Posts By: Andrea Kurland

A visual tribute to Sheffield’s underground music scene

1987. Sheffield. In the ballroom of the City Hall, house and rare groove music pumps loudly from speakers. The over-capacity crowd dances, as sweat slides down the walls and drips from the ceiling. Barbara Wasiak weaves between the dancing bodies with a camera in hand, clicking away, capturing the elation and euphoria of those at club… Read more »

How to resist the impending tech dystopia

“Something is wrong on the internet,” was the title of a recent blog post by writer and artist James Bridle. In it, he describes a sinister trend on YouTube; the autoplay algorithm being gamed to keep children hooked in a loop of weird, pointless and sometimes disturbing videos, supposedly in the pursuit of advertising revenue…. Read more »

The radical history of ’80s San Francisco, in photos

San Francisco in the ’80s was a study in contrasts. As the shadows of gentrification began to creep over the heart of the city, just South of Market, the people of the Mission took to the streets to protest the policies coming out of the Reagan White House. During this time, American photographer Janet Delaney… Read more »

Five musicians share their stories of life on the road

When you’re a touring musician, life on the road can be tough. Despite the obvious perks, reality – with its early mornings, tight turnarounds, and lonely nights – can make world travel feel relentless. During festival season, this feeling is amplified. With thousands of events happening across the world, it’s become the norm for musicians… Read more »

A portrait of ’90s family life in the Midlands

Imagine taking photographs of your home life only to feel too embarrassed to show them to your classmates and tutor. That was where photographer Richard Billingham found himself in the early ’90s, after he shot images of his alcoholic father and chain-smoking mother in their Cradley Heath council estate home. On realising his fellow students… Read more »

Inside the UK’s most radical indie publishers

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring.” Thus spoke JRR Tolkien. I think he was talking about elves or something. However, these words also serve as a perfect allegory for Repeater Books, a publishing imprint that came to life in 2014 from remains of a radical press inferno…. Read more »

It’s time to rediscover the intimate magic of a phone call

There’s a pervasive idea that young people hate speaking on the phone. It’s an ironic stereotype, really – we have our phones in our hands almost every minute of our waking lives, yet it feels ludicrous to actually use them to make calls. But for a long time, I embodied that stereotype. I steadfastly refused… Read more »

A strange, lyrical look at street life in Mexico

Harvey Stein first fell under the spell of Mexico as a teen coming of age in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The American photographer dreamed of life south of the border, of a sun-drenched utopia where indigenous and colonial cultures mixed, where life and death met, and where public life on the streets was a photographer’s paradise. Between… Read more »

The NYC collective bringing the club to your living room

When choosing a traditional venue for a gig, there’s always an emphasis on getting as many people into a space as possible. However, this isn’t always conducive to creating the best experience. For rapper and artist Chris Carr, this has always been an issue. He believes that non-traditional venues are the way forward, in order… Read more »

The post-apocalyptic impact of late capitalism

What happens to the millions and billions of electronics after they have been laid to waste? What does recycling look like in 2018? German photographer Kai Löffelbein decided to find out after reading a small newspaper article spotlighting illegal e-waste dumping in West Africa. Löffelbein dug deeper and set a course for Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the e-waste… Read more »

Ai Weiwei explores the political power of letter writing

Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 – the same year that China declared his father, celebrated poet Ai Qing, an enemy of the state for advocating for free speech. For the next two decades, the family lived in labour camps. As political prisoners, their confinement was designed to break them – yet they persevered. “Ai… Read more »

The neo-noir taking on sex, lies & corruption in Iran

Despite its provocative title, Tehran Taboo is a nuanced, thoughtful look into the lives of those that have found themselves on the wrong side of the Iranian capital’s North-South divide. In his full-length directorial debut, animator Ali Soozandeh skilfully weaves together the stories of his three main characters. There is sex worker and single mum… Read more »