:Xenotopia

An expansive show of print works in its broadest sense, encompassing photography, sculpture and installation, :Xenotopia is a nod to a phrase coined by British travel writer Robert Mcfarlane to describe the uncanny within the landscape. :Xenotopia seems apt given the significance of the gallery, which is in the civic centre at the heart of…

bowie is dead

“bowie is dead”. The three-word Facebook message — all lowercase — somehow reaches me on a barely-functional wifi network on the jetfoil between Korea and Japan. I get a burst of adrenalin, a surge of horror. Can this be a joke? If it is, it’s in very bad taste. I try to load the BBC…

A Distinctive Rebelliousness: Robert Chilton

At the risk of sounding unoriginal, Robert Chilton’s photographs have a haunting and somewhat ethereal quality about them. The sitters for his portraits look lost, dislocated somehow from the world around them, and his images of abandoned, long-forgotten Yorkshire landscapes appear melancholy. With both subjects it is as if their wistfulness and tinges of sadness…

In Defence Of The Classical Remix

At the mention of ‘classical music remixes’, one can’t be blamed for immediately thinking of William Orbit’s clonking club-reworking of Samuel Barber’s sublime  ‘Adagio for Strings’, or perhaps Walter Murphy’s ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’. Hits these may be, but (and call me cynical), ultimately, they remain little more than unbecoming and heavy-handed attempts to take…

The Art of Social Media

Never before has so much art been seen by so many. Through social media the possibility to share art not only with your friends and family, but with galleries, collectors, and other artists on a global scale with just a few clicks, has changed the way art circulates and manifests in our history.   Here, industry…

Early Eno

Don’t be put off by the title of this documentary (borrowed, rather misleadingly, from Nic Roeg’s seminal ’70s sci-fi film) Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1971-1977, in fact charts the early years of Eno’s music career. Eno is well known as an art school graduate, founder member of Roxy Music and is…

Hall About Laughing

It’s easy to forget how successful a comedian Rich Hall actually is. After a notable career (to say the least) on the other side of the Atlantic that included writing for and appearing on Saturday Night Live alongside Eddie Murphy, writing for The Late Show With David Letterman and appearing on Late Night With Conan O’Brien; he decided to turn…