A Perfect Pre-Drinks Album

The cover art of Dua Lipa’s new album Future Nostalgia is evocative of the Art Deco painting ‘Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti)’ by Tamara de Lempicka from 1929, originally commissioned to celebrate female independence and empowerment. As Lipa sits behind the wheel of a retro car she looks cool and in control. And it’s... Continue Reading →

Don’t Go To The Cookout

I’ll set the scene: It’s March 27th 2020; Covid-19 has pushed the world into lockdown; Tarriona “Tank” Ball records a Tiny Desk Concert in her living room; George Floyd has not yet been murdered. Fast forward to now: It’s June 27th 2020; the UK is still in lockdown; I stumble across Tank’s Tiny Desk Concert... Continue Reading →

Who Has The Power & The Platform?

Game Assist is a multi-media project discussing accessibility and representation in video games. I interviewed the co-creators, Sara Khan (she/they) and Errol Kerr (he/him), shortly after Game Assist ended its year-long hiatus and two days before the release of their video ‘“Everything is Political” | Institutional Racism in Life is Strange 2’ on YouTube. Game... Continue Reading →

“Just Be A Composer”

Natasa Paulberg is an Australian/Irish composer, performer and conductor. She writes for film, TV, games and concerts, attended the UCLA Film Scoring Program in L.A. and teaches film scoring in Dublin. How did you become a music composer? I started playing music as a kid, maybe when I was five or six with the usual... Continue Reading →

From Hypermedia To Hardback Poetry

J.R. Carpenter’s poetry collection This is A Picture of Wind began life as a web-based piece of the same name, which won the Opening Up Digital Fiction Competition People's Choice Award in 2018. Carpenter’s work is concerned with hypermedia, text-based narratives, and the limits of writing, and in the online version of the work she was able... Continue Reading →

DJCAD Graduate Showcase 2020

On the homepage of this year’s Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, the Dean - Professor Anita Taylor – writes, “The showcase is a wonderful visual collection of inspirational and thought-provoking work.” This is true. It is a visual collection… more of a catalogue than an... Continue Reading →

Laura Marling: Live From Union Chapel

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opening her solo concert, broadcast live from the Union Chapel in London, Laura Marling sings, “I will not be a victim of romance, I will not be a victim of circumstance”. These words, from Once I Was An Eagle's song 'Take The Night Off' have never been more true. Marling is certainly taking... Continue Reading →

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