Aperture Blog

You don’t have to look very hard to find media art these days. From seven second Snapchat videos to massive multiplayer online role-playing videogames that have accrued literally billions of hours of gameplay, the 21st century world is inescapably drenched in it. Like our advances in science, our media is constantly evolving due to new technological discoveries and artists breaking fresh ground. And perhaps, like science, it is helping us understand our world a little better.

As we explore this vast canon of art with open eyes, an open heart, and an engaged intellect, we hope that the narratives we engage with will not only entertain, but that they may inform and edify as well.

We present for you Aperture’s blog. This blog will be dedicated to supplying you with weekly explorations into the world of Media Arts. Without further ado, strap in tight, prime the hyper-drive, and prepare to see the, good, the bad, and the transcendent in your everyday media.

In this Aug. 18, 2011 photo, prison guards ride horses that were broken by inmates as they return from farm work detail at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Some prisoners spend eight hours a day training horses to work in some of the most chaotic situations police officers face: everything from controlling huge crowds to helping break up riots. They also use the animals for work at the prison farm, cultivating fields, helping to control weeds, hauling wagons and equipment. They also sell them, with their second annual horse sale scheduled for October. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Silenced and the Forgotten within The Farm: Angola, U.S.A.

The Farm: Angola, U.S.A. (1998) is a chilling examination of prison life in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Although the documentary is set almost entirely within the penitentiary, the issues it addresses emanate from outside the prison’s gates. The directors present the unjust captivity and unfair treatment of Angola’s inmates as a microcosm of the pervasive, systemic oppression of African-Americans in the United States.
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