We kick off the new year with an exploration of language in our feature, “Way With Words”. How do we preserve our most endangered languages? How does a dialect become a language? Do labels like “Womxn”, “LGBTQIA”, “people of color” and “Latinx” empower or hold people back? What happens when a command of written and verbal language no longer separates robots from humans? We’ll dig into these questions and more. We profile Armina Mussa, visual artist and creative director of Saint Heron - a multidisciplinary creative agency founded by Solange Knowles. Armina shares how a life-changing incident has helped her find her voice in her art.Lastly, we revisit our MIND series exploring links between design and mental health in urban spaces. How is the creative community in London responding to the pressures of city life?
On Beauty - Stance explores its value in society, the ethics surrounding beauty ideals, the objects we treasure, and the beauty rules of Drag. Stance speaks with artist Naeem Mohaiemen, Turner Prize Nominee, to find out more about what inspires his work. And in our current affairs piece, we investigate how neuroscience is being used to promote greater wellbeing in cities, with a new generation of scientists, architects and policymakers.
How can we re-imagine political power? What is the role of culture in the current political climate? These were the questions framing the YBCA 100 Summit in San Francisco - an event recognising some of the most exciting people, organisations and movements changing society for the better. Stance caught up with this year’s honorees writer, director and TV producer, Janet Mock; founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke; award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author, Nnedi Okorafor; poet, writer, actor and producer of Blindspotting, Rafael Casal; and Chief of Programs and Pedagogy at the YBCA, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, who drives these important socio-political conversations.
In our first ever podcast, as President Trump took office we talked about the rise of the demagogue. Nearly two years on, the bitter fight for control of Congress is playing out in front of our eyes. Stance looks at how global relationships with democratic participation has changed and is shifting in a period of rapid technological and political upheaval. We profile Sayaka Murata, a multi-award winning author in Japan who’s making waves with her acclaimed novel Convenience Store Woman. And for our arts piece, we speak to two poets from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Fatimah Asghar and John Cooper Clarke, about their exciting new collections.
In this episode of Stance Takes - we celebrate Black History Month in the UK and explore the noisy debate about its continuing relevance. In the year that Windrush went from being a ship to a scandal, in the month that many schools dismissed its celebration as tokenistic and in the week two descendants of a Barbadian slave trader married in a royal chapel, Stance asks - how have we got here?
This month, Stance looks at what has been hailed as a new era in masculinity a year on from the launch of the #metoo movement. They dissect society’s idea of masculinity and how this is being challenged and reshaped, with voices including Emmy award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. Stance profiles the award-winning acclaimed poet, musician and writer Kate Tempest, and speak with director, actor and winner of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Desiree Akhavan, ahead of the launch of her highly anticipated new TV show, The Bisexual.