Saturday, 30 July 2011

I am (metaphorically) chained to my laptop until the end of the month, but if I wasn't I know where I'd be between 12 and14 August: down at the Royal Festival Hall, where the lovely peeps at Stack are running a two day magazine making session. It sounds like SO MUCH FUN. 

Here's what they had to say on their blog:
"We’re going to have writers, editors, photographers, illustrators and designers from some of London’s best independent magazines on hand to lend their expertise, but we need more! We’re going to have lots of things that need writing, photographing, drawing and designing, so if you’d like to join in just drop me a line on steve [at] stackmagazines.com and we’ll work out what you can do to help. Or of course you can just drop by on the day and say hello."

Stack, by the way, is a subscription service for the adventurous print lover. Each month they surprise you with a different independent magazine, some of which you may have heard of - Very Nearly Almost, Little White Lies, Oh Comely and Eye for example - and others you won't.  Visit stackmagazines.com


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Here's a Q&A I did with London b-girl Sunanda Biswas back in May at Streetfest. 

I am…a professional dancer, teacher, performer, b-girl, battler, Hip-Hop historian. I’ve lived in London all my life. I love it. London’s a multicultural melting pot. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

The area in London I call home is… Lewisham , south-east London. I still see people from back in the day that I went to college with – it’s nice.

I’ve got to have a meal at…Momo on Heddon Street, off Regent’s  Street. They do North African food and it’s one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.  Get your money ready though, because it’s expensive!

I tend to get my threads from…Footlocker.  I wear a lot of sports and Hip-Hop clothes so I also love JD Sports, NikeTown and the adidas Originals store. If I had the money I’d just buy that shop out.

To enjoy London’s nightlife you should…search around. Don’t just go to the big commercial clubs. I go to a Hip-Hop night called Throwdown at Plan B in Brixton. The best place to see Hip-Hop dance is at the Trocadero – it’s where all the breakers and dancers go to practice. That’s our nightclub!

If I was mayor I would…try to make things a little bit more equal. Some people don’t have enough money to pay their rent for the month while other people spend £700 on a pair of shoes. How does that make sense?

My favourite spot to check out art is…down the SouthBank to see the graffiti.

I’d kindly tell a tourist to…cuss the bus conductors if they’re rude. I’ve seen bus conductors be really impatient with tourists. They’re coming to our town and we should look after them.

The things I miss when I leave London are…my bed, my house, my mum and dad and my best friends. I also miss the vibe of London – it’s loud and you can be whoever you want to be. You can even dance on the street if you want.

My soundtrack to London would include… Pretty Vacant and God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols,  Sticky feat. Ms Dynamite,  Booo! and The Streets’s Weak Become Heroes – that one brings back memories. 

Visit Sunanda's MySpace page. For more information about B.Supreme click here.

Sunanda hosted a b-girl battle at this year's Streetfest. See her in action below.

This interview originally appeared on The Cultural Exposé, as part of the 'Metropolitans' series.


‘Art for art’s sake’ was its mantra. But the Aesthetic Movement was far more than an artistic style, it was a way of life.

Fleeing the stuffiness of Victorian Britain, the aestheticians craved beauty, above all. They were bohemian, fashionable and had their own poster boy in the figure of Oscar Wilde; the V&A’s spring show The Cult of Beauty is a peek into their world.

Across four chronological sections, there are sumptuous paintings such as Veronica Veronese (1872) by Dante Gabriel Rosetti or Laus Veneris (1870) by Edward Burne-Jones, showing languid ladies, corsetless, their red hair flowing, but also a remarkable array of objects – from fashion to furniture, tea sets and books – evidence of how the movement blurred the boundaries between art and design.

Intricate floral Trellis wallpaper (1862) by William Morris and a projection of James Abbott Whistler’s Peacock Room (1876-7), a stunning interior of Japanese-inspired golden peacock murals on brilliant bluey-green walls, show how the movement forged a new role for the artist as tastemaker in areas such as interior decoration.

Its wealth of content makes the exhibition extraordinarily wide-ranging, almost to a fault. It’s quite a lot to take in. And the endless peacock feathers and dreamy-eyed maidens can become trying if you like your art with a bit of grit. But the Cult of Beauty visually delights, rather than provokes, offering surface over substance – which is, of course, kind of the point.

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement  runs until 17 July, 2011 at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Visit vam.ac.uk/cultofbeauty for more info.

This review originally appeared on the Sociéte Perrier website.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

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Paris street art, a set on Flickr.
Apologies for the lack of action on DETOUR of late. I've been mega busy researching my MA dissertation on Parisian street art. Last week I spent a day meandering around the city in the sweltering heat, reliving my misspent gap year and snapping work by InvaderJef Aérosol and Jérôme Mesnager. Et voilà les photos!

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