Steve Spithray

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NARC Magazine, God is in the TV zine, SpithrS Copywriting & Creative Services
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Narcmagazine
01/09/2020
FEATURE: Inside Visual Arts in Middlesbrough

Watching the world go by from inside the spacious town centre studio it's hard not to reflect on the nuances of life. A car stalls in the car park, a shop's automatic doors open and shut with every passer-by like a municipal metronome and a little boy's heart balloon blows in the wind; a real life Mackenzie Thorpe.

Corridor8
Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust - Corridor8

Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) explores the relationships between plants, animals & humans at a time of great ecological upheaval. The exhibition includes works from the 1970s up to the present day by nineteen artists from across the globe.

Corridor8
Middlesbrough Art Weekender - Corridor8

Now in its third year Middlesbrough Art Weekender followed last year's theme of 'connectivity', with the focus this year on 'autonomy', although the common theme of the festival remains its inclusivity and all-ages approach to visual arts. The weekend's centrepiece was Karina Smigla-Bobinski's interactive 'ADA'

Corridor8
Mountain Size - Corridor8

It was the reductivist Alan Hathaway, whose 'Where Have All The Good Times Gone?' (2019) currently occupies Pineapple Black's 24/7 Window Gallery, that made me think about contemporary painting differently. He told me how much his non-objective, space-specific works are influenced by paintings, something that can be

God Is In The TV
03/19/2018
Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade (Duophonic) | God Is In The TV

Hormone Lemonade's opener 'Malfunction' at 16 minutes plus, with its long synth intro and driving Krautrock rhythm that builds into a number of long repetitions is quite the introduction. The track is further enhanced by real-time plinks and plonks that add a childlike texture to an already almost mathematical song structure, and which become something of a theme throughout this record.

Medium
10/09/2016
Belly of Paris - Peste

One can well imagine Bahrain's baroque 'n' roll scene needs to be experienced to be believed. Luckily for us Daniel Cochran, former Saltburn-ite and frontman of on-off avant-popsters By Toutatis, has taken one for the team by basing himself there for his latest musical project, Belly of Paris.

Medium
12/02/2016
Educated Anarchy And The New Protest Music - Steve Spithray - Medium

When Margaret Thatcher finally shuffled off this mortal coil Fat White Family's rooftop celebration in North London was just the accessible, front page friendly, surface of their absurdist take on the KLF's quasi-political anarchy (although one suspects when they go home to their white middle class parents for Sunday dinner that is where the method posturing ends).

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