Magazine — VARIANT, Issue 19

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Date/Time: 15/04/2004 12:00 am

VARIANT, Issue 19, Spring 2004 http://www.variant.org.uk
..the free, independent, arts magazine. In-depth coverage in the
context of broader social, political & cultural issues.
* Variant 19 Spring 2004 complete texts
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/issue19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/Variant19.pdf
* Cover
Holger Mohaupt, ‘Local Resistance’, Genoa 2003
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/cover19.pdf
* Letters
‘Video purified of television: On why video art wants to be
boring’, Beech & Beagles, Variant no. 18


A response from Rachel Garfield and John Timberlake
‘From Porridge to Pelf: Young Adam and the Mysterious Scottish
Film Industry’, Mike Small, Variant no. 18


A response from May Miles Thomas, Director of Elemental
Films, and Small’s reply.
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/letters19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/letters19.pdf
* Comment
Begins with events highlighting the development of the
‘embedding’ of journalists within the US’s Police and
Paramilitary forces. Followed by the letter to Scotland’s Cultural
Officials challenging the proposed take over of the visual arts
space Tramway2 by Scottish Ballet. Ends with an overview of
the Tramway situation and a questioning of the expected
changes to Scotland’s cultural infrastructure – the establishment
of a singular Cultural Agency subservient to the Scottish
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/comment19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/comment19.pdf
* Women still in Profile
Social & Cultural Projects: Women’s Strategies in Glasgow
Round table discussion documenting the crucial, often under
represented work of:
Frock On


Glasgow Women’s Library


Sandyford Initiative


National Office of Rape Crisis Scotland


text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/fem119.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/fem19.pdf
* A low down dirty lack of shame
Tom Jennings
A superb class analysis of Channel 4’s new drama series
‘Shameless’. “Gone is the tragic pessimism which can only be
overcome by individual heroism or the painstaking work of
diligent self-improvement.”


text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/shameless19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/shameless19.pdf
* Letter from Palestine
Joyce Carmichael
A harrowing account of the horrors and atrocities suffered
simply surviving in Palestine/Westbank.
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Jews for Justice for Palestinians


text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/palestine19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/palestine19.pdf
* Documentary from No-man’s Land:
‘Prisoner of the Caucasus’ and Document 1
Doug Aubrey
A balanced critical review of Glasgow’s long overdue
International Human Rights Film Festival. Aubrey particularly
focuses on the poetic, raw and sickening film ‘Prisoner of the
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/doc119.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/doc19.pdf
* Evaluating the social impact of participation in arts activities:
A critical review of Fran├žois Matarasso’s ‘Use or Ornament?’
Paola Merli
A much needed incisive critique of the highly influential work of
Fran├žois Matarasso, the ambassador of Arts Social Inclusion
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/socinc19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/impact19.pdf
* Wasting our powers away
Stephen Dawber
Review of the recently published books: ‘Culture Incorporated:
Museums, Artists, and Corporate Sponsorship’, ‘Arts Under
Pressure: Promoting Cultural Diversity in the Age of
Globalization’, ‘Privatising Culture: Corporate Art Intervention
Since the 1980s’. “What is striking about all these books is their
empirical density: under sheer weight of evidence, it seems, the
liberal self-congratulation of the early 1990s has mutated into a
clear-headed understanding that the capturing of public culture
for private interests undermines democracy.”
text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/waste19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/waste19.pdf
* Neither Great Nor Glorious
John Chalmers & Sandra Marrs
A haunting, impassioned account of the dark yet beautiful comic
book ‘Warburger: forgotten or overlooked aspects of war’.



text http://www.variant.org.uk/19texts/warburg19.html
pdf http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue19/warburg19.pdf
* Call for Entries
Document 2
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
17th-20th September 2004
The U.G.C Cinema
Renfrew Street, Glasgow
Scotland, UK
For details see:


* Variant issue 20 will be published 17th May 2004
covering the period to 20th September 2004
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