• Fave five albums of the decade

    My personal pick of this decade’s albums is available to peruse at Scrawls and Bawls, which also carries loads of good interviews and reviews.  If you like music, check it out.

    November 10, 2009
  • Laura Marling at Concorde2

    Laura Marling played a support set at Concorde2 in Brighton last week.  It was good, but not as good as headline act Daniel Johnston. Anyway, my review for News of the World can be found here. Scroll down.

    November 8, 2009
  • Coin collection shines at the Ashmolean Museum

    Published on Culture24 The £61m redevelopment at the Ashmolean Museum has made headlines this week, but another money-related story of no less interest can be found at the new building in Oxford. The museum is also home to a raft of coins ranking among the ten most important monetary collections in the world, containing 300,000 …

    November 5, 2009
  • Keith Tyson at Parasol Unit

    Written for Culture24 Exhibition: Keith Tyson – Cloud Choreography and Other Emergent Systems, Parasol Unit, London, until November 11 2009 It goes something like this: n pigeons/a non-graceful tree of 2n generations where each gen has r vertices and then has r+1 edges and r and n are random integers within the limits (0<n>5) (1<r>9). …

    October 30, 2009
  • Peter Randall-Page rocks at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Published on Culture 24 Exhibition: Peter Randall-Page, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and open air, Wakefield, until January 2010 Glacial boulders provide much of the raw material. And having been thawed out and carved up by Peter Randall– Page, the rocks still appear to be moving. To claim that stones have energy fields …

    October 21, 2009
  • Turner Prize Exhibition 2009 at Tate Britain

    Published on Culture 24 Turner Prize 2009 Exhibition, Tate Britain, until January 3 2010 Turner Prize art rarely speaks for itself. A deformed lump of cream-coloured plastic is fixed to the wall. It is an exhibit by candidate Roger Hiorns. “What do you see?” a mother enquires. “I see a man on horseback.” “I see …

    October 19, 2009
  • Stephen Cornford interview

    Published on Art & Music The dense reverb is always there. Artist Stephen Cornford has to speak up to be heard. In the room are eight customized turntables on plinths with speakers. None are switched on, but all are plugged in. And that is enough to make the air throb in Brighton’s tiny Permanent Gallery. …

    October 18, 2009
  • Damien Hirst at the Wallace Collection

    Published on Culture 24 No Love Lost, Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst, The Wallace Collection, London, until January 24 2009. How often does middle-aged famous millionaire Damien Hirst really think about death? Well, by the evidence of his new show it is the only thing on his mind. Much has been made of his decision …

    October 15, 2009
  • Daniel Pryde-Jarman interview

    Published on Culture 24 An interview with curator and gallery owner Daniel Pryde-Jarman from Brighton’s Grey Area Daniel Pryde-Jarman is on his way to becoming a doctor of curatorial practice, a leading authority on the concept of heterotopia. “It basically it means other places, spaces of otherness,” he explains. “Heterotopia comes from Foucault’s concepts of …

    October 12, 2009
  • Artists Anonymous at Riflemaker

    Published on Culture 24 Artists Anonymous – Lucifer Over London, Riflemaker, London, until November 21 2009 David was apparently hewn from a 27-stone block of marble after which Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel single-handed. Would he not, by the end of it, have looked something like Arnold Schwarzenegger? The question is asked on camera by …

    October 6, 2009