The Mirror Cracked

The most instructive detail about Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 is that it is held in a museum. It is a display of assorted relics; historical artefacts that tell us something about the times in which they were conceived; artistic merit is only tenuously relevant, and a far smaller venue would have sufficed for a…

SE15 User Manual

Here is a guide to some of the best art spaces in the Peckham area. We’ve probably missed a few and by the time this magazine goes to print there will surely be ten more anyway. Happy Hunting. Auto Italia South East. 1 Glengall Road, SE15 6NJ. autoitaliasoutheast.org. Open: see website for details  Tucked smugly…

Plex

Set back from the action of the High Street in Peckham sits the jewel in the crown of South London, the concrete fortress known as the Plex. As one of the few remaining independent multiplex cinemas in the country, the Peckham Plex functions as the symbolic centre-point of a community that continues to prioritise local…

Brian Roettinger

Like Quentin Fiore in Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage, Brian Roettinger has been given equal billing alongside Aaron Rose and Mandy Kahn as co-author of Collage Culture. Here, Martha Read shines a spotlight on how Brian Roettinger’s design concept plays a pivotal role in how the book is read and exactly why that…

Peckhamnomics

Artist, radical, visionary: Francis Thordurn takes on the artworld, TFL, and East Dulwich’s eco-posers and shares his Peckham-inspired solutions to the global economic crisis. Your work might be described as a combination of sculpture, performance and social sculpture?  I’m interested in value systems not recognised in mainstream culture, in alternatives to the conceptual idea of…

Collage Culture

Gemma de Cruz: Mandy, the title of your essay is “Living In The Mess”. Do you feel that this is a terminal mess, or that the ‘mess’ could be organised into something beautiful, uplifting and challenging? There are artists like Christian Marclay and Dexter Dalwood who use the physical idea of collage but whose work…

Not OK Computer

As the digital age ushers recorded music into ever more fractured configurations, Rhiannon Parkinson stands up for the time-honoured long- playing album and explains why she believes the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. A recent conversation with a good friend confused and unsettled me. Both self-described music enthusiasts, I assumed we…

I Am What I Play: Roger Taylor

What track never fails to fill the dance floor/get the studio phones lighting up? Nearly 30 years old and still a favourite across the board ‘Blue Monday’ and possibly the best dance record ever made to this day. What’s the worst dance floor-clearer/howls of protest-inducer you’ve ever played? I am such a people pleaser that…

I Am What I Play: Glen Matlock

What track never fails to fill the dance floor/get the studio phones lighting up? The one that always seems to get anybody dancing regardless of style, age or gender is ‘Hey Ya!’ by Outkast. What’s the worst dance floor-clearer/howls of protest-inducer you’ve ever played? Neat Neat Neat by The Damned. I love the band but…