Ella Plevin

This month Ella (or something like her) has dinner with Andre and puts on a happy face

 Natalia Osipova, principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet in London

Natalia Osipova, principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet in London

At the ballet, Ella thinks about traversing artforms, borders, and identities

 Kathy Acker, Pussycat Fever , Edinburgh: AK Press, 1995

Kathy Acker, Pussycat Fever, Edinburgh: AK Press, 1995

 Rembrandt van Rijn’s 1631 Minerva at the Gemaldegalerie

Rembrandt van Rijn, Minerva, 1631, 60.5 x 49 cm, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This month, Ella Plevin drifts largely unnoticed through Baku, Paris, and Berlin.

 The Good Life was a popular British sitcom about a suburban couple who tried to escape modern life and go “back to the land” of Surbiton, South West London in which the “radical thinking” of the counter culture finds synergy with middle class (yuppie) Britain.

The Good Life was a popular British sitcom about a suburban couple who tried to escape modern life and go “back to the land” of Surbiton, South West London in which the “radical thinking” of the counter culture finds synergy with middle class (yuppie) Britain.

This month Ella Plevin lets matters ferment with a little help from her SCOBY. She brews bittersweet tea and finds narcissism and historical myopia at the bottom of the cup. 

Annotated images of the Fomalhaut system from NASA/ESA.

The details show the orbital motion of the planet Fomalhaut b (aka Dagon).

NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)

How to dress the devil? If there’s one thing we can learn from the canon of villainy it would be that evil rarely requires a stylist. The arts are populated with villains – on both sides of the screen, page, canvas – who know how to work far more dashing cuts than their heroic counterparts. By Ella Plevin

Tired of all the GoT takes? For her May column, Ella dives into a fish tank and digs into mystical poetic botany in her mother's garden, the Black Forest and at the Serpentine's latest symposium. What is planted may never die. 

This month Ella Plevin slides her way in and out of “thin places” and finds that there’s plenty of nothing to think about (except the number sixty-four).  

For this month’s column, ELLA PLEVIN visits “Life Death Rebirth” at the Royal Academy of Arts and London's Wearable Technology and Digital Health Technology Show

 Photo: Ella Plevin

Photo: Ella Plevin

Reviewed by Ella Plevin

 A trunk full of slime eels exploding on an Oregon highway

A trunk full of slime eels exploding on an Oregon highway

ELLA PLEVIN overdoses on JG Ballard and changes the name of her column

We seem to be living through the revival of esotericism and technobelief in a disenchanted age, but what we are witnessing is no comeback. The gods we pray to and spells we cast have, in fact, been here all along, now they just bear different names. The reality is that the Enlightenment has yet to come… By Ella Plevin

Picked by Daniel Baumann, Harry Burke, Christian Egger, Aria Dean, Alison Gingeras, Dean Kissick, Alvin Li, Lisa Long, Ella Plevin, Dominikus Müller, Klaus Speidel, Natasha Stagg & Bettina Steinbrügge

Ella Plevin reports from the Serpentine Work Marathon 2018

 Still from  Make it new John  (2009)

ELLA PLEVIN goes night bus top deck Fassbinder for her August column

A nihilist’s guide to the unbelievable success of the young European fashion label