Alone in the Dark

BY ANNA RADLBECK / Is it fear? We gather experiences which let us doubt the rhythm and unnatural order of things. Should we submit or follow our inner rebellion? Do you want to be part of the system? There are masters and slaves, hunters and hunted, adherents and individualists. It is a cruel world full of…

Peace, Love and Peter Max

Here’s looking at you, Peter Max. The Eye of a Generation turned 80 today, and his body of work is looking more expansive than ever. His synesthesia-inducing Pop and Neo-Expressionist compositions have been luring enthralled audiences into his mind-bendingly bright universe since the 1960s. Showing nary a sign of slowing down, he continues to work fervently and…

Music from the Man in the Moon

Tune into the short video below produced by Jupiter Artland. That bit of Beethoven tinkling away, while awfully familiar, sounds somewhat off, doesn’t it? As if some invisible amateur is trading forgotten notes for accidental gaps of thin air. Yet you’re not hearing a shabby sausage fingers recording of a classical favourite, nor is that…

Shine On, Crazy Diamond

Forget shock therapy, give me shine therapy. When modern civilisation feels sometimes brash and as if it’s falling to bits, a dash of glitz in an unexpected place can do wonders for a flagging psyche. Just ask once-upon-a-time dentist, self-described accidental collage and video artist Sara Shakeel. Admittedly, no clever amount of visual juxaposition can…

Say Hi to the York Mediale

With just a year to go before the opening of the first York Mediale, the team behind the new digital arts festival has revealed the festival’s monogram on an interactive webpage that hints at what is to come. Tom Higham, York Mediale’s creative director, worked with Leeds-based design agency Something More to create the branding…

Out In the Cold

On a future frozen Earth, an obsessed explorer goes missing on an expedition to a lost city under the ice, his only chance for rescue is a young inexperienced pilot…his son. When it started to snow, it didn’t stop for 1,500 years. The Pole Shift that ancient climatologists predicted finally came, the topography ripped apart…

Good, Bad, Brutalist

Like him, lump him or know nothing about him, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris and his looming white and grey building blocks are here to stay. More often called Le Corbusier, he’s still hailed as the most colossal architect of modern times (which means you still got a ways to go, Frank Gehry). He was born on 6 October, 1887…

Paint It Black

It turns out Picasso wasn’t the only heavy-weight painter whose work took a dour turn when personal anguish presented itself. In fact, one of his first great (platonic) muses did too — Paul Cézanne. Yet to understand what made Paul sad for a spell requires rewinding a ways. Cézanne was born in 1839 in southern France, Aix-en-Provence…

Skin Tones

Three years after the release of my experimental film Warm Up, I decided to make a sequel. Over Your Skin, playable below, is the result of hypnotising myself, not with meditation and drum beats, but with hue, dynamism and texture. I was fascinated by views of paint flowing down over skin. Under a macro lens, the runny…

Hello, Stranger

Craigslist Encounters is an ongoing photo series created in Los Angeles. The following subjects have all answered this advertisement on Craigslist: “Portrait subject needed. Compensation: $20 per hour. Portrait photographer seeking subjects. Looking for interesting people to photograph… all shapes, races, genders and sizes are welcome. I will come to you at your convenience.” Box of chocolates,…