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Fiction in the art of Adriano Machado

Fiction and art go side by side. One doesn’t depend on the other, however, I do think they become more beautiful the closer they exist to one another. In their junctions, the imagination is provoked and the ability to invent and create becomes clear. All this leads us to great capacities of significance and meaning…

Curiosity + Taste | food as sensory medicine

Like many of us on the mental health spectrum, my relationship with nourishment is inconsistent. As someone with a mood disorder, this inconsistency is met with violent extremes of too much, or never quite enough; and food is no exception. I am either disinterested or obsessed with flavour and texture – concerned over the contents…

The Pandemic, Politics and Protest in the WNBA

The WNBA regular season is at a close with the playoffs in full swing—and while it was a short campaign—it will be one of the most memorable in the league’s history; not only because of the bubble experiment but because of how it became the most politically tinged season. After the death of George Floyd…

BATTLECRY: On Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s volcanoes

During a virtual walk through her new solo exhibition, BATTLECRY, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum hinted at her volcanoes in conversation with curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. Speaking to her work Trooper, she described the volcano shimmering on the horizon as both “a physical earthly sensibility” that suggests the flow of the unseen and unpredictable, as well as…

Black Science Fiction // polyphonic and polyrhythmic music traditions

Black mysticism, African space travel, Ghetto surrealism, Queer futurism, Black intimacy, hood futurism—enter Black Science Fiction. Home of all things experimental. Afro electronica, live instrumentation, loops, beat-making, soundscapes, synths and streams of consciousness. The object is music! The objective; a combination of notes evoking a response from multiple sensory systems towards an enriching experience. Through…

‘Mermaid Fillet’ – the noir crime novel that will spice up your book shelf

Mia Arderne is no stranger to writing as an expressive form, with an incredible reputation as a writer across journalistic publications, exploring identity politics and mental health. Her first novel manuscript—while unpublished—received recognition by being shortlisted for the Jacana Dinaane Debut Fiction Award in 2015. Reflecting on her literary background, Mia shares that she “worked…