Rum Shebeen are David Ashby (Vocals), Matt Allchin (Guitar), James McCool (Keyboards), Bob Doyle (Bass Guitar) and Bobby Hewitt (Drums). After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts they all unfortunately had to get proper jobs, but soon “got fed up with photocopiers.” The splashes of paint on their clothes reveal they haven’t given up on…

Modern Toss

“Modern Toss is a British series of cartoon booklets and books aimed at adults, and at television series based on them. It is the creation of Mick Bunnage and Jon Link; their company is called Modern Toss Ltd, also going under the name ‘*hitflap’ (apparently a euphemism for ‘shitflap’). The cartoons feature low-quality drawing, offensive…

Off Modern

Off Modern is an artist collective consisting of William Hunt, Johnny Pinchard, Tom Harrad, Felix Petty and Yuri Pattison. They curate art and music events, run a web magazine, publish ‘zines and also make their own art. Maksymilion Fus Mickiewicz met them to find out how they find the time. “On Guy Fawkes Night we…

Orbitecture

Pim Conradi is a sage and a legend. He’s invented his own architectural movement, Orbitecture. Here he reflects on the ’60sProvo movement, Haight Ashbury and The Spanish Civil War. The conversation took place in Pim’s former studio at the recently closed Area 10 art space. Can you start by explaining your concept of Orbitecture? Whereas…

Sculptering

Professional mountain climber and upcoming artist Daniel Dutton shares the experience of his up close and personal conquests of art history What is Sculptering? I wanted to explore sculpture in a way that went beyond looking at it. Henry Moore talked about the appreciation of sculpture as dependent on your ability to respond to its dimensions;…

Charmed

With his handlebar moustache, Chaplin-esque coif and meticulous dress sense, Murray O’Grady is a distinctive young artist who speaks affably and discerningly of the pleasures of life as an aspiring charlatan. His work features in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA London until January 16. What’s the relationship between your art and dandyism? My heroes are all…

Continental Film Night

Winter is upon us and armchairs beneath us if we’ve got any sense. Darkness descends early, but there’s nothing like movies to bring some light into our minds… especially when we contemplate the different kinds of darkness explored by the films in this selection. The Ghost Writer Roman Polanski (2010) Ewan McGregor’s acting has an…

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

The Barbican 24 September 2011 Little did he know, but when Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy passed on an obscure, mid-’70s Swiss recording of a peculiarly otherworldly eastern European folk choir to Ivo Watts-Russell, head honcho at his band’s record label, 4AD, he was setting in motion one of the 1980’s odder musical success stories. Watts…

Michael Crowe

The inhabitants of Kincaid Road, Peckham, got together and decided to exhibit their street as a work of art. Curious visitors were given a huge stack of keys and told they had full access to every home, car, diary, wardrobe, fridge. Every aspect of life was available to respectfully peruse, 24 hours a day (except…

Peckham Heroes

In the 1990s, Jessica Voorsanger forged a career from her unabashed love for David Cassidy. And David Bowie, The Brady Bunch and Micky Dolenz (from The Monkees). And John Lennon, Dennis Quaid, Rutger Hauer, Robin Williams (from his Mork days) and Treat Williams (after he was in Hair). And Andy Warhol. She served time on The…