Category Art

Home Truths

This is an article that was originally written for The Northern Correspondent  and is reblogged here. From red tops to broadsheets, there is wide agreement that we are amidst a housing crisis. Coupled with regressive austerity policies and welfare reform housing has never been so politically and socially divisive. We are also seeing a rise in increasingly […]

‘I sleep in the kitchen with my feet in the hall’*: the space between art and geography

*Bob Dylan, Workingman’s Blues Bob Dylan stole that lyric. Or so my Dad says. The image of Bob Dylan lying between the hall and the kitchen is vivid in my mind. Woody Guthrie also talks about his feet sticking out onto the landing in an overcrowded oil boom town, his body resting horizontally between two crammed […]

Sustainability in the City of Flux

This is a short paper that was delivered at the symposium ‘Sustainability in the City of Flux’ at Newcastle University in November 2014. The focus for the workshop was how the city can be ever changing, impermanent and in constant flux, whilst also being sustainable. The day before yesterday I was at a book launch […]

Unofficial Culture: the Radical is the new Norm [1]

I first stumbled across the term ‘unofficial culture’ whilst reading Colin Thuborn’s fantastically poetic take on the USSR in the dying days of the regime: ‘Among the Russians: from the Baltic to the Caucasus’[2]. Whilst travelling through the former USSR in his much admired and sought after Morris Minor (popular for its disparity from the […]