"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
I’ve been back in Nottingham for a few days and only recently returned to a Berlin that’s beginning to feel a bit like the famous summer of 1977 in New York (not that I was there). Against the backdrop of a financial crisis (which coincidentally was the case in 1977 as well), recent weeks in Berlin have seen rising violence between far right youths and left-wing activists, the complete breakdown of the city’s S-Bahn train service (yet another reminder of the baleful neo-liberalization of public services), and – most surreal of all – a massive JW convention! With more hot and muggy weather on the way, things could get rather prickly!
PS – Having been away from Nottingham, I missed the recent announcement of the opening date for Nottingham Contemporary, the city’s new contemporary art gallery. The striking new building in the Lace Market at the corner of Weekday Cross is scheduled to open on November 14th and is part of a wider renaissance of the city’s art scene which also includes galleries such as Backlit, Moot, The New Art Exchange, Surface Gallery, and Tether. For a full listing of shows in Nottingham, it is worth checking this out. The rest of the website is also a very useful starting point for all things related to the Nottingham scene (news, interviews, commentary). With little fanfare, there is indeed a sense that exciting things are happening in the East Midlands!