The Aerosol Assassin: Refining the spirit of graffiti, of guerrilla art can be a tricky practice in contemporary arts. Although contemporary and post graffiti has become an important genre within art today, it is still too often viewed with a specious eye. Talking about contemporary graffiti in art history, the discussion generally starts with Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat and ends with Banksy. All this in mind, John Williams – DUEL – sidles the thin boundary between contemporary art and his much loved street work, a foot either side of a distinct line. Duel’s technique is much lauded by his – street – contemporaries, it is also easily recognized by those who gaze on contemporary abstract art. Duel’s refined stensiling style drags the mind back to Post-Painterly Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism, in this vein Duel is very much an Action Painter. Read the full article »»»»
Charles Stross’s latest techno thriller, Rule 34, is a clear view at the dark side of nerd culture, Stross has produced a grotesque and gripping page-turner. Rule 34 is a near-future science fiction novel by Charles Stross. Rule 34 is a loose sequel to Halting State. The title is a reference to the meme Rule 34 of the Internet, a meme which states that “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.” Rule 34 is told in second-person singular but from three points of view: Edinburgh Police Inspector Kavanaugh who investigates spammers murdered in a gruesome and inventive ways, and learns about similar cases in other parts of Europe; Anwar, a former identity thief who becomes Scottish honorary consul for a fictional Central Asian state; and “The Toymaker”, an enforcer and organizer for the criminal “Operation”. Their interactions and conflicts drive the story.
It’s a slow Tuesday afternoon, and you’re coming to the end of your shift on the West End control desk when Sergeant McDougall IMs you: INSPECTOR WANTED ON FATACC SCENE. Read the full article »»»»
Debut director Mike Cahill’s Another Earth imagines not just another planet capable of housing human life but another planet on which humans irrefutably live. It doesn’t stop there: on this planet, which has recently appeared in the sky, another version of every person on Earth exists. Another you, another me. A parallel planet, or perhaps a paradoxical world?
We Rated: ★★★★★
Director: Mike Cahill
Writers: Brit Marling, Mike Cahill
Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach
The idea behind Another Earth first developed out of director Mike Cahill and actress Brit Marling speculating as to what it would be like were one to encounter one’s own self. In order to explore the possibility on a large scale, they devised the concept of a duplicate Earth. The visual representation of the duplicate planet was deliberately made to evoke the Moon, as Cahill was deeply inspired by the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing.
The film was made on a budget of $200,000, it was met in January with much lauding at the 27th Sundance Film Festival.
Cahill’s thought filled drama draws together the wild optimism of youth, a sold local feel and the wry irony of nauseating, unstoppable events, the film wears a good solid narrative. READ MORE
Giggle On The Stretcher an exhibition by Ben Frost Read the full article »»»»
Up for a light read? Like most, I never – well rarely – listen to my mother, she knows everything a little too often. When she handed me The Help, Kathryn Stockett’s first scribblings, I have to admit a dubious frown fell over my face. Fiction, eew, it’s such a dodgy read! One chapter in and I was captured, darn that mother of mine!
Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won’t. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other – and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you.
Penguin – Stockett’s publisher – describes The Help as, written in “pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women view one another” and I have to agree, I couldn’t put this book down.
My favorite line is from outside the book, while researching Ms Stockett I sumbled upon this wonderfilled nugget ” But what I am sure about is this: I don’t presume to think that I know what it really felt like to be a black woman in Mississippi, especially the 1960’s. I don’t think it is something any white woman, on the other end of a black woman’s paycheck, could ever truly understand. But trying to understand is vital to our humanity” Read the full article »»»»