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The Missing Links (published 16/04/2016)


Becoming Marianne Moore: * John Berryman: a poet of deep unease. * Stéphane Mallarmé‘s terrorism of politeness. * Tony Conrad RIP. * Tony Conrad: “For one piece, he cooked celluloid in a pan and ‘projected’ the film by hurling the contents at a wall. It still wasn’t far enough”. * Tony Conrad obit in frieze. * 3:AM‘s K. Thomas Kahn in Black Sun Lit. * Darran Anderson interviewed. * Olivia Laign on British conceptual art. * Susan Tomaselli and Joanna Walsh on Rob Doyle. * 3:AM‘s Joanna Walsh on autofiction, and her work, in the Irish Times. * Joanna Walsh on The Argonauts. * On Maggie Nelson‘s The Red Parts. * Samuel Beckett in Paris. * Unseen pictures of the Sex Pistols at the Nashville, April 1976. * 3:AM‘s Mark de Silva interviewed: “I hope a book like mine will strike someone as violating a lot of common sense ideas about literature. I know it will. It violates my common sense about literature, and I wrote it. I had to follow my intuitions to this strange place”. * Futurist music. * Julian Barnes on the late Anita Brookner: “She was, in her deepest self, a stoic. And she took that stoicism to the level of nobility. She would probably be appalled by that statement; but many who knew her would agree with me”. * Christine Brooke-Rose was a scream. * The Mina Loy mysteries. * Nicholas Lezard on Fredric Jameson: “there’s a playfulness at work when the literary sensibility bumps into the image, like a bring-your-toys-to-school day”. * On Daniil Kharms (audio). * Helen Mirren‘s orange rubber gloves. * Who do you think you are? Dan Fox (audio). * Ben Lerner on The Lichtenberg Figures. * Umberto Eco R.I.P. *  The making and myths of Joseph Beuys. * Tom Overton on John Berger. * On The Seasons in Quicy: Four Portraits of John Berger. * JG Ballard‘s unlimited dreams. * Cerys Matthews talks to Olivia Laing (audio). * Hilma af Klint: “was she a quirky outsider, or was she Europe’s first abstract painter, central to the history of abstract art?”Bob Last. * Celebrating Saul Leiter. * Three London Saul Leiter exhibitions reviewed. *  Anna Karina on Godard. * Jon Day reviews Owen Hatherley‘s The Minstry of Austerity. * Adam Mars-Jones on Max Porter‘s Grief is the Thing with Feathers: “Death translated into a body of words is no longer death”. * Joanna Walsh on Hotel, Vertigo, and Grow a Pair (podcast). * Marina Benjamin reviews Joanna Walsh‘s Hotel: “Hotels stand in for an unease with home”. * Marina Benjamin on turning 50: “At 50 I will quite literally be over the hill; ahead of me, the incline runs downwards. And it doesn’t end well”. * Darran Anderson interviewed by Karl Whitney: “I think the end of the world would be quite a sight if you had a nice view and a decent whiskey”. * Knausgaard after My Struggle: “I’m interested in the idea of looking at things without hierarchy, in the world as it is before we start categorizing it”. * Why Knausgaard can’t stop writing. * Vice mets Knausgaard (video). * Will Self on JG Ballard. * Will Self, urban explorer. * Will Self and Gregor Hens discuss nicotine (video). * Will Self on David Bowie: “Like the quick-change vaudevillians, Lennon, Bowie and their successors (one thinks of Morrissey) wrote mythopoeic songs that implied the existence of entire cultural realms — ones that were obscure and yet tantalisingly familiar, inhabited as they were by the likes of Sergeant Pepper, Aleister Crowley and the Bewlay brothers. It was in these alternative worlds, spun into existence from riffs and melodies and hook-lines, that Ziggy Stardust struck attitudes, the Jean Genie slinked about, and the Spiders from Mars cavorted — and it was around these worlds that Major Tom orbited, awaiting his rendezvous with the Star Man. […] [H]ow strange it is to be living through the period when these great artists are dying — Bowie and his peers were avatars of the ephemeral, whose art was conjured out of the sexually frustrated gyrations of teenagers, but over the decades both they and it grew and matured into a sort of classicism. All of which is by way of saying: we won’t see his like again”. * Simon Critchley on David Bowie: “The word ‘nothing’ peppers and punctuates Bowie’s entire body of work, from the ‘hold on to nothing’ of ‘After All,’ from ‘The Man Who Sold the World,’ through the scintillating, dystopian visions of ‘Diamond Dogs’ and the refrain ‘We’re nothing and nothing can help us,’ from ‘Heroes’ and onward all the way to ‘Blackstar.’ One could base an entire and pretty coherent interpretation of Bowie’s work simply by focusing on that one word, nothing, and tracking its valences through so many of his songs. Nothing is everywhere in Bowie“. More here (audio). * Michael Bracewell on David Bowie: “And then in 2013, when ‘Where Are We Now?’ — so simple, yet one of the most beautiful and complex love songs ever written — arrived out of nowhere; and suddenly feeling this ancient, keening tug from the music and the voice, back to something inside me that meant something of enormous importance”. * Brian Dillon on David Bowie. * Hari Kunzru on David Bowie. * Michael Bracewell on David Bowie. * Tony Visconti on 40 years of Bowie (recorded before his death; podcast). * Bowie, song by song. * Glam rock (audio). * Ruin porn (audio). * Belgrade nightlife in the 80s. *

3:AM and the Panama Papers (published 08/04/2016)


3:AM wrote about David Cameron’s father four years ago, here.

“… David Cameron asked taxpayers to pay over £21,000 for a second constituency home after taking out a taxpayer funded £350,000 mortgage in Oxfordshire whilst paying off the full £75,000 mortgage on his £1.5 million spread in North Kensington. This millionaire Prime Minister and leader of the Tory/Whig alliance comes from a very rich family and inherited his wealth. He supplemented his fortune by marrying a millionaire. Was he cheating when he asked people poorer than him for £21,000? A mystic says: ‘to burn the bones of the King of Edom for lime seems no irrational ferity, but to drink of the ashes of dead relatives seems a primative wrong.’ It is a salvo requiring the analysis of fire rather than the compounding of sun. This is written as a subsidence in fire’s coal, calx and ash…

… Ian Cameron established an offshore fund in the tax haven of Panama called Blairmore Holdings in 1982. It is worth £25million today. Ian Cameron set it up ‘to provide investors with steady long-term capital growth over and above the global rate of inflation… The affairs of the fund should be managed and conducted so that it does not become resident in the United kingdom for UK tax purposes.’ Ian Cameron was involved in several operations like this: Blairmore Asset management in Geneva, Close International in Jersey alongside Blairmore Holdings.

David Cameron’s wife is an Astor. Her stepfather Viscount Astor is worth £130 million. Her mother is Annabel Lucy Veronica Astor, the CEO of OKA Direct…”

All That Fall by Samuel Beckett (published 07/04/2016)


Transferring to the West End for five weeks
13 April to 14 May, Arts Theatre | Tickets £34 – £10

Max Stafford-Clark’s “ingenious, evocative” production of Beckett’s radio play transfers to the West End following sell-out performances at Wilton’s Music Hall.

In theatre company Out of Joint’s ground-breaking production, theatre-goers wear blindfolds, and actors roam about the auditorium, enhanced by a 360º sound design.

★ ★ ★ ★ “Beckett’s best play” The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ “An ingenious, evocative staging” Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★ “An experience to cherish” The Times

By turns funny, chilling and moving, All That Fall is one of Beckett’s most naturalistic plays, inspired by boyhood memories of Ireland. It is a play about faltering journeys: an old woman sets out to greet her husband at the station on his birthday, only for this small act of love to take an epic and unsettling turn.

Don’t miss Tony Award-winner Bríd Brennan’s much-praised performance as one of Beckett’s most memorable characters: the funny, crotchety and self-pitying Maddy Rooney. Joining the terrific cast will be Adrian Dunbar (currently starring in The Line of Duty), taking on the role of Maddy’s blind, enigmatic husband.

Tickets start at £10 – and the best seats are just £34 for the full close-up, immersive experience.

Library Residencies Submissions Call (published )

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You Must Locate A Fantasy is Book Works’ new Library Residencies Programme, presenting a series of residencies and commissions for artists to work with libraries, special collections and archives located in England/Internationally in 2016–2019.

For this first open call we are inviting artists to propose a project that engages creatively and critically with either Chelsea College of Arts Library & CHELSEA space or Glasgow Women’s Library special collections/holdings and to develop a new work after an initial period of research/residency that will engage with local audiences.

Each of the partner libraries has something special to offer, and the collections provide a starting point for artists to research and produce something political, poetic, unexpected, ephemeral, etc. that can draw out the unique qualities of the libraries and the artist’s own interests. The librarian or archivist is often key to accessing the rich resources in a library, and the relationships we build will give artists an opportunity to access and work with these collections and promote the unique resources and exciting locations these libraries offer to their audiences and library users.

You are invited to submit a proposal to one library: please select either Chelsea College of Arts Library/CHELSEA space or Glasgow Women’s Library. We will not accept proposals to both libraries.


Darknet (published )

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14th April – 7th May at Southwark Playhouse

“You’re not even a fully formed person yet. Your face is still changing and your bones are still growing but already there’s this detailed map of your personality out there and companies you’ve never heard of are getting rich off it.”

Welcome to Octopus Inc., the internet giant which allows users to exchange personal data for currency. But not everyone is prepared to sacrifice their privacy for an easier life.

A teenager subverts the system in an attempt to save her mother. A visionary tech exec takes shortcuts to get ahead. A convicted cybercriminal chooses between two kinds of freedom.

Darknet navigates the hyperlinked world of data transparency and the uncharted deep web, uncovering the things we share and the places we hide.

“With new innovation comes fear of the unknown.”

By Rose Lewenstein
Directed by Russell Bender
Commissioned and Produced by Potential Difference