Module 4.2.1:What The F*ck Kind Of Place is This?

WOrds By Holly Thicknes Art by Holly TEMPLE My main coping mechanism when feeling depressed about how perverse politics in this country was, for a long time, sarcasm. The reaction was born during my time at university, when I took a module called Devolutionary British Fiction. We read George Orwell and Monica Ali; Martin Amis…

WE NEED YOU: The ‘unknown’ series

… Here’s something to perk you up as the icy winter approaches … Plathoes Cave is organising a series of articles surrounding the theme ‘UNKNOWN’. This is for you to interpret as you wish; it could be simply introducing our readers to anyone from an artist or poet to a filmmaker or comedian who is…

CLUB CULTURE: An Ode To the Sesh

Words by Jemima Skala Art by Amelia Dearing Nothing sums up escapism more than clubbing. To paraphrase Samantha Fu, it’s the drugs, dirty dancing, and pounding techno music that allow us to shed our troubles along with our beige work clothes and slip into something more comfortable for the weekend. Club culture and nightlife has…

Rainbow Capitalism

Words by Ellie Dawson Art by Zoe Zori Film by Mary earolan The process of commercialisation: a normal object becomes a symbol for a minority group, then gains attention from marketers. Marketers incorporate the symbol, along with other cultural capital, from the subculture into the mainstream. Take the safety pin: a household item mums used…

Grenfell Tower: The Change That Hasn’t Happened

Artwork by Ana Ovilo Written by Alex Howlett “They always seem to need a significant loss of life before things are changed.” These were the words of former chief fire officer Ronnie King after the Grenfell fire tragedy last month. He also outlined the obvious differences between the experts and “them”, namely beings the ministers…

Frida Kahlo: the stare that has captivated the world for decades

By Gabbie Lynch Artwork by Ton Peelen The name elicits the same reaction as it did when she was alive and painting over sixty years ago. The world is screaming for Frida Kahlo; the flamboyant Mexican artist with the infamous strong brow and harrowing stare. She is a fashion icon, a face often adopted by…

Bernie Sanders and a Beer: A Lesson on Improving the Country

Art and Words by Harriet Speed In many ways I know that I am incredibly privileged: I am white, British, and reasonably well educated. But this week I had an experience that furthered my awareness of just how privileged I in fact am. I study furniture design and making at a small college in Oxford…