True Detective Uncovering a Sleeping Rubens

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?

It’s All Happening…

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?

The Fragments of a Man

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.

Introducing Nonchalantarianism

‘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’.

Squares, Pinks & Greens and Diagonals

By Isaac Tendler

The Importance of the Young Vote in May 2015

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”.

Player One Press Start

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.

Karl Ove Knausgaard and the Gendered Embrace of the Confessional

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

The Comfort of Comedy, The Comfort of Comedy, The Comfort of Comedy…

Maybe comedy is, by and large, a generational joy; its longevity lasting only as long as its first fans.

The Oscars: Snaggletoothed hillbillies, glue-sniffing and The Lego Movie

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

Maxinquaye at 20

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

Snooker Loopy

I really am in a tough situation. I’m snookered, if you will, and I’m going to need one hell of an escape!

Life Drawings II

By Cynthia Yantung Wong

Shiny Happy People – The Festival Utopia

The fundamental difference between a festival and ordinary life Freedom? Complete, unadulterated, unrestricted, stupid, wonderful, crazy freedom.

The Million-Dollar Mary Sue

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 1970s, on screen and off: was it the seediest, sexiest, scariest decade ever?

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”?

The Single Eye on the Silver Screen: What is it trying to tell you?

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.

Time to Switch Off

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.

Landscapes

“Breakfast” and “In Transit”

The Reverb Conspiracy: Vol. III

Merging psychedelia with elements of krautrock, space rock, garage, electronica and more, each track offers a different, yet unifying experience from start to end.

J by Howard Jacobson

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

Architact Collective Create Custom Concrete Rings

Linda Bennet tackles this very issue in her jewellery and design company Architact Collective.
By Eleanor Gibson