House of leaves

  Every house needs a foundation to stand on – this house of leaves is built on the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) in London. Inside it, you dwell among artworks, intellectuals, resident curato...

No wallflower

Inside the Chinese film industry, only a lucky few girls go far beyond simply being well-known in China. But those who are selected by legendary director Zhang Yimou, one of the few directors to achieve int...

The power to preserve?

Two men are balancing on a small craft, propelling themselves along a moonlit river using long sticks as oars. There are two more boats ahead. All the half-naked sailors are fishermen, from an indigenous pe...

The vocabulary of response

As a choreographer, whose signature style has been described as having a “sculptural quality”, Russell Maliphant’s life-long obsession with the human form and its artistic representation is brought to life ...

Face value

One of the well-honed skills of any Londoner worth their salt is an ability to keep walking and continue with their journey at a rapid pace, regardless of what stands in their way – be it a clipboard-wieldi...

It’s all dandy

Wayne Holloway-Smith is one of London’s most exciting young poets. He has been nominated for awards. His poems have been anthologised and appeared in a wide range of literary journals and magazines. In 2010...

Brainwashing the nation

Who is to say what is art and what is not? Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, sure. But what about Street Art? What started as an underground revolt, has somehow filtered through the cracks right into broad...

AKA47 as Art?

Guns have always proved an interesting object-cum-subject for many an artist, and now, to raise money for Peace One Day’s Global Truce Foundation 2013, ex-Afghanistan soldier and photographer, Bran Symondso...

Gods and mortals

Since the invention of photography in the 19th century, photographers have aspired to capture memorable moments in sports and create defining images of young mesomorphs doing great things in athletic events. In...

Vacant expression

Still Alive. Those are the words spray-painted in English and Japanese across the side of an abandoned house in an old, somewhat forgotten, district of Onomichi, Japan. Not a house victim to graffiti, but r...

Talking shop

Kiosk was set up in 2005 on Spring Street in Soho, New York. Half museum, half store, it has since atttracted a quiet following of customers interested in meticulously sourced artefacts from around the worl...

Chaotic utopias

The beautiful and the grotesque, the everyday and the surreal – chaotic, abstract utopias. Glass last covered the work of remarkable Japanese artist, Yutaka Inagawa, in 2009 just as the first major retrosp...

Art as life

It has been 40 years since a Bauhaus exhibition has been on show in the UK and its opening at the Barbican cannot have been more timely.The year 2012 means the Olympics to Britain and the spirit of unity wh...