Arts / 20/07/2021 Grayson Perry’s ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’: On A Class-Obsessed Society

In Grayson Perry’s eyes we, as university students, are the epitome of social climbers. The tapestries which form his exhibition ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ shown at the NUA East Gallery, centre on the character of Tim Rakewell. Rakewell is presented as rising into wealth largely as a result of his grammar school and then...

Arts / 20/07/2021 The art of observation for a hyper-digital generation

Attention is a commodity for all providers of service. Where restaurants rely on customers buying their food, and where musicians rely on listeners buying albums, tickets to gigs, and subscriptions to music streaming sites, social media providers rely on consumers giving their attention to their platforms to generate custom. Unlike other services, immediate attention is...

Arts / 20/07/2021 ‘Live, Laugh, Love’: When Capitalism met Misogyny

The source of the monosyllabic and contentious slogan ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ derives from Bessie Anderson Stanley’s 1904 poem Success: “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much” The irony is the slogan ‘Live, Laugh Love’ is being used against women and girls who partake in mainstream enjoyment. Meanwhile it derives...

Arts / 20/07/2021 Balderdash: ‘Drown Your Sorrows’ preview at UEA Drama Studio

Written and performed by Alasdair Lindsay, Tom Rowntree, Alexander Wiseman, and Jack Oldcorn, ‘Drown Your Sorrows’ is a chaotic depiction of the tragically absurd comedy which lurks among the back rooms of the pub trade. The main plot sees four bartenders tussle around the recipe for the elixir of life, originally a marketing strategy devised...

Arts / 23/05/2021 Spring wakes up to Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is an emotional rollercoaster. In early December, The University of East Anglia’s Drama and Musical Theatre Society made the decision to put on its own version of the Tony Award Winning Musical. It was rehearsed entirely on Zoom. It was recorded independently. It was filmed. In other words, this show was unlike anything...

Arts / 04/05/2021 “I am every book, podcast, movie, graphic novel I have ever loved”: Interview with Norfolk artist, Hat Leith

Hat Leith, a Norfolk based artist, specialises in creating fantasy-based pieces, inspired by their interests in mythology, folklore, and fandom. Their art is introspective and vibrant, often hitting the right degree of poignancy in its depiction of its subjects. When asked what sparked their interest in these subjects, they said, “I think I’ve always felt...

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The art of observation for a hyper-digital generation

Attention is a commodity for all providers of service. Where restaurants rely on customers buying their food, and where musicians rely on listeners buying albums, tickets to gigs, and subscriptions to music streaming sites, social media providers rely on consumers giving their attention to their platforms to generate custom. Unlike other services, immediate attention is…

Arts

Spring wakes up to Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is an emotional rollercoaster. In early December, The University of East Anglia’s Drama and Musical Theatre Society made the decision to put on its own version of the Tony Award Winning Musical. It was rehearsed entirely on Zoom. It was recorded independently. It was filmed. In other words, this show was unlike anything…

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“I am every book, podcast, movie, graphic novel I have ever loved”: Interview with Norfolk artist, Hat Leith

Hat Leith, a Norfolk based artist, specialises in creating fantasy-based pieces, inspired by their interests in mythology, folklore, and fandom. Their art is introspective and vibrant, often hitting the right degree of poignancy in its depiction of its subjects. When asked what sparked their interest in these subjects, they said, “I think I’ve always felt…

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“There are no rules”: Local zine creators on craft culture in a digital world

Historically, zines were a potent form of craft culture and a resistance to superfluous materialism. The blurring of what constitutes a zine has been an issue since digital platforms offered efficiency and reach. Although, many creators still stick passionately to corporeality. I spoke to some local zine-creators to ask their thoughts. Minty, UEA graduate and…

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Oedipus: This artwork makes me feel empowered

(This article contains spoilers for Oedipus: After Sophocles by Robert Icke) In August 2019, I headed up to Edinburgh for my very first Fringe festival. I spent many hours flyering in the unpredictable Scottish weather, and saw a multitude of gigs, plays and immersive experiences (and Drunk Shakespeare, naturally), all of which will stick with…

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What can Ancient rainforest rock art tell us about climate change?

Archaeologists have discovered tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans in the Amazonian rainforest. The discovery was made by a British-Colombian team, funded by the European Research Council and led by Francisco Javier Aceituno of the Universidad de Antioquia, Gaspar Morcote-Rios of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and José Iriarte, professor of archaeology…


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