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Sentimental kitsch – the wonders of Eurovision

Ukraine’s victory in Eurovision on Saturday, came on a wave of massive public support following the Russian invasion in February, with the Kalush Orchestra lying in fifth place after the jury vote before winning 431 out of a maximum 468 points in the public vote. Every country except Serbia placed Ukraine in their Top Three. […]

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Review: Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s photographs of Glasgow

At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the city of Glasgow is exposed in a joyous and sensitiveway. The amateur Glaswegian photographer Eric Watt was nearly unknown before this exhibition and its companion book, Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s Photographs of Glasgow, written by Isobel McDonald and Alison Brown. The exhibition displays a selection of […]

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Literature

Introducing Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

If you think of the great cultural power couples of our time, you may be forgiven if literary duo Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt aren’t at the top of your list. Meeting in 1981 and marrying a year later, the pair have since resided in New York, working away their afternoons and convening to critique […]

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Review: Through the Female Gaze – women and work in Italy since the 1950s

According to Laura Mulvey, the world is perceived through a male gaze: a gaze that frames femme presenting individuals and women as sexual objects independently from the gender of the person looking. Scholars thus wondered whether the emancipation of a female subject in art could be achieved through the mediation of a female gaze. I […]

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Culture Theatre

Review: Orphans

Orphans is poignant and provocative. This musical is about four siblings (Sheila, John, Thomas and Michael) who have just lost their mother. It is the night before the funeral, and they are saying goodbye to the body when they decide to go to the pub. At the pub, everything seems to disintegrate; a fight breaks […]

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Review: Hipbeat

Hipbeat, produced and directed by Samuel Key Forrest, gives important screen time to the fictitious theory of the gender binary and emphasises the importance of identity exploration.  It is a deeply personal film depicting Angus’ (played by Samuel Key Forrest) journey of self-exploration and acceptance in modern-day Berlin. When Angus was young, his father left […]

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Review: Rick and Morty Season 5

This article was originally submitted on the 4th April If you know me, or have been in my flat, you’ll know how much I love Rick and Morty. Yes, I have the pickle Rick bucket hat, a poster, and even a Snuffles/Snowball toy. So, you can imagine my delight when the latest season dropped on […]

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Review: The Worst Person in the World

This article was originally submitted on the 1st April Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ At various points in Joachim Trier’s new masterpiece The Worst Person in the World, the camera focuses in on Oslo’s evening skies. These orange-blue expanses are perhaps the emblematic image for uncertain millennials: the High Gloss Golden Hour Moment of which everyone between the […]