TheDrouth

20th May 2020

Pandemical Discourses 7: Happy now..? Optimism or Hope?

Is there cause for optimism or hope now that countries are starting to move out of the lockdown and other restrictions? From Naomi Klein to the Financial Times -from Women Leaders to Trump's tiny mitts...
17th May 2020

Distantly Related: ‘Fieldwork’
at 42 Carlton Place
by Jamie Limond

42 Carlton Place has become known for its regular contributions to Glasgow International, its frequently historical-leaning painting shows implicitly questioning what it means to be ‘contemporary’ art. ‘Fieldwork’, the space’s GI 2020 presentation, has been rendered inaccessible due to recent events, but remains up and running remotely. Jamie Limond responds.
15th May 2020

Objective Events: Ian Hamilton Finlay, the Arts Councils, and the Battle as art and work.
by Greg Thomas

Artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was a man of many contradictions: a writer of words and a conceiver of objects, a collaborator and a fighter. Acutely conscious of the presence of history, he was witty and urbane, yet lived in rural isolation, making a barren Scots hillside into a garden and invoking his revolutionary heroes there. Greg Thomas examines his performative relations with the functionaries of the art world, and assesses the ethical worth and creative achievements Finlay worked into those bureaucratic processes apparently so devoid of artistic potential.
13th May 2020

Pandemical Discourses 6: Of Elites and Epidemics…

Is the Anglo-British elite crumbling in the face of the coronavirus pandemic? And does it matter to the rest of the world?
10th May 2020

While Absent
by Elizabeth Murphy
and Adrien Hester

On what would’ve been the last day of Glasgow International 2020, and in lieu of Teneu Radio, a radio play originally commissioned for and reflecting on the festival, Adrien Lester and Elizabeth Murphy reflect on the experience of absence, and the gaps left in the city as it’s in the process of reimagining itself.
9th May 2020

Traveller crime – or a crime to Travellers?
by Candace G. Thomas

It's a story very familiar to anyone from a Traveller culture; with depressing familiarity sections of the British media dust off every shopsoiled prejudice and trope to demonise a culture already far off on the margins. But as researcher and activist Candace Thomas explains, Travellers are no longer inclined to suffer in silence.
7th May 2020

Pandemical Discourses 5: Is the earth round, or oblate?

Is the commentariat's take on the pandemic and its effects becoming more deeply pessimistic -or just realistic? Selections of analysis and exposure of the racism, the nationalism, the anti-urbanism the class prejudice, and more … Enjoy!
1st May 2020

NO ALTERNATIVE or NEVER THE SAME AGAIN?
by Johnny Rodger

Some apparent tendencies and possibilities in political thinking have already emerged in the pandemic situation –as seen by current commentators in blogs, opinion columns etc – can they be viewed a broader political and historical context yet?
28th April 2020

Pandemical Discourses 4: weekly digest- Can you really see the whole world through your window?

Explorations of economic and financial crash, prognostications of future changes, and seeing the world outside your lockdown window. But is it really the whole world, or just the world of the elite?