John Berger

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“What are we trying to do when we keep literary records? Is archive- keeping an educational, philanthropic gesture by an artist?” Photograph:    Frank Miller

My friend the writer Philip Casey once organised his archive for deposit at the National Library of Ireland. For years, he’d kept everything, a chrono(...)

Sarah Browne: Report to an Academy (2016),  HD video 28 minutes. Courtesy: the artist

What should “equality” really mean for women? One argument suggests it demands support for women to achieve the same as men. Why is support required? (...)

The funny thing about my arachnophobia is I used to love spiders. When I was a child I wanted nothing more than to own a pet tarantula. I took every c(...)

Artist and publisher Jim Savage, who died suddenly on August 14th

Jim Savage Born: October 29th, 1950 Died: August 14th, 2019 The artist and publisher Jim (James) Savage, who died suddenly on August 14th, was born i(...)

 Lauren Conway, a Leaving Cert student at Coláiste Éinde, Galway: “The question on ‘Hamlet’ asked us to examine it as a disturbing psychological thriller, and I think most students were quite happy with this question.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It was the discussion of the Leaving Cert: which poets will appear on the paper? Like a lot of my classmates, I was really nervous about this. While (...)

In  Black Mirror   Hayley Atwell buys a life-sized robotic replica of her partner after his death.

Midway through the first season of Sense8 – a science fiction drama created by the Wachowski siblings and J Michael Straczynski – a mysterious man nam(...)

There are  differences between the way hygge is understood in Denmark and  abroad

In the first episode of Mad Men, Don Draper tells us what advertising is all about: happiness. “You know what happiness is?” he asks. “Happiness is t(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)

John Berger at the Vangard Gallery, Cork, for  the opening of his exhibition with Spanish artist Marisa Camino in 2005. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

John Berger, the Booker prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died ag(...)

Helen and |, by Meadhbh McHugh, which illustrates the role of subjectivity in theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Art, they say, changes the way we see things. Leonardo Da Vinci lets you gaze on the last supper, each diner arranged for display like the top table o(...)

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