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Andrew DeCort

The Princet on philosopher Harry Frankfurt begins his award-winning book On Bullshit with a judgment as playful as it is serious: “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit.” And even though each of us produces our own share of it, most of us are over-confident in our abilities to recognize the BS of others, so we often glaze over what’s really going on: “We have no theory.” And that leaves us blind.

Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed Space thriller, is as subtle as it is spectacular, as adroit as it is action-packed. Not once does the film show its philosophical cards explicitly, but searching questions structure the movie’s existential universe, which get asked early on by the astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) to his partner Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) as they drift in space: “So where’s home, Dr. Stone? Is there somebody down there looking up and thinking about you? Where do you pitch your tent?” These profound questions, as well as the personal confrontation with death, invisibly revolve within the gravity of a much larger modern conversation about Space and humanity’s place in the universe.

Betsy Kissam

For the past five decades, artist Chester Higgins has been using his camera to search for the unseen — “that which is innate within all things and informs the appearance of our world.” “Unseen Spirit,” on view at Atlanta’s Arnika Dawkins Gallery through February 1, 2014, exhibits a selection of Higgins’s work from 1968 through 2012. Thirty-one black-and-white and five color photographs celebrate the photographer’s unique vision and feature images from North America, South America, and Africa.