Art and culture that inspired KIRAC

Putin’s Witnesses
Film by Vitaliy Manskiy, 2018
Not because of its simplistic political stance but for its unique and well-filmed intimate footage of a rising Putin and an old Yeltsin.

Picasso’s Last Stand, the untold story of the last decade of his life.
Director: Randall Wright. BBC. 24 Mar 2018

‘I hate myself :)’ 
Film by Joanna Arnow, 2017

Documentary by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg (2016)

‘Pervert’s guide to ideology’
Movie by philosopher Slavoj Žižek and director Sophie Fiennes, (2012)

Journalist Frank Mulder about philosopher René Girard
Het zondebokmechanisme van filosoof René Girard. Menschen zijn geen Brüder. (25 januari 2012)


television series (2000)

‘American Psycho’
movie by Marry Harron, (2000)

‘When We Were Kings’
Leon Gast, 1996.
Documentary film about the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The fight was held in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974.
Feat. James BrownJim BrownB.B. KingNorman MailerGeorge PlimptonSpike Lee and Thomas Hauser.

Rammstein, Band, (1994)
Deutschland, song (2019)

‘American Psycho’
Novel by Bret Easton Ellis, (1991)

Movie written by Peter Schaffer, directed by Milos Forman (1984)

‘Critique of Cynical Reason’
Book, Peter Sloterdijk (1983)

movie (1983)

directed by Andrzej Wajda, after a play by Stanisława Przybyszewska.

Cannibal Holocaust
movie (1980)
directed by Ruggero Deodato, written by Gianfranco Glerici

Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian (1971)

Hans Teeuwen
Comedian, (1967)

Novel by Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck), (1967)

‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf’
movie (1966)

David Lachapelle
Photographer (1963)

Christoph Schlingensief 
Artist, filmmaker (1960-2010)

Michel Houellebecq
Writer (1958)

John Kricfalusi
Cartoonist, Ren and Stimpy (1955)

Mike Kelley
Artist (1954-2010)

John Malkovich
Actor (1953)

Andy Kaufman
Comedian (1949-1984)

Paul McCarthy
Artist (1945)

Bruce Nauman
Artist (1941)

Harvey Pekar
(1939 – July 12, 2010)

Ralp Bakshi 
Cartoonist (1938)

John Baldessari
Artist (1931 – 2020)

Hunter S. Thompson
Writer (1937 – 2005)

Thomas Bernhard
Writer (1931-1989)

Stanley Kubrick
Movie director (1928 – 1999)

Bob Clampett 
Cartoonist (1913 – 1984)

Stefan Zweig
Writer 1881 – 1942
‘Joseph Fouché: Portrait of a Politician,’ (1920)

Painter (1881-1973)

Painter (1879 – 1953)

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)
‘The Gay Science’ (1882)
‘Beyond Good and Evil’ (1886)
‘Twilight of the Idols’ (1888)

The way KIRAC Episodes are shaped is in many ways inspired by ‘The Problem of Socrates’. A chapter from Nietzsche’s ‘Twilight of the Idols’. It’s a cultural critique and at the same time a beautiful portrait of (a dreamed) Socrates.
‘The problem of Socrates’ is a chapter from his book ‘Twilight of the idols’. (Read it here)

Degas (1834 – 1917)

Manet (1832 – 1883)

Leo Tolstoi (1828 – 1910)

Fyodor Dostojevski (1821 – 1881)

Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850)
‘Cousin Bette’ 1846

Balzac was the inventor of La Comédie Humaine, which is, together with the literature of Dostojevski, Nietzsche and the Gonzo journalism (Hunter S. Thompson) an important precursor to the way we structure the self-propelling subjective social realism in our Episodes.

Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle (1783 – 1842)
‘The Red and the Black’ (1830)
‘The Charterhouse of Parma’ (1839)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Giacomo Casanova (1725 – 1798)
‘Story of my life’ (1798)

‘Casanova’s verwijt aan Voltaire dat deze niet ‘contentus paucis lectoribus’ (genoegen nemend met weinig lezers) schreef, geeft aan dat
hij dit zelf wel deed.’ (Nawoord Theo Kars vertaling Casanova ‘Het verhaal van mijn leven)

Colonial Era Rock Art
(South Africa, 18th century)

‘A Treatise of Human Nature’
David Hume (1711-1776)

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 – 1660) 

Pompei apotropaic mask (79 AD)

‘Satyricon’ Petronius, Late 1ste Century AD, Rome

‘Symposium’ Plato (385–370 BC)

Euripides (480 – 406 BC)

‘Medea’ (431BC, Ancient Athens)

Homer (750 BC)

San Rock Art (1000 BC)