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

Utopian: A poem by Alicia Ostriker

“beneath the city they have buried certain words which can never be spoken again” On days where I get no human email correspondences, I can rely on poets.org’s Poem A Day to provide me with inspiration and entertainment (sign up to their mailing list here). This poem, Utopian, was emailed round on April 22nd 2016  ( … Continue reading Utopian: A poem by Alicia Ostriker

Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message

“Cheesy as it sounds, I remember dancing to this video with my sisters, feeling hopeful for the future” For all the playfulness of Janelle Monae’s Queen video ‘The booty don’t lie” (hahahaa) it concretely envisions a  more positive future for African American culture in the States. The opening speech of this video is a clear … Continue reading Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message