Kaleidoscope | ART MAGAZINE
Kaleidoscope is a mock-up magazine project made as the final assessment for my university module in print journalism.
Kaleidoscope Magazine is the brainchild of five journalists who share an immeasurable love for art, as well as a profound annoyance for pretentious, expensive and wordy publications. Coming from very different backgrounds, we strongly believe that the arts should be accessible to everyone, both in terms of price and content. With Kaleidoscope, we are challenging the preconception that art is only for the elite by publishing simple and informative articles. We cover all arts – from graffiti to theatre, cartoons to classical painting – in several different formats: news, reviews, features, opinion pieces, interviews and much more.
Taste humanity | NEWS
What is it about YA books? | FEATURE
Over a decade into the boom in Young Adult Literature and 2014 looks like it is still yet the year that the Young Adult genre is going to be cemented as a true force.
There were 30,000 Young Adult titles published in 2009, which is a massive increase from the 3,000 titles in 1997. In the same year, publishing companies’ total sales for YA exceeded $3 billion and it has been publishers’ favourite bet ever since. To add, according to an article in The LA Times, more than a dozen publishers has launched young adult imprints. And finally, with websites such as Epicreads releasing lists of “The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Coming” every month since September in 2013 to date, it is evident that YA popularity is as strong as ever if not growing even stronger.
The genre mainly targeted at teenagers has become so popular in the past years that it has been recognized as a separate genre from Children’s and stores and libraries started having entire separate sections with rows of shelves entirely dedicated to YA.
Drawings on the wall | FEATURE
Street art has come a long way from its roots as a form of activism and pro-test from disenfranchised youths and minorities to a multi-million pound in-dustry of bona fide art form. Urban art forms has transformed the streets and communities; some would argue for the better while some thinks it re-mains an environment nuisance and eyesore.
The street art’s battle for reputation and reverence can be used as a met-aphor for an endless tunnel, where there still seems to be no sign of light. Part of the problem is that for every Banksy, there’s gonna be pointless paint-sprayed scribbles on the op-posite wall. For every politically rel-evant urban art there’s an equivalent black marker drawing of “the finger” at a bus stop.
Spotlight on the limitations of satire art | OPINION
Freedom of speech might be universal but there are limits to the effectiveness of social commentary and satire portrayed in art.
Sirens and Serpents by Wangechi Mutu | REVIEW
The immense representation of the feminine, the political and the cultural is very palpable and striking in Wangechi Mutu’s latest exhibition entitled Nguva na Nyoka (meaning “Siren and Serpents” in Swahili). Staying true to the title, her collage paintings are of grotesquely deformed underwater creatures which screams surrealism with the contrasting elements of humans, animals and machines. They also manifest hyperbolism and diversity through the way she forced together an overload of materials, themes and references which you don’t ordinarily see together. Despite the initial jarring sense that her works present, they are both seductive and eerie all at once.
Salons are back in London town | FEATURE
There are drinks by the entrance; people are holding foot-tall glasses of beers; some are eating dinner; and, there’s the constant buzz of chatter and natter all around. Loud music is playing and there are also strobe lights. But no, this is not a party or a casual social night. In fact, chairs are lined-up in rows to face the stage at the front of the venue and people are just waiting for the event to start.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Salon London… I hope we got something for everyone tonight.” says the host. It is Salon London’s last event for the year, where you get dancing and drinking breaks in between speakers. The Salon is also celebrating its 6th birthday in this intimate venue at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston, with the bar just by the door.
This is part of the the new trend emerging across the capital. The need for intellectual spaces where you can think, debate, socialise and drink at the same time. It’s an academic and aristocratic 18th century concept bleeding into the 21st century of pop culture and mainstream society; it’s the new age of modern-day salons.
The spell of slam poetry and compulsion of art | PROFILE
“Prepare to be Varjacked!” This is how fellow artists in the performance scene describes or, more appropriately, warns the audience of writer and contemporary performer Paula Varjack. It refers to the idea of being hit with real and immediate impact with a certain act. “I’d like to kind of leave with something that I think has either a message or creates a certain feeling or makes you think afterwards.”
For more than 6 years now, this British-American performer has been working as a full-time artist and her works has taken a variety and hybrid of forms ranging from spoken words, monologues, devised performance, videography, audio-visual pieces, stories and poems. Mostly in London, Berlin and Washington DC, she has also been touring in different cities not only in the UK but also around Europe.
Paula’s disposition of being from all the places and prancing around practically everywhere inspired the title of her latest two-month tour Always Back From Somewhere, which sees her performing in England, Belgium, Scotland, Germany and Denmark. The tour started on the 7th of October with the whole month spent guesting in events around London and eventually the rest of the UK. With half of the tour remaining, she’ll be spending most of November outside the country culminating to her last performance on the 21st of the month at South Bank Centre in London as part of the celebration of Polari’s (multi award-winning LGBT literary salon) fourth birthday.
Thriving through the ‘tension between certainty and ambiguity’ | PROFILE
The banner in front of the Unity Church in Upper Street is sure to catch every passer-by’s attention. “Heathens and heretics welcome!”, it says in big bold letters. This phrase is not something normally associated with a church, if at all. But then, churches don’t normally have an atheist minister.
Rev. Andrew Pakula is from America and he came here six years ago to head the Unitarian churches in Upper Street and Newington Green. He earned a PhD in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and joined the biotechnology industry. Eventually, he left his career as a scientist to pursue a ministerial vocation. Nonetheless, he remained an atheist and even anti-religious in some ways.
A common way of dividing the world is into the religious and the atheist. Here arises the conflict between Rev. Andy’s stance about faith and religion and his job. It is intriguing or rather confusing because of the whole baggage of stereotypes associated with religion. On the contrary, he said that the word religion can mean a bunch of different things and “Depending on how you use that and what you consider to be a religion, it can be quite different.”
When you look at the fundamental core of Unitarianism the fog of confusion starts to evaporate. Rev. Andy said, “I call it a ‘way’. Let’s call it a way.
The Candle | NEWSPAPER
The Candle published one of its biggest edition with the graduation issue for the school year 2009-2010. During my senior year, I served as the student publication’s Editor-in-Chief and oversaw more than 20 other members of the organisation.