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...

Arts / 04/05/2021 “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...

Arts / 04/05/2021 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...

Arts / 04/05/2021 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...

Arts / 13/04/2021 Interview with Youtube’s u m a m i

Justin Tomchuk, AKA u m a m i, is one of YouTube’s rising stars. At 252K subscribers and counting, he makes moody, surreal animations that draw on everything from classic advertisements, fine art and sci-fi to Thomas the Tank Engine and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. He does the bulk of the art and animation...


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