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Postcard from Baku

by Joseph Akel

Opened in 2012, the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Zaha Hadid, was not without controversy when it first opened

Driving into Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, at 1:30 in the morning, a line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice came to mind. Speeding past rows of newly-built but noticeably vacant high rises, the glowing orb of the yet-to-be completed…

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Art in ‘Real Time’ at Sequences VII in Reykjavik

by Chris Fite-Wassilak

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, The Death Show (2014), Sequences VII in Reykjavik

‘Pipes over here, pipes over there – poison in the water, what are you doing here?’ I wondered the same thing myself, hearing the line delivered as a freestyle rap by the hirsute artist Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson. A small group…

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‘Totally Happy’: Radical Chinese Theatre

by Carol Yinghua Lu

Tian Gebing's "Totally Happy" (2015). Photo: Liu Yin.

At a time when social issues seem to be conspicuously missing from artistic and curatorial practice in China, the latest work by Beijing-based theatre director Tian Gebing, “Totally Happy”, which was loaded with political content and social critique, provided a…

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