Ideas in Images

How the Film “Red Sparrow” Takes Us Beyond the Morality of “Citizenship” March 21, 2018

Happy Wednesday, and for some, Happy Spring!
So, the West and the Russians have built myth-worlds demonizing each other. But what moral choice is there when our actions are engineered by ideologies? This film’s critics failed to understand that political narratives are about controlling choices, not images. Take a good beverage and enjoy this new podcast episode. Cheers!

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New Turmoil at MOCA March 16, 2018

Hello! Happy St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. In this episode, Francisco provides us the context concerning persons involved in a new controversy at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art over the sudden firing of Helen Molesworth, its chief curator. This development follows similar stormy difficulties at the museum since 2000.

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Arturo Sandoval: Heart and Music – Feature Length Documentary February 22, 2018

As Francisco has said on other occasions, the dream of escaping oppression is no less real now than it was years ago. Now Francisco walks you through his upcoming documentary “Arturo Sandoval: Heart and Music” featuring the story, music, and heroes in the life of jazz genius Arturo Sandoval, who escaped Cuba to become the greatest living jazz trumpeter of our time.

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Casablanca as Filmic Prophecy for Today February 8, 2018

The dream of escaping oppression is no less real now than it was during WWII. “Casablanca,” one of our most beloved films, is still very real and relevant today, offering us a film that combined a modern romance with fighting the Nazi regime for a new start in the free world. Taking a look at his own personal history in Communist Cuba, and the stories of the aspiring actors “Americanizing” their immigrant names to further their careers post -wartime, Francisco takes us down a creative road (in Hollywood), as the process of creating films adapts and grows through the decades.

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The Despite Factor February 5, 2018

As we close out January, Francisco has a podcast to enjoy –
The Despite Factor

How often are we defeated by obstacles? In 35 incantatory minutes, Francisco makes a case for redefining challenges as much less than they seem, using as context the prodigiously difficult life of artist Max Ernst.

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On Morrissey and the End of the 1980’s January 24, 2018

At the end of the 1980’s, Reaganism in the U.S. and Thatcherism in the U.K. left young people with a sense of unusual vulnerability and loss. Morrissey and The Smiths gave the world the most serious and honest reflection of that alienation. Enjoy this new episode inside the Mind of Francisco Ricardo.

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New Podcast Launched! December 28, 2017

Hello! It is with pleasure that we announce a new podcast series by Francisco Ricardo. Here, he reflects on the intersection of media, history, philosophy, and all the arts. From using subtle judgment, to discussing great Masters like Rembrandt, a new Renaissance of cultural horizons falls under his careful gaze, as he employs a format that is different and more conversational than conventional podcasts. Join us as we travel this new road. Enjoy.

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Left…With Doubts November 21, 2017

Art is the only market where it’s desirable to pay high prices and not look under the hood, and when it comes to questionable work, if the price is high enough, the art automatically becomes authentic. Francisco examines the supposed Leonardo against the artist’s other portraits and finds a curious break with form.

We might remember that all forgeries sold at auction, like the recent fake Rothko, were authenticated by… experts. This leads us to mention a film we are shooting about fake art and real genius — and how the two are not mutually exclusive. Listen to new music as you enjoy this art analysis!

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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 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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