Dérives: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

“Witness, for instance, the establishment of settled ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ cultural zones, which endlessly repeat older gestures of rebellion and contestation as if for the first time." - Mark Fisher The Longplayer walk ghosts a route to be taken on the 21st of June for a day long walked festival of arts in celebration of … Continue reading Dérives: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

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

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

Fictions: The Charter’d River

I wander thro' each charter'd street,  Near where the charter'd Thames does flow.  And mark in every face I meet  Marks of weakness, marks of woe. - William Blake Properties on the banks of the river were first earmarked for government-approved privatisation some years ago.  Though private property had been a constant on the banks … Continue reading Fictions: The Charter’d River