Borders and Bodies: the ethical problem with detention centres

Clause 39 of the Magna Carta is used to justify unethical detentions in Britain today Photo by Mariusz Prusaczyk Magna Carta’s Clause 39 was the catalyst for my interest in this residency. I was struck by the apparent conflict between the words drafted in 1215, and the current state of British legislation – which allows … Continue reading Borders and Bodies: the ethical problem with detention centres

Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs: the challenging work of Cornelia Parker

“An alien object from space, the meteorite, embodies the fear of the unknown, fear of the future.” Cornelia Parker is an installation artist and sculptor best known for destroying a shed in the name of art…However, I’m interested in her piece Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs which is part of the British Council’s Private Utopias … Continue reading Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs: the challenging work of Cornelia Parker

Body As Border – a poem

New poetry from our poet-in-residence, Remi Graves   walls of flesh guarding us from each other. skin a barricade against the foreign stopping us from spilling out onto the Hackney Road at midday. Fingernails the glass ceiling to transcendence. Mouth as immigration control guarding what we let in and what we pass out. Colon as detention centre, … Continue reading Body As Border – a poem

It’s Human Nature: The importance of our connection with natural world

The human race has spent a large proportion of its existence as a wild species, embedded in the natural world. However, with the rapid and unprecedented transformation that humanity has undergone since the industrial revolution, our bond to nature has been rapidly eroded We are in the midst of an environmental crisis (we’ve lost 50% … Continue reading It’s Human Nature: The importance of our connection with natural world

Which way to Utopia? Exploring a positive vision for the future

The word ‘utopia’ dates back to 1516, but it seems that recently we’ve lost our ability to be positive about the future  I had planned, in the run up to the very real election (taking place this Thursday, unless you’re voting conservative in which case remember to vote on Friday 9th), to focus on all … Continue reading Which way to Utopia? Exploring a positive vision for the future