Architecture Towards Political Crises: The 1937 Paris International Exposition in Context

The 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (‘International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life’) was held in Paris: the French capital’s sixth and latest International Exposition, after fairs held in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900. It took place between 25 May and 25 November, centred upon the Trocadéro, just across the Seine …

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An investigation has revealed how one British university spends its money. And it’s absolutely shocking

First published in The Canary 17th September 2017 There has been widespread criticism of high earnings by university vice-chancellors (VC). Because it comes at a time when students are facing growing levels of debt. But there are deeper issues in some HE institutions. And some university lecturers, many who have voiced criticism, have left or been fired. One university, in …

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A sign of the times: growth, but at what cost?

A sign of the times: growth, but at what cost? I am a professional sculptor who has lived and worked in Cornwall for many years. My relationship with the university goes back 30 years to when I was a sculpture student at Falmouth School of Art between 1984 and 1989. During the 1990s and until 2005 I worked on occasion …

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Every Man has the Right to be Stupid

“Every man has the right to be stupid, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege. (attrib to Leon. Trotsky when talking about Dwight MacDonald and often quoted thereafter by MacDonald.)” Mascult and Midcult in “Essays Against the American Grain, Essays on the Effects of Mass Culture” is a classic essay by the American philosopher and political radical Dwight MacDonald, which had …

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Speakeasy

Creativity as a human endeavour rarely occurs in a vacuum. It is an impulse which compels a person to act. Failure to act can have consequences, some of which can amount to some semblance of pain. I recently helped to raise money to purchase a picture by Richard Pentreath of the C19th Zennor poet, Henry Quick. Quick was a disabled …

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Letters Volume 32 no.2 November/December 2017

The Attack on Derek Guthrie Dear Daniel, Who is Joe? When I taught logic I recommended students master the informal fallacies because they are likely to persuade more people than sound reasoning. Cynical, I suppose, but also the way things are. Honest argument is not very popular. Joe says you and Derek are “rusty” and “not connected”. These are two …

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Editorial Volume 32 no.2 November/December 2017

The shared symbolic order that defined much of art throughout human history had a lot to do ( some may say everything ) with theology. From Astarte the many breasted fertility goddess of clay, to the Parthenon through to the Sistine Chapel, endless icons and intricate designs in places of worship were the desires of patrons and states and the …

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Destabilizing Marcel Duchamp

Part 2 – aesthetics within the meaning of art In the first part we saw Duchamp’s history and tested his philosophy. Part 2 questions Duchamp’s ideas as experiments rather than truisms. Now I would like to present a different point of view, that Duchamp is not the man we know. That persona, the way we know Duchamp, is a cultural …

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Volume 32 no 2 November – December 2017

We revisit Dwight MacDonald’s 1962 essay, Masscult and Midcult and uncover how correct his descriptions are for the contemporary scene. Part 2 of Miklos Legrady’s essay the essential Duchamp Frea Lockley writes about the crisis at Falmouth University. (First published in The Canary.) An examination of the international architectural biennial in Paris in 1937, that so enshrines the political crisis …

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Hannah Perry Saucier: The Chip. Matthew Rachman Gallery

Hannah Perry Saucier’s recent show at the Matthew Rachman Gallery “The Chip” is an interesting one. She is showing two different series of paintings one series called “Mindscape” is fairly interesting bold colors and kind of hip Mid-Century vibe, like a blue record cover meets Stuart Davis thing, I really enjoyed them. I loved the use of color and general …

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