Reviews

Who am I? New work by Frances Aviva Blane

September 6th, 2019|art, culture, philosophy, Reviews, Visions|0 Comments

“Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or it will not be at all”. The last sentence of André Breton’s 1928 Surrealist novel Nadja could have been written in reaction to the work of Frances Aviva Blane.

Her latest book, […]

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Glastonbury 2019: The kids are alright (reasons to be cheerful, 1,2,3…)

July 2nd, 2019|Music, Reviews|0 Comments

We are living in dark, unprecedented times and there are many reasons to feel despondent. I won’t dwell on these here.

This year’s Glastonbury story began with youth leader and grime artist (though I don’t doubt he’d make a good […]

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Semblance and reflection

June 25th, 2019|art, culture, Poetry, Reviews|0 Comments

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. […]

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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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Sleaford Mods & Liines gig review

March 12th, 2019|Music, Reviews|1 Comment

It was International Women’s Day and Liines were doing themselves proud to a big crowd, who quickly warm to this 3 piece from Manchester and for good reason. There’s a non pretentious style & substance to this band, all in […]

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Poetry as witness and engine of change

February 12th, 2019|Poetry, Reviews|0 Comments

In Birds of East London Stephen Watts invites us into “an opening onto an open field”. There is “no gate to be climbed through in my lyric” he says. And yet the brief lines that follow are truly challenging […]

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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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Don McCullin’s photographic voice for the people

February 5th, 2019|Photography, Reviews, Tate|2 Comments

The photographs are stunning, of war and poverty and suffering mainly, all in black and white and accompanied in each of the ten display rooms by a revealing quote from the photographer who took them – Don McCullin.

McCullin who […]

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Unblocking the pawn

September 13th, 2018|art, Poetry, real democracy, Reviews|0 Comments

As London grows and grows and grows, once familiar nooks and crannies in the centre where poetry could flourish have been ousted by property developers. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that talented and enterprising individuals like the […]

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Videogaming – the good, the bad and the ugly

If you thought global corporations just sold stuff like trainers or phones, think again. China-based Tencent is the world’s biggest Internet-related products company with a market value of US$850 billion, making it the largest enterprise in Asia. The phenomenon […]

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