June 2016


Our latest free online edition features an interview with the Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei, on the  occasion of her solo exhibition at MoMA PS1. Fei talks of her incursions into the virtual cities of Second Life, the misrepresentation of her work by Western art critics, the influence of her father (a socialist realist sculptor) upon her practice, and her collaboration with Asian gangsta rap group, Notorious MSG. We're excited to present a timely and persuasively argued essay on heteronormativity by American novelist Jacinda Townsend, which she defines as the 'cultural bias in favour of opposite-gendered sexual and marital relationships', but also more expansively as a prejudice that undergirds a wide range of social and economic structures. In a lucid and autobiographical piece, Townsend examines the prevailing rhetoric around single motherhood in the US today. Alongside this, we’re publishing an extract from Paul Kingsnorth's much anticipated novel, Beast (Faber & Faber, July), the second installment in the Buckmaster Trilogy, following a man – Edward Buckmaster – alone on a moor, grappling with the elements and ultimately with himself. Kingsnorth’s first novel, The Wake, was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Elsewhere, Rye Holmboe offers an illuminating essay on sculptor Luke Hart and his installation piece, WALL. Recently on show at William Benington Gallery in London, WALL is a lattice of steel held together by sinewy rubber joints; Holmboe takes on the functionality of art and of WALL’s desire for a material realism over representation: the desire to be what it is, and nothing else. Finally, we are publishing three new poems by Chloe Stopa-Hunt, part of a sequence entitled Germinal. Awarded an Eric Gregory Prize in 2014, Stopa-Hunt's pamphlet White Hills was recently published by Clinic.