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19 Jul 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Review: Sophie Taeuber-Arp: 

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was an artist at the forefront of the 20th-century avant-garde. She was also a craftswoman, a graphic designer, a poet, an interior designer and a performer. Such a variation of disciplines has made it hard to define her as an artist. But does that mean she has been overlooked? Tate Modern has put on a major retrospective of Taeuber-Arp’s vast amount of work made throughout her vibrant career. Robert Bound, Ossian Ward and Amah-Rose Abrams review it in this week’s episode, and discuss the links between Africa and the dada movement, the readdressing of the traditional art canon and the seriousness with which decorative art forms are considered.

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8 Mar 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Patricia Lockwood: 

US poet and author Patricia Lockwood is known for her memoir, ‘Priestdaddy’, as well as her social-media presence – she has been nicknamed the ‘poet laureate of Twitter’. Her first novel, ‘No One is Talking About This’, is about the internet and human connection, online and offline. She talks to Robert Bound about the book, the language of the internet, writing a book on her phone and making interior lives exterior.

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25 Jan 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Monocle recommends: 

As many nations face at least the next few weeks stuck inside, we’ve enlisted TV critic Scott Bryan and music journalist Georgie Rogers to tell us the best things that are on television, streaming and coming out on record over the next month or so – all to be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.

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18 Jan 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Max Porter: 

Writer Max Porter joins Robert Bound to talk about his new book, ‘The Death of Francis Bacon’. Porter, whose previous works includes the titles ‘Lanny’ and ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’, discusses art, death and truth, and the impact of 2020 events on the writing of this book.

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11 Jan 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘Little Scratch’ by Rebecca Watson: 

We review ‘Little Scratch’, the debut novel by Rebecca Watson, an experimental exploration of a day in the life of a young woman in London. Robert Bound is joined by critics Susannah Butter and Lucy Scholes.

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4 Jan 2021
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Looking ahead to 2021: 

We look to the year ahead in film, books and art with our critics: Anna Smith, John Mitchinson and Francesca Gavin.

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3 Jan 2021
1 hour

The Curator - Big name special: Part 2: 

Markus Hippi looks back on a year of big-name interviews across Monocle 24.

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28 Dec 2020
30 min

Monocle on Culture - 2020 music, film and TV review: 

Our critics Simran Hans, Will Hodgkinson and Fernando Augusto Pacheco reveal their top albums, films and television shows of the year.

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27 Dec 2020
1 hour

The Curator - Big name special: Part 1: 

Markus Hippi looks back on a year of big-name interviews across Monocle 24.

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21 Dec 2020
30 min

Monocle on Culture - A Christmas story: ‘The List’: 

Celebrate Christmas with us in a ‘Monocle on Culture’ first: an original piece of festive fiction written by Chloë Ashby.

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7 Dec 2020
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Jonathan Coe: 

Novelist Jonathan Coe joins Robert Bound to discuss his new book, ‘Mr Wilder and Me’, a fictional depiction of a young woman who finds herself on a Greek island working for American film director Billy Wilder.

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22 Nov 2020
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

This week: Irish writer and activist Sinéad Burke discusses judging the 2021 International Woolmark prize; Nigella Lawson shares a top recipe; and we meet Norwegian travel writer, Erika Fatland.

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11 Mar 2021
14 min

Monocle on Culture - The Power of Sound: Nainita Desai: 

The composer Nainita Desai is a master of innovative thinking in scores for film, television and games. She is best-known for her documentary work – including music for the Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ and a new Sundance-winning documentary that’s soon to be released called ‘The Reason I Jump’ – but her career has been multi-faceted. Desai has a background in maths and has also worked as a sound designer, which gives her a unique approach. In this episode, Desai discusses the techniques she came up with to reflect the experiences of autistic teenagers in ‘The Reason I Jump’ (from water-filled clarinets to improvising on cellos), how working with Peter Gabriel early in her career inspired her and why her job is to manipulate a viewer’s emotions.

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22 Jan 2021
23 min

The Monocle Weekly - Lauren Oyler: 

‘The Monocle Weekly’ catches up with writer and critic Lauren Oyler, to learn more about her remarkable debut novel ‘Fake Accounts’, which explores the mendacity and compulsion woven into social media.

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12 Jan 2021
30 min

The Monocle Weekly - Richard Mosse: 

In this exclusive interview, Monocle’s Augustin Macellari meets Richard Mosse, whose unique view on documentary photography has shone a fresh light on some of the world’s forgotten conflicts and offered audiences insight into the struggle of refugees seeking safety in Europe. From his studio in New York, he discusses his practice and tells us more about his new project in the Amazon.

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7 Jan 2021
18 min

Monocle on Culture - The Power of Sound: Susan Rogers: 

When Susan Rogers started out as an audio technician she had no idea that she would eventually contribute to some of the biggest pop hits ever made. She is best known for being Prince’s sound engineer on seminal albums including ‘Purple Rain’, but she has also worked with the likes of David Byrne, KD Lang, Barenaked Ladies and Tricky as an engineer and producer. These days the Californian has turned to education. Rogers currently teaches at the famed Berklee College of Music where her interests lie particularly in psychoacoustics. Rogers tells us about her unexpected path into recording, some mind-blowing moments in the studio and, of course, a few tales about working with Prince.

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17 Dec 2020
10 min

Monocle on Culture - The Power of Sound: Jamie Cullum: 

Grammy-nominated jazz star Jamie Cullum tells us about the making of his first ever Christmas album, ‘The Pianoman at Christmas’. He discusses the keys and chords that make classic Christmas songs, the festive music he was brought up on and why this is also a time of year for the spooky and the melancholic.

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3 Dec 2020
13 min

Monocle on Culture - The Power of Sound: Chris Watson: 

Award-winning sound recordist Chris Watson is one of the leading documenters of the natural world, having recorded wildlife across all continents. Watson is also a musician and was a founding member of experimental group Cabaret Voltaire in the early 1980s. His compositions can be heard across radio and TV, including in the HBO series ‘Chernobyl’ and David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ and ‘Frozen Planet’, and he has been exhibited in the National Gallery and The Louvre. In this episode he talks about where his passion for sound came from, and some of the experiences it has offered him, recording everything from blue whales in Baja to hedgehogs in his Northumberland garden. Plus: we hear recordings from his album ‘Stepping into the Dark’.

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