Art and Technology: A Crucial Marriage in a Post-Digital Society

Op Ed Culture and Arts

By Paola Perrin de Brichambaut Art and technology. At first these disciplines may seem distant, their link dubious, and yet they share a rich history and today are increasingly intertwined. An example of the intricate relationship between the two would be the invention of photography at the beginning of the nineteenth century, a defining moment in the history of fine arts, which …

Quest for Gold on the Olympic Landscape

Ramy Salameh Culture and Arts

Not so long ago I wrote a blog entitled “Brazil ready for the Beautiful Game?” on the eve of the country hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014, stating that every major sporting event must put up with a ‘cloud of negativity’ in the run up to the opening ceremony Such negativity subsequently dissipates as soon as the Olympic torch …

When Photos Started Lying

Jenny Judova Culture and Arts

‘Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.’ (V for Vendetta) Is photography an art form? Most people with or without an interest in art will probably answer ‘yes’ without stopping to consider their answer. But is all photography art? Is a perfume ad in a glossy magazine art? Is a police …

Is Pokemon Go The Answer To Our Obesity Crisis?

Yasin Fatine Culture and Arts, Discussion

The world is currently going through a craze on an unprecedented scale. Pokemon Go is a mobile phone game that requires the user to find and catch ‘Pocket Monsters’ in a virtual world using ‘pokeballs’, and then training these creatures up and evolving them to battle with other players’ Pokemon. Same as any other fantasy handheld game you say? Well, no. …

Christian and Muslim Values: Just how far apart are they?

Sami Hamdi Culture and Arts

A lot can be said about ‘values’; ‘British’ values, ‘Christian’ values, ‘their’ values. The context in which the whole term has been thrown about has nearly always been ‘us’ versus ‘them’. So how different are Syrian refugees, who are predominantly Muslim, from Christians? Let’s make it simpler. How different are the values of Islam from Christianity? One event in history …

How a Muslim woman became the nation’s sweetheart

Soumaya Hamdi Culture and Arts, UK

This year’s series of the Great British Bake Off has been the most watched since the show’s inception in 2010. Maybe it’s because the show has built up a reputation, starting out with a humble viewing audience of 2 million and ending the latest series with a record-breaking 13 million. Maybe it’s because of the particularly entertaining group of competitors …