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(December 2012)


A Passage in Time

A short story based on Lucian Freud's Two Irishmen in W11 (1984) Lucian Freud, Two Irishmen in W11, 1984 (Photo: IMMA Collection) A pause followed my question, I knew I’d said the wrong thing. His ring glistened as he closed his fist and shielded his mouth, clearing his throat, the way old men do. After this routine, he collected himself and began to speak. ‘Oh, it’s been years now. I still think about her, most days - every day. It doesn’t take much. A grey sky, a white house, a question. The kind of questions you’re asking me now. We all grow old you know; I didn’t realise it when I was… your age. I doubt our friend behind me believes it either.’ The man bristled in his chair as his son sl

Resale as the New Retale: The Rise of Vestiare Collective

This past November, Vestiaire Collective have celebrated their tenth anniversary by introducing their first permanent shop on the third floor at Selfridges. The Parisian luxury resale website, set up in 2009 by Fanny Moizant and Sophie Hersan, has become a shopping staple for over nine million high-end thrifters worldwide. The boutique follows on from a successful two-week pop-up last year and has begun by selling a carefully curated edit of two hundred pre-loved garments that includes brands such as Chanel and Maison Margiela. Illustration by Grace Han The opening arguably indicates a shift in the way people think about their clothing consumption. With improved media coverage of climate cha

Past and Future: Gary Numan and Sunn O))) at the Roundhouse

Allow me to ‘blogger' this up a bit and put my cynicism on hold for a second: London spoils an audiophile. Regardless of whether one likes feminist shibari industrial-inspired electropop (my best bootleg description of Brooke Candy’s performance last year), or sage-burning post-techno ambient experimental featuring surreal Yves Tumor spoken word samples (Croatian Amor’s showcase in the first quarter of 2019), or good old-fashioned masked-collective metal-grinding chain-whipping noise (Geography of Hell at The Glove That Fits in Hackney just a couple of weeks ago), this city’s lost rivers and gentrified council flat walkways light the way. Point being, I guess, that “everything goes with ecle

Osei Bonsu at the Business of Art Society

The Courtauld's Business of Art Society (also known as BoAS) might immediately give the impression that it is a society very focused on the commercial careers of the art history world. BoAS does organise events based on the classically commercial: auction housing, advising and dealership. Yet, alongside this runs a thread of lectures that broaden the whole idea of what the business of art can and does include, like careers in law. Their most recent lecture was given by Osei Bonsu, curator at Tate Modern since September this year. As somebody who was excited to talk to us, as budding art historians, his lecture was a fantastic culmination to this term's (and 2019's) BoAS events. Fresh into hi

Gettin' There: Chapter Two

Ride or Die: The Inevitability of the Pub Illustration by Izzy White I love Harry Potter. I am fully aware of the risk that I am taking by opening up my very first actual column with such a strong statement but, the truth is, I love Harry Potter with a proud and fierce passion that - much like Hermione Granger’s hair - cannot be tamed. My first encounter with the United Kingdom happened within the pages of the magical world and much of my decision to study in London was calculated in relation to the proximity of Platform 9 and ¾. Setting foot on this somehow perpetually damp soil, I wasn’t expecting anything to be as revered as my personal seven tome bible. Few of you will understand the utt

Road to Beijing: Featuring Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye

"Apples and caramel apples are in season!” ​ A statement of seasonal relevance to the fall harvest and cultural practice of coating fruit with an oh-so-delicious gooey bath of melted sugar and cream was used as an analogy for gender and sexual identity by Kyle June Williams. The American stand-up comedian recounts her personal experience of coming out to her mother in her 30s with self-deprecating humour. Her act was one of the two performances included in Jonathan Van Ness’s Road To Beijing at the Eventim Apollo. The Eventim Apollo, formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo, has hosted The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington’s band, The Who, Elton John, Qu

Between Poetry and Politics: A Conversation with Le Guo

‘My life and art practice inhabit the dichotomous worlds of conflict and balance, proposing solutions within flux, generating fluidity within the fragmented mind,” Le Guo tells us. ‘I conjure a sense of an internal, intuitive, shifting reality attempting to respond to a physical world.’ I first became interested in Le Guo’s work because of his life experiences, having lived in the interesting times of the late ‘80s in China and since the ‘90s in the UK. According to the artist himself, his work bears influence from both Western thinkers and Chinese philosophies and classical art. On a Tuesday afternoon, I met Chinese artist Le Guo in his studio over a cup of coffee to chat about some of his

The Joker: Film Review

Why the most popular film of the year is more than just another superhero story. The Joker has probably become the most talked about film of this year. Everyone around me has either just seen it, is about to see it, or swears they will never watch it. The profits of the film have already surpassed the billion-dollar mark. What is the reason behind its enormous popularity, and can it be more than the fact it is set in the well-known and beloved DC universe? Illustration by Rebecca Marks The film tells the story of Arthur Fleck’s/Joker’s (Joaquin Phoenix) madness and how he became the villain that triggered the revolution in Gotham. We learn about his life in a poor district of the city, where

Giambattista Valli: Bringing Drama to the High Street

H&M has a long track record of collaborations, having worked with nineteen haute couture designers since 2004. This lofty roll call includes the likes of Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Erdem. The Swedish mega-brand’s latest collection, however, is perhaps the most ambitious to date. ​ Giambattista Valli is not the first person one would associate with the high street. Opulent embroidery, dramatic chiffon ruffles, and a particular preference for theatrics; the designer’s signature styles are certainly not every day conventional outfits. The prices are not either, with ready-to-wear dresses starting at £2,000 and couture from £15,00. It is this very juxtaposition that makes the new line so t

An Interview with Louise O'Kelly, Founder of Block Universe and the DRAF Evening of Performance

"There was this hangover of thinking that performance art had to look certain ways" Images that come to mind when you hear “performance art”: Freddy Prinz Jr. performing “HACKYSACK” in She’s All That, someone in the nude explaining the evils of capitalism, or a number of people inconveniently doing lines of coke in the bathroom before covering themselves in dirt. Volunteering at the David Roberts Art Foundation Evening of Performance enlightened and expanded my view of this elusive field. Louise O’Kelly curated the evening, putting together a series of performances that ranged from poetry reading and dance to a performer moving crowds with a section of an art fair booth on wheels. O’Kelly is

The Little Ways You Can be More Sustainable this Christmas

It’s December, and ngl, it’s really exciting. The festive season is one of the best: full of family, food, and festive cheer. Whilst we all want to enjoy ourselves, as we should, there are little things we can do to keep our sustainability levels up and enjoy Christmas in a more consciously minded way. Here are my top tips for a more sustainable Christmas-- give ‘em a try. You never know-- you might really enjoy them. 1. Shop for food locally Importing specialist or exotic foods, luxurious and yummy as they can be, is one of the biggest causes of an increased carbon footprint during the holiday season, due to how far they have to travel to grace our plates. Why not opt for seasonal fruit and

Pay and Pensions: The UCU Strike

The eight-day strike action requires student support to bring into effect real change and secure a better future for universities. Illustration by Grace Han The strike action taking place this week is a regrettable but necessary action for the future of our universities. Proposed changes to pensions that see teaching staff left worse off by an estimated figure of £240,000, and wider dissatisfaction with the casualisation of work, has prompted lecturers and PhD teaching assistants to strike for a period of eight days. Quoted in the Guardian’s editorial, the head of the University and College Union (UCU) Jo Grady said that Universities UK have “learnt nothing from last year’s action where this

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