Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Oscar nominations, the Google Arts & Culture app, and Three Identical Strangers.

The Gleeful Narcissism of Google's New Art History App

The Gleeful Narcissism of Google's New Art History App

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Jan. 31 2018 11:15 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Live From Sundance” Edition

Culture Gabfest on Oscar nominations, the Google Arts & Culture app, and Three Identical Strangers.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Google/Rijksmuseum.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Google/Rijksmuseum.

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This week, the critics are live from the Sundance Film Festival, where Aisha Harris of Represent joins them to discuss this year’s Oscar nominations. Can there be any satisfactory outcome other than Get Out winning Best Picture? Next, the gabbers use the Google Arts & Culture app to match their faces with famous works of art, contemplating what it feels like to recognize yourself in artwork and how the app handles race. Finally, the gabbers return to the studio to discuss Three Identical Strangers, a documentary from Sundance about triplets separated at a very young age.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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See side-by-side photos of our hosts next to the works of art they most resemble, over on our Facebook page.

This weekend Dana is appearing at Critical Drinking, an event hosted by A.O. Scott at Erv’s bar in Brooklyn on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

Endorsements:

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Stephen: First Aid Kit and Red Garland’s music, like the album Groovy

Outro: Rain” by the Red Garland Trio

This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.