Our Spring Issue
The Royal Academy’s Rubens and His Legacy exhibition explores the work of Peter Paul Rubens describing him as the “film director avant la lettre”. This notion begs the question: What would Rubens the film director produce today?
With the technological revolution continuing to thrive, and the pockets of privacy which we cherish steadily diminishing, could we not describe Almost Famous as a social study or, more dramatically, a warning from Crowe to his audience?
There is hummus on the walls, some midnight plasterer has been. Sea shells on the ceiling sealing what sights? There is no London, hummus has made it a myth.
‘Nonchalantarianism’, as defined by Shoshana Kessler, is a social and primarily digital phenomenon in which the online agent forms an artificial skin of ‘nonchalance’. It is made of two types of nonchalantarians: the ‘conscious’ and the ‘article’.
By Isaac Tendler
The Education secretary Nicky Morgan opened fire at arts subjects recently when she asserted that anybody considering arts A-levels or even – God forbid – arts degrees would be making a choice which “will hold them back for the rest of their lives”.
An introduction to viewing the video game as “art”
Living in the digital age, many of us have games on our smart phones or tablets, yet some may still remain sceptical about considering it as art form in its own right.
It is disheartening to observe the way in which the male writer seemingly benefits from telling his experience whilst a female author who does likewise is pigeonholed at best.
By Hannah Williams
Maybe comedy is, by and large, a generational joy; its longevity lasting only as long as its first fans.
The 87th Academy Awards took place a short while ago and after the dizzying rush of seeing Hollywood’s A-listers rubbing shoulders and looking elated in their posh frocks had deserted me, I was left a little uneasy.
By Tom Vigor
At a distance of 20 years, the political, social and cultural upheavals of the 1990s, which wrought much of the era’s most recognizable music, have come into better focus.
By James Dawson
I really am in a tough situation. I’m snookered, if you will, and I’m going to need one hell of an escape!
By Cynthia Yantung Wong
The fundamental difference between a festival and ordinary life Freedom? Complete, unadulterated, unrestricted, stupid, wonderful, crazy freedom.
These characters, while not identical in their make up, do share an essential quality: Their willingness, even need, to sacrifice themselves as the ultimate proof of their selflessness.
The first essay of our ongoing ‘Decades’ series.
What is it that defines a decade? What makes the twenties “roaring” or the sixties “swinging”? What makes the eighties a time when “greed is good”? Or the nineties a time when we went “to infinity and beyond”?
There is something strangely and intensely heart-breaking about seeing HAL’s pleading ‘eye’ staring back at you, helplessly watching his own destruction and singing “Daisy Bell” – the first song ever sung by a computer speech synthesis program – as his voice gets lower and slower until he finally loses consciousness.
When we got our first family computer, our attention turned inward to the glare of the monitor. As we switched on technology, we switched off our curiosity.
Merging psychedelia with elements of krautrock, space rock, garage, electronica and more, each track offers a different, yet unifying experience from start to end.
Where to start? J, by Howard Jacobson…or rather, should I say, with the air of forced mystique by which this entire novel is characterised…J, by Howard Jacobson…
By Emily Parker
Linda Bennet tackles this very issue in her jewellery and design company Architact Collective.
By Eleanor Gibson