What are YOU waiting for?

I came across this mural on the side of the Southbank Centre near Waterloo the other day: The Southbank Centre says this about Sam Durant’s artwork: The handwritten text originates from a placard used in the 1963 March on Washington, a landmark event of the American Civil Rights movement. Removed from its original context, the laconic phrase is open to interpretation. It might speak to … Continue reading What are YOU waiting for?

Art can be invisible

An ongoing goal of scientific research is to find a material that reflects absolutely no light, that absorbs every photon that hits it. A recent attempt, reported by Wired, resulted in Vantablack, a substance that was subsequently exclusively licensed by artist Anish Kapoor, who used it to coat a very expensive watch. Since the exclusive license prevents other artists from using Vantablack, rival super-non-reflective materials … Continue reading Art can be invisible

Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner had this idea that the different art forms should synthesise and that there should be a single art form (“gesamtkunstwerk”) that is perfect in every artistic way: musically, visually, dramatically … If you go to Glyndebourne, that experience is pretty much what you get. Architecture Only a few of the 15th-century stately home’s rooms are open to visitors, but the Organ Room is pretty … Continue reading Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Miami [part 1]: downtown & Miami Beach

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics from my trip to America. Miami was my final destination, after New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. Downtown If you start at Bayfront Park you can take a walk northwards up Biscayne Boulevard, along the seafront, past the Freedom Tower to Pérez Art Museum. The skyscrapers here aren’t quite as impressive as in New York or Chicago, … Continue reading Miami [part 1]: downtown & Miami Beach

Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

MARAUDERS BEWARE: Spoilers ahead! I won’t mention any major plot points, but will be discussing the three main reasons you should see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if you can get tickets (good luck with that though…). So in the spirit of #KeepTheSecrets 🤐 , if you don’t want forewarning even of themes, motifs, characters, magical creatures or artefacts involved, don’t read on. Scroll … Continue reading Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

Modern art frustrations

I spent another fun afternoon yesterday at Bermondsey’s White Cube gallery. It’s quite fun to walk around with a friend and try to figure out, with the help of the exhibition guide, what on earth modern art is all about. Still no clue. Jurgen Partenheimer First we saw some Jurgen Partenheimer paintings. They are very abstract (they do not represent things). They often look quite … Continue reading Modern art frustrations

Chicago

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics for America. Read about New York, Boston and Philadelphia first! I had a great couple of days in the Windy City. I found it prettier, more characterful, less blocky and less claustrophobic than New York. My top 5 must-sees are marked with a ⭐ Millennium Park & the ‘Bean’ ⭐ Millennium Park is in the centre of Chicago and … Continue reading Chicago

New York [part 1]: Midtown

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics from my trip to New York. Look out for parts two and three! Some history … Manhattan is densely built up (literally up!) – there is no extraneous green space or wasteland – and I found myself wondering why anyone would settle on this claustrophobic island? A little googling suggested the following account: the Dutch were trading … Continue reading New York [part 1]: Midtown