Save The Senate

Save the Senate Festival began with Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of women and non-binary singers who take the Toi Derricotte quote “joy is an act of resistance” to heart. They open with ‘Ella’s Song’, a beautifully simple chant laid over photographs and videos of Black Lives Matter protests and actions. “We who believe in... Continue Reading →

WayWORD Festival: Art is Activism

The WayWORD Festival, a student-led creative arts festival run by the WORD Centre at the University of Aberdeen is without a doubt, summed up with the expression “maximum effort, maximum reward,” in terms of the time and energy it took to get it all together, and the obstacles we overcame. The tagline we chose, “unconventional... Continue Reading →

Learning To Listen In A Time Of Unending-ness

For me, 2020 has been primarily characterised by an overwhelming feeling of unending-ness. I recently had a conversation with a friend in which we spoke about the undeniable similarities between the Spanish Flu of the early 20th Century and COVID-19 outbreaks. She also mentioned the prevalence of world-wide race riots that happened around the same... Continue Reading →

Poise and Power On The BLM Mural Trail

“I am not your magical negress,” states the text, “I am my own light and I will be magical on my own account.” These are the words of Saoirse Anis - artist, curator and occasional Artificial Womb contributor - rendered large and definitive on poster boards in the courtyard of Jupiter Artland sculpture garden. The... 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 →

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