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Thursday 21 May 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
March 2023


Devised by Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms, this course explores how Black women and non-binary artists have challenged their exclusion from the art world by applying DIY approaches and intervening in the social politics of art institutions.
Nydia A. Swaby


Byung-Chul Han, author of The Burnout Society, talks biopolitics, surveillance and global power shifts in this interview for Agencia EFE. In it, he shares his thoughts on freedoms and restrictions, labour and democracy, questioning our dominant systems and the dangers faced in this new reality.
Steven Cairns


Here our colleagues from Brooklyn’s Light Industry, together with Nellie Killian and Sierra Pettengill, write about their Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund. It is not the Hollywood machine that comes to aid of the cinema worker, they conclude, but the normal cinema goer for whom cinema as a collective encounter is so fundamental: ‘Our struggle against precarity is a common one. Now is the moment to agitate for collective security […] – we’re still waiting, Tom Hanks!’
Stefan Kalmár


Published as part of the online journal Warm Yourself By My Trash Fire, this essay by D. Mortimer begins with a response to Charlotte Salomon’s exhibition Leben? oder Theater? at the Jewish Museum, then reflects expansively on contagion, intimacy and ADHD.
Sara Sassanelli

I highly recommend a deep dive into this blog by the Brighton-based poet and Queers Read This alumni Verity Spott. Verity reads live at 7pm BST tonight @pilotpresslondon, launching the third edition of their collection Prayers, Manifestos, Bravery with artist-publisher Richard Porter.
Rosalie Doubal

Astronomer and poet Rebecca Elson (1960 – 1999) was very young when diagnosed with blood cancer. Her ‘Antidotes to Fear of Death’ is a striking poem that gravitates between the mystical and a more empirical aptitude towards life and death. Through poetry, Elson made something divinely beautiful of that terrifying encounter with the finitude of our lives.
Nico Marzano

Track of the Day

Depressing things are empty beds and lonely dinners
And women who are middle aged with naked fingers
I’ll buy myself a ring
To symbolise this marriage every time I break the laws to let you in

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Photo: David Lindert, Eisenach May 2020