culture

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 […]

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From stone tablets to emojis

May 12th, 2019|culture, History, Reviews|0 Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

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Ruskin – a man of his time and of our time

Events around the country are celebrating the bi-centenary of John Ruskin’s birth on 8 February – #Ruskin200. Thinker, campaigner, artist, scientist, educator and social critic John Ruskin was one of the most contradictory of all the famous Victorians.

He was […]

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Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan PierWigan – 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 […]

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Reclaiming culture from the 1%

December 1st, 2018|culture, real democracy|0 Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Oceania celebrating

That we’ve broken their statues
That we’ve driven them out of their temples
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.

Ionia, CP Cavafy

Oceania at London’s Royal Academy has opened at a time when efforts by indigenous, native and first peoples to […]

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