Misc.

Cultureteca 01.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, Grimes unveils new music and artwork for the impending Art Angels; Abby Wambach announces her retirement from women’s soccer; the rare planetary conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars; and for Halloween, a look at Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film, the low-budget gothic thriller Dementia 13, which was released in 1963. * * * Grimes Unveils Art Angels Having kept…

Cultureteca 25.10.15

Cultureteca this week looks over the announcement of YouTube Red, the video site’s new subscription service, and parliamentary elections in Poland, which resulted in a new party of government, the centre-right Law and Justice. It considers the variously troubling nature of England’s Football Association, before coming to a close with a brief roundup of GIFs. * * * YouTube Announces YouTube Red…

Cultureteca 18.10.15

On this week’s Cultureteca, Joanna Newsom becomes another preeminent artist to criticse Spotify; Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, is released as Netflix’s first original feature; the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is announced; and the first Democratic presidential debate becomes the subject for Saturday Night Live. * * * Joanna Newsom on the…

Cultureteca 11.10.15

On Cultureteca this week, a new study which hopes to establish the date of the formation of Earth’s inner core; the aurora borealis briefly visible across Britain owing to a coronal hole; Matjaž Tančič’s photo series on professional bodyguards in China; Paramount Pictures uploads to YouTube ‘The Paramount Vault’; and the death of The Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay. * * * Dating…

Cultureteca 04.10.15

Back at the beginning of June, Björk began to release assorted media related to Vulnicura via Dazed. First, on 6 June, came the 360-degree virtual reality video for ‘Stonemilker’, one of three pieces filmed with director Andrew Thomas Huang in Iceland in the autumn of 2014, and showcased in connection with Björk’s exhibition at MoMA earlier this year. ‘Stonemilker’ portrays Björk on the small islet of Grótta, in…

Cultureteca 27.09.15

T. S. Eliot’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ Published in Others One hundred years ago this month, the third issue of Alfred Kreymborg’s little New York literary magazine Others appeared. The first issue, published in July, most notably contained Mina Loy’s first four ‘Love Songs’; the second, published in August, poems by Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens, including Stevens’ first major…

Cultureteca 20.09.15

EU Refugee Crisis Update Following the imposition of temporary border controls by Germany, Austria, and Slovakia across Sunday and Monday, and the stern measures enacted by Hungary as it attempts to disentangle itself from the refugee crisis – erecting a 175-kilometre-long fence along the border with Serbia, topped with 4-metre-high wire; and by Monday night bussing scores of refugees to the Austrian…

Cultureteca 13.09.15

We meet Cultureteca in Petersburg this week, as the State Hermitage Museum opens an exhibition on the explorer Ibn Battuta; in New York, as amid US Open tennis, trouble – in the form of a plainclothes police officer – runs into former tennis star James Blake; on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside, for the Great North CityGames; and finally in Sweden, to look at some…

Cultureteca 06.09.15

Extending a recent discussion on Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘I can wade Grief’, Cultureteca opens this week looking back 150 years, to the poet’s poetry and concurrent eye troubles across 1865. We then cover a brief history of New Zealand flags, as the country moves towards a referendum considering whether to adopt one of several new designs. And finally a quick…