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Present Tense

A decade since Liverpool European Capital of Culture… What now? Present Tense: a book of new essays from some of the UK’s most exciting writers. Available to preorder now on Kickstarter!

Present Tense is a collection of essays by some of the UK’s most exciting writers, commenting on tensions in the fields of art and culture. It takes as a starting point the celebrations in 2018 that marked a decade of Liverpool’s status as European Capital of Culture. We asked six writers to reflect on the ten years, while not being tied to the past.

Present Tense asks:

  • What do we define as the culture around us? Who are the stakeholders? Who chooses?
  • What does it mean when an artwork is repeatedly and violently destroyed, especially if that artwork is about the global refugee crisis?
  • How does a city like Liverpool understand, and make peace with, a European Capital of Culture award during Brexit negotiations?
  • What becomes of ambitious outdoor sculpture that, years after being commissioned, is unloved and neglected?
  • What are the consequences of a cultural award on individuals: the people that imagine, make and deliver that ‘culture’?

These essays have something to say about now and the future, while not forgetting what has come before, and what can be learned. This is Present Tense, a new book from The Double Negative, and we’d love you to support it! >>> Preorder here. <<<

Wu Tsang Under Cinema at FACT. Photo Jon Barraclough 2


Featuring new writing from Stephanie Bailey, Oliver Basciano, Jacob Bolton, Denise Courcoux, Mike Pinnington, Laura Robertson, Ellen Mara De Wachter and Eleanor Wiseman – produced under The Double Negative Fellowship 2018-19.

Talking about artists, collectives and venues including The Bluecoat, Between the Borders, Mohammad Bourouissa, Camp and Furnace, Banu Cennetoğlu, FACT, Barbara Hepworth, Homotopia, The Kazimier, Liverpool Biennial, Manifesta Biennial, MODEL Liverpool, OUTPUT Gallery, Queen of The Track, ROOT-ed, The Royal Standard, Tate and Tate Collective, Wu Tsang, John Walter and Richard Wilson.

CLICK HERE TO PREORDER PRESENT TENSE NOW ON KICKSTARTER… And help us to bring our book to life! 


Posted on 12/04/2019 by thedoublenegative