Weird Studies

A filmmaker and a professor talk art and philosophy at the limits of the thinkable

About the show

Professor Phil Ford and writer/filmmaker J. F. Martel host a series of conversations on art and philosophy, dwelling on ideas that are hard to think and art that opens up rifts in what we are pleased to call "reality."

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 30: On Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    dreams, film, kubrick, sexuality

    Phil and JF discuss Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece.

  • Episode 29: On Lovecraft

    Episode  |  October 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins
    hp lovecraft, philip k dick, self, weird fiction

    Phil and JF try to distill the essence of H. P. Lovecraft's monumental work.

  • Episode 28: Weird Music, Part Two

    Episode  |  October 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    morality, music, romanticism

    The search for the music of the weird continues with a discussion on Bob Dylan and Franz Liszt.

  • Episode 27: Weird Music, Part One

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2018  |  1 hr 18 mins
    cinema, ligeti, music, ornette coleman

    Phil and JF discuss two powerful pieces of music: Ligeti's Musica Ricercata, second movement, and the opening music to Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, composed by Howard Shore and featuring Ornette Coleman.

  • Episode 26: Living in a Glass Age, with Michael Garfield

    Episode  |  September 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 18 mins
    glass age, michael garfield, modernity

    JF and Phil talk to artist and thinker Michael Garfield about his idea that we are living in the final days of the Age of Glass.

  • Episode 25: David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch'

    Episode  |  September 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins
    art, crime, david cronenberg, drugs, william s. burroughs

    Phil and JF discuss David Cronenberg's 1991 film, "Naked Lunch," an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory classic.

  • Episode 24: The Charlatan and the Magus, with Lionel Snell

    Episode  |  August 28th, 2018  |  58 mins 23 secs
    lionel snell, magic, ramsey dukes, trickery

    Phil and JF discuss magic with occult thinker and practicing magician Lionel Snell, also known as Ramsey Dukes.

  • Episode 23: On Presence

    Episode  |  August 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 43 mins
    event, presence, virtuality

    Phil and JF meet in person to discuss the mysteries of presence and event.

  • Episode 22: Divining the World with Joshua Ramey

    Episode  |  August 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    joshua ramey

    Phil and JF talk with American philosopher Joshua Ramey about his work on chance, contingency, and divination.

  • Episode 21: The Trash Stratum - Part 2

    Episode  |  July 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    art, camp, cinema, irony

    Phil and JF continue to muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."

  • Episode 20: The Trash Stratum - Part 1

    Episode  |  July 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Phil and JF muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."

  • Episode 19: Intermezzo

    Episode  |  June 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins
    art, ontology, phenomenology, religion

    A discussion on the past and future of the podcast, and the nature of the conversation unfolding therein.

  • Episode 18: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part Two

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    consciousness, pansychism, philosophy, william james

    Phil and JF continue (begin?) their discussion of William James's essay "Does Consciousness Exist"?

  • Episode 17: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part One

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2018  |  47 mins 35 secs
    consciousness, idealism, materialism, william james

    JF and Phil do everything in their power to delay the moment where they will actually discuss William James' essay, "Does 'Consciousness' Exist?".

  • Episode 16: On Dogen Zenji's 'Genjokoan'

    Episode  |  May 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins
    dogen, genjokoan, metaphysics, religion, zen buddhism

    Phil and JF discuss a classic work of Zen metaphysics.

  • Episode 15: On Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' - Part Two

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    chernobyl, liminality, samuel delany, stalker, tarkovsky

    The second part of Phil and JF's conversation about Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece, "Stalker."