Self-Isolation Culture Special: Free Film, Music, Art, Essays, Books and More

Welcome to the strange new normal – how are you doing? If you’re anything like us, the constant reporting of all things Coronavirus (COVID-19) is taking its toll. With huge numbers of us...

The Lighthouse and Bait: Striving for Authenticity in Narrative Cinema

“There is tension between the real and the virtual, the authentic and the simulated.” Lee Ashworth searches for the authentic in the choppy waters of narrative cinema… The Lighthouse (2019) is one of...

French New Wave: A Revolution in Design – Reviewed

Much has been written about the French New Wave, but what of the posters created in response to the movement? Mike Pinnington investigates a new book dedicated to designs as innovative as the...

Truth and Memory: Stephen Clarke – San Diego Topographics

How do we separate truth from memory? Should we try? A pair of recently published photo books from Stephen Clarke poses intriguing questions about the passage of time, finds Mike Pinnington…  Time does...

Now, Then and Tomorrow:
A Postcard From Liverpool

With the UK’s shambolic withdrawal from the EU finally confirmed, we look at the role Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Award played in the city’s 21st Century renaissance… In Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery there...

Time & Space: On Being a Gallery Invigilator

“You are both a font and a target.” Stephen Curtis reflects on his time as a gallery assistant, which affords philosophical freedom while also making you a magnet for the pedantic, and those...

Beyond Liverpool...
Blazing a trail through
the big wide world
30/08/2019
Stéphane Vigny, Reconstituer. Courtesy Denise Courcoux, 2019

Field Trip: Nantes, France – Où est Steve?

On a recent visit to Nantes to see Voyage à Nantes and the ‘Island of Machines’, the more sinister story of a missing man unfolds, reports Denise Courcoux… I first saw it as...

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The sounds of
The Double Negative
24/10/2019
C90 mixtape

Playlist: J.D. XXVII.: Mixtapes of Keith Haring

Artist Patrick Staff has spent a year in Keith Haring’s archives listening to mixtapes – made for Haring by friends, and by his lover, DJ Juan Dubose. Ahead of a dedicated five hour ‘deep listening’ jam...

Fill your boots...
unique, limited edition gifts
05/09/2019
Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...