Archive for 1995

All the articles posted on this website can be found here, organised in chronological sequence according to their date of writing or first publication.

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Resist Me, Make Me Strong – On Chris Cutler »

November 11th, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Czecho-Slovakia, Music

About Chris Cutler, percussionist, lyricist, publisher, and the contrary entrepreneur behind ReR Megacorp. Published in the Guardian (Weekend section), 11 November 1995.

Siraj Izhar’s public lavatory »

September 27th, 1995 | Posted in: Art & its applications, Articles General, London

On Siraj Izhar and Strike, a group of art activists based in a redundant public lavatory outside Christ Church, Spitalfields, East London. Published as ‘Two loos, low trek’ in the Guardian, 27 September 1995.

Mrs. Daphne Buxton creates twentieth century England’s first new common »

September 2nd, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Englishness and British national identity, Enthusiasms

In 1995, the Open Spaces Society announced that the first new common to be established in England during the twentieth century was being set up in the Norfolk village of Rushall. I went to have a look. First published in the Guardian, 2 September 1995.

Public Art and the British Vandal »

August 25th, 1995 | Posted in: Art & its applications, Articles General

This article opens with the destruction of Ash Wall, a work by Vong Phaophanit, placed near the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. This was one of several wrecked pieces of public art I encountered at that time, and it seemed worth reflecting both on the recent rise of public art in a period of reduced state activity, and on the possible reasons for the assault. Published in the Guardian, 25 August 1995.

On the United Nations Association »

July 1st, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Enthusiasms, War & peace

In the summer of 1995, I was irritated by a dismissal of the UN made by Ann Applebaum in the Daily Telegraph. Against this tendency to see the UN only as a corrupt and incompetent bureaucracy, I wrote this article about the United Nations Association, a voluntary organisation and some of its elderly advocates. Published in the Guardian, 1 July 1995

Rites and wrongs »

June 10th, 1995 | Posted in: Art & its applications, Articles General

On the Millennium and the art of Transgression. Thoughts prompted by ‘Rites of Passage’, an exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London. Published in the Guardian 10 June 1995.

Bob Dylan Comes to Vladimir Merta’s Town »

March 23rd, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Czecho-Slovakia, Music

In March 1995, Bob Dylan launched a European tour at the House of Culture in Prague. I went to the concert with Vladimir Merta, a leading song writer with the cultural opposition before the Velvet Revolution. Published in the Guardian, 23 March 1995

Review of Raphael Samuel’s Theatres of Memory »

February 4th, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Heritage & History

A review of Raphael Samuel’s book Theatres of Memory (Verso, 1995), published in the Guardian 4 February 1995. For more recent thoughts on this argument see ‘Who do you think you are . . . ?’ under ‘Conversations’.