From Shostakovich to Frank Zappa, Elvis Presley and The Beatles, writer Ariane Todes investigates what has caused aural offence and how artists have boldly defied the censors through music.
Vanessa Winship: she dances on Jackson
In an extract from Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds exhibition catalogue, photography historian David Chandler reflects on Winship’s Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation award-winning body of work: she dances on Jackson.
Dorothea Lange: A Life in Pictures
We look back through the life and work of pioneering documentary photographer and visual activist, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) to coincide with the first UK retrospective of her work, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing.
Japanese Innovators: Pioneers in Experimental Sounds
Tokyo-based journalist Ian F Martin looks back through the decades to see who was responsible for the genre-defining music emerging from the Japanese underground scenes over the past 40 years.
#ShePersisted: Malalai Joya
Inspired by documentary Enemies of Happiness – about Afghan MP and activist Malalai Joya – OOMK chair a discussion on how to create space for Muslim, female empowerment in 2018
#ShePersisted: Georgina Beyer
Inspired by documentary Georgie Girl – about the world's first trans MP, Georgina Beyer – screening as part of our Nevertheless She Persisted film season, Cause & Effect zine chair a discussion in response: talking trans visibility, the treachery of 'firsts' and how to bring outsider politics to the mainstream.
John Cale: A Futurespective
Across six decades, John Cale has connected the realms of cutting-edge experimentalism and pop immediacy, creating tirelessly, and releasing a vast catalogue that spans ambient innovations to intoxicating rock, orchestral symphonies, electronica, and movie scores. Ahead of John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective, music journalist Arwa Haider looks back through Cale’s career to date.
The Modern Silent
Silent London’s Pamela Hutchinson looks back at the origins of silent cinema and contemplates the striking similarities to what we’re watching now on our phones and on the big screen…
Opera as Politics
Professor Sarah Hibberd explores the history of opera as a vehicle for reflecting, responding to and even effecting political change.
Told by an Idiot
How can we tackle the lack of diversity on stage? We spoke to theatre company, Told by an Idiot, for their advice.
From Page to Stage: Pluto
We speak to Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui about the process of translating manga for the theatre, the impact of manga on the creative process and get an insight into rehearsals with the Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon.
Too Young For What?
We examine the past, present and future of Jean-Michel Basquiat's legacy after a day of events, installations and special performances celebrating Basquiat's creativity
Stockhausen: The Father of Electronic Music
For the tenth anniversary of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s death, Robert Worby looks back at the composer's defining masterpieces - music that demands to be heard - and felt - live.
Basquiat and Downtown
Tim Lawrence remembers the cultural renaissance that was downtown New York's music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. From SoHo warehouses to Mudd Clubb, we look at how Basquiat's passion for New York's music scene influenced his artistic style.
The Grime and the Glamour
Christina Newland looks back the scuzzy and blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 80s New York City, as seen on the big screen.
On Trajal Harrell
Discover more about Harrell’s work and inspirations from MoMA associate curator, Ana Javenski
Brave New Words
We look at how writers from the 19th century to today have been inspired by what we do not yet know or understand
What London Watches: The Ten Films
We asked Londoners – ‘what film shook your world and why?’ The films you chose formed our first crowd-sourced film season. From Casablanca to Sholay, here are the stories behind the films London watches.
The Sounds That Changed America
We investigate how the world of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams transformed the American musical landscape
How do you build an orchestra for London?
We follow the journey of creating an orchestra that would sound, look and feel like London with Sir Simon Rattle
Ibsen: an unlikely radical
Forbiddingly complex and even more forbiddingly beared, Andrew Dickson explore the life of Ibsen, our contemporary
35 Years of Firsts
Celebrating the Barbican’s 35th anniversary, we look back at some of the ‘firsts’ that have took place within our walls and beyond.