Arts & Culture

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’

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Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on… Guardian staff The Guardian Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the… Sales of George… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

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Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

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Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

East Timor kicked out of 2023 Asian Cup for fake documents

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East Timor has been expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazilian-born footballers, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on… EuroSport Reuters The AFC launched a probe, in conjunction with FIFA, in June last year into the eligibility of certain players after qualifying matches for the… East Timor kicked… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often… Mathew Berg Jessica Williams The Conversation Before the widening rupture… The world’s best… Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

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A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

On the Couch with Ben Gerrard

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Who is Ben… Ben Gerrard is a 34 year-old… Arts Review He graduated ‘class-underdog’ from NIDA in 2006 and has since carved out a fascinating niche career as a comedian and character-actor in both theatre and… What would you do differently to what you do… I wish I’d realised sooner that perception and reality are not the… On the Couch… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

When nations fall their artists rise

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Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »

We need artists — but artists need to be able to live

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An Arts Council conference tomorrow highlights the importance of the arts to society and the issue of funding, says Sheila Pratschke Irish Examiner LAST year, the centenary of 1916, the discussion of the role of the arts in our country had a new focus. The artists of Ireland worked… We need artists — but artists… Read More »

The mysterious masked women of Iran

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The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire. Rodolfo Contreras BBC News A jumble of cultures The people in Hormozagan… The mysterious masked… Read More »

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »