Ella Plevin

 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. The italicized passages are from the Brooks Haxton translation of Heraclitus’ Fragments.

 

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

This month ELLA PLEVIN thinks about Baudrillard's claim that reality is far cheaper than fiction while out on the chroma key corral.

 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

 Rutger Hauer and Theresa Russell share a kiss in Eureka (1983)

Rutger Hauer and Theresa Russell share a kiss in Eureka (1983)

This month, ELLA PLEVIN goes to the movies

This month ELLA PLEVIN goes trick or treating beyond the veil

Ella Plevin reports from the Serpentine Work Marathon 2018

For this month's column ELLA PLEVIN looks through the fables we tell as she goes to the office, takes a late night run and raises the dead

"Falling in and out of time" by Ella Plevin

 Still from  Make it new John  (2009)

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

 Andy Warhol robot, built by Alvaro Villa and his company AVG 

Andy Warhol robot, built by Alvaro Villa and his company AVG

Photo: Time Magazine (1982)

In her very first column for Spike, ELLA PLEVIN writes about bro theorist philosopher kings and the end of the future

The free market of ideas is particularly insidious in that it veils our own ability to choose whether or not to conchie the hell out of the information wars at all. By Ella Plevin

Marianna Simnett pushes her body to the limit – hyperventilating until she faints or injecting Botox into her vocal cords. Her films are about the complexities of gender, contamination, robot cockroaches, cosmetic manipulation, sworn virgins, and Freudian experiments. By Ella Plevin

A pioneer in uniting the avant garde of art with fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli created The Tears Dress with Salvador Dalí in 1938. The celebrated dress offered a violent, inventive glamour that foretold the horrors to come. By Ella Plevin

 Bernadette Corporation with Benjamin Huseby; BC Lifestyle INT 2 – Ruby (2013

Bernadette Corporation with Benjamin Huseby; BC Lifestyle INT 2 – Ruby (2013

In spite of making a vast amount of work ranging from sleek art installations in gallery spaces and collectively authored books to fashion and photography, the New York collective Bernadette Corporation has managed to stay just out of focus. By Ella Plevin

 Gucci Fall Winter 2017 film campaign  Director: Glen Luchford, Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Courtesy Gucci 

Gucci Fall Winter 2017 film campaign 
Director: Glen Luchford, Art Director: Christopher Simmonds

Courtesy Gucci 

The winds are changing in the world of fashion. The era of Demna Gvasalia, Gosha Rubchinskiy and their ilk is nearly over. Gucci is back, taking fashion from the streets into space, with a new aesthetic of eternity that sells the promise of a better world for all. By Ella Plevin

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