making sense of the strange youtube trend of unboxing
Philosopher Jean Baudrillard can help us understand this odd online phenomenon.
catching the millennium bug and the escapism of the Y2K fashion revival
Break out your shiny sneakers and futuristic sunglasses – these bleak political times need some retro-futuristic optimism.
can corbyn really win the general election?
We’re all too aware that outside our youthful, left-leaning social media echo chamber, the support for Jeremy Corbyn is low. The question is, how many of us does it really take to elect a Prime Minister?
the power of punk in the age of instagram influencers and branded content
Why the sounds of 80s hardcore has never been more relevant.
2016 was the year that... the liberal delusion shattered
This year we’ve had to question our faith in progress, across the world years of progress have been rolled back. Why? What can we do to stop it?
are we all bored with describing people as creatives yet?
We're all guilty of saying it, but what does it actually mean when we refer to someone as 'a creative'? As the word enters our daily conversations, we contemplate its negative effects on perceptions towards creative careers.
experiencing brexit as an immigrant
For a first generation immigrant, the Brexit referendum wasn’t merely a singular political event, but rather the latest chapter in a narrative that has shaped the course of my entire life.
is gentrification the reason why new york's youth are looking to london for inspiration?
While New Yorkers have rarely needed to look far for inspiration, a new wave of UK grime and design talent is breaking the Big Apple and bucking the trend. Is London's increasing influence a passing fad or a symptom of a changing city?
the rise of the anti-beauty aesthetic
In a world of easy-to-access beauty, sometimes ugliness is the only way to stand out. We chart the aesthetic of ugliness from German expressionism to hardcore punk to the rise of Vetements.
is berlin really a paradise?
Cheap rents, great nightlife, unparalleled freedom? David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Punk Rock and Berghain? There are no downsides to living in Berlin right?
the international ubiquity of the tracksuit
From French Racailles to Russian Gopniks, Serbian Dizelasi to British “Chavs” - we look into the history of the tracksuit as a symbol of working class aggression that transcends national borders.
why we should treat creative work like any other job
Rents are rising and living gets more expensive, so everyone in the creative industries should stop accepting poorer working conditions and lower pay.