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11th August 2020

Hello? The Art of the Phonecall

A pretty essay on the phonecall as a neglected subject of performance art. Notwithstanding video calls and mobiles, the humble landline phone still feels “so vital”. But why? Is it the paradox of feeling so near to a distant person? The possibility that the voice at the other end is not who they say they are? Or simply “a nostalgic evocation of the fumbling, desire-filled chats I used to have on brick phones”.

4th August 2020

How Cancel Culture Made Us Forget the Art of Interpretation

Is ‘cancel culture’ a means of achieving social justice or just mob intimidation? ‘Cancelling’ can be framed as a form of censorship, based on a notion of the self “in need of permanent protection.” It deprives us of different perspectives, including art that demonstrates “the absurdity of the status quo”. Fair criticisms. The push back, of course, is that cancellation is sometimes the only tool available for needed social change.