Hello! My name is Anna Swanson, west coast native/Midwest transplant. I hold a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College, and currently work as a Film/Video Intern at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. This blog is an explosion set off by my induction into the field of visual studies. Among other things, I am interested in photography, documentary film, philosophy, relationships, transgression, Japan, Mark Rothko, gender, sexuality, the body, music videos, mash-ups, memes, psychogeography, sense of self, the surface of things, situationist activities, de Certeau, Barthes, Deconstruction, typologies, hipster culture, soundscapes, film festivals, museum architecture, anthropology and feminist anthropology and visual anthropology, cities, archives, blogging, the internet, invisibility, and Lady Gaga. I try to talk about some or all of those things here, and undoubtedly many others. This fall I will begin pursuing an MFA in Film/Video Production at the University of Iowa.