Culture



Connecting with Creative Carbon Scotland

8th May 2021

Limiting culture’s contribution to the climate crisis. When it comes to the issue of sustainability, from the use of environmentally toxic chemicals to excessive material waste, the arts industry is not innocent. The art and culture sector is so widely consumed through media such as television, museums, theatres and advertising; the list is endless. The ...


The crypto-art craze

3rd May 2021

Unpacking the art world’s latest debate – who knew Nyan Cat was worth £430k? “But you know, if this becomes a bigger thing, I’m moving to the countryside to grow sunflowers,” my artist friend told me as we were discussing the recent $69m (£50m) Christie’s sale of a JPG file. “Holy fuck,” wrote Beeple (aka ...


Trainspotting: Scotland off the rails

1st May 2021

Almost 30 years after Trainspotting’s publication, Culture Editor Rosie Shackles examines why the cult classic is just as relevant today. Content warning: discussion of drug use and addiction “Choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing junk food intae yir mooth” hit a little too close to home when reading cult ...


Thoughts on The Hill We Climb

1st May 2021

Gorman’s poem is an inspiring call to be the light the world needs. As the 2021 Presidential Inauguration was due to commence at the Capitol Building, the digital format could not subdue the palpability of a despairing hangover from an insurrection that had occurred just two weeks earlier. This inauguration was a crucial moment to ...


Neo-obsession: imagining the future

14th April 2021

Culture is always looking forward. The year is 2015. Flying cars dart like shooting stars across motorways in the clouds. Nike trainers have replaced normal laces with electronic “power laces”. Jackets automatically adjust to the measurements of their wearer. The criminal justice system can sentence people within a matter of hours, owing to the abolition ...


Are we losing the artistic significance of photography?

7th April 2021

 Exploring photography from its inception to the present day. Throughout history, people have used and distributed artistic images of themselves in order to control how others viewed them. From the first Roman Emperors, who had their faces hammered onto coins to the portrait painting of royalty and nobility at the Tudor court, images of individuals ...


Review: Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson

5th April 2021

An enthralling debut that will have you turning one page after the other. This morning, turning so that my eyes levelled with the bedside table, I saw two things: my phone flashing and spluttering away as the alarm went off, and Rebecca Watson’s novel Little Scratch. These first moments of awakening are captured by Watson ...


Iranian cinema: a premiere

2nd April 2021

A cursory look and a list of our top recommendations for Iranian film beginners. If you like browsing through lists of the best movies in cinema history, you have probably come across one or two Iranian movies. Four Iranian movies were included on the BBC’s top 100 films of the 21st-century list. Iranian cinema is ...


Review: We Could Be Friends by Lloyd’s House

29th March 2021

Glasgow-based artist Lloyd Ledingham of the Kundalini Genie and Supercloud goes solo with a dreamy debut of lilting lo-fi ballads recorded in isolation. Writing in the deepest throes of 2020, Lias Saoudi of the Fat White Family suggested that “it would be an understatement to say that a lot of people in music are bricking ...


Deconstructing the music biopic

29th March 2021

Taking a look at the music biopic and our obsession with seeing the on-screen backstory of our favourite stars. Films about musicians have been around for almost as long as films with sound have existed. Granted many of the earlier contenders like Dreams of Love and Casta Diva in 1935 were largely historical dramas centred ...