Dylan Strain talks to Efa Supertramp about her new album “Apocalipstick Blues” and her revolutionary outlook on life
By Paul Feldman The very idea that there should be a “trade-off” between public health and the economy is repellent and immoral. Yet as the second Covid-19 wave sweeps the UK and the rest of Europe, the UK’s political class is reduced to bargaining over the economic cost of local lockdowns. This amounts to a […]
Artists in Quarantine No.7 Painting and drawing make Julie Held feel alive and with the world. An intensely social person, she belongs to several artists’ organisations including the London Group. So now she is aching.
UpdateIn the few months since Richard Horton wrote his book, the global death count from the pandemic has risen from 300,000 to well over a million as of 12 October. His concluding thoughts are more relevant than ever: “COVID-19 has provided us with an opportunity to rethink the ethical basis of our society. The virus […]
The fact that top government scientific and health advisors have appeared on our TV screens by themselves to warn about the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, is undoubtedly because fewer and fewer people trust the Johnson regime. With professional civil servants and procedures pushed aside in favour of corporations like Deloitte and Serco plus assorted […]
Artists in Quarantine No.6 A second wave of infections, more quarantines, lockdowns, as the invisible virus searches for new hosts. Uncertainty about what the future has in store. When will we meet friends and family again? Sculptor and multi-media artist Caroline Pick’s recent evolution can be seen as a metaphor for this moment of […]
The Real Democracy Movement education working group has had three meetings so far. We have agreed that our next step should be a series of workshops that take up the key challenges for building a movement for real democracy. This is a summary of our discussions so far. The education system does not produce citizens […]
An historically inept government, a state amassing arbitrary powers, a deepening economic crisis and a looming no-deal Brexit on January 1 that will bring certain chaos – this is a snapshot of the UK’s upcoming winter of discontent. The stark truth is that the novel Covid-19 virus has exposed the frailty of our entire present […]
Artists in Quarantine No.5 So much has changed that going out to see things and meet people, let alone see and touch real physical art works has the taste of forbidden fruit. No one of us has ever experienced what now appears as a dystopia come true. The possibility of re-infection is ever present, and […]
Oh no, not another Impressionism show! Gauguin again? Is this to pull in the punters with a bankable display of old favourites? Recycling the reliable? Well, actually no. The first major London show to open since the pandemic is not a spectacular blockbuster. Instead it’s an intimate and moving experience. Beautifully displayed in the Royal […]
As the coronavirus pandemic returns with a vengeance in mainland Europe and prompts a range of panic, emergency counter-actions in the UK, one thing is clear: the system is not up to the challenge that is Covid-19. No surprise there. The system – aka capitalism – also fails its citizens when it comes to rapidly-accelerating […]
Artists in Quarantine No.4 Invisible to the naked eye, the Covid-19 virus seems an impossible subject for an artist stimulated by the visual world around her/him. And yet for David Downes the ‘Covids’ became a source of inspiration.
“Streetcar gongs ceased their clamour; newsboys cast their unsold papers into the street; from the doors of mill and factory, store and workshop, streamed sixty-five thousand working men. School children with fear in their hearts hurried homeward. The life stream of a great city stopped.” Ole Hansen, Mayor of Seattle “On a grey winter morning […]
Artists in Quarantine No. 3 “Far away from the merry-go-round of the market place, the only reasoning is to keep going on and stay safe” Since the March lockdown Peter Clossick’s life has been cloistered. He has not left his house, apart from a few car journeys for food “click and collects”, to protect not only […]
After some 140 days of manoeuvring, Ireland has a new government. The rival right-wing parties, Fine Gael (FG) and Fianna Fail (FF) who lost badly at the February general election, found their salvation in the shape of a divided Green Party. The Green Party, which had previously colluded in imposing devastating austerity on working people […]
As the Tories lift the lockdown, principally for economic rather than public health reasons, some might expect a challenge to this business-led strategy from the opposition in Parliament. Don’t hold your breath.”Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition” is back in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation. For Sir Keir Starmer and his supporters,”taking a knee” means prostration […]