Hestia Peppe, dyspraxia 1

A Dys-Praxic Sketchbook

I used to think that the only skill I had was drawing. It was only much later that I realised that it was simply the only skill that I had…


The Restless Whirlpool of Life

“Go faster, harder; be stronger, tougher,” – just some of the words I use as mental self-flagellation in those critical first five minutes pounding the pavements on my early morning…

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…

Anais Tondeur, Chernobyl Herbarium triptych 1

The Chernobyl Herbarium

Chernobyl and Plant Life: Silent Witnessing It is incredibly difficult to talk and write about Chernobyl. No serious book on the subject has been able to dodge the task of…

Euclid's First Definition

Euclid’s First Definition

    Cover image: Euclid, Stoicheia (Elements). Manuscript, Constantinople, September 888. MS. D’Orville 301, fols. 113v-114r © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (via Alain R. Truong)    

David Ludwig, Mexico border

The Reality of Race

Over the last few decades there has been some confusion about the category of race, a category that was once so central to all the social sciences. If race often…

Anita Guerrini, The Courtiers' Anatomists

The Courtiers’ Anatomists

What did it mean to experiment with animals in the seventeenth century? There is much ambiguity surrounding the terms “demonstration,” “experience,” and “experiment” in this period, further complicated by linguistic…

A Pervert’s Guide to the Apocalypse

The bold white title reads “Cool Photos”. I dutifully open the email to find yet another link to yet another photo essay from yet another intrepid, probably amateur photographer who…

Mark Storor, The Barometer of My Heart

The Barometer of My Heart

On 20th February 2002, at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), in Paris, philosopher Jacques Derrida asked an audience of students the following question: “The phallus, I…

John Miles, Gloucester Old Spot, 1834


Toby is one influential pig. As the very first learned pig to turn his tricks upon the stage, he provided a template for countless subsequent acts at fairs and festivals…