Fintan O’Toole: The first World War is still being fought
- November 10, 2018
It was the greatest silence in all of history. On the western front, the British and Americans were using sound waves transferred on to film to give v(...)
Touching up: are we wrong to colourise old photographs?
- Visual Art
- August 25, 2018, 05:00
Swipe your phone, gaze at a 42in plasma screen, or just look at packaging for children’s toys, or the interior of a McDonald’s. We live and breat(...)
Can a list of someone’s stuff double as literature?
- July 19, 2018, 06:30
For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50sq m Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation of his possessions, inclu(...)
What happens when an artist becomes commander-in-chief?
- January 20, 2017, 12:00
Shortly after he became president of Czechoslovakia, borne by the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the dissident playwright Václav Havel had a problem. He n(...)
Has the age of instant access finally put an end to the critic?
- Art & Design
- January 4, 2017, 12:45
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(...)
Pantibar’s sign: Why we should keep its striking design
- July 9, 2016, 05:12
Writing in the late 1920s, the German critic Walter Benjamin described the “jerky nearness” of electric signage as a new feature of city life. Where (...)