Tai Shani, whose spectacular live performances combining dialogue, costume and sculpture were a joint winner of last year’s Turner prize, is one of many artists involved in social initiatives. She says: “A crisis of this magnitude affects most of us similarly and shines a very bright light on my privilege. Artists are quite good at problem solving and it is important to rechannel my energy into being a contributing citizen. If you can sew, make masks; if you’re in a position to pay someone who can, and needs work, do that.” Shani is selling a virtual reality play to raise money for food banks. … [Read more...] about Self-help is key for an art world in lockdown
So you can walk round and round the seven-minute loop of Static, his 2009 portrait of the Statue of Liberty filmed in closeup from a circling helicopter. You can enter the double-sided film installation Ashes from either of two entrances, absorbing its complex story from different directions. Cold Breath, a glittering black and white film in which a nub of nipple is teased with gentleness and then unanticipated violence, is projected on a fittingly small screen so you have to come up close to be abruptly disconcerted. … [Read more...] about Steve McQueen review – don’t look away
Holly Winter, a bridal and prom dress designer, is offering to lend struggling brides sample dresses for free. “I’ve spent the last year creating samples for the new season and invested thousands of pounds in advertising, photoshoots and exhibitions which will now come to nothing,” she says. “To make something positive from this, brides can borrow my samples. Contact me and we can chat about what might fit. I can post it to them and they send it back afterwards.” … [Read more...] about The firms that have turned Covid-19 crisis into a chance to serve
1990s Pirate radio in north-east LondonIt’s hard to remember the exact shows, frequencies, artists or tracks. In the early 1990s, I wasn’t cool or knowledgable enough to have anything but a vague handle on the big two: Kool and Rinse FM. I just knew that every night you could twirl the dial and hear the distorted blare of happy hardcore, jungle and associated genres, sounds that turned into garage and grime. You rarely knew what you were listening to, but you knew teenagers were scaling tower blocks a mile away to hang an aerial and it all sounded mind-blowingly necessary and in real time. Apache MC’s era-defining Original Nuttah was just one gateway drug. KE … [Read more...] about Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics’ lives
So what actually is the meaning of this elusive term? In this case, it refers to someone in the public eye who can be held aloft as a beacon of qualities we would, or should like to emulate. Robert Merton who coined the phrase, says that individuals compare themselves with "reference groups" of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. The term has passed into general use to mean any "person who serves as an example, whose behaviour is emulated by others". … [Read more...] about Who needs role models?