A Subtle Spectrum

Sometimes a colour by any other name sounds not as sweet, but astonishingly better. Novelist Ingrid Sundberg, who’s developed a liking for collecting the finest words the English lexicon offers, has proved just that point with her handiest of visual aids. Adjectives aren’t just for amplifying average persons, places and things; they’re especially apt at…

1066 And All That

History. It’s known to repeat itself, it’s written by winners, it’s unattainable no matter how intensely it’s studied. Just narrow that down to British history, the kings and queens, the Saint Georges and the dragons, the reformations and incarcerations at the Tower, the gunpowder, treason, plots and Margaret Thatchers — there’s enough there to keep most…

Wonderland Calling

On July 26, 1951, Walt Disney’s thirteenth animated film, Alice in Wonderland, made its cinematic debut in London. Executed in kaleidoscopic Technicolor, the more-than-memorable film continues to haunt the dreams of children and leave stoners utterly dumbfounded today. The queer, dark yet lovely storyline was adapted from a very fictional nineteenth-century work by English poet and mathematician…

Writing: Cabin Fever

Launch Pad is pleased to announce a new commission, Cabin Fever, curated by Launch Pad founder, Sarah Elson and artist, Heman Chong. Cabin Fever begins next week on 14th July with an innovative 24-hour writing workshop. Five international artists will gather at 12 noon at Ms Elson’s London residence and spend exactly one full day and night together on site.…

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…

Lost & Found

‘Life is short / filled with stuff / don’t know what’s its for / think I’ve had enough / if only I could find some new kinda kick / some new kind of buzz / I’m lookin’ I’m lookin’ lookin’ for / something I ain’t had before’ (The Cramps, ‘New Kind of Kick’). Fuck the…