Browsing Category: philosophy

  • Plastique Fantastique, Impossible Diagrams

    What to make of a flicker between a bandaged head and a face carved in a brieze block. Or an unshaven mouth which hi-jacks a news report. Or self-immolation illustrated as if for a kids’ book. Quite a bit happens in the Plastique Fantastique show at Grey Area. Not all is easy to describe and …

    May 27, 2011
  • Nancy Spero, Maypole: Take No Prisoners II (2008)

    Antonin Artaud only wrote one play, said to be impossible to restage. So we might now find the best example of the writer’s so-called Theatre of Cruelty at a Nancy Spero show Certainly, the only performance of Spurt of Blood which this blogger ever witnessed would be difficult to review. Shouts, cries and physical convulsions …

    March 21, 2011
  • Alfredo Jaar, The Marx Lounge (2010)

    You won’t find a more accommodating piece of art than The Marx Lounge. The sofas are as comfortable as they look. The walls are a warm shade of red. The light is perfect for reading. Then there are books. Some 1,500 paperbacks are stacked on a central table, which means the room is designed to …

    September 19, 2010
  • Preview: Tom Pope – The Escapades of the Higher Man

    Exhibition: Tom Pope – The Escapades of the Higher Man, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, until April 18 2010 Having foreseen the coming of the Higher Man, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had, surely, grand deeds in mind. He could not have predicted a photographer from Bristol would come along and try to catch a bucket of …

    February 25, 2010