Friday, May 13th, 2011

how ai weiwei politicised the art establishment

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on 03 April 2011 by the authorities at Beijing Capital Airport preparing to board a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. He has yet to be charged and the state has not yet confirmed his whereabouts. A major survey show of his work has opened at London’s Lisson Gallery joining […]

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Frontline Club backs Julian Assange

Here’s a copy of a press release issued by the Frontline Club‘s founder Vaughan Smith. “I attended court today to offer my support for Julian Assange of Wikileaks on a point of principle. “In the face of a concerted attempt to shut him down and after a decade since 9/11 that has been characterised by […]

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Well I’ve been doing some editing…

…for the Index on Censorship. They recently had Sir Tom Stoppard and the Belarus Free Theatre on at the Free Word Centre. Nick Cohen wrote a smashing review in the Guardian about how to make a drama out of a crisis. Belarus is possibly Europe’s last dictatorship where freedom of speech and expression are, to […]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Wanna Buy a Tank?

For Sale. One Space Hijackers Tank. Last seen 01 April 2009 – at London’s G20 demonstrations – steaming down Bishopsgate with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring from its soundsystem. 11 careful owners all registered on the DNA database. Many of us popped our arrest cherry that day. Our mobile oppression palace was bedecked in […]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

sTate Modern: Tate Makes Surveillance An Art Form

A new show called Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera opens at Tate Modern this week. It features images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of the subject. It is the history of spying with a lens in just over 250 photographs. But there’s an elephant in the museum. As you move from room […]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera [for Juxtapoz Magazine]

An exhibition intended to open discussion about surveillance and the gaze, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera opens this week at London’s Tate Modern. The show explores themes of eroticism, celebrity, violence and security in the world around us. Over 250 works have been selected by Tate Modern in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum […]