Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump – Art as Research

This is a great use of photography as research. Of particular interest is the power of the snapshot, the image we take without thinking, rather than the 'artistic' image we make through a deliberate act with a clear aesthetic, political or personal intention. Posting, showing or sharing a snapshot, however, is deliberate and gives us insight into the photographer as much as the thing being photographed.

Shakespeare, icons, archetypes, current affairs (and riots)

Two great programmes on BBC Radio 4 today, Mon March 16th. There is stuff about Trump and Twitter Spats, American history, the role of popular movies in political or philosophical discourse or not, and an astonishing tale of the Astor Palace Riot in which Shakespeare and 'The English Actor' was responsible for the deaths of 31 rioting commoners at the hands of the US militia.

Music For Health – Fela Kuti’s ‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’. The greatest protest song ever.

I lived in Toxteth, Liverpool for a while. I was delivering an urban outdoor education programme. At night I listened to a pirate radio station called TCR or Toxteth Comminity Radio. One DJ was called Encosi Fly. He played Fela Kuti's 'Sorrow Tears and Blood' every night as his closing track. Like the thing about metal below, MOBO always seemed to me to provide an outlet for the grasping of the polemic and the political and render it personal. Music is a healing force in so many ways.

Heavy metal is a ‘bloodletting for the emotionally engaged’ according to a new book

The album of my 16th year was 'Who's Next' by the Who. On it was 'Baba O'Riley' and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' I am over 60 and to this day these tracks make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and John Entwhistle's air bass comes out. We also listened to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'. This is such a true article. Metal and heavy rock generally for me is an outlet for disdain. It comes out through the music so it doesn't come out in my life. Metal is a lifesaver.

Dazed and Confused – Behind the Masc : Rethinking Masculinity

From 2019 this article ticks two boxes that interest me. Discussions about what constitutes masculinity and an example of art used as a form of research. Given an assumption that the patrriarchy still dominates power, then ideas about what it is to be a man must lie at the centre of patriachal power. These ideas hurt everyone, including those men in power. Researching this through words and images are presented for witnessing, like quantitative research is submitted to peer review. The responce is ambiguous, personal, situational and emergent, like art. This is a great collection of photography and journalism as research.