Search Results for: duende

In Search of Duende: Kiss the Fire

Daniel Vidales


“Rather than just bastardized values of authenticity and emotion, Lorca’s theory really deals with formulation and application. Duende arguably occurs during the creative process, a period where distortions, cracks, and twists birth meaning with experience and skill.” Daniel Vidales challenges traditional notions of duende, emphasizing the willful intention behind art.


In Search of Duende: Marina Abramović’s Feral Power

Bradyn Sloan


“The ephemerality and immateriality of the evening lurk in the vaulted space, threaten the elevated precise present, and host duende, which by nature comes awake when time and element are allocated as such.” Bradyn Sloan elegantly charts the duende within a recent Seattle visit by Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramović.


In Search of Duende: Trash Humpers

Nic Lawrence


“Beyond economic deaths, educational deaths, overdose deaths, Appalachia carries a kind of pastoral death: the cratered hillside replaced with slurry ponds and refineries; a discarded refrigerator in a flooded creek.” Nic Lawrence summons her West Virginian childhood while finding duende in Harmony Korine’s 2009 film, Trash Humpers.


In Search of Duende: Self Loathing in a Fast Food Parking Lot, or: A Catalog of Sadness

Paul Asta


“Duende is more than a fleeting moment of sadness. It’s an aesthetic. A projected acceptable sadness. A stepsister of nostalgia.” Paul Asta takes a kaleidoscopic view of Duende, via Elliott Smith, mental illness, and fast food.


In Search of Duende: A Memoir of the Bosnian War

Lana Spendl


“And a writer’s moment of struggle with duende is not something that can be boxed in and kept, however much one longs to keep it. The struggle is always new, always fresh.” Beside her own piercing memories, Lana Spendl illuminates duende within Ozren Kebo’s memoir of the Bosnian War.


In Search of Duende: The Fits

M. Milks


M. Milks reports on desire and acceptance in The Fits, a film about a young dancer who begins to suffer spasms as a member of a troupe, raising important questions about the lines between sickness and art.


In Search of Duende: Language In His Own Hands: Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry”

August Evans


A mouth, open to its widest, prepares for ancestral possession. August Evans considers duende as a potent force in Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry.”


In Search of Duende: Diane Arbus at the Met

Rachel Lyon


For the first of a series of posts contemplating a contemporary idea of cultural duende curated by August Evans, Rachel Lyon visits the Met to explore a new exhibition of early work by Diane Arbus.


Album Roundup: March 2016

Scott Creney


Scott Creney’s a parent to a small child and still listens to more music than most of us. His roundup of the highlights and lowlights of last month’s releases includes new sounds by Santigold, DIIV, Porches, Teen, and more.


Cada día, cada día and How to Get Through the Next

Meghan Broughton


Megan Broughton chronicles a trip to Spain and back home: “Along with old familiarity arrives the new understanding that closure is perhaps not what one seeks or perceives it to be.”