category: Art

How to Drown Mediocrity (When We Ourselves are Drowning In It)

4:01 PM, Monday 6th July 2015 POSTED BY

Over the past couple of years I have read and re-read Walter Benjamin’s iconic essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – originally out of duty and consequently out of enthusiasm. The essay, written on the cusp of the Second World War, endeavours to understand the relationship between human visual experience and mechanised …


The (Probable) Birth of Maltese Cinema

11:52 AM, Thursday 7th May 2015 POSTED BY

The cinema industry in Malta is presently undergoing notable positive changes, continuing to entice Hollywood directors and producers to create their films locally. Only recently was the news announced that Michael Bay’s drama on the killing of the American ambassador in Libya would be filmed locally. From an economic perspective, having such films shot in Malta is …


How Valletta’s Reaction to Street Art Betrays Institutional Decrepitude

10:49 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

Did you know that Valletta is the European Capital of Culture for 2018? This is a status given to a city to celebrate its unique culture, and a chance to regenerate its culture to compete on an international level. Valletta attained this remarkable bid on the back of a massive City Gate regeneration project and riding on …


Making Do

4:26 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

World War Z. Conan the Barbarian. Game of Thrones. The Devil’s Double. Agora. The Da Vinci Code. Munich. Alexander. Troy. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Count of Monte Cristo. Gladiator.


Hipster Than Thou

4:16 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

PATRON looks around the assorted knitted scarves, vintage hats and out-there coats on show outside Owls & Antlers, hoping to catch a glimpse of Yumi, the artist girl who always behaves like a cat. Not simply to peer of course. We brought our pocket chihuahua with us dressed in a très chic checkered flannel waistcoat, hoping to …


A Lack Of

3:34 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

When the phrase ‘pajjiz tal-Mickey Mouse’ is endlessly reiterated as being descriptive of a country’s politics and cultural output, you can easily assume that there is an inherent drawback in national consciousness and, possibly, abilities. Yet if said nation was known for its hardworking and capable population and thus no shortcomings can be attributed to technical aptitude, …


Code Breaking

1:08 PM, Friday 3rd October 2014 POSTED BY

Since its first print run back in ‘82, the Codex Serafinianus has galvanised readers around the globe. In its fourth edition, with the tome growing larger each time as new chapters are added, the mystery of the Codex is as intriguing as ever. The book is written in a fantastical made-up alphabet and illustrated with hand-drawn pictures …


Capturing A Space Between Worlds

3:58 PM, Friday 26th September 2014 POSTED BY

Kris Micallef is the architect of his own underwater kingdom, a fabled little place constructed from floating gymnasts and golden specks. But he is not going to tip you over a cliff to see his world. Instead, he invites you to Blitz, where his creation comes to life through a photography exhibition under the name of REGNVM.


Goodbye Plato, Thanks for the Memories

7:30 PM, Saturday 6th September 2014 POSTED BY

Art school is a whimsical, exciting place for those who enter through it’s gates, yet once you find yourself at the exit you realize that your mind is significantly more confuzzled than it was initially. For some, the looming thought of unpromising career options, if any, is a frightening and relentless concern that poses devilishly on their …


(De)Memorialising Malta’s Heroes

7:19 PM, Saturday 6th September 2014 POSTED BY

[On the mutual negation of art and memory]