A portrait of state power: Ai Weiwei’s ‘Coronation’

A portrait of state power: Ai Weiwei’s ‘Coronation’

The pandemic feels increasingly like a historic inflection point and ‘Coronation’ may, over time, come to be seen as the first film of a new era. Conveyed through the lens of a dissident, its sense of destiny about China’s rise – a common theme in state propaganda – is a vision that offers no triumphalism or comfort.

Crafting a better future

Crafting a better future

What’s needed is a radical restructuring of capitalism, one that builds on the values of craftsmanship, a post-growth economy organised around human wellbeing, rather than one fuelled by the accumulation of capital.

Our not so distant past

Our not so distant past

The dead-carts have been replaced by hearses and the bodies are burnt rather than buried, but this scenes are not altogether dissimilar to those depicted by Daniel Defoe in A Journal of a Plague Year.