Cultural Capital podcast: Jo Robertson

An interview with the east London-based artist and musician.

In the fourth episode of Newstatesman.com's Cultural Capital podcast, I talk to Jo Robertson, who is currently exhibiting in "Four Rooms" at the Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej na Zamku Ujazdowski in Warsaw. According to Tracey Emin, "Joanne has the ability to tap into things on an emotional and psychic level. Her works have an edge and a complexity but there is nothing cynical in them." In 2008, the Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed put her forward for the Creative 30 award, saying: "She wears her heart on her sleeve and paints and sings directly from it. She's a natural. I would like to be more like her." We talk about the influence of grunge on her work, improvisation and her creative process.

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Earlier episodes of the Cultural Capital podcast can be found here

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Katy Perry just saved the Brits with a parody of Donald Trump and Theresa May

Our sincerest thanks to the pop star for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to a very boring awards show.

Now, your mole cannot claim to be an expert on the cutting edge of culture, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on in 2017, it’s that the Brit Awards are more old hat than my press cap. 

Repeatedly excluding the genres and artists that make British music genuinely innovative, the Brits instead likes to spend its time rewarding such dangerous up-and-coming acts as Robbie Williams. And it’s hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

Which is why the regular audience must have been genuinely baffled to see a hint of political edge entering the ceremony this year. Following an extremely #makeuthink music video released earlier this week, Katy Perry took to the stage to perform her single “Chained to the Rhythm” amongst a sea of suburban houses. Your mole, for one, doesn’t think there are enough model villages at popular award ceremonies these days.

But while Katy sang of “stumbling around like a wasted zombie”, and her house-clad dancers fell off the edge of the stage, two enormous skeleton puppets entered the performance in... familiar outfits.

As our Prime Minister likes to ask, remind you of anyone?

How about now?

Wow. Satire.

The mole would like to extend its sincerest lukewarm thanks to Katy Perry for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to one of the most vanilla, status-quo-preserving awards ceremonies in existence. 

I'm a mole, innit.