fri 19/12/2014

Features & Interviews

Photographer Rena Effendi: 'Images of dislocation'

Tom Birchenough

Photographer Rena Effendi’s current exhibition, "Zones of Silence", at London's Mosaic Rooms includes work from four of her recent series, and it’s hard not to see a link between them – displacement. As the exhibition notes explain: these are lives lived in areas of the world that have become invisible.The first room shows work from Azerbaijan-born Effendi’s long study (2006-2012) of life around her native Baku, “Liquid Land”, where refugees from the now distant Nagorno-Karabakh conflict still...

Wolf Hall comes to BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

You read the book, you saw the play, and in January you can see the BBC's new six-part dramatisation of Wolf Hall. Cunningly adapted by screenwriter Peter Straughan and directed by Peter Kosminsky, the series promises to be both a faithful translation of Hilary Mantel's novel and an absorbingly fresh approach to the telly-isation of history."They're such huge books [ie Wolf Hall and companion piece Bring Up the Bodies] and so layered and epic, the first challenge was to find a kind of through-...

theartsdesk in Oslo: Two Peer Gynts and a Hamlet

David Nice

Not so much a national hero, more a national disgrace. That seems to be the current consensus on Peer Gynt as Norway moves forward from having...

Ian McLagan, 1945-2014

Kieron Tyler

The news that keyboard player Ian McLagan had died of a stroke at 2:39pm today at a hospital in his adopted home of Austin, Texas is tremendously sad...

Sci-Fi Week: Space Rock

Kieron Tyler

In 1971, the British rock group UFO released their second album. Titled One Hour Space Rock, its cover bore the subtitle Flying and, yes, images of...

Sci-Fi Week: Through the eyes of JG Ballard

Fisun Güner

The writer was profoundly influenced by art and in turn influenced artists

Sci-Fi Week: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Graham Fuller

The unassailable mother ship of science fiction movies is a sacred cow

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Graham Rickson

How can music express the unimaginable?

Sci-Fi Week: Out of the Unknown

Tim Cumming

At last: the cult 1960s science fiction series finally comes to DVD

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Matt Wolf

A chameleonic talent at home in the worlds of theatre, cinema, and comedy

Gallery: Honoré Daumier and Paula Rego - a conversation across time

Fisun Güner

One was driven by a sense of social injustice, the other by a fascination with stories that hint at psychological disturbance

theartsdesk at the Viennale

Demetrios Matheou

The vitality of Vienna's film festival prevents the city from resting on its laurels

Leviathan: Attacking Putin's Russia From Inside the Whale

Tom Birchenough

Introducing the director Andrei Zvyagintsev and his Cannes-winning film

CD Special: The Basement Tapes Complete

Tim Cumming

It's here - the full, final, complete official bootleg edition

First Person: The lure of the lost play

Tom Littler

As Rattigan's debut is staged after 80 years, its director ponders the rise of the rediscovery

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Britain's best-selling singer on her new jazz album, Amy Winehouse and existential loneliness

theartsdesk in Stockholm: A Nobel Prize for Musical Excellence

David Nice

The 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize brings the Vienna Philharmonic to the Swedish capital

Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time

Marcus O'Dair

On writing the authorised biography of one of the UK's most respected musicians

RIP Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape

Joe Muggs

A sad farewell to the poet laureate of the dubstep generation

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

After only nine years' break, the introspective Edinburgh songwriter is back

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

A Catalan fishing village is the world capital of Surrealism

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Lyrical country meets rollicking cowpunk: Paul Simmonds on writing songs for two very different new albums

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The director of the Encounters Film Festival leaps to the short film's defence

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Mongolians, intense Indonesians and bull-roaring locals at the festival building bridges between Finland and east Asia

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

Walerian Borowczyk's controversial, censor-baiting Seventies film is re-released

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

Huzzah! We're blowing out the candles on half a decade of cultural coverage

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits


To celebrate theartsdesk's fifth birthday, we share your favourite reads


Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters

Subscribe to

Thank you for continuing to read our work on For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £2.95 per month or £25 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a gift subscription?

latest in today

The Fall, Series 2 Finale, BBC Two

Is this the end for Allan Cubitt's fifty shades of serial killer?


Cerebral wandering through the memories of a wonderfully strange games deve...

Eric and Little Ern, St James Theatre

Affectionate tribute to a great double act

Album of the Year: Jack White – Lazaretto

It's music you've heard before, but it never sounded like this

City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse

Lavish entertainment from the musical portrait of Forties Tinseltown

Photographer Rena Effendi: 'Images of dislocation'

Azeri photographer brings the world to us with striking, intimate immediacy

Dumb and Dumber To

Hit and miss comedy sequel from the Farrelly Brothers

Almost, Maine, Park Theatre

UK premiere of sweet, phenomenally popular American drama set in a fictiona...

The Frozen Scream, Wales Millennium Centre

Pastiche co-written by Sarah Waters is a brave misfire

Album of the Year: Swans – To Be Kind

Noisy Americans produce a feral blues masterpiece