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Mon 03 June, 2013.
by Daryl Champion
The visitor steps into darkness and immediately falls into an eerie soundscape. Haunting images of a cold city viewed as if from a high hilltop at the city’s edge shimmer on a large screen; on an opposite wall, on another large screen, is the unmoving image of a young man lying awake in bed, mobile phone on the pillow next to his head. Then a young woman and mobile phone appear in identical repose. Two small screens mounted on the gallery floor to one side of both big screens play echos of the same film.
The city is Sarajevo; the young man rises before dawn every morning to deliver newspapers from apartment door to apartment door, travelling by bicycle and foot through the city’s dark, frosty, pre-dawn atmosphere, through snow-covered streets and up the stairs of tall apartment buildings. What, then, of the young woman? She is the young man’s double; she mimics his daily routine, possibly his life. Both characters and their actions are taken from real life and are known to the artist who created this work, Šejla Kamerić: the young woman is an aspiring actress and she emulates the young man’s activities. The view of the city from on high is a sniper’s view of Sarajevo, and the imagery and soundtrack are all the more disturbing when the visitor bears in mind the city’s recent history....Read more
Fri 30 Nov, 2012.
We now know what it’s like to have our copyright violated: the SDk01 feature article by editor Daryl Champion, “Twenty years later: Mapplethorpe, art and politics”, has been copied, altered (to the article’s detriment), and republished on a university-hosted web page by an academic. And not just any academic, but none other than a full professor and head of department.
The university happens to be in America, but it could have been anywhere. There are lessons to be learned here, by us as well as any publisher or self-publisher. But before we go on to the bigger picture we’d like to say a little more about the violation of SomethingDark’s copyright, although we can’t reveal any details while communication with the offenders is ongoing....Read more
Fri 19 Oct, 2012.
Lisa Furness is our featured photographer for SomethingDark no. 3, and in this short item for SDk Latest News, she provides a preview of the ambitious project in Spain that she will commence in the new year. She has just returned from a “recce” visit to Barcelona, where she shot a short pilot series of images at a squat in central Barcelona known as La Pansa. ...Read more
Fri 10 Aug, 2012.
by Daryl Champion
It’s not often we consider posting a blog-style personal commentary in SomethingDark’s Latest News section, but we have a special case with the trial of Simon Walsh, who had to defend himself in court over the last week and a half against charges of possession of “extreme” pornographic imagery under England’s Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (CJIA 2008). It is sections 63–68 of this act, known unaffectionately as “the extreme porn law”, that criminalises the simple possession of images unclearly referred to as “extreme”....Read more
Fri 22 Jun, 2012.
Dutch photographer Jenny Boot has produced a new series of work that conjures scenes of an eerie beauty. The series, “Possession and Control”, revisits some of her earlier influences – thematically fetishistic, and aesthetically reminiscent of the “Blue” series – but that also showcases an eye honed in her later fashion work.
According to Jenny, the series tells a story of possession and the loss of identity, as if something beyond humanity is controlling and leading us. Surrendering to this control is a concept she finds reassuring, and it can, she says, be exercised (or depicted) in science fiction, and also in BDSM-inspired imagery....Read more
Thurs 07 June, 2012.
Steve Keen, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Western Sydney and one of only a handful of economists to predict the global financial crisis of 2007–08, tangibly confounded conventional thinking on the economy in an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last Monday night, 4 June. The interview, conducted before an audience at the London School of Economics, appeared to leave the BBC, interview host Paul Mason (the economics editor for BBC 2 television’s “Newsnight” programme), and some members of the audience struggling to grasp Keen’s comprehensive demolition of mainstream economic theory.
Introduced as “controversial”, “radical”, and of having acquired “a cult following”, Keen explained how neoclassical (or “mainstream”) economists responsible for the dominant theories that govern our national economies ignore the role of money, banks and debt in their modelling. He convincingly argued that ignoring these three factors cannot produce realistic models of our economic system, which explains why most economists were blind to even the potential of a financial crisis such as the one triggered by the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008....Read more
Wed 06 June, 2012.
SomethingDark webMagazine’s editor for North America, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, was interviewed last week on “The Art of Dreaming”, the internet radio show hosted by American writer Michael Hemmingson.
The full interview, "The Art of Dreaming – Interview with Marilyn Jaye Lewis”, has been made available on YouTube, and listeners can expect to hear about “the writer’s life, the publishing industry, literary erotica vs. romantica, the e-book revolution, psychic moments, the 1980s, and the music industry”. ...Read more
Fri 25 May, 2012.
Development is a never-ending process, and that’s what’s been occupying Chris so much of late. More specifically, we’re dealing with the multitude of issues surrounding the way different operarting systems – namely Windows and the Mac OS – and, to a lesser extent, browsers, render fonts on-screen.
This is a specific problem for us because of the unique way SomethingDark webMagazine is constructed; to ultimately have an HTML-driven webmagazine resemble a “real” magazine (i.e. in traditional print), we have to wrestle with varying so-called “standards” implemented across the major operating systems and browsers....Read more
Mon 23 Apr, 2012.
A major conference, “Sexual Cultures: Theory, Practice, Research”, hosted by Brunel University, London, over the three days Friday to Sunday 20–22 April, succeeded in enriching debate in a great many interrelated fields of vital social, political and cultural importance.
The conference investigated sexual cultures in relation to four key themes: technology, regulation, work, and everyday sex lives. Delegates from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad took part in 25 parallel sessions over the three days.
Brunel’s pro-vice-chancellor for strategy, development and external relations, Professor Dany Nobus, opened the conference with an address that set an appropriately relaxed but relevant tone – he said Brunel University was a fittingly innovative venue for such a conference although his own work on necrophilia and bestiality, he assured the audience, were not necessarily the ...Read more
Sat 14 Apr, 2012.
Chris and Daryl held their final SDk03 planning meeting on Thursday 12 April, and issue number 3 is taking shape in no uncertain terms.
As at the end of this week we have most of our contributors’ work in our hands; there are still a few pieces of writing still to come in, but we of all people know what it takes to produce quality. That’s our raison d’ętre.
More than having most SDk03 material together in one place, at last, is the news that puts this fact in perspective: our plan is showing an issue that’s much larger and more diverse than we imagined when we first set SDk03’s theme more than three years ago. And when we say “much larger and more diverse”, we really do mean much larger and more diverse. The range of sheer talent we’ve managed to assemble, and the work we’ve curated to treat a broad and exciting theme in a comprehensive and innovative way, is going to attract attention.
We hope you will be intrigued, and will also appreciate the time it takes for us to create such an issue.
To say we’re looking forward to it is an understatement.