Tag: art

The Archibald, the Packing Room Prize and the eternal return of the avant-garde

The Packing Room Prize never veers at all. The winning portrait usually depicts a person famous in the media, and it is always either the most strictly realist portrait in that range, or very occasionally a comic, but highly worked, caricature. Nothing varying from the job of accurate representation has ever made the cut.

Journey to the East South West: Part II

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10 Jun 2021

Spotting unnatural movement, Monkey stopped and pointed towards group of giant snails-like creatures, some sprouting human limbs and faces.

Vertigo: Images of the turmoil of seeking asylum in Persian miniatures

a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by the hard life experienced by precarious asylum seekers; giddiness.

Under the Same Moon

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25 Feb 2021

Webtoon: An inter-generational story of migration and place-making.

Stay in your lane: the oxymoron of ‘authentic fiction’ (Part II)

In all of this worry about authenticity, authority and authorial/appropriated identities, there is one identity that regularly gets forgotten: that of the reader

The Little Girl who stood up for Peace

Decades after its original run, Mafalda, the adored comic strip created by the late Argentinian cartoonist Quino, remains timely and potent.

Stay in your Lane: the oxymoron of ‘authentic fiction’ (Part I)

Are these judges…genuinely concerned about cultural appropriation? Or are they actually concerned about the accusations of cultural appropriation that are likely to result (via social media) if they award and publish a story that turns out to be written by someone who doesn’t identify clearly and directly with their subject matter?

Government abandons the arts: what’s to be done?

Rather than an organic ‘culture’ with its own shared meanings, the arts ‘industry’ is an aggregate of individual interests.

Après moi, le déluge: Artists after Art

The ‘artist’ is no longer simply an individual maker, an avant-garde visionary, a person exploring the specifics and limits of a medium, or indeed any of the other familiar figures of aesthetic modernity. Instead, the ‘artist’ is marked out by their success at doing exactly what late capitalism demands; that is, everything, and in a flagrantly vacuous way.

Journey to the West-South-East

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27 Aug 2020

Webtoon: Follow Monkey Magic 's migration story as he braves a perilous journey from the Far East to a Island Continent that isn't that welcoming...

The Anti-Aesthetic of Cancel Culture

The implicit politics of the present—in which the deep left aim of creating a society of universal self-flourishing is rendered as a society of universal ‘safety’, in an expanded sense—trends towards a ban on representation, since any representation of suffering or wrong can be taken as exploitation or aggression.

Webtoon From the Field: Coronavirus as Lived by Artists

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23 Jun 2020

Dear Artist, How has the coronavirus affected you?