DIOR

New feminisms | 14 min

A triumphant return to form for creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has delivered a collection that was both stylish and wearable. The background art for the Dior SS24 fashion show was created by Italian artist Elena Bellantoni and featured a series of neon-pink and yellow images of women, juxtaposed with feminist slogans such as "I Don't Belong To Anyone Else," "My Body Is Not A Product" and "I Am Not Your Doll." And so say all of us!!

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Marni

Step bright up | 12 min

Francesco Risso is nothing if not bold. There's a riotous Alice In Wonderland use of colours, wit and crazy charm in the collection, including florals, stripes, and geometric designs. Whimsically glorious. The music was performed live by the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, a French military orchestra based in Paris.

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Prada

Liquid gold | 12 min

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons are on a roll. As underlined by the viscous slime-fall that formed the runway architecture at the SS24 show, This is all about fluidity and expansion. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons, are focusing on the clothing with incredible research on new fabrics, with metallic fringe, soft, dusty chiffon, and a new iteration the brand’s archetypal blazer elegantly affirm the supremacy of craft over concept.

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Fabiana Filippi

Seven veils | 12 min

In May, Italian fashion house Fabiana Filippi, best known for luxury cashmere and knits, appointed Lucia De Vito as its first creative director. With former senior positions at Jil Sander, Valentino, Chloé and Pucci, this marked a momentous shift in tone towards more contemporary narratives for the brand. Watch De Vito’s much-anticipated Spring/Summer 2024 collection come together in a beautifully choreographed presentation.

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Ferragamo

The show must go on | 15 min

Drawing parallels between the essence of Caribbean and Italian styles, Maximilian Davis seems to have embarked on his third show as creative director with confidence. Without sacrificing any of the brand’s trademark luxury, Ferragamo’s SS24 collection feels organic, understated and wearable: as he explained, “I wanted things to feel a lot lighter, both in terms of fabric and construction but also in terms of how people want to dress”. Aided by a sense of playfulness, instilled through sculpted leather, wooden beads, or venus-fly trap, Ferragamo has seamlessly blended two different cultures through the assertion of their mutual understanding: personal ease. “The idea of doing everything at your own pace, on your own time.”

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Arnaud Carrez

Time and Timelessness | 9 min

Arnaud is the international marketing and communications director at the French luxury house Cartier, the headline sponsors of the Venice Film Festival. We joined the festivities to discover more about the longtime relationship between Cartier and the silver screen.

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Basma Khalifa

Fashion, Film | 4 min

Basma Khalifa is a screenwriter and filmmaker. She tells us about the power of stories and the place of film in connecting and crossing worlds.

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Greta Bellamacina

Poetry in motion | 3 min

Rising star talent, poet, actress and model Greta Bellamacina has just finished shooting her first feature film. She tells us how this London girl who loves books found her way into the Italian film industry.

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Special Anniversary Issue

25 Years of Thinking TANK | 0 min

TANK began life in 1998 as a palm-sized magazine. We are celebrating a quarter of a century as an independent magazine with a special anniversary issue packed to the rafters with art, interviews, features, fashion and much, much more. Plus, one hundred or so pages of this 300+ page issue are the results of letting the artist Theaster Gates loose in the house, giving him the space to commission articles, conduct interviews, and illustrate features. 

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Five Scenes

By Frank Eli Martin | 11 min

The War in Afghanistan formally ended in 2021, but warfare represents an ongoing psychic and geographic disruption. This short documentary from London-based director and cinematographer Frank Eli Martin, Five Scenes from the War in Afghanistan as They Appear in East Sussex, examines former soldier Clement Boland’s subjective experience of conflict, following his damaged imagination as it imposes a fragmented chronology onto the idyllic landscape of his native corner of England.

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Cold Stack

By Frank Eli Martin | 11 min

This beautiful and melancholy short film from London-based director and cinematographer Frank Eli Martin charts the decline of the oil rig industry in the Scottish Highlands. The film takes a pilgrimage to the Kishorn fabrication yard and the derelict Cromarty Firth, with the future of the region and its energy-dependent infrastructure finally expressed in the otherworldly beauty of the wind farming now dominant in the area.

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Is AI Coming for us?

A conversation with Ali Eslami of DeepMind | 53 min

Ali Eslami is a senior scientist at Google Deep Mind. Here he talks to Tank's Caroline Issa about different kinds of Artificial Inteligence, specially LLM's (Large Language Models) and tells us what  we should be  excited about what we should worry about.

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Johanna Hevda and Harry Dodge

In conversation | 100 min

The protagonist of Johanna Hedva’s novel Your Love is Not Good (And Other Stories, 2023) is caught between worlds: between LA and Berlin, between her mother and her absent father, between her own corporeality and the mystical allure of Hanne, a painter and LA it-girl with whom the narrator becomes dangerously obsessed. A kinky interrogation into whiteness, embodiment and the absurdity of the art world, Your Love is Not Good is a continuation of the bracing stylistic clarity featured in Hedva’s celebrated 2018 novel On Hell.

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Gaia today

With Gary Zhexi Zhang, Asad Raza and Sougwen Chen | 55 min

In April, the Science Gallery hosted As Above, So Below, a two-day programme celebrating Gaia Theory and the life of biologist Lynn Margulis. In this discussion hosted by Gary Zhexi Zhang, Sougwen Chung and Asad Raza discuss synthetic intelligence and how technology inevitably decentres the human.

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Anton Hur and Bryan Karetnyk

| 59 min

We invited two of the world’s foremost literary translators and authors, Anton Hur and Bryan Karetnyk, to discuss the art and graft of the craft. They talked about how they find their projects, the importance of retaining difficulty and how it feels to live half-inside a language. 

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Ha-Joon Chang

Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World | 3 min

Ha-Joon Chang reads from his sixteenth book, Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World, (Penguin, 2022). An alternative to neoliberal economic thinking, his work explores globalisation, climate change, immigration, austerity, automation and much more - in its most digestible form. 

 

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Sophia Giovannitti

Working Girl: On Selling Art and Selling Sex | 14 min

Writer and artist Sophia Giovannitti reads from her book Working Girl (Verso, 2023), an examination of the twin worlds of sex work and the art marketplace. These incredibly lucrative yet shadowy industries are built on the commodification of creativity and desire, authenticity and intimacy – yet, as Sophia argues, accepting rather than refuting this taboo might lead to a more genuine freedom.

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A Potted History of East

By Gboyega Odubanjo | 2 min

All of us at TANK were devastated to learn of the death of Gboyega Odubanjo, who has passed away aged 27. A Barbican Young Poet and previously a Roundhouse Resident Artist, Odubanjo was the author of two poetry pamphlets, While I Yet Live (Bad Betty Press, 2019) and Aunty Uncle Poems (The Poetry Business, 2021). In the early summer, Gboyega came to the studio to record readings of three poems from his forthcoming collection Adam. Here, he reads “A Potted History of East”.

Gboyega’s family are fundraising to establish the Gboyega Odubanjo Foundation for low-income Black writers in his memory – donate here.

Published: 13/07/2023

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Fintan O'Toole

We Don't Know Ourselves | 7 min

Prolific and polemic journalist Fintan O’Toole reads from his book We Don’t Know Ourselves, a first-person history of Ireland in the second half of the 20th century.

 

 

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A Task Undone

By Fernando Pessoa | 1 min

As read by Heloisa Serafim.

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Dispatches from the Diaspora

Read by Gary Younge | 4 min

Gary reads an extract from his latest book, Dispatches from the Diaspora (Faber, 2023), a broad and unflaggingly perceptive collection of his journalism since 1994 and further proof of his standing as one of Britain’s few true public intellectuals. Gary has just been awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2023.

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Monster Hunt

Lydia Tár and fashion monsters | 7 min

TANK’s Caroline Issa reads from the editor's letter of our Education issue. Is a certain monstrousness required in the achievement of creative vision?

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The Fantastic Real

By Olivia Erlanger | 12 min

Olivia Erlanger reads her piece from the Spring Issue of TANK on the ethical landscape of young adult fiction.

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Eating Your Words

By Masoud Golsorkhi | 10 min

Caroline Issa reads the editor’s letter from the Summer Issue 2023: on learning how, not what, to read.

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Yesterday this day's madness did prepare

Paul Franz | 17 min

Paul Franz reads from his piece "Yesterday this day's madness did prepare", which investigates the representation of time, memory and research in Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi noir 12 Monkeys.

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Philippa Snow

Which as You Know Means Violence | 5 min

Philippa Snow reads from her book Which as You Know Means Violence: On Self-Injury as Art and Entertainment (Repeater, 2022), about Harmony Korine’s violent excursion into beat-up TV and the king of the spectacular stunt, Buster Keaton.

 

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SUMMER OF LOVE

bunny hoova & itsnatevendahk | 4 min

Inspired by Paweł Pawlikowski's My Summer of Love, bunny hoova and itsnatevendahk muse on summer flings and wander around Manchester.

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Tele Hill Climbers

Older Brother ft. Metrist | 5 min

Poet Older Brother teams up with producer Metrist and filmmaker Tom Butler to watch the world burn from the titular South London park.

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The sea

With Faisal Devji | 11 min

Why do people go to sea? Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. He discusses twin marine tragedies in which a group of billionaires and a group of refugees were drowned, finding both to be expressions of a neoliberal risk economy.

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Trading places

With Faisal Devji | 7 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. Here, he asks: what do Biden and Modi want from a new US-India trade deal?

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Mercenaries

With Faisal Devji | 10 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. In the light of the recent rebellion by the Wagner group in Russia, he reflects on the trend for and the perils of using contractors and merceneries.

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Civil war

With Faisal Devji | 10 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. Here he discusses civil war as a historical theme, why it has made a return and how we could break out of its destructive cycle. 

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Ukraine

With Faisal Devji | 10 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. We asked: how can the ongoing war in Ukraine be understood beyond the historicism of the West?

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Neutrality

With Faisal Devji | 11 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. Here he sets out how neutrality as a mode of international relations is making a most welcomed return. As the historical moment of a unipolar world order passes and with it the need for international law and institutions becomes self evident, neutrality is once again seen as a highly useful position from which to appeal for peace.

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Diversity & the Conversatives

With Faisal Devji | 7 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. We asked: why are there more black and brown Tories than Labour politicians, and what does that mean against the background of the party’s xenophobic and nationalistic policies?

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The New Europeans

Wtih Faisal Devji | 12 min

Faisal Devji is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in the political thought and contemporary history of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim world. We asked: what’s special about the emerging extreme rightwing politicians in Europe such as Italy’s Giorgia Meloni?

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Free Zoo (2021)

A man and a boy | 18 min

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Harmless (2020)

Fatherhood | 12 min

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Smile With Your Eyes (2020)

Covid's heroes | 12 min

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Timepiece (2022)

Three siblings in a bind | 23 min

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Behind The Scenes

Meet the director | 3 min

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TICE CIN

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “close encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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CALEB FEMI

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “close encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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JOANNA BIGGS

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “close encounters” for the Summer Books Issue. Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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MOMTAZA MEHRI

FLASH FICTION WITH MONTBLANC | 1 min

TANK invited four writers to respond to the idea of “close encounters” for the Summer Books Issue.
Four new Flash Fictions from Tice Cin, Caleb Femi, Joanna Biggs and Momtaza Mehri, powered by Montblanc.

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