I find myself quarantined in Madrid. A glass of white wine, a post-lunch cigarette and music under the sun. Trying my best to re-gain the long-lost summer freckles. So let me tell you all about my very subjective experience at the Courtauld as a Postgraduate student.
by Marga FA Chiclana
31st May 2020
Since lockdown began more than six weeks ago, I’ve started to view the unfolding events and adapting city life framed by architecture. It feels as though more people are walking down my street than ever before while others aren’t able to leave the house at all and fear the narrow pavements of London’s residential pockets. People, presence and space are variables of the ‘new normal’. The (social) distance, anonymity, solitude and confusion/misinformation affecting people in many different ways evoke a sentimentality which I find In Giorgio De Chirico’s metaphysical paintings.
During our first online meeting for The Courtauldian, we discussed what topics we should focus on during this unstable and unusual time. When somebody suggested creating content about recipes and cooking, I immediately volunteered to write something on this subject. I love to cook.
by Aniela Rybak
28th April 2020
I grew up around hospitals. More specifically I grew up around Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire. In my living memory, I have never lived more than a ten-minute drive away. I was born there. I have been a patient there. I have visited family members who were patients there. I got the school bus from there. I waited for my dad to finish work there.
by Ellie Perry
6th April 2020
As the ongoing epidemic of coronavirus has been internationally felt, the British government and public wavered between two extreme sentiments: war-time effort or denial of the pressing reality. New measures have been announced to limit non-essential contact and unnecessary travel in order to slow the spread of the outbreak in Britain as the global death toll increases. UK citizens (and Courtauld students) are experiencing the effects of the virus with the announced shutdown of museums and libraries.
I’ve told myself thus far that I am finding myself. ‘I should have taken a gap year to find myself’, ‘I’m just figuring out who I am’. Truth is, I think that is a narrative that will follow me through my life, and I have found peace with that.
by Lissie Mackintosh
5th March 2020
Caz Egelie is featured in Open Space’s exhibition Forum: Bread and Games at the Ugly Duck in Bermondsey. The Dutch artist transcends the boundaries between viewer and space through his performance, video, sculpture, and animation. I had a conversation with the artist on his upcoming performance this Saturday, February 29th from 5-6pm. This will be the artist’s first performance in London.
Doodling, this innocent means of expression, feels somewhat inappropriate on a museum wall, which always seems to have a ‘secret’ and ‘untouchable’ connotation to it. Taking a pen to a museum wall would have normally been seen as an act of vandalism, if the ‘criminal’ were not the artist himself since a regular visitor is not allowed to even come up close to the wall (listed as one of the 15 forms of ‘museum etiquette’ according to a travel guide). What if the artist himself does the vandalising?
When composer Aaron Copland is still, he is deadly still. One daren’t move when in the presence of such stillness. And yet, within seconds, you feel like you can dance. This is a particularly welcome sensation given that the city doesn’t stop dancing. Today, that dance is often a vulgar one of demolition, gentrification, alienation and corporate dominance.
by Harry Fisher
19th February 2020
You probably wouldn’t win much money betting on whether this article was written by a Courtauld student. But this question, is an artistic education, or an art historical education essential, fascinates me.
Under Roger Scruton’s command, the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission had aimed to build new housing in a ‘traditional’ manner, no more modernist concrete brutalist blocks, giving way to cornices and volutes for a better way of living.
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by Lissie Mackintosh
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.
The major gallery shows in London broadly shape culture and taste, meanwhile smaller events are not given the same value but are equally as important. Art on a community-scale and experimental events have always had a greater impact on me than any exhibition at the Tate or Royal Academy, and I have found greater inspiration at live events or club nights than with a beautiful sculpture or painting.