Monthly Archives: June 2011

Injunctions are a necessary evil: Privacy, free speech and a feral press

Last night’s debate at the LSE was the perfect event to launch the latest issue of the Index on Censorship magazine, “Privacy is dead! Long live privacy.” Impeccably hosted by the magazine’s editor, Jo Glanville, the illustrious panel consisted of … Continue reading

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Carlos Saura: “Cría cuervos” (Raise Ravens)

Carlos Saura’s 1975 masterpiece “Cría cuervos” (Raise Ravens) has been enjoying a well deserved revival at the BFI. Set in Madrid at the time of Franco’s death, the film tells the story of a family from the perspective of the … Continue reading

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Tracey Emin: Love is what you want

I was eleven years old when I first became aware of Tracey Emin’s work, and even then I was highly sceptical. “My Bed” was being shown at the Tate. Whilst I’ll readily admit that a lot of the symbolism was … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

This is the last day when visitors will be able to view Ai Weiwei’s latest installation at Somerset House. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads has attracted extensive media attention, partly owing to the political controversy surrounding its creator. It has been … Continue reading

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The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

“Art for art’s sake” is now popularly associated with MGM, who have adopted it as their slogan. It has, however, resonated with an array of political and cultural groups throughout history; and none more so than the aesthetes of the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World

Wednesday’s torrential rain may have been disappointing for June, but it was perfect “museum weather”. I decided to while away the wet afternoon at the British Museum’s acclaimed Afghanistan exhibition. I believe it is important to choose one’s exhibition companions … Continue reading

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English PEN Free Speech Café 21.06.2011

Last night the Free Word Centre played host to English PEN’s inaugural Free Speech Café. The reception area was transformed into a vibrant social space, its round tables recalling the café culture of la belle époque. The panellists were elevated … Continue reading

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