about how their work relates to their identity. This continues my work on reflective aesthetics – not merely art that is self-referencing but which probes itself in a way that reveals something not previously seen by outside inquiry.

Karl actually tests himself on himself, in a bit of witty theatrics showing the need to reconcile the ego with the internal superego, pretense against essence:

I have the vision of me in front of me,
but I would like you to describe you,
and I will tell you if you are really that way.

And as he is examining his double, I think of how the world of fashion is one enormous, fascination projection of Lacan’s mirror stage, and why the search for visual fulfillment in this mode of self-expression can never be complete (see Lacan’s classic essay, “The Mirror Stage”).

Lacan, from “The Mirror Stage”, p. 508.

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Beyond Hashtag Culture September 27, 2017

Francisco has been heard on hundreds of radio stations (e.g., WTOP FM, Washington, DC; KOGO 600 AM, San Diego) speaking about a darker side of social media, namely, how it creates an environment reducing language and thought, how it encourages the “follower” phenomenon aggravated by the need for users to seek excessive approval, and how it makes users oriented toward and sometimes obsessed with others, including celebrities, rather focusing on themselves and their own thoughts. He addresses solutions to this in his newest book, “Beyond Hashtag Culture” due out in the next month.

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Saturday Updates! September 16, 2017

Hello and a superb Saturday to you! In addition to our amazing art film, “F For Franco”, available on Amazon when you visit our Facebook page (or on iTunes), you may know that CF is in post-production on a film about Arturo Sandoval, the multi-Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter. More on that will be coming very soon, but first – we’re excited to announce that Francisco will be speaking on the radio! His expertise in art, culture, identity, and reflection (or lack of it sometimes) in this hashtag culture of consumerism will be on national radio programs! More details soon, and to get your weekend rolling along, please enjoy “Symbolic” from Francisco’s album, Minimal Souvenirs, and be well!

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Mirror Deal September 9, 2017

Corrected: Hello and Happy weekend! To those of you in the path of the current rash of hurricanes near the Caribbean an the U.S., please take all necessary precautions to be safe.

In today’s web show, Francisco reads us a letter from an old friend who finds himself in some artistically murky waters, trying to help himself and a friend. Enjoy!

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“Beat This!” July 25, 2017

It’s Media Monday on Tuesday, everyone!

In “Beat This!”, Francisco shares a short story about an Unbeatable work of art for this growing era of the hyped-up art spectacle. Enjoy!

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Chaplin Starting – Pt.1 July 15, 2017

Happy Saturday, everyone! Remember Charlie Chaplin, his smile, his unforgettable characters, and his domination of Hollywood and the developing movie era? On a dark and stormy night some days back, Francisco drove around the city streets, telling us a fascinating history of Charles Chaplin. In part 1, we tackle his early days of performing. Enjoy!

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The Artist is Prescient June 29, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday today, and we here have been busy on various projects, including promoting our new film, “F For Franco.” Do check out our FB Page of the same name.

If art can be theoretically anything these days, how can we ever hope to differentiate it from just “stuff”? How can we tell what could be important to our society to what’s distinctly ephemeral? In this clever short, the Art Critic Francisco goes on a night talk show to discuss the unveiling of an art project decades in the making, and the state of art today. Relax and enjoy!

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Art & Authenticity May 12, 2017

It’s Fearless Friday! We’re very excited to announce that in a few weeks, our film, “F For Franco”, will have a wide online release! Look for more extra material, etc. in the next few days/weeks/months! Visit our FFF Facebook Page, as well! Today, Francisco ponders aloud how people react when finding out a beloved car, painting, or object is not, in fact, “real.” What about people – finding out they are not who you thought they were? What if the person or persons were manipulating their identities? What is that? That’s “F For Franco”! Enjoy your weekend!

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Orson On The Margins May 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Orson Welles! Here, to commemorate his birthday, we offer a brief bit of news regarding Orson’s papers, and remember a few of his obscure but memorable works and appearances, from a recording where Francisco pondered some media history coinciding with Orson’s later life. Happy Saturday!

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