Artizan Breads; Dirty Noisecore; and Sayonara Baby

What is it with English people and bakeries? You guys just go crazy for sourdough muffins and panini (never trust a food stuff that sounds like little kid slang). And when it comes to regenerating some interesting part of town into a 'destination', you sling in a...

Punk Heroics and the Floating Self 

Talking pictures in movies wink knowingly or remove their heads. In art galleries they exist in a fluid world between the floating layers of the real: the viewer, the screen and film.  There is the image that takes up (in this case) a large physical space and a small...

Hello Claire Fontaine

Hello Claire Fontaine.  I’m Jane Dadd, second cousin of Gene Skinner. I went to your expo in KARST on my meanders round Plymouth (Brexit city) Art Weekender.  These are my real reactions – you need to know, listen to me.  The burnt up matchstick map of the UK was...

Participatory (in)determinism

One of the huge advantages of public arts subsidy in the UK, when compared to other civil societies is that you can be confident that a UKIP voting, full blooded Brexiteer will have provided the lottery money that 'enables' the artist to be commissioned to devise a...

Club subsidy – Rosie King installation

Plymouth based artist, Rosie King has devised this new three-screen installation as part of Plymouth Art Weekender. The work is presented in a small nightclub in Cornwall Street. Up the beery smelling stairs, we turn to our right and wait our turn peering into the...

In PAC’s Back Bedroom

Up the winding stairs of PAC and round the corner I got to a room containing a tent, a cosy place to admire some satin stitch embroideries in the virginal colours of the suffragettes (purple, white and green) and relax against some child-sized appliqué cushions sewn...

National Identity Project

This show in a calm space – the parish hall of St Saviour’s - with soft light from high windows and honest, clean-swept floorboards is in a good place for an ethical purpose.  A double row of portraits, professionally lit, a little like passport photographs but with...

The Park Bench Reader

A performance piece needing only a classic English novel, readers-aloud on public benches, and passers-by, it released the much under-appreciated qualities of these works of literary art as auditory phenomena.  Rain dripped from the trees turning the paper translucent...

Memory Box (Red Phone Boxes)

I stumbled on this British red phone booth, after the champagne moments. I picked up the receiver and could hear voices. Voices of women. I was taken back to another party covering the Mint 400. I had been awake for four days and had been hallucinating on my own...

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