5 Spring 1998
Make me wanna holler throw up both my hands
- John Beagles
Starting with Tracy Emin's drunken rant on TV after the Turner prize,
Beagles shifts to question the clarity of the rest of the panel's
thought. The article broadens out to encompass contemporary notions of
gender and male elitism.
Guaranteed Disappointment - Neil
Heavily illustrated with album covers and related photographs, Mulholland
offers a concise historical overview of the punk design using an exhibition
at the Festival Hall, London as a basis.
Megalomedia - William
An in-depth investigation of the Scottish Media Group's monopolistic
position in Scotland. The article also outlined the events surrounding
the licensing of digital television focusing on the ITC. The article provided
several revelations about the working of the large media combines.
Ethnic Cleansing - Kumal
A short story on racism in the Police force.
Forced Entertainment - Michelle
McGuire interviews one of the foremost experimental theatre companies.
Tales of the Great Unwashed - Ian
A strange and enigmatic departure for the Great Unwashed, where, still
retaining its characteristic humour, the narrative drifts effortlessly
into a chilling story of the paranormal.
Babes in Toyland - Leigh
Beck's new contemporaries is reviewed at the CCA, Glasgow. The article
focuses on the selection procedure and the underlying assumptions of the
BLOCK Capitalism - Peter
Suchin reviews the BLOCK Reader in Visual Culture, an anthology of intellectual
art criticism dating back to BLOCK's first appearance in 1979. The
review also make some telling comparisons to recent similar publications.
Red Rebel Song - R
Poetry talking of issues of race, relationships and ancestry.
Career Opportunities - David
Interviews with Matt Hale of City Racing, David Crawford of Beaconsfield
and John Russell of Bank. Each interview is separate but builds up a detailed
picture of artist-run spaces and projects in the late 80s and early 90s,
exploring the shared influences and comparisons.
Working with Children and the Snake -
Starting with the work of Stephen French whose influences are children's
art, Anderson relates this to 'The Innocent Eye' by Jonathan
Fineberg - a book which charts the history of the modern artist's
relationship with child art. The focus of the article develops towards
to the COBRA group and the Scottish artist William Gear - a member
of COBRA but omitted by Fineberg.
This very thoughtful article reviews the 'Articulate' exhibition
in Arthouse, Dublin which was a response to issues of rape and sexual
abuse, and features the artists Hilary Gilligan and Lorna Healy.
Marlborough Maze - Stewart
The review features Contemporary Labyrinths by Adrian Fisher and his maze
project at Blenhiem palace - the Marlborough maze.
Talking to Tom Leonard - Dan
An interview given in Bolder Colorado as part of his artist-in-residence.
The interview has a lengthy introduction which outlines Leonard's
career and influence to date. The interview proper, focuses on language
Cynicism and Postmodernity - Ewan
A review of Timothy Bewes book - a critique of post modernism.
Homage to J G Ballard - Ed
A satirical review of the over-kill of media hysteria surrounding the
'death of the century'. Baxter presents the events in Paris
as an art review which doubly parodies art magazines themselves.
These boots aren't made for walking
- Adele Patrick
Patrick provides an overview of the idiosyncratic 'Style conference'
describing the maze of postmodern affectation and perversity.
Soundscape - Robert
King adds to his round-up of experimental CD releases with comments on
the development of radio stations on the internet.
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