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.
Corridor8, a new international annual contemporary visual art and writing magazine, that started in 2009.
The ‘Borderlands’ edition, Strange Weather, extends our northern focus to the far-flung reaches of the UK from the midlands to the borders and beyond, and will feature the same mix of in-depth critical writing, profiles, art and literary writing we established in Issue 1..
Artforum is the USA’s premier contemporary arts magazine. Each month, Artforum, presents the latest ideas in international visual arts, fashion, film and the performing arts. Artforum aims to make contemporary art accessible and understandable, and to give its readers a clear picture of the cultural landscape.
Featuring 96, full colour pages of prose, poetry, interviews, enticing images and new music reviews. Each copy comes paired with an exclusive, limited edition, compilation CD of rare and recent musical releases…Content:
Magpie’s cover illustrator uncovers the secrets of her symbolic world.
An excerpt of ‘Chrysalis’ by Kim Todd, which explores the life of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th century botanical illustrator, and her quest to uncover the mystery of metamorphosis.
The Museum of British Folklore
We speak to Simon Costin, the founder of a new museum set up to celebrate the weird and wonderful folk traditions of Britain, and ask why these still matter today.
Storm in a Teacup
Magpie speaks to Verity Flecknell, founder of London based feminist arts collective ‘Storm in a Teacup’.
Spring/Summer collection inspired by priestesses and queens from Sardinia’s primitive era. Designed and Styled by Madeleine Nie and Laura Lambroni. Shot by Ellen Rogers.
Aspects of Leonora
Charley Feltham celebrates the life and work of Leonora Carrington – one of the most daringly original, bizarre and visionary artists of the 20th century.
Stories Stitched from String
Magpie investigates a new generation of puppeteers and storytellers, including Wyrd Motion, The Little Theatre of Dolls and Monooka.
Music Reviews and Interviews
Interview with Alela Diane
Interview with Ödland
Reviews: High Wolf, Jozef Van Wissem, Infinity Room and Higuma at Cafe Oto, Lüüp, Meg Baird, Mariee Sioux, Ilya Monosov, Larkin Grimm, Julia Kent and more.
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.