[NetBehaviour] Variant 31 Spring 2008

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Sat Mar 8 16:01:01 CET 2008

Variant 31 Spring 2008
...the free, independent, arts magazine. In-depth coverage
in the context of broader social, political & cultural issues.

text : full issue
http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/issue31.html pdf : full issue

Front cover
Hrafnhildur (Rafla) Halldorsdottir
pdf :


* Express Yourself!
Anna Dezeuze
...reviews Keri Smith's 'The Guerilla Art Kit' and 'Learning to Love You 
More' by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, publications that "share two 
crucial characteristics: a focus on small interventions within the 
fabric of everyday life and an emphasis on self-expression", with 
Dezeuze addressing "a problematic cuteness and sentimentality".
text :
http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31dezeuze.html    pdf :

* Miraculous Mass-communication: Radioballet by LIGNA
Exercises on Adhocracy participants in a workshop on 'Collectives, 
Actions, Re-enactments', held in Estonia, discuss the Radioballet action 
- a co-ordinated performative action responding to the privatisation of 
public space - and consider its impact. Apprehensive of the ethics of 
collective action after the traumas of Communism, the speakers reveal 
the limits of expressing solidarity in the absence of material and 
reciprocal relationships.
text :
http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31masscom.html   pdf :

* Radical Popular?
Stefan Szczelkun
A highly personal review of Duncan Reekie's book 'Subversion: the 
definitive history of underground cinema' bringing into question an 
institutional framework that is "'fundamentally resistant to cultural 
text :
http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31radicalpop.html    pdf :

* Faceless: Chasing the Data Shadow
Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel
"With an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras in place, [the UK's] 
inhabitants are the most watched in the world." Insights into the 
process of making 'Faceless', a sci-fi film utilising Data Protection 
requests from CCTV systems. Exposing first-hand experiences, the makers 
detail the many different types of replies they received to their 
subject access requests made under the Data Protection Act; explaining 
the general confusion of many data controllers, how so many CCTV systems 
are not functional and why the process of obtaining images became much 
more difficult from 2004...
text : http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31faceless.html
pdf :

* CSI: The Big Sleazy
Tom Jennings
A truly seminal review of James Lee Burke's noir thriller 'The Tin Roof 
Blowdown': "The first major work of popular fiction dealing with the 
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans on 29th 
August 2005, Blowdown demonstrates both the possibilities and problems 
of attempting to tell the truth through drama - from a writer who does 
"not trust people who seek authority and control over other people..."
text :  http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31CSI.html
pdf :

* Back to the Future of the Creative City: An Archaeological Approach to 
Amsterdam's Creative Redevelopment
Merijn Oudenampsen
"The dominance of entrepreneurial approaches to city politics is the 
feature of a new urban regime, labelled the 'Entrepreneurial City'. With 
origins in the reality of neoliberal state withdrawal from urban plight 
... the claims of the new creative city as being a 'great equalizer' 
actually appear as the opposite; it is based on functional inequality. 
Now let's take a closer look at the city..."
text : http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31FutureCity.html
pdf :

* Reclaiming the Economy
Owen Logan
An intense, critical review of 'Reclaiming the Economy, Alternatives to 
Market Fundamentalism in Scotland and beyond'. "The market's abstraction 
of power, which has the effect of smothering needs with frivolous wants, 
leaves anyone interested in real transparency or in the co-determination 
of the economy with the difficult question of where to begin?" Logan's 
depth of interest helps unpick it, analysing the book's contributors' 
critical grasp of the state and their alternatives...
text :   http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31RecEcon.html
pdf :

* Lenin Reloaded... and engaged in friendly fire?
Benjamin Franks
'Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth' "... is Lenin a sufficient 
counter to the postmodern malaise regretted by the editors? The eloquent 
essay by Terry Eagleton suggests that rather than being a counterpoint 
to postmodernity, Lenin embraces some of its key features..."
text :  http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31Lenin.html
pdf :

* Resisting New Labour's 'hard labour' : Work and 'Wreckers' in the 
Welfare Industry
Alex Law & Gerry Mooney
Drawing on the detailed research of their book 'New Labour/Hard Labour? 
Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry', the writers 
draw "attention to some of the many ways in which welfare workers are 
being adversely affected by the restructuring of the welfare state and, 
more importantly, how they are resisting New Labour in new and 
significant ways."
text :  http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31HardLabour.html
pdf :

* Of bread and caviar
Colin Gavaghan
... reviews 'From the Womb to the Tomb: Issues in Medical Ethics' . "It 
is part of the ethicist's role to challenge sacred cows and shibboleths, 
and egalitarianism should receive no exemption from that treatment. Even 
the most progressive advocate of distributive justice would do well to 
revisit his/her first principles from time to time, to ask what equality 
means ... and why it is valuable."
text :   http://www.variant.org.uk/31texts/31Caviar.html
pdf :

* Artist's Page by Stuart Murray http://www.stuartmurray.co.uk
pdf :
supported by Glasgow International

Associated / Participating Events:

* Document 6 : International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Call for Submissions: http://www.docfilmfest.org.uk

* Radical Independent Book fair project - Glasgow

* Capital, Culture, Power - and Resistance?
2-4 July, 2008, Liverpool


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