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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Tropical Malady

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By Oli Barrett in New Film on Wednesday 21 September 2011

I saw ‘Syndromes and a Century’ at the cinema when it came out a while back but then didn’t get round to catching up on any of Weerasethakul’s back catalogue until a couple of weeks ago. I watched ‘Tropical Malady‘ and was utterly transported. It’s beautiful to look at, very moving, but mainly it contains images like nothing else I’ve ever seen on screen.

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Lewis Hyde: The Gift

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By Oli Barrett in New Products on Tuesday 20 September 2011

A friend recommended I read this recently so I got it out the library. In a fairly bleak time of culturally-destitute coin-operated cons somehow staging a hostile takeover of the country, it’s pretty much an essential look at how the creative elements in society can actually be fairly vital in all our future well-being – […]

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John Stezaker

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By Oli Barrett in New Photography on Monday 19 September 2011

The retrospective of John Stezaker’s photo collages at the Whitechapel Gallery recently seemed entirely set up to make you feel stupid if you hadn’t heard of him before. And fair enough, I hadn’t (though apparently everybody in advertising has – but then original ideas are hard to come by in that shriveled segment of society). But there’s some sense of wonder and foreboding that Stezaker conjures up that really drew me in, and actually made me fairly unsettled at the same time (as all good art should).

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Lasse Marhaug cassettes

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By Oli Barrett in New Music on Thursday 15 September 2011

I got a boxset collection of early tape releases by Lasse Marhaug a couple of years back, gave it a listen, uploaded it to my computer then kind of forgot about it for a while. ¬†And then every so often one of the tracks will come up when I have my itunes on shuffle and it’ll absolutely floor me.

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Jaime Hernandez’s comic series, Locas

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By Oli Barrett in New Illustration on Friday 13 May 2011

I re-read both the Hernanadez brothers collected works about once a year and there’s not a lot between them. But somehow the subject matter and sheer storytelling verve of Locas tips the balance for me. I’m constantly in awe of how they both can chronicle the lives of huge casts of characters. The hardback collections of Locas and Palomar are absolutely essential.

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