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Variant, issue 26, Summer 2006
...the free, independent, arts magazine. In-depth coverage
in the context of broader social, political & cultural issues.
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* Front cover : ScotVEC Module
Belfast city centre has miraculously moved, whilst Ormeau Baths Gallery has
stubbornly remained stationary; it was discovered by Arts Council of
Northern Ireland consultants that it is therefore no longer conveniently
located. Coincidentally, the new city centre is on land owned by private
developers and speculators...
* Irish Connections: Immigration and the politics of belonging
"Claims of mutual solidarity between different post-colonial societies with
a history of oppression play well as ideological politics but when tested -
say, by the presence of migrants - reveal the racism and discrimination of
one's own society."
* Nobody has to be vile
"Liberal communists are top executives reviving the spirit of contest or,
to put it the other way round, countercultural geeks who have taken over
big corporations. Their dogma is a new, postmodernised version of Adam
Smith's invisible hand: the market and social responsibility are not
opposites, but can be reunited for mutual benefit. As Friedman puts it,
nobody has to be vile in order to do business these days..."
London Review of Books http://www.lrb.co.uk
* "The Scottish Executive is open for business"
Focusing attention on the neo-liberal agenda for a step change in opening
up Scotland's communities to private sector penetration, Collins lays bare
the 'fit' between the Scottish Executive's latest regeneration statement
and the economic perspective laid out by the Royal Bank. "An agenda that
can do immense damage across Scotland - but with particularly unsavoury
implications for the poorest communities in the shorter term."
illustrations by Peter Kuper - http://www.peterkuper.com
* Turning Things Around
Considered review of four pamphlets published in connection with the South
London Radical History Group -- Down with the Fences!: Battles for the
Commons in South London; Nine Days in May: The General Strike in Southwark;
Poor Man's Heaven - The Land of Cokaygne: A 14th Century Utopian Vision;
Reds on the Green: A Short Tour of Clerkenwell Radicalism.
* Comic & Zine Reviews
The pick of an armful of publications from London Zine Symposium and
Reading Frenzy @ Horse Hospital, including: Gum, Nervous System, Babylon By
Bike, Paul's No Good Comics, Savage Messiah, Beat Motel, Xtra Tuf, Stolen
Sharpie Revolution, DIY in PDX, Beyer's Beasts.
* Social Capital and Neo-Liberal Voluntarism
Alex Law and Gerry Mooney
Law & Mooney argue that, notwithstanding the near hegemonic use of the
neologism, in its very vacuity lies the widespread ideological appeal of
social capital. In providing a highly circumscribed way to think and act in
terms of social and political mobilisation, its dominance has had, and is
having, worldwide repercussions.
Critique journal : www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03017605.asp
* Prison Radio versus Panopticism
Having been a volunteer on Wandsworth prison radio station project, a
thoughtful reflection on its role in seeking to develop prisoners' personal
& technical skills to project their points of view through the media, and
to strengthen the positive bonds connecting them to society.
Photography by Miguel Ciriza
* The Internet and Democracy: Beyond the Techno-libertarian Rhetoric
"If engaging with a computer enables 'liberation' and by extension,
democratic good health, then no-one and nothing else need struggle to
maintain a polity. ... But beyond the rhetoric of freedom, and in light of
its commercial as well as social applications, what are the real
possibilities for Internet technology in a democratic realm?"
accompanying artwork by alhena katsof: and_
* Showing Rage and Resistance: Bristle
A sharp look at the publication 'Bristle' : political street images &
actions produced in Bristol.
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Document 4 :
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
12 - 16 October, venues across Glasgow, Scotland
Submissions deadline : 4th August 2006
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