Speak For Yourself

Speak For Yourself is a platform for artists and musicians to discuss what inspires and influences their work. Terence Davies is one of England’s most talented, but sporadic, filmmakers. His eloquent films tackle the stubborn and pungent issues that permeate the English way of life. The stifling powers of religion, monarchy and sexuality all fall…

Tai Shani

The product of a peripatetic, cosmopolitan childhood and fleeting associations with miscellaneous art schools, free spirit Tai Shani went on to study fashion design and photography in New York and Tel Aviv. So how did she wind up in London creating large-scale performance art that marries historical characters with science fiction fantasy? Gemma de Cruz investigates.…

Morrissey – Autobiography

He may not have produced any music of genuine significance for two decades, and has lived abroad for as long, but, somehow, 54-year-old, erstwhile Smiths potentate Steven Patrick Morrissey remains a pervasive presence on the UK music scene (and beyond – The Prime Minister professes to be a fan) – a still ineffably looming, indomitable…

Oil City Confidential

(2009 Dir: Julien Temple) Canvey Island is an unwanted growth on the arse of Essex. I used to take m dog there and watch her swim around the shopping trolleys in the sea. It’s barely even an island. A streak of piss separates it from the fatherland an oil refinery illuminates it by night. Dr…

Pastels/ Tenniscoats

Two Sunsets (Geographic) On first listen, this album was nothing short of overwhelming. I was in tears by track three and hooked until the final notes. While the collaboration between Glasgow indie veterans and the Japanese avant-pop duo starts pleasantly but inconspicuously enough, the second, eponymous track offers a real taste of what’s to come:…

Martin Creed

Work No.1020 at Sadler’s Wells “I want to feel better, better than I do, I want to feel better, better than you,” recites Martin Creed towards the end of a truly Creedesque evening of ballet, live music, prose and video works. His project Work No.1020 was presented by Sadler’s Wells and Frieze Music as part of a season marking…

RYAN MCGINLEY: Moonmilk

Alison Jacques Gallery, 11 September- 8 October 2009 The American artist Ryan McGinley has been the photographer to watch for a while now. He has been heading up the young, Downtown New York art scene with street spilling private views at his gallery Team, and creating a stir with his photographs of beautiful, naked friends.…

Futurama

Many artists and musician have minds attuned to innovation and are generally engaged in finding original ways to distil and express the world around them, often with a childlike sense of wonder most adults have long forgotten. We asked a few of them to think about cultural artefacts from their youths, specifically those which had…