ALEX RUSSELL looks at the darker side of Grindr. Grindr has allowed members of the gay community to connect in ways that had never before been possible. It might still be difficult for them to express their sexuality to friends, family or the general public, but gay men have reached out to each other in this virtual space. Yet many of the ugly realities of Grindr and similar dating apps remain obscured: they introduce a whole new dimension of problems that can be encountered when interacting with others. One of the most damaging aspects of this app is its generation of an unhealthy vicious cycle of instant gratification. With Grindr, sex has never been so easy obtainable. A hook-up, sex or even date can be literally 5 feet away. While this is certainly used (or abused) by some, it creates a cycle where you become stuck in constantly deleting and…Continue Reading

Grindr: Beware

SOPHIE CUNDALL reviews Medea Electronica at Ovalhouse. Pecho Mama’s Medea Electronica is a triumph. Euripedes’ tale of a woman scorned, pushed to the very limits of the human to verge on the bestial and monstrous, leaves us reeling; despite Medea’s vile actions, we remain – somehow – sympathetic. A musicalised punch in the face, driven to its horrifying conclusion by a cacophony of clicking and whirring that confirms, just as Dorothy was no longer in Kansas, we are no longer in Ancient Greece. That Euripedes’ age-old tale can even move us within the context of an ‘80s prog rock gig is testament to the universality of its themes; it is a radical transformation, but one that is extraordinarily effective. Indeed, the trinity of artists entering the stage before the lights go down, as we are plunged unrelentingly into Medea’s story, establishes that this will be a very powerful (if quirky) performance indeed. It was…Continue Reading

Medea Electronica

OLIVIA WARD JACKSON explores gendered agency in Jane Eyre, relating it to contemporary debate on sexual misconduct in the workplace.  This year, Brontë lovers will pay further homage to their literary idols, as the five-year long anniversary of the Brontë’s bicentenary continues. The names Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester have been eternalised through their defiant, soul-wrenching romance – however, it is important to recognise that that Jane Eyre is not just another Victorian romp, but a text championing liberty and equality that still retains its political potency today. Jane Eyre can offer prudent insight into the current dispute amongst feminists regarding sexual misconduct in the workplace, brought to light by the #MeToo movement. Let’s start with an acknowledgment of what all feminists share; a disgust for sexual abuse and violent threats. There is currently worldwide debate regarding what kinds of behaviour should be condoned within the workplace (of course, remaining impartial to the sexuality or gender of the perpetrator).…Continue Reading

Jane Eyre and ‘The Right to Pester’

CHLOE TYE interviews Natalie Haynes about Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata On meeting Natalie Haynes, one of the first things that struck me is the speed at which brain her works, and for the remaining time I attempted to keep up with her as best I could. This article is a result of half an hour spent in her company, during which my brain was thoroughly exhausted. I want to extend a thank you to Haynes for taking the time to participate in this interview. After completing a degree in Classics at Christs College, Cambridge, Natalie Haynes went on to pursue a career in comedy, having been a member of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. In addition, she is now a writer, both as a journalist for the Guardian and the Independent and as an author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a regular contributor for BBC Radio 4.  With her experience…Continue Reading

Lysistrata Interview – Natalie Haynes

ROSEMARY MOSS reviews the multi-musician interpretations of House of Monteverdi at Spitalfields Music Festival Starting at 5 and wrapping up at 9.30, the first event of the Spitalfields Music festival was a festival in itself. Yet the range of the line-up, the colossal talent of the musicians and the celestial quality of the sound meant the evening sailed by. The main event of the festival was truly the House of Monteverdi. While the performance did not exclusively feature Monteverdi’s own compositions, he was the musical patriarch, shaping the selections of the modern compositions which interspersed the full performance of his Eighth Book of Madrigals. These madrigals, performed here by the Erebus ensemble, La Nueva Musica and soloists Katherine Manley, Ben Johnson and Magnus Walker, all centred on the tempestuous theme of “Love and War”. From the opening solemn chords of the choir, the audience was enveloped in the turmoil of…Continue Reading

House of Monteverdi

IMOGEN GODDARD explores the complexities of translating from book to film, and the ways in which these media can work in tandem. Books are always better than their screen adaptations, right? This is what the literary world tells us, but perhaps the answer to that questions should be: well, maybe. The effectiveness of this intersection has always been an interesting topic of discussion, but has become more and more relevant in recent years with the increasing prominence of films and television in our culture.  There are some terrible films created from brilliant books, but is this immediate (and in all honesty, slightly snobbish) reaction always valid?  Let’s properly examine whether too much of a book is lost in its screen version, in which case we can toss it aside without a second glance, or if successful adaptations really can be created.  Of course, there is a degree of subjectivity in this…Continue Reading

Page to Screen

ALEK ROSE explores how politics and fashion have been linked in Russia since the revolution.  After being associated with social and criminal deviancy for the majority of its existence, the tracksuit has recently become a staple of international fashion weeks. Routinely hitting the catwalk for Gosha Rubchinskiy, the tracksuit is equally a regular feature of Supreme and Palace collections. This resurgence suggests that there has always been an underlying and enduring artistic value to the tracksuit. In an attempt to (maybe unnecessarily) intellectualise the tracksuit, I look to Russia – arguably the country most heavily associated with the the birth of the tracksuit – and also with Constructivism. Constructivism is an artistic movement that originated in Russia in the early 20th century. The movement was dedicated to bringing art, which had previously been considered something only for the elite classes of society, to the ordinary people of the modern world. It evolved into…Continue Reading

Constructivism and the Tracksuit

CAROLINA ABBOTT GALVÃO discusses the effect of gentrification on London’s Latin American community in light of recent events in Elephant and Castle.  Moving between different areas of London can often feel like traversing through different cities. Locations often have unique lives, cultures, and symbols of their own. As I exited the tube station at Elephant and Castle, a place I had only seen before at night, the first structure that caught my eye was a boxy modernist building. A sombre-looking giant, the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre stands proudly despite its unconventional exterior. Its bright blue details protrude boldly against the concrete around it. Looking at the centre from a distance, it’s easy to see it as what many people have accepted it to be: an architectural blunder scheduled for demolition. However, a closer look at the landmark and its immediate surroundings tells another, more layered story. As I enter…Continue Reading

The Latin American Castle

KACPER KOLĘDA reviews ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real’ at the Barbican.  More than twenty years have passed since the first — and last — posthumous exhibition of the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat shown in Great Britain at the Serpentine Gallery in 1996. Back then, the exhibition focused only on what was considered the ‘major’ works of this Afro-American artist. This year, however, the Barbican Centre curators, Dieter Buchhart and Eleanor Nairne, gathered together a vast array of works and influences providing what could be called the first complete monographic exhibition of the artist in the United Kingdom. As somebody with a profound interested in Basquiat, I had high expectations. The exhibition space was divided into two floors, exploring the different contexts of Basquiat’s artistic development. The upper floor aims to place Basquiat in the context of his circle and artistic development from his first show onwards, while the lower is supposed to evoke…Continue Reading

Boom for Real, or for nothing?

ROWEEN RAWAT’S vibrant and detailed illustrations draw numerous influences from mehndi patterns and the Great Wave of Kanagawa, to strong female protagonists such as geishas. Her work embodies cultural remembrance and freedom from societal expectations of art. Roween cites her parent’s scepticism and lack of understanding of the arts world as influences on her artistic techniques. She uses art as a therapeutic outlet and this sentiment of freedom is reflected in her work. Indeed, her practice can be characterised by the use of free hand techniques, often using inexpensive materials such as 0.5 nib pens and pro markers. Shunning the traditional canvas in favour for small sketchbooks and journals, she maintains these methods are the “best way to express your inner feelings.” Previously Roween had used oil pastels, and often created large scale pieces that were extremely meticulous and slow paced, frequently drawing for six to seven hours at a time.…Continue Reading

Roween Rawat

TOMMY WALTERS introduces ‘Back In House’, a workers’ campaign to end outsourcing and zero-hours contracts at the University of London. It seems almost too fitting that Senate House, the building that inspired George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, is today living up to its connotations of exploitation and hypocrisy. In Orwell’s 1984, the slogan ‘FREEDOM IS SLAVERY’ is ironically plastered across the walls of the ‘enormous pyramidical structures of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 metres into the air.’ In our parallel universe, workers at the University of London are given the supposed freedom of flexible contracts when outsourced to private contractors, but are in turn underpaid, overworked and deprived of their basic working rights. On Tuesday 21st November, to coincide with the University of London’s Foundation Day dinner attended by Princess Anne at Senate House, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) staged a strike and a simultaneous public protest demanding an end to…Continue Reading

Bring them Back in House

SHALAKA BAPAT interviews the founders of Roundtable Journal and Thiiird at our Intersect print launch.  Listen to Shalaka’s conversation with the founders of Roundtable Journal (Wase Aguele) and Thiiird (Rhona Ezuma), recorded at our sixth print edition launch on Tuesday 12th December. The discussion covers intersectionality in creative journalism, from creating your own intentional spaces to being a good ally. Watch the film below:     

Intersectionality in Creative Journalism