Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Much contemporary public art in Britain is simple-minded, preoccupied with gigantism and populism, and intended to overshadow the more pressing social needs of the artwork's immediate locale. Hans Haacke's skeletal horse in Trafalgar Square is possibly an exception.

Given the context and that Haacke's work is based on the skeleton of a horse (hollowing out the heroic chargers ridden by the bronze and marble military men that line Whitehall), and given that almost all public art - created as it is by committee - is terrible, I'd say Haacke's Gift Horse is really quite noble.

Professor Scott King, chair of visual communications, University of the Arts, London

- letter to the London Evening Standard, 9th March 2015

Friday, 15 April 2016

The drone to me has the visual power to suggest a form of knowledge that invades.

- Dinh Q. Lê

Friday, 25 September 2015

likes of AFRICA IS A COUNTRY been on this for years but from back in the summer or so here's someone kindly put up as a .pdf Adam Haupt's 2012 article from Safundi, 'Is Die Antwoord Blackface?'

(some citations for the author.)

given this, i want to re-share Shawn Wen

Sunday, 26 July 2015

measurements on here and writing about that which is not your own are nagging somewhat (the wonderful Hannah Giorgis on the audacity of whiteness in writing with contempt and expertise springs up)

- 'white men saving brown women from brown men'


Saturday, 25 July 2015

a bunch of us went on a stag do to Cork earlier this month and since then the chorus of The Boys of the Old Brigade will not leave me.

Where are the lads that stood with me
When history was made?
A ghrá mo chroí, I long to see
The boys of the old brigade.

the bod shouting SINN FEIN out in the middle as a pub all chorused it tickled me, frankly. Us Englishmen had to sing for our supper with You'll Never Walk Alone. i've had quieter pints.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Something a mate said over java in Brixton about a passage describing a woman's eyes and hair or etc. in Laurie Lee recalled twitter user actual mango tree riffing on white writers and literature's constant representation, and another mate reminded me of similar over beers in Hammersmith or St Pancras or such last week. among other things, this reply was caught