The Modernist Bestiary: a new life for an old form of expression

Timothy Mathews, Emeritus Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, UCL, offers insight into his latest publication ‘The Modernist Bestiary’, a collection which engages with animals, art, and aesthetic, exploring “productive dialogue between thought and art.” The contributions, co-edited with Sarah Kay (New York University), centre on the work of French-Polish poet Guillaume Apollinaire, French artist Raoul Dufy, and British artist Graham Sutherland. Why return to very … Continue reading The Modernist Bestiary: a new life for an old form of expression

Documenting Post-Socialist Domesticities (in time of the pandemic)

Dr Iulia Statica, Marie Curie Research Fellow at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, spent the summer shooting a documentary, ‘My Socialist Home’ and doing fieldwork with women in Bucharest – she explored their everyday experiences of post-socialist housing and how COVID-19 has impacted their way of life in these homes. Post-socialist domestic spaces are generally evoked as consistently grey, uniform and lacking empathy. Despite the … Continue reading Documenting Post-Socialist Domesticities (in time of the pandemic)