Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

A few months back, I visited the retrospective of Vanessa Bell’s paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The exhibition is still ongoing and an essential visit for anyone with a passion for those strange groups of English rebels that seemed to flourish in the arts around the Fin de siècle.  It confirmed for me Bell’s position … Continue reading Responses: Virginia Woolf (1912) – Vanessa Bell

Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Interest in Robert Smithson’s landwork, Spiral Jetty (1970), peaked for me recently when reading Geoff Dyer’s interesting collection of travel works, White Sands (2016).   Dyer described in his chapter, entitled Time in Space, his journey to the artwork and the delayed reaction in appreciating it; in fact most of White Sands deals with the delayed … Continue reading Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Blowup (1966) and the Deleuzian Breeze in the Trees

If I was asked to suggest a particular sound that defined London through its cinema, it would not be the bustling noise of traffic or an iconic piece of soundtrack music; it would, in fact, be the very simple but endlessly mysterious sound of the wind rustling through the trees in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup (1966).  … Continue reading Blowup (1966) and the Deleuzian Breeze in the Trees

Doomwatch, J.G. Ballard and High-Rise

Having recently finished all of the remaining episodes of the early 1970s BBC series, Doomwatch, I had the strange feeling that I had slipped into a parallel world; one where the BBC had worked closely with the writer, J.G. Ballard, to make a series that addressed his themes.  Though the series largely resembles Ballard's earlier … Continue reading Doomwatch, J.G. Ballard and High-Rise