“There is no one ‘Spirit of the North’” – The Return of the Portico Prize

What, if such a thing exists, is the ‘spirit of the North’? Joe Fenn on the vexed question, and return of the Portico Prize, which asks its entrants to capture exactly that…  A...

Dreams and Ideologies – Architecture: Fashion and Folly

With the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture announced this evening, Kenn Taylor reflects on how the passage of time tends to weigh heavily on the popularity – or otherwise – of a building… I once...

You’re Invited! Present Tense Book Launch: 30 October 2019 (Book Now)

We’re having a book party and you’re invited! * WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2019 AT 18.30–19.30, TATE LIVERPOOL, ALBERT DOCK, L3 4BB * WELCOME AND THANK YOU TO ALL KICKSTARTER PATRONS WHO BOUGHT EARLY...

Healing The Horror: A Serene Reading of Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019)

Christopher Burns takes a breath after all the cathartic screaming and communal burning to analyse this year’s hit horror – as the 171-minute directors cut, DVD and Blu-ray are released… [WARNING: contains spoilers] Has...

Killing The Kilogram: Le Grand K – Reviewed

On May 20th of 2019, the scientific community bid adieu to a weighty artefact affectionately known as Le Grand K. On the same day, World Metrology Day, a new book was launched. Nina...

What Goes Around Comes Around. Everything I Have Is Yours – Reviewed

Post-internet generations have grown up with access to literally millions of songs. But, asks Angela Tait, what happens to those tracks not yet digitised? She explores a new exhibition whose scope is to...

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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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Playlist: Synthetic Noise

Beyond uploading tracks online and crossing their fingers, how do new artists get their music heard? We spoke to Stefanie Chew, who some of you may know under the moniker Faded Gold, about...

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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...