The Shape of Fridge to Come

What will the kitchen of 2115 look like, and will our great-grandchildren be regularly tucking in to delicious stem-cell burgers? William Sitwell ruminates on some possible culinary futures. As the remnants of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft are picked off the floor of the Mojave Desert and slowly pieced together by safety investigators in a secure…

With a Twist

H. L. Mencken called it “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”, while Noel Coward thought it should be made by “filling a glass with gin, then waving it in the general direction of Italy”. Cocktail designer and Hix Soho-based ‘creative head of bars’ Dustin MacMillian has his own experientially based feelings about…

Guns on the Roof

Lindsay Anderson’s if… first hit cinema screens at the end of 1968. With its incendiary theme of rebellion against an ossified class system, seen through the satirical prism of an oppressive British public school, at first glance, the film appeared to be a mirror, reflecting the potent socio-political landscape in which it emerged. But it…

Strange Angels

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observation to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. Artists are a strange lot, or should be. Anarchist art theorist Herbert Read held that the need for artists to have “not skill to make but skill…

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Opening a biography with a passage about masturbation, as erstwhile Slits-guitarist-turned-Hastings-housewife-turned-fiftysomething-Renaissance woman Viv Albertine’s memoir does, is a very loaded thing to do, and it did initially irritate this reader – not for reasons of prudishness, but because it was a cheap tactic and a slightly puerile way of setting the tone for a book…

Bill Viola Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)

St Paul’s Cathedral Bill Viola is no stranger to exhibiting within cavernous spaces. The Messenger, commissioned for Durham Cathedral in 1996, for instance, or 2001’s Five Angels for the Millennium – installed in a gigantic disused gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany – beat the path for Martyrs, currently residing in the back-right corner of London’s St.…

21st Century Rider

Danny Fox has always made art but he’s never been to art school. He spent his childhood in Cornwall then left age 16 to escape an inevitable career in tourism. Now 28, his tattooed skin, bohemian lifestyle and studio full of paintings are evidence of the years in between. He’s lived all over the country,…

Uneasy Rider

Dennis Hopper is best known as a cult actor and director, but throughout his twenties he was also a prolific photographer, capturing the Aquarian Age’s uneasy side: Hell’s Angels, hippies, Harlem street life and Civil Rights protests, as well as the urban landscapes of East and West coast America along with portraits of of f-…