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Dance Artist Johanna Constantine on the Text That Inspired Her


“An interview with the singer Diamanda Galas in the 1991 edition of RE/Search magazine titled Angry Women was key in my artistic development. I was young when I read it, and entrenched in the California punk scene where there was no clear path to a sustainable future or job. Role models were hard to come by. My political views and compulsive building habits signalled my artistic tendencies but I was under the impression that my ability should feel innate. Reading Galas’…

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Mesmerising Photographs of Frescoes in a Florentine Monastery


Canadian-American photographer Robert Polidori has devoted much of his esteemed career to exploring the effects of time, nature and human intervention on buildings and landscapes. His works are both poetic and melancholy, his treatment of spaces reverent. He views rooms as “memory theatres”, and deftly employs his medium to elevate their status to that of precious relics, regardless of their current condition. His previous projects have spanned devastated New Orleans homes…

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The Instagram Account Recalling the Magic of Early 2000s Fashion Shows


“I started @kostasmurkudisarchive at the beginning of this year – it was actually my brother Andreas who was forcing me to do it,” laughs German fashion designer Kostas Murkudis, who founded his namesake label in 1994 after a seven-year stint as Helmut Lang’s right-hand man. “I was already running three different accounts on Instagram and this was the fourth, and I thought, ‘why do another one?’ But he said that…

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The Star-Studded 1994 Comedy That Ruthlessly Satirised the Fashion Industry


In 1984, 10 years before the release of Prêt-à-Porter, director Robert Altman was on a promotional tour for his film Streamers. While in Paris, his wife Kathryn took him to a fashion show by the designer Sonia Rykiel. “I really had no interest in going at all,” Altman is reported to have said, “but then the lights went out, the music began, and I thought ‘so that’s it, it’s a circus. I’ve got to make a film about this!’”

Fast forward to 1994, and his…

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A Life Spent Documenting the Gritty, Urban Underside of Tokyo

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In Japan, Daido Moriyama needs no introduction. The prolific experimental photographer shattered the strictures of the medium in the 1960s by taking to the streets and documenting gritty, urban life in Tokyo, and every photography student worth their salt has been introduced to his early oeuvre. 50 years later, he’s still doing it. His emotive black and white, high-contrast images get beneath the surface of a city that is probably best known for its hyperreal slickness and…

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When Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve Played Vampire Lovers


The Hunger (1982) is an agonisingly bad vampire movie, circling around an exquisitely effective sex scene,” wrote film critic Roger Ebert the year of its release. He may have been correct, there is a lot of artful snogging between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon and not much else in terms of a plot. But, when it comes to style over substance it has it all – and sometimes, that’s all one requires for a satisfying watch.

David Bowie stars alongside…

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The Contemporary Ballet Company Celebrating Dance’s Female Voice

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On the eve of International Women’s Day, Sadler’s Wells have invited Ballet BC, Canada’s foremost contemporary ballet company, to present a riveting triple bill – one apiece by Emily Molnar (the company’s artistic director), Crystal Pite and Sharon Eyal. Contemplative and impactful, poignant then electric – the dynamic, female-led programme conveys Molnar’s commitment to showcasing work that demonstrates the classical form’s role at the roots of present day artistry. The…

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“Words More Naked Than Flesh”: Ten of Sappho’s Poignant Contemplations


Sappho is the first female writer known to Western civilisation. Her lyrical poetry, intended to be performed with a lyre accompaniment, mused on erotic and romantic love, potently communicating the bittersweet longing and “limb-loosening” sensation of falling for one’s heart’s desire. Indeed, such elegiac descriptions remain as poignant today as they did in 7th century BC. Born on the Greek Island of Lesbos, little else is known about Sappho’s life; yet the poetess remains…

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How Piero Fornasetti’s Enduring Influence Can Still Be Felt Today


“What I look for in an object,” Italian artist, sculptor and interior designer Piero Fornasetti once said, “is humanity’s footprint.” With his penchant for suns, elaborate bouquets and large-lidded eyes in monochrome, the distinctive decorative language that Fornasetti developed over the course of his lifetime established his work as both universal and unique. And his influence endures: this spring, 30 years after its founder passed away, over 800 pieces by the Milanese…

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Talking Melancholy and Marlowe with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel Métiers d’Art


Built on top of the classic red-brick 1963 Kaispeicher A tea, tobacco and cocoa warehouse, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s trapezoid glass Elbphilharmonie rises up over the River Elbe in Hamburg like a monumental glass wave. Ensconced inside, Karl Lagerfeld describes the creative brains behind the imposing construction as “the greatest architects in the world. I love all the red-brick houses and then suddenly this strange structure in the middle of them. It’s not like…

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