Poet Remi Graves on Music, Protest & Utopian Dreams

Remi Graves is a poet, musician & educator who completed a 6-week digital residency with us, exploring the Magna Carta via everything from utopian visions to her grandmother’s hands. Below you can find all her musings and poetry from over the course of the 6 weeks.   More about Remi “I’m an ex-maths teacher, turned … Continue reading Poet Remi Graves on Music, Protest & Utopian Dreams

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 the Houses of Parliament: 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 the Houses of Parliament: 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