LISTINGS & REVIEWS
Lissie Mackintosh is the author of ‘Fashion Thesis’, a column dedicated to her (bankrupting) love and interest in fashion and her musings on the fashion industry as a 21 year old in London. Lissie has previously worked with Tatler and hopes one day to be working at Vogue to fulfil her Carrie Bradshaw dreams. A strong advocate for size inclusivity, vintage shopping and met gala memes , Lissie intends to dedicate her column to opinion, inspiration, and finding a way to make pink cowboy hats part of everyday life.
by Lissie Mackintosh
Expressly concerned with the social duty architecture and architects hold, From Architecture explores the contemporary ventures of our built environment with a critical eye. Though often pessimistic, the column finds solace in poetic and musical expressions, avoiding logical answers to rhetorical questions in large part due to lack of experience. This column does not seek to provide a concrete future, as set out by Le Corbusier in Towards a New Architecture. Instead it takes from and comes from architecture in a very messy way, with childlike fascination and naive idealism intertwined with a desperate search for profundity. Its key tenet comes from Fanon -
‘O my body, make of me always a man who questions!’
by Harry Fisher
Perhaps an attempt at escapism from the drier aspects of academic study, Seeing Serendipity endeavours to examine a range of experiences relating to aesthetics of the everyday and unconventional encounters with art. From the joy found in childish medieval graffiti to the subtle pleasure in watering plants, I aim to prove that enriching aesthetic experiences aren’t exclusive to frequenters of the National Gallery or those with V&A tote bags. Essentially a fortnightly train of thought set in motion by serendipitous encounters with street art, rolling hills, or music overheard in a kebab shop at 2am.
by Maya Fletcher-Smith
Wondering on Wandering
Being anxious and often over-caffeinated, I am perpetually early – often meaning I kill time aimlessly sauntering round London. On my wanderings, I find fascination in the decorative and public arts of the city – London’s artistic presence outside of the world-renowned museums and galleries. Join me as I share my thoughts on the things I find, and how we can escape the ticket-booking and timeslot-choosing of Galleries by treating the city itself as a work of art.
by Alice Dodds
Art in the Age of Extinction
Whilst on the Extinction Rebellion protests recently, I began to question how art history can (and should) relate to the climate crisis… sometimes it’s hard to focus on chiaroscuro when humans are actively heading for mass extinction. My new column ‘Art in the Age of Extinction’ will use a different painting, period or artist every fortnight to explore what art can tell us about human interactions with the natural world, and how an ecological approach might help us reconcile our own turbulent times with the artworks we love. By fighting for climate justice, we are fighting for the survival of our species and, within that, the survival of our histories, and our abilities to continue unpicking and re-writing such histories. The arts play a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging discussions about the world we want to live in, and I hope that this column will play a part in this process.
by Esme Garlake