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Made You Look April 19, 2021

Francisco ruminates on the film “Made You Look,” a documentary about fakes, fraud, and art crime, which came out on Netflix in 2020. Exploring the intersection of value and meaning, he questions what makes an artwork original and valuable when it is so easily reproducible.

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Analyzing the Nuances of Culture March 29, 2021

In this insightful podcast, Francisco analyzes the development of culture in the social media age, reflecting on the concept of subtlety in an age when immediate gratification and paid promotions grab attention away from the more nuanced works that may be overlooked entirely.

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Ersonius March 24, 2021

Enjoy this original house track, “Ersonius” on Soundcloud.

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Francisco’s EDM May 6, 2020 May 8, 2020

EDM May 6th

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What is the Psychological Allure of Film? May 5, 2020

Francisco reflects on the allure of performances of great actors such as Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in the film Taxi Driver or Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele In a Lonely Place. While most of us cannot relate to the experience of vigilante violence or the challenges of an antisocial personality disorder, we are drawn to the entertainment value of these films where we may also gain an insight into dark and violent psychological experiences from the safety of a movie theater or in our own living rooms.

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EDM_2020Apr30 May 1, 2020

Today, amid various editing sessions, Francisco sat and made an electronic dance music mix – stay safe out there and enjoy the music.

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Will, Creativity, and Knowledge April 24, 2020

Francisco ruminates on the meaning of knowledge as a catalyst for change and how the connection between knowledge and lived experience must be realized in an active life. Spanning disciplines from health to philosophy to electronic dance music, Francisco reflects on the ways theoretical knowledge can change our lives if we let what we know shape the way we live.

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Mystical Musical View April 7, 2020

A taste of Francisco Ricardo’s music and programmed visuals. The tune is “Make Some Room” due on an upcoming release. Enjoy this quick sample and stay safe!:

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What Does “Inclusion” in Art Mean Today? March 21, 2020

Francisco examines the inclusion of diverse voices in art and the abundance of perspectives represented in a variety of art museums and galleries. Although more traditional museums are still repositories of classical artworks, Francisco contends this does not mean that contemporary and diverse artists do not have abundant representation in other venues.

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“Parasite” and the Challenge of Identity-Faking Films March 13, 2020

Francisco reflects on the complexities of character development in the film Parasite that in spite of wonderful editing and cinematography never delved into the nuances of authentic character but rather focused on the obsequious false character involved in duping people of wealth and privilege while ignoring the greater insight into character seen in films like Taxi Driver, Dial M for Murder, or Joker.

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