Issue III – Crisis

Editorial Statement

Critical Contemporary Culture aims to bring together academic discussion from across the social sciences, humanities and cultural studies with art and cultural practice. Our vision is to create an open and experimental space where dialogue across practice and theory on current and on-going sociocultural matters can occur. This issue looked at the conception and the phenomenon of Crisis as a...
Artwork – Alex Massouras – various works, 2010 - 2012

Artwork – Alex Massouras – various works, 2010 – 2012

  ‘Alphabet of Babel’ Serif typeface I-III Collaged letter set on paper 20 x 30 cm   www.massouras.co.uk       Download article as PDF
Artwork – Tom de Freston – 'The Charnel House series', 2012

Artwork – Tom de Freston – ‘The Charnel House series’, 2012

  ‘Storm Scene’ 200 x 150 cm Oil on canvas  ’Father’ 200 x 150 cm Oil on canvas ‘Struts and Frets’ 200 x 150 cm Oil on canvas  ‘Storm’ 200 x 150 cm Oil on canvas   www.tomdefreston.co.uk         Download article as PDF

Poetry – Nezyah Amas – ‘It Gets Darker’

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Article – Daniel Koczy – ‘Maggie! Maggie!! Maggie!!! Franz Kafka and the danced we did on Trafalgar square.’

One writes neither for the true proletarian, occupied elsewhere, and very well occupied, nor for the true bourgeois starved of goods, and who have not the ears. One writes for the disadjusted, neither proletarian nor bourgeois; that is to say, for one’s friends, and less for the friends one has than for the innumerable unknown people who have the same...
Artwork – Alexis Milne – 'Riot', 2010 - 2012

Artwork – Alexis Milne – ‘Riot’, 2010 – 2012

‘Riot‘ (Part 1 and 2), Video performance, 4:53 mins The video ‘Riot’ was produced after experiencing the G20 demonstrations against the financial system at the grandiose location of the bank of England in 2008 as the world economy began to collapse into recession. The demonstration seemed like a hyped up, stadium scale spectacle on a film set. Forward intelligence police...

Article – Ivo Furman – ‘Allah, Bread and Freedom: the anti-capitalist Muslims and the crises of political Islam in Turkey’

    “One day, a man of religion wished in a prayer to God that he wanted to see heaven and hell. The same day, God sent an angel to the man to tell him that his wish was granted. The angel took the man by the arm to a salon in a faraway land. In the salon, the man...
Artwork – Paz Toreno – '(IN) VISIBLE MIGRATIONS', 2012

Artwork – Paz Toreno – ‘(IN) VISIBLE MIGRATIONS’, 2012

Public artistic project exhibited throughout the city of Murcia, Spain. The work is based on an awareness of the hardships Moroccan citizens encounter when they emigrate to Murcia. In harmony with Bienal Manifiesta8’s objectives, the piece is aimed at reflecting practices and representations (ideas, opinions, attitudes) that both the local and the inmigrant population have. The goal is to move beyond...

Theatrical Play – Nikolas Barnes – ‘The Lost War’

SYNOPSIS THE LOST WAR The play centres around three Georgian emigrees, Nina, Ira and Mikhel, in an old people’s home in France. It is set in August 2008, at the time of the Beijing Olympics and the 5 day war between Russia and Georgia. Nina Dashvili, the central character, is of noble descent and still imagines that she is an aristocrat. She treats...
Artwork – Francesca Laura Cavallo and Metalab (Emily Candela and Maya Oppenheimer) –  'Rehearsing the Disaster: a para artistic work', 2013

Artwork – Francesca Laura Cavallo and Metalab (Emily Candela and Maya Oppenheimer) – ‘Rehearsing the Disaster: a para artistic work’, 2013

  Booklet composed of printed covers containing four images of artworks and their relative ‘risk assessments’, completed by various writers.     The risk assessment booklet presented here was developed from an intervention designed for Disruption, an exhibition at the Royal College of Art in January 2013. A group of writers were invited to use specially-designed risk assessment forms to ‘risk assess’ various pieces in the...

Script – Rob Oldfield – ‘The Ward’

Please note that the author has requested for the piece to be read slowly…So give it a try. INT. HOSPITAL EXAMINATION AREA. We see a montage of macro and shallow focus shots that show blood being taken, and the instruments being used/prepared. Some elements will be in slow motion, this will make a dreamy mixture. The Doctor leaves the patient, taking the blood...
Artwork – Papairlines – 'DIY | Who's the Designer', 2012

Artwork – Papairlines – ‘DIY | Who’s the Designer’, 2012

  A collection of photographs showcases a series of spontaneous, D.I.Y objects, created by non-design professionals who, lacking resources, creatively subvert existing objects to solve problems and overcome design weaknesses. By observing and exploring the different aspects of design, creative platform Papairlines aim to communicate that design does not only fulfil aesthetic or usability purposes, but that design is about...

Biographies of contributors

Nezyah Amas is a poet and writer hailing from North London, performing in an array of variety shows and winning prizes in poetry slams. Studying Product Design and Drama/Theatre studies in Sixth Form and Computer Graphics & Digital Imaging in University, he has always found passion through creative expression in the fundamental arts & the less blatant effects of art in...