Making the Mundane Enigmatic – Niall McDiarmid’s Southwestern

The American Road Trip localised to a small corner of England: Stephen Clarke reflects on photographer Niall McDiarmid’s latest photo book, Southwestern… In the opening picture (below) of Niall McDiarmid’s book Southwestern, a...

They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening

An exhibition and book celebrate the legacy of They Live, director John Carpenter’s Reaganism allegory, but how does it stand up in our supposedly satire-proof times? Mike Pinnington investigates… When I first watched...

“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...

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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: 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...

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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...