Thousands take to London’s streets in UN anti-racism protest

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Dazed joins the protesters trying to stamp out British hate in the face of rising prejudice

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

You’d have to be pretty much blind not to see that discrimination is on the rise in the UK. With anti-Muslim hate crime rising 65 per cent in London alone and a tenfold increase in attacks on Polish people in the UK, it’s clear that xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia is alive and well in today’s Britain. This Saturday, thousands of protesters took a stand against hate in London to mark UN Anti-Racism Day.

The demonstration, organised by several groups including London Black Revs, Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism, saw a huge turnout of people from all backgrounds, religions and races. Protesters arrived in unison, having marched from Portland Place, chanting, “Shut it down! No human is illegal!” as they waved banners reading “stand up to racism and fascism”, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “austerity breeds fascism” and more.

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Cory Arcangel on losing himself to the Internet

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The lowbrow king manifests Miley Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson as his digital and pop cultural obsessions go into overdrive

"Awkward Smiles / Lakes", 2013 1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

“Awkward Smiles / Lakes”, 2013 1920×1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables
Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Cory Arcangel was a self-confessed computer-nerd as a young boy. Fast forward a few decades and not much has changed, as his significant body of work – where the New York-native toys with the digital and pop cultural world in a way that few others do – will show. A firm Dazed favourite and one of the most influential artists of the New Media Generation, his work covers all aspects of the digital – from manipulating Nintendo games in Super Mario Clouds (2002-), to producing artworks from pool noodles in his “Screen-Agers, Tall Boys, and Whales” (2011-2015) series. Investigating the relationships of technology and culture, Arcangel signifies old, lost and forgotten media that he takes out of the real world and gives a valuable platform in the abstract. “One of the great things about being an artist is you’re given the opportunity to take things out of real life and put it into a place where people might consider it in 20 years, otherwise people will forget”, the digital-lover tells us over Skype.

Having been exhibited in major galleries all around the world, including New York, where Arcangel is from and based, his next showcase will be in Bergamo, marking his first major solo exhibition in Italy. This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous (yep, Miley Cyrus lyrics) takes place in Italy’s oldest municipal building, contrasting heavily with his ultra-contemporary installations – you’ll understand Cory’s fierce passion for the digital world just by hearing the entire gallery space is going to be covered in a custom-made carpet in a colour-gradient spectrum from the artist’s Photoshop Gradient Demonstration series. All of the combined works from the trans-medial artist in the show will give an almost full biographic of Arcangel’s creative language from the last 15 years. We caught up with Arcangel ahead of him jumping on a plane to Italy.

Read the full interview on Dazed here.

Fat White Family: “The medium of rock’n’roll has been hijacked by careerist scumbags”

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One of the most topical, spoken-about young rock ‘n’ roll bands of the moment, Fat White Family‘s media portrayal is akin to a Trainspotting scag-head bunch of anarchic unsavoury lads. Sean Lennon,who helped co-produce the long-awaited second album, described them as “chaotic and out of control”, comparing their “extreme personalities” to that of the Wu Tang Clan.

It’s indubitable that they have rebellious tendencies  – one gig saw them throwing a pig’s head around the crowd and it is true Lias Saoudi, Fat Whites’ main vocals, did once shit during a gig and often resorts to G.G. Allen-style nudity. But this comes with their onstage executions – the deranged, sweating and topless Lias throwing himself around the stage later is far away from the calm and cordial singer in person.

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Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Starting Fresh: The 405 meets Mikal Cronin

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Multi-musical and genre-hopping Mikal Cronin‘s self-titled debut was a hit amongst pop-rockers and rockers alike, and after releasing the follow-up, MCII, it seemed the logic behind the titles were fitting. Now with only two months until the release of his third (it’s out May 4th on Merge), logically titled MCIII, it seems there is more than meets the eye for the third instalment.

He based the format for this LP on Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, something he said resonated with him – one side pop songs and the other, darker, melancholic melodies about death. “I really connected with that record, and liked that it allows you to listen in a few different kinds of ways. So I went with a similar outline,” Mikal told us, noting the structure of his album.

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Jumping Through Dimensions With Killer Creative, Penny Mills

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When gazing at a gorgeous fashion editorial or a suave ad campaign, you’re likely to consider who took the photos or who did the styling, but rarely do we speak about the set-designers of said campaigns, no matter how extravagant or impressive.

One such creative that you should get to know is the multitalented Penny Mills. Despite starting off in the costume department, her skills cover a vast array of creative fields. Working in both art, directing and her main focus, set design – she produces otherworldly creations for an impressive roster of clients.

Indie magazine editorial ‘Toy Story’ Photography: Zoe McConnell

Indie magazine editorial ‘Toy Story’
Photography: Zoe McConnell

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Her Dreams Dictate Her Reality: Soko

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Photography: Alice Baxley

Photography: Alice Baxley

When Stéphanie Sokolinski, aka Soko, left school at 16 and moved to Paris to pursue acting, I doubt she would’ve predicted her career turning out that way it has. Now one of France’s finest dream-pop provocateurs, Soko has sold out gigs all over Europe, been in the Billboard top ten, and ‘We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow’ – from her 2012 debut – was featured in the viral ‘First Kiss’ video. It’s not just music either. She’s set to star in four feature films this year, including the lead in Nina Ljeti’s Things You Missed While You Were Gone, the director of Soko’s music video for ‘Ocean of Tears’.

Soko hasn’t always had the easiest time though – frequent panic attacks and industry worries led to a musical hiatus in 2009, however, coming to accept her demons, Soko spent the last year putting her thoughts down on paper for her second album, My Dreams Dictate My Reality. Admitting the album is focussed on accepting these inner demons, dreams, fear of death and her childhood, she agrees that since the arrival of her first album she feels lighter and happier as a person. “I’m still completely scared of growing up and still have a major fear of commitment. But I’m more in tune with who I am I guess,” she contemplates.

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Interview with Charli XCX

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Photography: Bella Howard

Photography: Bella Howard

She wrote and featured on Icona Pop’s double-platinum certified ‘I Love It’, blew 2014 apart with Clueless wet dream ‘Fancy’ (receiving two Grammy Award nominations in the process) and is now assisting the legendary Gwen Stefani in writing for her next release, but Britain-born Charli XCX is a bona fide candy-coloured success in her own right too.

Despite being crowned Billboard’s ‘Hitmaker of the Year’, and having pop hit ‘Boom Clap’ in the heartbreaking Motion Picture The Fault in Our Stars, she doesn’t do it for the rankings. “Chart positions and awards and stuff like that are all added bonuses but not something I strive for,” the singer says.

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Tampons: Bleeding You Dry Aren’t They?

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When actually weighing up the scenario of what would happen if you were to stop using tampons, it slowly dawns on you that there is no opting out of buying sanitary products that, unfairly, are really expensive.

A box of 20 Tampax costs £3.14 in Tesco, which is likely to last a girl no more than three or four days of each month, and when experiencing one of the most tedious – and sometimes unbearable – cramps of your life, the knowledge of this cost, when other somewhat ‘less necessary’ products are not taxed, only induces more pain.

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Lynda Benglis: ‘You cannot kill creativity’

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She caught the art world’s attention by posing with nothing but a dildo – 40 years on, one of the most prolific feminist artists talks challenging ideas, money and male domination

With work from the Peacock series, India, 1979 Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York

Feminist icon and art provocateur Lynda Benglis astounded the world when in 1974 she photographed herself in the raw for Centrefold in Artforum, wearing nothing but cateye sunglasses and clutching a dildo against her groin in a stand against male-domination in the art world. Somewhat prompting her significance, some of the editors quit the magazine in protest. Benglis, now 73-years old, prolific in name and revolutionary in nature, emerged as part of a new generation of artists fashioning original approaches to sculpture and painting in the wake of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop Art.

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Jessica Pratt: “I think you have to leave a little mystique.”

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Officially stepping onto the music scene when White Fence’s Tim Presley formed Birth Records solely to release her songs, Jessica Pratt’s second album On Your Own Love Again is finally here. Although the first album was a collection of songs she’d recorded without much intention for people to hear, by 2012 Presley had Pratt’s self-titled debut on the shelves. Since then, Pratt moved from San Francisco, where she worked various customer service jobs, to LA. Embracing the hermit side of her personality, she confined herself at home with little distraction to write and record On Your Own Love Again, an album which feels much more warm and comfortable to Pratt: “It was the most time I’d ever allowed myself to work on one project and focus on it so it was all very new to me in some ways.”…

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