It all starts from a famous maxim of uncertain authorship – Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – and from a trope that is also a neurological phenomenon – synesthesia, the description or perception of one kind of sensation in terms of another. Smelling words, seeing sounds, hearing colours. Aidan Baker deliberately and skillfully plays with such figures, applying them not only to sensations but also to artistic techniques. The poems in this collection are about artworks that use other media than words – paintings, films and songs by a selection of such artists as Man Ray, Wim Wenders, John Coltrane, and Francisco Goya, among others. Each poem is at once a personal response and a dialogue with the artist, with Baker acting as author, spectator, and mediator. In this sense, besides playing with different senses and media, the collection entwines several literary genres and techniques: fiction and critical essay, poetry and prose, description and narration.
Source is the magazine for contemporary photography in Britain and Ireland. It presents a forum for independent critical debate and the publication of the best new contemporary photography.
Each issue includes portfolios of previously unpublished photographic work, newly commissioned essays and comprehensive reviews of exhibitions and publications.
Source covers a wide range of photography from documentary and photojournalism to the work if contemporary artists. This has included police photography, advertising, pornography family photographs and design.
Edited by Martin Bax since 1959 and publishing everyone from B S Johnson, JG Ballard and Carol Ann Duffy to Fleur Adock, Geoff Nicholson and Jonathan Lethem, Ambit is perfect for anyone looking for lively and compelling poetry, fiction and art from a spirited mix of writers.
Issue 16 features Parisian legend Invader as the cover artist. Our exclusive interview with the Rubik’s cube enthusiast provides a rare insight into this secretive street artist’s work.
We talk about people stealing his work, airlines classifying his tiles as ‘weapons’ and invader-shaped waffles. We also chat about his ‘cousin’ Mr Brainwash and how he narrowly avoiding arrest in LA during the Art in the Streets show.
Issue 16 also includes Ron English’s protege, the Australian wunderkind Kid Zoom, old-school mad scientist CHU, commercial assassins TrustoCorp, and weird and wonderful pictorial pirates The Dead Sea Mob.
But that’s not all, folks. We also talk to Cath Love and Will Barras, and include a photo feature on Obsession Of Colour.
Of course no issue of VNA would be complete without documenting actual work on city walls and it seemed appropriate that this issue should celebrate the streets of Paris, alongside those of London and Melbourne.