Nicole Wermers: Infrastruktur

Inspired by a gesture of ownership, fur coats, chairs and personal space are the raw materials for a series of enigmatic works by Turner Prize nominee Nicole Wermers The work of London-based Nicole Wermers often deals with décor and consumer goods. Drawing on the magnetism of certain materials and objects, in the past the artist has taken … Continue reading Nicole Wermers: Infrastruktur

Michael Landy: Break Down

Artist Michael Landy publicly destroyed all his possessions in a physical manifestation of ‘mind over matter’ In February 2001, artist Michael Landy installed a custom waste disposal facility in the former C&A department store on London’s busy Oxford Street. Over the following two weeks, as shoppers looked in through the large plate-glass windows, he systematically … Continue reading Michael Landy: Break Down

My Magna Carta: 1215 today according to young minds worldwide

Melanie Aplin of the English-Speaking Union discusses the recent competition for which young people drew up a modern Magna Carta My Magna Carta was an international creative essay-writing competition for 11- to 18-year-olds. The English-Speaking Union organised the contest to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, asking young people to consider … Continue reading My Magna Carta: 1215 today according to young minds worldwide

Nothing much comes from reasonable expectations

Following the launch of his Time for Rights commission for 1215.today, we caught up with creative technologist Tim Kindberg to talk about his work, the digital zeitgeist and the importance of having unreasonable expectations… Tim, firstly, what is a ‘creative technologist’? A creative technologist is someone who knows how to work with digital technology and can use it … Continue reading Nothing much comes from reasonable expectations

Echoes of death row: Swithin Fry treads the boards for justice

Swithin Fry shines a spotlight on death row and unjust trial systems in a play about his condemned penpal, Tim Coleman Dear Tim: Echoes of Death Row is a one-man show, written and performed by retired adult literacy teacher Swithin Fry. It tells of his unlikely friendship with Tim Coleman, Inmate A328139 at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, … Continue reading Echoes of death row: Swithin Fry treads the boards for justice

Aura and Artists’ Books: Lavinia Singer

Does your kindle have an ‘aura’? Poet Lavinia Singer considers printing of the past alongside today’s digitally condensed libraries Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Portable Reader Systems – for some, electronic books are an ingenious invention. Slender and lightweight with vast storage and interactive controllable viewing screens, they are the latest stage of evolution for the book … Continue reading Aura and Artists’ Books: Lavinia Singer

Dystopia in light of Magna Carta: an interview with Kerry Drewery

YA author Kerry Drewery reflects on her upcoming novel Cell 7, faraway visions of human rights and the power of fiction born of fact The sealing of Magna Carta is widely considered an embryonic step towards enshrining the human rights we value today. But can we imagine a world in which such rights were never conceived? … Continue reading Dystopia in light of Magna Carta: an interview with Kerry Drewery

Music for Suffrage: scoring silent film with Lillian Henley

Composer Lillian Henley tunes into women’s rights to score a film compilation documenting women’s fight for suffrage Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film is a new archival compilation from the BFI featuring footage of women from the earliest days of film. It combines suffrage marches with comedies, and scenes of oppression with moments of empowerment. Lillian Henley … Continue reading Music for Suffrage: scoring silent film with Lillian Henley

Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: a Peter Linebaugh talk

Watch famous historian Peter Linebaugh’s talk at Lincoln Castle on privatisation from 1215 to today You could not be more than five miles from any gallows in Lincolnshire at the time of the Magna Carta or the Charter of the Forest. Back in June, on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, renowned historian … Continue reading Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: a Peter Linebaugh talk

Carleen Anderson: Grains of Dust

Watch jazz singer-songwriter Carleen Anderson’s video for Grains of Dust, a song about cultural disunity in the US Soul, gospel and blues are all important for Carleen Anderson, a Texas-born jazz singer. Plus James Brown is her Godfather, and Amy Winehouse was a big fan. Grains of Dust, written for the project Occupation: Five songs … Continue reading Carleen Anderson: Grains of Dust