The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Squish, a Clever and Entertaining Comic Strip

    There has probably never been a more unsightly and, at the same time, a more impressive comic strip. The main protagonist, Squish, is an amoeba. An amoeba! All his friends and teachers are different single-cell microscopic organisms: Peggy, the eternally happy girl, is a paramecium, and the school p...
  • Andrej Tišma: Sculptures for the New Millennium

    Andrej Tišma's new digital prints Sculptures for the New Millennium demonstrate a clash between the civilian and the military world. The army is increasingly taking control over civilian way of life and infringing on our privacy, he states. The world conflicts currently taking place in hundreds of l...
  • Kazu Kibuishi: Amulet

    "Five -- no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked!" This is how the well known cartoonist Jeff Smith describes Kazu Kibuishi's graphic novel series Amulet, published by Scholastic since 2008. Indeed. The fantasy comic strip created for children ages 8-14 is not only masterfully drawn, b...
  • Yoshio Machida: The Smile Cards

    Japanese music and visual artist Yoshio Machida is probably best known for his improvisational music, and the steel pan instrument he personally made and plays. In 2004, he founded a music label, Amorfon, which also serves as a platform for contemporary art events. Not long ago, however, Yoshio c...
  • Fluxus and George Maciunas

    It has been exactly 20 years since the creation of the Fluxus Cabinet in Vilnius, Lithuania, the country of origin of the godfather of the Fluxus art movement, George Maciunas. The Cabinet was donated in 1997 to the Contemporary Art Centre in the Lithuanian capital. It was a gift from the Gilbert an...
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A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks
Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
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