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City: Book: App: Art: Website: Music: ON MY RADAR Corin Sworn's cultural highlights

February 2, 2014

Leah Harper

Based in Glasgow , artist Corin Sworn was born in London and raised in Toronto . Her films, drawings, photos and installations often seek to examine the concept of narrative. Sworn's exhibitions include The Rag Papers at the Chisenhale Gallery , London and Endless Renovation at Tate Britain. Her video work Lens Prism opened Whitechapel Gallery's 2012 Artists' Film International and her short film The Foxes featured in the 2013 London film festival. Sworn was recently announced as the winner of the Max Mara art prize for women Leah Harper Shanghai I just got back from Shanghai , which was wild. It's grown so enormously, it's mind-boggling. In 30 years, the city has completely changed. Our hosts were very generous and took us around China to eat different types of food. Plainwater by Anne Carson I read this book of essays and poetry in the summer. As you read things, you're reading both the texture of the words and the ideas that they unfold. It's unusual to be able to hold both things in your mind at once while reading. . . but somehow you're able to do both with this book. Duolingo I've been playing this free app for learning languages, which is really fun. You just play games to learn the language. A lot of them are repetitive, but that repetition helps you to memorise vocabulary. I'm trying to learn Italian as I will spend six months in Italy next year. Julia Feyrer She has an exhibition at the Western Front in Vancouver and I wish I could go to see it. She makes films and installations that often have a wild sense of invention and they crazily unpack ideas that you think of as being in the domain of order or reason. PennSound I spend a lot of time listening to this website. I like David Antin's "talk poems". PennSound has an archive of poetry readings and interviews with poets. I like reading poetry but, because it's organised sonically, to be able to listen to poetry is really pleasurable. Volume One: Red & Blue by Lurists I've seen Richard Youngs and Luke Fowler , of Lurists, play together quite a bit and each performance is very different from the last; always a sort of playful exploration. This is a collaboration with another person, Heatsick.


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Source: Observer (UK)


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