The Learned Pig

The Learned Pig

The Learned Pig is an online magazine with four main areas of interest, one for each leg: art, thinking, nature, writing. Launched in November 2013, the magazine is interested in pretty much anything that falls into these, admittedly rather large, categories.

Lines in the Ice - Bradford’s photograph of the crew of the Panther with the spoils of a bear hunt

Lines in the Ice

Human Marks in the Ice Ships fighting against a freezing sea. Masts and ropes caked in ice. Crews of men hauling sledges over crumpled and broken landscapes. These are the…

Kircher, Noah's Ark

The Paper Zoo

Choosing to draw: philosophy and aesthetics Whatever else the Romans may have done for us, teaching us to draw was not one of their gifts. The two great works of…

Eric Lusito, Mig-21, 126th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Mongolia, from Traces of the Soviet Empire series, 2009

Dead Space and Ruins

Few things capture the present like the ruins of the past. After the lofty projects of the twentieth century have crumbled or collapsed, we are left today with certain reminders:…

John Stark, Beasts of England IV

Workers Hammer

The following is an edited extract from the conversation between artist John Stark and anthropologist David Graeber, author of Debt, the first 5000 years and The Utopia of Rules. The…

Bloom

Where to do plants belong? At the bottom of the food chain? At the centre of the world? In a pot? In the garden? Growing wild across moors and mountains,…

The New Concrete

The history of concrete poetry charts a path from utopia to dystopia. You could say that there’s a secret history of the second half of the twentieth century embedded in…

Vishvantara, Cursive - HappenStance Press

The Learned Pig presents…

As a pig-themed entity, we generally prefer to shun anything relating to human kitchens. You never know when you might end up inside a sandwich. But, having made an exception…

Peckham Pelican

All Tomorrow’s Publishers

Saturday-Sunday 17th & 18th October 2015, Noon – 5pm The Peckham Pelican FREE! This October, The Learned Pig is delighted to be co-curating All Tomorrow’s Publishers, a weekend fair for…

Medieval Graffiti

Medieval Graffiti – Charms and Curses

This month sees the publication of Matthew Champion’s Medieval Graffiti. The book is a fascinating tour through the centuries of hand-carved writing and art that adorns the walls of churches…

CHARALAMBOUS On the Foreshore, 2014, mixed media on Khadi paper, 112 x 151 cm DETAIL

From the Foreshore

This March sees an exhibition of large-scale drawings by Sophie Charalambous hosted by curator and gallerist Jessica Carlisle. The works on show capture the strange energy of the Thames foreshore…

Pauline Woolley art, Chasing Suns

Chasing Suns

The arc of the sun across the sky is one of the most enduring images: repeated every day for all to see. And yet, each time it’s a little different,…