Double Whammy

Make a stop at Saatchi Gallery and rediscover a familiar place from top to bottom, freshly kitted out for two new (free) exhibitions opening today. First up and on the main stage — Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream, displaying pieces by thirteen artists working between genres with a rebellious melange of media to upend the…

This Is the End

Taking one for the team to the max, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft deliberately crash landed on the surface of Saturn on 15 September 2017, after nearly twenty years in space. For the past seven, it had been preoccupied with observing and stealthily photographing the ringed gas giant planet. This pre-destined suicide mission served to give us…

Ever Inspiring Autumn

Summer’s tapping out for another turn around the sun, and Autumn is poised to have its way with us. Maybe the weeks directly leading up to Winter’s freezing over of city pavements and inner hopes aren’t your thing, but I happen to fancy the mutable, wistful moments of Fall. There’s a sort of fuzzily charged magic…

Carl Burton's Technocracy

Perhaps I’ve read too many internet articles lately — on how automation is going to leave loads of us jobless and prone to civil unrest right quick; about the mathematical probability that this universe we call home is really just a computer simulation, but it doesn’t even matter anyway; interviews with a company of office workers…

The Critic as Artist

Saturday 7 October 2017 1.00pm to 8.00pm The Critic as Artist is an exhibition at Reading Museum about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, who had been a visitor to Reading prior to his imprisonment at Reading Gaol, and whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary. Appropriately, the museum in Reading is…

Mamma Mia!

No sacrilege intended, but there’s some good sport to be had in museums’ Medieval collections, innocently enough poking fun at the grisly visages of thirteenth-century Virgins and Christ Children… the ones turned out before the naturalism seeking libertarians of the Renaissance started grappling with the subject. Rather than cherubic, Dark Age Baby Jesus often looks…

Sometime Between

Why don’t we celebrate those slightly stilted spans of the year more often, when seasons slyly begin seeping into one another and moods shift almost imperceptibly? There’s really no need to be firmly in the summertime camp of see-through sarongs and plunging tan lines — nor strictly #TeamFall, nursing a pumpkin spice fetish in flannel and fair…

Studying Abroad

There are many reasons why people would want to leave their own home to travel somewhere new. Many wander elsewhere for leisure or business purposes, but how much tourism is undertaken for an educational experience? (Those wild semesters spent in Barthelona surely can’t all count.) At the start of the 18th century, young Englishmen would set…

Not Your Dalí

Pretty fresh off the presses, decisive news from Spain that’s settled a recent quandary over some highly sought after Surrealist DNA. You probably read that in July a Madrid judge asked that the corpse of Salvador Dalí be exhumed for purposes befitting who’s-the-daddy episodes of The Jerry Springer Show — a paternity test. To the delight of his embalmer,…

ZUZN: One Click Closer to Heaven

A real troublemaker. Eloquent and self-contained in an introspective stasis, we meet Doori Jung at a small cafe. There’s no small talking with her. Jokes, silly questions and one-dimensional thoughts are turned into reflections of both her and her work, and to be fair, the lines between are blurry and bend along the pipelines of…