Trains in the Basement

Essays on time-bending, self-isolating, mask-wearing artists and their designs for living

Photo in a Yearbook

Blogging Fellows, Feature, Trains in the Basement

What does the world look like from a nonlinear point of view?
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Meaning in Adjacency

Blogging Fellows, Trains in the Basement

What would a national Covid-19 memorial look like?
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Ink in the Tank

Blogging Fellows, Trains in the Basement, Visual Art

Artistic ideas in the digital age blur the line between living art and creative control.
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Snow in the Concert Hall

Blogging Fellows, Essay, First Person, Music, Trains in the Basement

Composers John Cage and R. Murray Schafer sculpt sound into moments that evade on-demand consumption. What can we learn from sound that will not be harnessed?
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Greenhouse in the Desert

Blogging Fellows, First Person, Performance, Trains in the Basement

“If you revisit the things that once interested you, you can return to that period of your life. It’s part of time’s relativity—how its span depends on the way you spend it—something the pandemic has made visible. Lockdown turns a day into an elevator ride, a walk to the store into months, the house still with dust on your return.”
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