Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner had this idea that the different art forms should synthesise and that there should be a single art form (“gesamtkunstwerk”) that is perfect in every artistic way: musically, visually, dramatically … If you go to Glyndebourne, that experience is pretty much what you get. Architecture Only a few of the 15th-century stately home’s rooms are open to visitors, but the Organ Room is pretty … Continue reading Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

The trouble with time travel

MARAUDERS BEWARE: I’m continuing my streak of Harry Potter posts with some serious plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You have been warned. Scroll past the pretty picture for the spoilers. Much of the plot of the Cursed Child revolves around a timeturner. The timeturner allows the characters to dial back a few hours, days or even years, at which point they … Continue reading The trouble with time travel

Good luck is just confidence

Inspired by my recent viewing of the Cursed Child, I’ve been rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This thought for the day about confidence (a topic dear to my heart) comes from JK’s sixth book. As a reward for outstanding Potions performance in the first lesson of term, Harry is gifted with a vial of Felix Felicis potion, also known as ‘liquid luck’. When … Continue reading Good luck is just confidence

Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

MARAUDERS BEWARE: Spoilers ahead! I won’t mention any major plot points, but will be discussing the three main reasons you should see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if you can get tickets (good luck with that though…). So in the spirit of #KeepTheSecrets 🤐 , if you don’t want forewarning even of themes, motifs, characters, magical creatures or artefacts involved, don’t read on. Scroll … Continue reading Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

Modern art frustrations

I spent another fun afternoon yesterday at Bermondsey’s White Cube gallery. It’s quite fun to walk around with a friend and try to figure out, with the help of the exhibition guide, what on earth modern art is all about. Still no clue. Jurgen Partenheimer First we saw some Jurgen Partenheimer paintings. They are very abstract (they do not represent things). They often look quite … Continue reading Modern art frustrations

Crystalline art

Last weekend I went to see Josiah McElheny’s ‘The Crystal Land’ exhibition at Bermondsey’s White Cube. Among the items in this collection were his series of ‘paintings’ consisting of glass domes and pillars set inside gem-shaped, mirrored window boxes (not shown): Looking inside these structures, I was reminded of what it’s like to stare down a cathedral nave – ad infinitum – or of the Wizard … Continue reading Crystalline art

Metaphor as manipulation

Biological warfare is a term more commonly associated with terrifying sci-fi scenarios than with gestating children. Yet if you believe this article from Aeon.co, pregnancy is pretty much Womb War III: Pregnancy is a lot more like war than we might care to admit […] The mammal mother works hard to stop her children from taking more than she is willing to give. The children … Continue reading Metaphor as manipulation

Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊

aspiration and objectification in Black Mirror, Old Masters and social media I hadn’t heard of art critic John Berger before news of his death broke a few days ago. Today I happened upon this interesting article about his critical legacy in the field of the artistic treatment of women. What hooked me in was the initial quotation: A woman is always accompanied, except when quite … Continue reading Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊