Author page: AkifAliyev

Lyrical Toxicity: The Rap World

In a study conducted by Italian music data company Musixmatch, it was concluded that around 1 in 47 words in rap songs are of profane nature, adding up to an average of 10 curse words per song. The closest following genre by profanity was heavy metal with an average of 1 in 352 words, an immense difference. What is this marriage between rap and…

Digital Art: Expression Beyond Capability

“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries…” – Neville Brody Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit NXT Museum in Amsterdam, a first of its kind concept museum dedicated entirely to digital media art. What I walked away with was a broadening of my artistic horizons like I’ve never experienced before.  Digital Art is a very fluid…

Digital Communities: A Pandemic Era Lifeline

In April of this year, Nintendo unveiled Animal Crossing: New Horizons for its highly popular Switch console. A revamped version of its series, Animal Crossing can be best described as a “social simulation game” that revolves around a players character interacting with the digital environment, constructing the island they inhabit, making friends, visiting others and typically being an engaged member of a…

Emotions for Likes: It’s Good for Business

Written by: Akif Aliyev The year of 2020 in many senses has been a year of reflection. Not just for me I believe, but for all of human kind, particularely those privileged enough to come from a background of economic and political stability. It has been a year of symptom accumulation of global problems swept for too long under carpets. Those problems…

We Can’t Have Sh!t: Why Ethical Consumption is Borderline Impossible

Written by: Akif Aliyev “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”  Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) The more you learn, the more it seems you don’t know. A phenomenon that is often associated with Aristotle, yet universally applicable. Today, it feels as if though the more conscious thought you give to…

A Marriage from Hell

Written by: Akif Aliyev Its 9am on a March morning when I wake up and instinctively roll to my side, pick up my phone and begin my morning routine of mindless social media scrolling just like millions of others around the world. A practice so regular and subconscious at this point that one seldom questions why this must be the very first…