Author: Jordan Cook

Exhibition Exceeds Expectations: The British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Expertly devised, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is a fine example of cohesive curation: artifacts, texts, and images from varying periods and places, are able to seamlessly occupy the same space through the Potter-thread that unifies them. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The year must also coincide with an increased burst of interest in all things Potter: the run up to this milestone year has been peppered with revamped and illustrated editions of the original stories; last year’s film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a...

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Giovanni da Rimini on Facebook Live

On Thursday 29th June, 6pm (BST) The National Gallery will be hosting a Facebook Live exhibition tour of Giovanni da Rimini: A 14th-Century Masterpiece Unveiled.[1] The tour will provide an exclusive glimpse of the reunion of “Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints” (procured by The National Gallery in 2015) and “Scenes from the Life of Christ” (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome), two halves of a diptych by Giovanni da Rimini. Though often necessary for conservation purposes, it has become common practice for medieval art to be alienated from its original context. Separating panels of diptychs...

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Margery Kempe: The Moaning Mystic

Margery Kempe, the subject of the self-dictated Book of Margery Kempe – often referred to as the first autobiography in the English language – is well known in medieval literary circles, albeit perhaps begrudgingly. She was, and continues to be, a woman difficult to ignore. In fact, the word “difficult” would likely be lingering close by any semantic field dedicated to the description of Margery Kempe, alongside others such as: contrary, radical, unconventional, discordant, and outspoken. Whilst these words, individually, are often perceived as negative, women across the world in recent years have been criticised in similar ways for...

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The Problem With Sherlock: Bond in Baker Street

On Sunday 15th January the BBC aired the final installment of the latest (and, potentially, the last) season of Sherlock, entitled “The Final Problem”. The episode has been met with mixed reviews to say the least, with a feeling of confused disillusionment seeming to be the popular consensus. But why is Sherlock so disappointing of late? What is missing? How have we reached a point when “The Final Problem” is a sadly apt title for a once universally acclaimed programme? Don’t get me wrong, Sherlock is not without its merits: at times the episodes produce clever storylines and sparks...

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The Tempest: CGI at the RSC

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has partnered with Intel and Imaginarium Studios to incorporate a revolutionary new ingredient into live theatre: CGI and performance capture technology. This production of The Tempest is currently being performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon until the end of January, resuming again at the Barbican Theatre, London later this summer. The technologically enhanced production will particularly explore the many manifestations of Ariel (Mark Quartley), through the same technology used in the development of Gollum (Andy Serkis) in Peter Jackson’s The...

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