Interview: Sofia Karim

In my last post, I detoured away from art to ask why the Indian Government was locking up students. Since then I’ve spoken to Sofia Karim, a Bangladeshi artist who has a few answers. “When I speak to people in the UK most people don’t even know what’s happening in…

Phil Collins, dűnya dinlemiyor (2005)

Dűnya dinlemiyor is Turkish for The World Won’t Listen, which as you may know is a 1987 compilation album by The Smiths. At the time of release, the world was listening. The album was a chart hit. And that was just in the UK. As this work by artist Phil…

Marcus Coates & Henry Montes, A Question of Movement (2011)

The less seriously he takes himself, the more his audience appear willing to suspend disbelief. This – it seems to me – is the peculiar genius of artist, and sometime shaman, Marcus Coates. His East London gallery is currently showing a four-year-old film in which he visits ‘ordinary’ people in their…

Johanna Billing, Pulheim Jam Session (2015)

To be fair, all years have some groundbreaking music to recommend them. But 1975 was a good year for both jazz and urban planning in Germany. Who knew the two could go together? In Köln, Keith Jarrett played an improvised concert, the recording of which was to become the best-selling…