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The best of times and the worst of times

The best of times and the worst of times

We are locked down, and yet the wealth of offerings via digital platforms has blossomed to extraordinary proportions.  It’s truly an embarrassment of riches.  Artists, performers, galleries, museums and television producers are making use of video-conferencing, pod casting and Instagram in ways that we could not have possibly imagined. This week, on the occasion of […]

Semblance and reflection

Semblance and reflection

There is a tension, a longing, in this splendid first-ever retrospective of Peter Clossick’s work. Through prolonged observation and countless applications of the brush, pencil or charcoal he creates a sensuous image of inner thought. This is slow object art. The opposite of fast art. And yet, there is a powerful sense of immediacy and […]

Russia’s female firebrand – a history wi

Russia’s female firebrand – a history with blank spots

The world is on fire but it’s a great time for art – thus Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, opening the first-ever UK show devoted to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova. Political and constitutional crisis, the rise of populism and species extinction surround us. At the same time, galleries and museums are offering a huge range […]

From stone tablets to emojis

From stone tablets to emojis

It’s been calculated that globally we will be exchanging over 293 billion emails each day by the end of 2019.  And that’s not counting WhatsApp, Tweets and Facebook messages. So how did we get here? Making your Mark, an elegant show at the British Library, traces the evolution of writing over the last 5,000 years. […]

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher. Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to study his thought becomes more urgent and widespread. Evald Ilyenkov never wanted to write for […]

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan – the name is full of resonance. Little did we know that our meeting place, Sunshine House, was close to the old tripe shop where writer George Orwell penned his book The Road to Wigan Pier in 1937. But Real Democracy Movement supporters who converged on the town from all around the UK weren’t […]

Reclaiming culture from the 1%

Introduction by Dan McMahon to the session: Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world Since the global financial crisis, there has been continued concentration of cultural power into monopolies and scandals casting a menacing shadow over society. Scandals, from phone hacking, to #me too revealing the extent of sexual violence in the entertainment industry […]

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world Presentation at Wigan Teach-In, 24 November 2018 Is culture only a tool for the 1%? What does a cultural strategy for an emancipatory movement look like? Beyond divide and rule – privileging and celebrating diversity. Ÿ The neoliberal form of capitalist globalisation has seen an unprecedented pace […]

Even Dr Who…

Even Dr Who…

Introduction to Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism Teach/Learn-in – Wigan 24 November  2018 We are here to reach a deeper understanding of what neoliberalism, how it is changing. What do we want to do? * learn from each other as well as other sources to deepen our knowledge of neoliberalism in all its manifestations and contradictions […]