Within the now infamously memetic ‘CCRU: Writings 1997–2003’, it states, ‘Neo-China arrives from the future.’ The latest Xenomars’ track is titled ‘Renminbi’ in reference to the official name for Chinese currency. The track is described as ‘A sensorial trip into Chinese culture and the visual impact it will have in our future.’ We also briefly discussed a ‘Jing Daily’ article, ‘Why Is Post-COVID China Embracing A Cyberpunk Aesthetic?’ What is it about China’s aesthetic trajectory, particularly the iconography of ‘Renminbi’, that inspired this track?

Xenomars: We started to work on Renminbi’s video three years ago, and we didn’t really…


Firstly, I no longer see myself as a politically engaged person. This reluctance to engage politically stems from the energy I ultimately end up providing to a system that I don’t care about. The paradoxical demand from politics today is one in which we are ordered to care about a system that does not care about anyone.

Moreover, politics seems to be sustained by the dichotomy of oppositions. ‘Politics still works, even captivates us,’ but no more so than say television. In short, a position of oppositions ultimately becomes the feedback loop for the system you are opposing.

In the…


I fucking hate zoom. How did my generation, the millennials, go from refusing to communicate except over text message to being available 24/7 on-call for video chat? We leapt horrifyingly over the normal phone call stage and into a mode where you can’t even say ‘mmm-hmm’ and ‘ah-hah’ while folding socks because you have to have your face fixed in an ‘I’m attentively and thoughtfully listening’ mask hiding the so much internal screaming that is inside.

How do you like to have phone conversations? I don’t, let’s be frank, but if I really must, then I prefer to be half-dressed…


“During this time of division and conflicting opinions, this time of accusations and realisations, I’ve occupied myself in the penning of a book. I’ve given Public Pressure the green light as it were to publish my author’s intro and subsequent first chapter. If you’re not triggered by white fragility as a concept, then please, feel free, read on, if only for the reappropriation of character alias’ from Reservoir Dogs.”

Author’s introduction to Mr Brown by John Clay

We’ve all had those discussions on Twitter, Facebook and the like where the platform in question fails us. Unlike a televised debate, users…


“Disneyland is there to conceal the fact that it is the real country, all of real America, which is Disneyland… Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyperreal and of simulation.” Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulations

If this is the case for Disneyland, some forty years ago, can the same not be said of a virtual utopia like that of Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

December 2019, the United States…


It should be noted that the modern conception of Indonesia rose out of an era of colonialism and struggle against the military oppression of both Western colonial powers and Japanese imperialism. In 2008, TheNew York Times regarded President Suharto’s rule of Indonesia as ‘one of the most brutal and corrupt of the 20th century’.

According to Transparency International, it is estimated that Suharto embezzled between fifteen to thirty-five billion US dollars during the length of his presidency, with the exact cost of human life still unknown. …


I’m nonbinary. I am writing this not for me, but for all of you because breaking the rules of gender benefits us all — trans, cis, we are all in it together. Making the world more gender-friendly helps everyone, yet people argue that trans people are a minority. That is irrelevant. We are all policed under societies rules of gender, and the more we break down those barriers, the better it will be for everyone.

It will be better for cisgender girls who are tomboys and don’t want to do stereotypically girly things but still want to be called girls…


A day after the election, The Guardian released, perhaps, its greatest piece of journalism since The Snowden Leaks. A simple, eighteen-minute video titled, ‘How Labour lost, and the hope that endures’.

Two journalists, John Harris and John Domokos, trace a journey on the election campaign, interviewing ordinary people from ‘a rain-sodden journey to Milton Keynes’ to ‘Stoke-on-Trent — where they watch the party’s working-class vote collapse…’

Why has this vote collapsed, not just in Stoke, but throughout Labour heartlands? While experts scratch their heads, the answer is quite simple, it is about the apathy of politicians to engage with the…


It’s a cold, Tuesday morning, when I awake from apocalyptic dreams and reaching towards the darkness of the nightstand — now, holding the handset — the candle-light screen of my addiction towards my face, I finally began the daily ritual, starting with the creed of Samsung, the liturgy of Facebook. It is through the monotony of this process, cycling through the same five or so apps, where I discover ‘lo fi boriswave beats to relax/get Brexit done to’.

It is an unusual sensation to live amongst the manifestations of the 21st Century, whereby we are greeted each morning, almost immediately…


“Everything is here, heaven has come down to earth, the heaven of utopia, and what existed in profile as a radiant perspective is now lived as a catastrophe in slow motion.” Jean Baudrillard, Fatal Strategies.

On 25th April 2019, Phil Kingston of the Christian Climate Action affinity group was lifted down from a DLR train in London where he had been protesting. An image soon circulated of the 83-year-old taken away by police escort. Previous to this event, Phil Kingston stated that “the people who are promoting this economy are only interested in more growth, why do we need more…

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