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Alien Past Inside the Present – Simon Stålenhag (w/ Nigel Kneale, Strugatsky Brothers)

The books, stories and images of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag (b.1984) have certainly made an impact in the last decade, landing deep into the culture with their alluring and dreamy visions of retro-futural technologies in rural and other settings. What began as online paitings have subsequently found release in the form of books, a role […]

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The Bass End of The Future – Desert and Nature in Villeneuve’s Dune

Partly what’s brilliant about Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is in how it takes human cultural artifacts and practises and bends them outwards to a space where their location as futural becomes entirely believable. What the film also has in its favour is that it has a fascinating clarity and purity in telling story in the most […]

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Dream the path – Ursula K. Le Guin

When Ursula Le Guin died in January last year, it felt like we’d lost a true storyteller-dreamer, someone who’d given us worlds and transformative ideas and situations, who’d contextualised and touched upon forms of the unknown through the building of stories only even one of which was the spell-blinding 1976 book ‘The Word for World […]

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On Vanishing Land – To materialise

Hyperdub sub-label Flatlines to release Fisher and Barton’s Audio essay / sonic fiction I’ve mentioned On Vanishing Land a few times, not least recently in the piece that began with Will Abberley’s BBC Radio 3 documentary about the eerie, which features excerpts from the 45 minute sound work. Originally staged as an exhibition at the […]

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Transforming the seen and unseen – Pic Pic, Sapphire and Steel, Magritte

Recently, this amazing cartoon was put my way by Barrow Wheelders. …and life is good again. Although I dose up a good amount with anime, its always a shock to come across something that simply makes play to an extraordinary degree, across its worlds of composition (and something completely unsullied by the depth of cynicism […]