The City as Jungle Gym – Locomotive Animals and Cityscapes

Fin de siècle 19th Century marks the end of an epoch for what is considered art, with the advent of film and photography. Eadweard Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion, was a pioneering turning point in the understanding of animal locomotion, as well as one of the earliest examples of videography. Challenging the imagination of contemporary…

The (Pseudo) Science of Physiognomy

The portrayal of madness in modern disciplinary spaces Between 1820 and 1824, Gericault painted a series of studies of the insane from life for Étienne-Jean Georget, the father of forensic psychiatry, and the chief physician at the Salpêtrière: a woman’s asylum is Paris. Through this connection he also painted male subjects from Chareton or Bicêtre,[1]…

Picasso as Ethnographer – Strokes of Coloniality

Early 20th century witnessed a tectonic shift in art, moving from the purely figurative depiction of nature to the production of abstract geometric forms. Pablo Picasso was an early pioneer of this departure from traditional artistic method during the avant-guerre period. Stemming from a visit to the Musee d’Ethographique in June 1907, when he came…

Barriers to the Boudoir

“It is only by sacrificing everything to the senses’ pleasure that this individual, who never asked to be cast into this universe of woe, that this poor creature who goes under the name of Man, may be able to sow a smattering of roses atop the thorny path of life.” Marquis de Sade, La philosophie…

A Curious Contagion

Welcome to the non-interactive republic. Autonomy is dead. The private space we are confined to has come under public scrutiny. Leave at your peril, interrogation on site in a siren state of high vis jackets. External reality is in tatters, dictated by an internal tiny Big Brother injecting and mutating its antigens. This is The…

Théodore Géricault – Strokes of Rebellion

The Rebel The definition I propose of rebellion, draws from Nietzsche’s concept of the will to power, Camus’ essay The Rebel, and the Buddhist concept of anatman (no-self). When the word rebel is thrown around we think of James Dean in his iconic red jacket; Lenin and the Bolsheviks staining Russia with Romanov blood; Malala…

The Perks of Abstinence

The very essence of life is sex. So, when making sense of the absurd one would assume that to fuck, make love, procreate, is an absolute for a fruitful existence. An erect phallus the weapon of choice when penetrating through the shield of female flesh to fill the womb. Upon orgasm comes humanity at its…

Assuming the Antithetical

I am a man. This statement, while small, carries with it the patriarchal legacy that has plagued society, far back into human consciousness. The addition of race adds another deeper, and rather ironically, darker element to the statement above. Our society dominated by the white man, who seemingly has the birthright of a path of…

Loving to Loathe: The National Gallery

I want you to close your eyes. Are you still reading? Good, but next time do what you’re told you naughty bugger. Now envision yourself standing in a gallery. You are the panoptic centre, a personified iPhone camera taking a 360° panoramic snapshot of the greatest artists in human history. Titian welcomes you with open…

Foibles of An Impersonator

Daddy’s home. Have you missed me? There is something quite ironic in the fact that my last post culminated by noting the instant gratification we live and love in, yet I wait an entire month to write another post. Whether this is due to a creative block or me being a cheeky bitch teasing you,…