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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

Hello!
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 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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