Jen Tombs

When talking about art, should we consider the artist?

Students at Manchester University have recently painted over a mural of ‘If’, a poem by Rudyard Kipling, replacing it with ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou, prompting a debate about the nature of art and if it can ever be separated from the artist. According to BBC News, the re-painting...
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Posted Aug. 25, 2018

Drag is an art form and a political statement

Drag queens have for decades been a vital part of the LGBTUA+ community. As an art form and a social and political statement pioneered by gay men and transgender women, drag made up a culture and community of its own, always on the cutting edge of underground art scenes and...
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Posted Feb. 25, 2018

Sawing open the horror movie genre

With the recent release and box office success of Jigsaw, the eighth movie in the Saw franchise, it seems that gore-based horror — a.k.a. ‘torture porn’ — is still alive and well as a genre. The Saw series, each film of which centres around a group of people who must...
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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

Morrissey’s Low in High School is a low point

After ten solo albums and countless label changes, no-one could be blamed for being skeptical that Morrissey’s Low in High School would deliver anything new. While new music from the former Smiths frontman used to be met with excitement, now there’s just a general unease and a hope that it...
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Posted Nov. 18, 2017