A Page from Leonardo's Lost Notebook

In November of this year, the English language Italian news website The Local reported that during the excavation of the aristocratic Giunigi family plot in Lucca, Italy, the oldest known set of dentures was unearthed: This apparatus is believed to have been fashioned for some lucky mouth sometime between 1400-1700, when it was common practice to extract ever-useful…

Whitney at Oslo, Hackney

Whitney Oslo, Hackney 13 06 16 The powerful bond so apparent between guitarist Max Kakacek and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich is what makes Whitney the band it is, with empyrean-voiced Ehrlich – who previously played in Unknown Mortal Orchestra, before moving to Chicago to play with The Smith Westerns – taking the lead, his vocals enmeshed…

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Portrait of the Artist

In the second series of interviews for Art & Music, Will Stokes paints his own portrait of the life and work of 22-year-old, Hong Kong-born composer Joanne Sy who is currently gliding onto London’s contemporary classical scene. Joanne Sy is no stranger to uniting the visual with the aural, having had compositions performed at both the…

I Need a Bohemian Atmosphere!

Performance, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s multi-layered, Borgesian portrayal of mutable late 1960s London demi-mondes, is rightly hailed as an outré classic of British cinema, despite having its hallucinatory, sex and drugs permeated narrative cut to ribbons by unnerved Warner Bros executives and an overzealous censor. Finally unleashed on art-house audiences in 1970, this fractured…

Pennie Quinton

R.I.P (Riot in Parties), Mr Farren

The late Mick Farren was a ‘60s art-school kid who became one of British counterculture’s prime movers. He fronted rock band The Deviants, led the UK contingent of the White Panther movement, publishing their newsletter, before becoming editor of International Times. He later edited the ‘Thrills’ section of the NME and throughout his life penned…

What did John Tavener ever do for us?

Sir John Kenneth Tavener, who passed away last November, aged 69, began recording music for The Beatles’ Apple label in 1970, before becoming established as one of this country’s most celebrated composers, famous for his transcendent orchestral and choral works and for having his music performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. Here, Will Stokes looks at…

Kids with #CasaTomada!

We’ve teamed up with artist Rafael Gomezbarros for Kids with #CasaTomada! For a chance to get a signed print of Rafael Gomezbarros’ Casa Tomada installation, show us pictures of your kids interacting with the giant ants invading Gallery 1 on the ground floor! The winning photograph will be chosen in June by Rafael Gomezbarros. Use…

Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic, artistic savant. This means that although he is disabled in areas like speech, when it comes to art and memory, his abilities are out of this world. Stephen can draw accurate aerial panoramic views of cities like Tokyo, Rome and New York City. Sketching completely from memory after short helicopter…