Polly Samson

In conversation with Polly Samson.

Martin Eder: The Pale Dance

Martin Eder has an interesting place in the art world. Using watercolour as his medium Eder is something of a maverick.

Contemporary Asian Art

This new compendium provides a critical reference on contemporary Asian art, surveying art created in Asia or by Asian artists from the 1990s onwards.

Hannah Wilke

In this collection, Nancy Princenthal not only presents a comprehensive survey of the Wilke’s oeuvre but also uncovers the rhetoric behind the artist’s work.

Look at the Birdie

Including 14 previously unpublished stories that Vonnegut wrote in the 1950s, Look at the Birdie provides insight into the early development of Vonnegut’s style.

Operation Napoleon

Operation Napoleon is a intriguing novel, bleak and harsh in its description of cold, military narratives.

The Interrogative Mood

The Interrogative Mood is a remarkable book. Com­posed entirely of questions, the premise seems arbitrary yet it is astonishingly insightful.

Refracted Dreams in the New World

In The End, Scibona presents a powerful discourse on the realities of being an immigrant in a country where hopes and dreams can fast turn to poverty and loss.

The Thrill of It All

Forced Entertainment’s reconciles the conflict between performer and performance, using movement and sound to reveal the rusted mechanics of theatre.

For a Minor Reflection

Comprised of four young boys from Reykjavik, FAMR is a band with fantastic potential and bucket-loads of ambition.

Surrounded

These sentimental Swedes have created an album with heart warming sensibilities snugly fitting into Nu Gaze.

Wax Tailor

Produced in Paris and New York, In the Mood for Life is infused with urban life, celebrating the notion of city living.

Maps & Atlases

The upbeat, catchy nature of this album has a touch of Vampire Weekend, but it’s the strikingly high-speed guitar riffs that give Maps & Atlases their trademark edge.

Kort

Cortney Tidwell is well known in the world of country; her family have played a significant role in Nashville’ industry.

Mice Parade

The new record from Mice Parade is their first in the band’s second decade – and if you haven’t already heard of them, you should start with this album.

The Hundred In the Hands

The Hundred in the Hands’ first full-length album, retains the excitement and fervour expected of a debut, while creating a practiced, coherent sound.

Written in Wax

Vinyl records occupy a very curious space in the musical landscape – but is it a dying format kept on life support by die-hard fans, or is it a sign of something bigger?

Lorenzo Fusi

Lorenzo Fusi is the curator for International, the lead exhibition at the 2010 edition of the Liverpool Biennial.

Make Your Film: Part 1

Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival, offers Ten Ways to help you Make Compelling Content.

The Arbor

Clio Barnard’s exploration of playwright, Andrea Dunbar’s life, combines reality with artifice in an exciting new creation.

Rebecca Handler

Newcomer, Rebecca Handler, explores visual culture within the context of contemporary image-making.

Neeta Madahar

In autumn 2010 at the Purdy Hicks Gallery, Neeta Madahar explored the natural and the contrived by subverting the airbrushed and the false.

Mechanical Couture

Eschewing their mass-market traditions, new designers are increasingly looking towards the machine to invade the realm of haute couture and reassess uniqueness.

New Architectures of Social Engagement

Small Scale, Big Change explores 11 new architectural projects redressing the social responsibilities of architecture and debunking grand manifestos.

DIY: Make Do & Mend

By Bethany Rex History tells us that fashion trends often act as harbingers of economic change and fashion’s recent sombre mood is no exception. The…

Beyond COLOR: Color in American Photography, 1950-1970

Beyond COLOR: Color in American Photography, 1950-1970, opened last week in New York. This show re-examines of a crucial moment in photography’s short history, when…

Spend the Weekend in the North East: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2010

The 6th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival opens today! There are five action-packed days of film and video art from the UK and abroad…

Catching up with Matthew Higgs

Interview by Stephanie Bailey When I was offered the chance to interview Matthew Higgs via The Apartment, Athens, I jumped at the chance. An artist…

Exploring Place with Locate at Jerwood

Catch the final days of Jerwood’s summer show, Locate, which continues until Sunday, 12 September.

Interview with Mural Artists – the Bogside Artists

After visiting Derry earlier this year and seeing the murals in the Bogside, I really needed to find out more about the works and more…

Q&A with Last Year’s Winner for Artwork in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

Don’t forget, The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition closes for entries next Tuesday! We’ve decided to catch up with last year’s Artwork Winner, Shadric Toop. His…

Review of Alex Bunn, Folk Form Taxa, at The Aubin Gallery, London

Review by Elisa Caldarola Folk Form Taxa, Alex Bunn’s new show, opened last week at The Aubin Gallery in Shoreditch, London. Ten large light box…

Q&A with Last Year’s Winner for Fiction in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

As you know, The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is now open for Entries, and it’s the only UK competition to support both creative writing and…

The Games of Nonchalance

Theatre production companies take on the role of game designers as a growing immersion in multimedia alters expectations of entertainment.

Wesley Stace

In conversation with Wesley Stace.

A Gothic Novel with a Twist

In Your Presence is Required at Suvanto Maile Chapman presents an unnerving treatise on the effects of age on the body and isolation on the mind.

Silence

Wagner’s second novel to be translated into English is Silence: a genuinely gripping crime thriller with a psychological twist.

Death of an Unsigned Band

Death of an Unsigned Band is the new novel from Tim Thornton, offering a fly-on-the-wall insight into the trials and tribulations that face an unsigned band.

Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story is full of brilliantly inventive language and Shteyngart’s trademark humour, which belies a poignant message for society.

Martin Creed: Works

In an intimate introduction, Creed lets the readers know his insecurities: “I don’t think I want to make a book of my work. I am scared to look at what I have done.”

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

The Beat writers and artists defined a post-War era that was rife with youth rebellion, Cold War politics and the disillusion of the American Dream.

Shilpa Gupta

Having exhibited in the Serpentine Gallery’s Indian Highway, Shilpa Gupta has drawn interest from both public institutions and collectors alike.

High Frequency Bandwidth (HFB)

HFB is comprised of Dr. Alex Paterson of British electronic group, the Orb, and Dom Beken, who has worked with the likes of David Bowie and Placebo.

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells’ follow up to debut album Alpinisms is a electro-pop gem of digitised beats and dream-like qualities.

Grasscut

Multi-layered, engaging, robotic-electro combined with rustic rhythms and wired visions are just a handful of adjectives to describe Grasscut’s debut.

Ólöf Arnalds

Ólöf Ar­nalds has a mesmer­ising voice. In her new album, this is given the perfect showcase with accompaniment consisting of harps, strings, and acoustic guitars.

Micah P Hinson

Cinematic in its grandeur, the album expertly arcs from prologue to epilogue through 12 songs, sweeping from a modest instrumental beginning to climax.

The Hundred In the Hands

Paying homage to early hip hop, disco, ska and dub, post-punk and girl pop from the 1960s through the 1980s, this album is a rich mix, choreographed to perfection.

Born Ruffians

You already know Born Ruffians. The track Hummingbird from their previous album, Red, Yellow and Blue (2008) is instantly recognisable.

Close Out The Summer

August and September are when more intimate festival experiences come out to play. Here’s what it takes to put them together – and why they’re worth going to.