In Japan, supernatural beliefs connect the spiritual realm with the earthly objects around us

Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University Sometimes life appears incomprehensible, of another world. The supernatural has been evoked in many cultures and religions as a way to make sense of the thresholds of mortal and immortal worlds through images and stories. For some, the supernatural can help make sense of the irrationality of life. For others, it […]

Phil Collins and Eva & Franco Mattes- the intimacy of medias

The Phi Foundation in Montreal has just celebrated the opening of two concurrent exhibits, consisting of the works of Phil Collins and Eva & Franco Mattes. Two vastly different collections housed in adjacent buildings, both present to us visions of our relationship with two of the most prevalent media we interact with daily: music and […]

‘A Tale of Two Women Painters’: an exhibition highlighting women artists long forgotten

On the whole, art history has favoured white, male, European men. Studies in recent years prove time and time again this harsh reality that has been well-known by minority artists and art historians. However, an exhibition at the Prado Museum in Madrid that recently opened is working to correct a portion of history to highlight […]

National Portrait Gallery to close for three years for renovations

On June 29th next year, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London will close for the evening, but it won’t reopen the next morning. For three years, the museum, located just behind the National Gallery, will remain shuttered as it undergoes an expansive, £35.5 million revamp. So, if you’ve been meaning to stop by, make […]

Nam June Paik at Tate Modern: How the ‘Father of Video Art’ came to be

Nam June Paik’s ‘TV garden’ can seem like a dystopian nightmare. A dark room filled with TV’s nestled within a sea of living house plants, all seemingly glaring at you. The digital and natural worlds collide, and upon a closer look, they are brought together in a very purposeful way. Nam June Paik is an […]

Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger – the story of the world’s first animated feature

Alexander Sergeant, University of Portsmouth The oldest surviving animated feature was not made by Walt Disney, but by a German puppeteer named Lotte Reiniger who escaped Nazi persecution to move to London and make adverts for the British Post Office. Her film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), was a creative and technical masterstroke that […]

Alice and The World We Live In tackles the mountain of grief

Currently having its world premiere, Alice and The World We Live In at Centaur Theatre is a complicated affair centred around grief and memory. Written by Alexandria Haber and directed by Centaur Theatre’s artistic director Eda Holmes, Alice finds us encountering the titular Alice (Jane Wheeler) at the halfway point of a treacherous hiking trail […]