The White Pube
By Gabrielle and Zarina
TWP is the collaborative identity of Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente under which we write about art, exhibitions, video games and food. This podcast hosts audio versions of our weekly reviews and art thoughts, plus bonus episodes where we talk about life & art world hacks.
This week's review is on BLACKTRANSSEA, the new game by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. It is currently on show at QUAD in Derby as part of Danielle's first solo exhibition. If you can't get to Derby, like me, then the game is available to play online at blacktranssea.com. This review is about writing to remember, colonisation, mother nature, games in exhibitions, and new endings for us all. The written version is available here + as always, thank you to our Patreon gang for supporting The White Pube I love you Thanks for listening
October 17, 2021
Review: Turner Prize 2021, Bumper Pack
This week's text is a review of the 2021 Turner Prize! We've never reviewed the Turner Prize before, and i don't know why?!? it's such a Moment™️. But this year, there has been so much noise about all the nominees being collectives, and I went up to the Herbert on a press trip to go have a look round with the rest of the press pack - felt like i literally HAD to review it lmao. SO here it is, a long chunky extended cut: mini reviews of the work being presented, as well as a run down of the wider TP vibe. Also, a soft proposition for the Turner Prize to be more like the X Factor, that i'm only HALF joking about. If you want to read the text version of this, please visit: thewhitepube.com/turnerprize2021 i also mention a few other text, linked here: BOSS's statement about being nominated Juliet Jacques' article for Frieze, about what this year’s Turner Prize tells us about the arts after a decade of austerity. Morgan Quaintance's eternally relevant essay, Teleology & the Turner Prize or: Utility, the New conservatism The only reason The White Pube can still exist is because some of our readers choose to support us each month on Patreon. If you wana, you can chip in a couple £s a month, if not no worries!!!! Happy weekend! & enjoy!!! :)
October 10, 2021
Review: Kena: Bridge of Spirits
This week’s review is Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the recently released game from Ember Lab about a young spirit guide who helps troubled spirits move on. It looks great, gameplay is solid, but the story just did not land. For people who want a big combat challenge, go for it. But for those who play games searching for magical, dramatic stories, I don’t know if this one quite works. Written version: thewhitepube.com/kena-bridge-of-spirits Thank you to our Patreon fam for supporting the weekly writing on The White Pube &&& thank you to Ember Lab for sending a copy of this game for review. And the stickers. Thank you for sending me stickers.
October 3, 2021
REVIEW: Manifesto, Ane Hjort Guttu
This week's text on The White Pube, is a review of a film! Manifesto, by Ane Hjort Guttu, which is aw a few weeks ago at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. This text is also a cheeky excuse to think a bit about art schools, and especially, my time at CSM (which is quite a while ago now bc i am literally geriatric). You can read the review here: thewhitepube.com/manifesto-anehjortguttu The only reason The White Pube can still exist is because some of our readers choose to support us each month on Patreon. If you wana, you can chip in a couple £s a month, if not no worries!!!! ok that's all, love u have a great weekend n see u in 2 weeks xoxox
September 26, 2021
Review: No Longer Home
This week's review is No Longer Home, a small game about two people who have just finished an art degree and are now getting ready to pack up their flat and leave London. Now, I KNOW this premise is relatable for at least 50% of our audience, lmao, I see the google analytics and I know. But if it's not, this text is mostly just about remembering the weird things that happen in our lives, and trying to answer the question, 'what form should remembering take?' This game is available on Mac and PC currently but is about to be released on Switch and Xbox One in October. The written version is here & as always, thank you to our Patreon gang for supporting these weekly texts!
September 19, 2021
Writers Grant 013: Andy Grace Hayes
We’re entering the SECOND year of The White Pube Writers Grant if you can believe it. We are very pleased to announce that the 13th recipient is fellow art critic Andy Grace Hayes. Writing from Glasgow, his substack Another Gay Handout brings together exhibition reviews, book reviews, and essays on aesthetics and the climate. We haven’t been able to run around Scotland’s many different art scenes in a long, long time but reading Andy’s reviews felt like the light, piercing criticism and gossip that comes of visiting exhibitions with clever friends. We very much support that, and we’re subscribed to the mailing list so looking forward to reading more. We hope you enjoy it too! Bio: Andy Grace Hayes is a Scottish writer living in Glasgow. He writes exhibition reviews and records video essays that engage with local work, queer art, terrible art, and mass media. Hayes writes to be confrontational and to flirt. He aims to create an archive of gossip, institutional criticism, and off-the-cuff diatribes. You can find links to Andy’s work on the Writers Grant page: both the two text reviews that he reads in this podcast ep (Carpeted Bathroom, an Exhibition Review of ‘Sex Club’ AND! A Dumpster Fire and ‘Dampbusters’) as well as 2 video essays: Pleasure Park and the Legacy of Tom of Finland, and The Aesthetics of Calm: Whitecubing in the White Cube. You can also find Andy on Twitter & Instagram. If you’re a working class writer, and would like to find out more info about our Writers Grant, pls visit the Writers Grant page on our webby for the FAQs and submission info! Thank you to Creative Debuts for funding the grant and allowing us to support working class writers in this way :)
September 16, 2021
this exhibition doesn't exist
This week's text is a review of an exhibition that doesn't exist. 'Gab suggested I write a review of a fictional exhibition, one that doesn’t actually exist. And the idea grabbed me, because in writing about something that doesn’t exist, I thought I could burrow through and write about something that should.' read the text here: thewhitepube.com/doesnt-exist
September 12, 2021
Review: Red Dead Redemption 2
This week’s review is Red Dead Redemption 2, the 2018 game from Rockstar. I think about escaping into fiction and creating fiction as a way to escape. Part fan-fiction, part review. Part player, part creator. The text is spoiler-free so if you haven’t ever played the game (or maybe especially if you happen to be halfway through), I hope you enjoy listening. You can find the written version here & thank you to our Patreon gang for all of your support. It really means the world.
September 5, 2021
Review! Ain Bailey: Version @ Wysing Arts Centre
This week's text on The White Pube is a review of Ain Bailey's show, Version, at Wysing Arts Centre over in Cambridge. In this review, I think about about generosity, overlap, and liquid, as well as ~vibey~ descriptions of sound works. You can read the text version of this here: thewhitepube.com/ain-version The White Pube is proud to be reader supported on Patreon! If you would like more info about why or how, or even to chip in with the support and sign up to become our patron like in olden times, you can do so here: patreon.com/thewhitepube
August 29, 2021
Review: Love Island Season 7
This week's text is about the fact I've got the ick for Love Island itself. Season 7 has been rough but the roughness didn't begin here. I'm done with this show. I can't be dealing. Listen on this podcast or find the written version on The White Pube here. Thank you to our Patreon supporters for enabling this very specifically mad kind of writing. We love you a lot.
August 22, 2021
Review: Marble Arch Mound
Happy Sunday! This week's text on the White Pube is a review of the London spectacle dubbed 'a £2million SLAG HEAP'!!! it's: Marble Arch Mound!!! This is also a text where i talk about public art after 11 years of consecutive Conservative governments, increasing reliance on private funding, and the wider corporatisation of the arts. i try to be an alien archaeologist from the future, and ask: if the Marble Arch Mound is a monument, what is it a monument to? and what does it tell us about the culture and people that made it? if you want to read the full text, go to thewhitepube.com/mound The White Pube is proud to be reader supported on Patreon! If you would like more info about why or how, or even to chip in with the support and sign up to become our patron like in olden times, you can do so here: patreon.com/thewhitepube
August 15, 2021
Review: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
I watched all 11 seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and now this funny little review exists. It's a text about chronic illness, reality TV, and finding relief in other people's issues. Hope you enjoy! The written version of this text is available on our website here > https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/rhobh < and as always, thank you to our Patreon supporters for keeping The White Pube in motion. We literally couldn't do it without you, especially while I am so out of it with Long Covid. If you too want to support TWP on Patreon, head here 💜
August 8, 2021
Review: a rant! a reel! Camara Taylor @ Cubitt
This week's text is a review! of Camara Taylor's at Cubitt. It's the third show in Languid Hands' ongoing curatorial fellowship program, called . You can read the text version of this review here: thewhitepube.com/arant-areel Coinciding with this show,, Camara is also premiering a film, , online at Edinburgh Art Festival. It's available until 29th August. 'As entry to the exhibition is free, and many of us have a renewed commitment to mutual aid, we ask those that are able to donate any amount, big or small, to Glasgow-based MORE (Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment), a group of migrants and members of the community campaigning for the right to work, study, good housing and to be treated with dignity. Donate to their Climate Justice Is Migrant Justice fundraiser here.' ^^ The handout mentions this, and since we get a few new patrons every sunday, if you were considering signing up to our Patreon this month, pls consider putting it off for a month n donating to MORE's Climate justice fundraiser instead :)
August 1, 2021
Review: 54 The Gate, Arcadia Missa Open Office (or: Critics Just Wana Have Fun)
This week's text is a review of 54 The Gate, an online show that is also a game, on Arcadia Missa's Open Office. it is also a text about how i just want art to be FUN, and why i think that's important, n worth considering when making an exhibition - especially right now! you can read the text here: thewhitepube.com/54thegate
July 25, 2021
Review: We Dwell in Possibility
This week’s review is 'We Dwell in Possibility,' the new game by Robert Yang and Eleanor Davis commissioned for this year’s Manchester International Festival. I write about pandemic horniness, public sex, Hieronymus Bosch and lockdown lifting. Not suitable for younger listeners. You can find the written version of this review here; and you can play the game for free here. Thank you for listening & thank you to our Patreon gang for supporting!!! 🌸
July 18, 2021
Writers Grant 011: DORA MALUDI
Announcing the 11th recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant: Dora Maludi! Dora sent over a collection of poems, and they really stood out and grabbed us. Dora’s poems are like small concentrated squares full of infinite detail. She writes about writing; the writing process like vomiting. She describes scars like borders. She writes like she is speaking to someone over your shoulder. And she summons whole scenes out of sketches to create these acute and honest atmospheres. We’re so glad we can support Dora through this grant, and we hope you find a similar joy in her work too! And thank you to Creative Debuts for providing the funding that allows us to offer this grant! Bio: Dora Maludi is a fine artist and poet from London. Her practice is centred around exploring the relationship between form, language and landscape through the means of sound, video, text and movement. Anti poetry, surrealist poetry and Dada techniques inform her writing style, with the notion of rejecting traditional forms being a thorough line in her artistic endeavours. Alongside this, she is currently working on a soundscape series exploring the theme of endings and writing poems towards her first collection. Find Dora’s Soundscapes on Bandcamp here You can also find Dora on Instagram here Read Dora's poems on the Writers Grant page You can find out more about the Writers Grant here
July 13, 2021
Review: Ghost of Tsushima
This week's review is Ghost of Tsushima, the 2020 video game about a Mongol invasion on the island of Tsushima set in the 13th century. Did I like it? Did I dislike it? The answer is no to both of those questions and I spend this text trying to figure out why. I also wonder: what does it mean when a violent story is just so beautiful? Can you be afraid of a villain you do not know? And how do you fight for something you don't quite care about? The written version of this text can be found on our website here. Thank you for listening & thank you especially to our Patreon supporters. You are the best.
July 11, 2021
Death Stranding: The Final Walk
This week’s text is about the final walk in Death Stranding, the 2019 game by Kojima Productions. Back in November, I wrote a spoiler-free review that convinced a tonne of you to play it. Somebody even bought a whole PS4 off the back of that text. I return to the game now to write about its ending and to think about how emotion is achieved through narrative structure, character development, song, gameplay and loss of control. This text is chunky. I have not held back in any way. It took weeks to put together and it is the longest thing I have written in a very long time. But I dunno, it feels warranted. Again, someone bought a PS4! I get an email every other week off strangers thanking me for introducing them to the game! I am becoming a Death Stranding academic. Put me on Mastermind, I’m ready. The written version of this text is available on thewhitepube.com/death-stranding-final-walk but this audio recording is fun because it features clips from BB’s Theme, a song by Ludvig Forssell, performed by Jenny Plant, (c) Sony Entertainment. Enjoy!
July 4, 2021
Review: Cooking Sections @ Tate Britain
This week's text is a review of ~Salmon: A Red Herring~, the Art Now show by Cooking Sections, at Tate Britain. Talking about my split feelings; between being a hardline cynic and wanting to be a Good Vibes Person, n how i liked this show against my will. Read the text here: thewhitepube.com/cookingsections
June 26, 2021
This week's text is an essay called: Boycott Zabludowicz. Since 2014, there has been a call to boycott the Zabludowicz Collection, a gallery in London that is owned and funded by Zabludowicz Art Trust, and its associated institutions: Daata Editions and Times Square Space. The Zabludowicz Art Trust is financially associated with companies that have dealt arms to Israel's military, invested in property in Occupied Palestine, and that provide maintenance and services to the Israeli Airforce. In this essay, I tell you why the boycott exists, why it is important and impactful, I tell you how the Zabludowicz Collection goes about operating despite the boycott, and then I explain some nitty-gritty practicalities about the boycott as #praxis. If you’re ready to dismiss this because you already know where you stand: just hear me out. I’ll even run you through both sides. If you want to sign the BDZ boycott, and pledge to refuse your work, labour and the sale of your artwork to the Zabludowicz Art Trust, or visit any of its institutions, you can do so via this form. For more information, please visit the BDZ website. You can read the text version of this essay here: thewhitepube.com/bdz where you'll be able to find all the important links mentioned in the text. Normally, at the bottom of each text, we have a link to our Patreon. But if after this text, please consider donating the money you'd give to us directly to MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).
June 20, 2021
Writers Grant Recipient 010: NATALIE DUNNING
We’re so pleased to announce, the 10th recipient of the Writers Grant has been given to Natalie Dunning. This feels like a really special and emotional moment, not just because this is the 10th grant to go out(!), but because I feel such an affinity with Natalie’s writing. Her text ‘Why I sometimes like my chronic pain’ made me reflect on my relationship with long covid — something I am struggling with, but something that means I no longer sweat the small stuff precisely because of that struggle. Another text, ‘Hiking the uncanny valleys of Red Dead Redemption 2,’ made me fall in love all over again with the vast experiences we can have in video game spaces; and how vital and wonderful access to adventure can feel in a sick body. She writes through these subjects with such clarity - her tone is raw and optimistic, and basically I have been thinking about her texts ever since she sent them our way. We’re so glad we can support Natalie through this grant, and we hope you find a similar joy in her work too. Bio: Natalie Dunning is a writer and designer from Manchester. Art school led her to work in bars, schools and temp agencies. A health scare led her to write about the things that she cares about; health, food and culture. Her recent work has focused on alternative perspectives of chronic pain, gaming and pain management. She is currently writing about the joys of chicken splits, dystopian wellness cafes and cooking with fire. Links below if you want to read her work, listen to it, or follow Natalie online: Read Hiking the uncanny valleys of Red Dead Redemption 2 Read Why I sometimes like my chronic pain Find Natalie’s website here You can also find Natalie on Twitter and Instagram You can find out more about the Writers Grant here
June 14, 2021
Review: Breasts and Eggs, Mieko Kawakami
this week's text is a book review (!!!) of Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs! read the text here
June 13, 2021
Review: The Last of Us Part II
This week I've written about The Last of Us Part II and doing things in video games you don't want to do. I don't know if this is necessarily a review, it's more just a text about the thing. Trying out something newwww. As always, the written version of this is on our website: thewhitepube.com/the-last-of-us & thank you very much for listening.
June 6, 2021
Review: Walter Price, Pearl Lines @ Camden Art Centre
This week's text is a review! of Walter Price's show, Pearl Lines at Camden Art Centre. This is the first show I've seen in person since last Autumn, and honestly i spent the last half of this text trying to figure out why galleries feel weird now. You can read the text here, and peep some pics of it too. enjoy the rest of ur sunday n the long weekend!
May 30, 2021
Writers Grant Recipient 009: NATALIE TAN
We’re so pleased to announce, the 9th recipient of the Writers Grant has been given to Natalie Tan. Natalie has a bi-weekly newsletter called Simmer Down, that reflects on food and memory, and she sent us some back issues (links below). After we started the /food page on our website last year, we've been hoping to be able to support somebody else's writing around the subject & then Natalie’s work came along. It is so sensitive, descriptive, atmospheric and personable. The writing feels all visibly based in the political and the historical too, which we found incredible value and energy in. It's really enjoyable writing to read, as both writers and wannabe food-eggheads ourselves. So we are really excited to be able to support Natalie and Simmer Down, and we hope you find the same joy in her work Bio: Natalie Tan is a cultural practitioner and writer based in London. Expressed with an unbridled passion influenced by the forever-classic emo tracks of the 2000s, she examines maladaptive wistfulness, traditions formed from migration, and the impact of colonialism on Hong Kong and its diaspora. She is the author of Simmer Down, an ongoing, bi-weekly reflection on food and memory, and is currently writing her first play on family, loss, and Hong Kong as part of Bush Theatre’s West London Playwrights’ Group. Her work has been included in diaCRITICS, Radio Slumber, and the Breakfast B Reading Series. Links below if you want to read her work, listen to it, or follow Natalie online: Read Strawberry Jam-Tinted Glasses Read On the Reliability of Dumplings Read through the rest of the Simmer Down archive You can find Natalie on Twitter and Instagram You can find out more about the Writers Grant here
May 17, 2021
A text about The Anxiety-Free Cruise by My Brother, My Brother and Me
A bit of a different one this week: I have written about the podcast I fall asleep to every night. It's Episode #328 of 'My Brother, My Brother and Me,' titled 'The Anxiety-Free Cruise.' I write about sleep, imagination, tabletop games, and joy. You can find the written version of this on thewhitepube.com/mbmbam Thank you to the Patreon gang for your ongoing support and love.
May 16, 2021
Review: Tales from the Silk Road, Baesianz & Nowness Asia
This week's text is a review! I'll be chatting about Tales from the Silk Road, a cluster of films curated by Baesianz, and hosted on Nowness Asia. At the time of writing, there are 3 films up: Inside Out, by Sarah Khan / Wake Island: Last Ruins, directed by Mohamad Abdouni / Reality Fragment 160921, by Qigemu. While i talk about the films briefly, this is more a text to ease back in to talking about institutions, and how they affect the way we articulate a new and tentative collective identity. Read the full text here.
May 9, 2021
Review: the park
At 7.30 on Wednesdays, a Labrador Club meets up on the main field. If I time it right, which I usually do, on Wednesday mornings I run through a sea of labradors; fat, young, long haired, golden blonde, chocolate, black, grey around the whiskers. They sniff up at me, follow me up the hill and round the fields. Their ears flap as they gallop alongside me, bodies lurching in time with the slap of my feet hitting the tarmac. This week’s text is a cute lil bit of writing about bodies, the park, and the weirdness that is being born n bred in London. And running too, it's also about running. Read the full text here.
May 2, 2021
Review: Fall Guys
This week's review is Fall Guys, the 2020 platform battle royale that went viral last summer. It's taken me a long time to write about it but I'm glad I waited til now! I won my first game 2 days ago and it clicked the review into place -- I use this text to talk about my absolute deep love of obstacle courses, Takeshi's Castle, and what it's like to win a survival of the fittest game as a sick person. You can find the written version of this on thewhitepube.com/fall-guys :)
April 25, 2021
The Long COVID Episode
We haven't recorded a chatty episode in literal months, so we have a quick catch up on what we've been doing since we last spoke to you - and then we just get into it. This is the Long COVID Episode. Gab got COVID as soon as 2021 struck, and it just hasn't gone. It's long COVID now and the number of symptoms have doubled. We talk through everything, we have a cry, and we sit in that puddle together. The transcription for this episode is available here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/the-long-covid-episode (written by Michael Lacey) Thank you for listening :-(
April 22, 2021
Review: The Dancing Face by Mike Phillips
this week's text is a book review (!!!) of Mike Phillips' The Dancing Face. Originally published in the 90s, it has been republished this year, as part of a 6-book series selected by Bernadine Evaristo, called Black Britain: Writing Back. read the full text: thewhitepube.com/thedancingface
April 18, 2021
Writers Grant Recipient 008: ORNA KAZIMI
Time flies, we’re now on the 8th recipient of the Writers Grant, and we are so happy to announce it has been given to Orna Kazimi. Orna sent us a short publication, called Catfish (which you can read below). We haven’t had the chance to support many Artists (with a capital A), but we were really excited by Orna’s approach to writing as a component in a wider visual practice, and we identified with it too. Catfish is sensitive and lucid. We love the way it presents complexity, memory, the spatial weirdness of navigating embodied states, its nuance and subtlety. We’re so glad to be able to support Orna & her work, and we hope you’ll see the tenderness that we saw. Bio: Orna Kazimi is an afghan artist based in London. Orna’s work and research explore personal encounters of migration in relation to collective memories of displacement through drawings, installation and writing. Her works have been shown at sight and sound workshop at Tate Exchange- Tate Modern- London 2018, overprint at Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée museum-Belgium 2018, Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan-TCNJ Art Gallery- New Jersey 2014, 4th Afghan Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition- Queen’s Palace- Afghanistan 2013. She was awarded the Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship (2016) and studied at Central Saint Martins in London (2018). Links below if you want to read her work, listen to it, or follow Orna online: Read Catfish on our website now You can find Orna on Instagram @ornakazimi See more of Orna’s work and practice on her website
April 14, 2021
Spoiler-free review of the best game I've played in literally months, and the first horror game I've ever played. I shouted out loud on my own at one point because I got so scared and somehow I'm still recommending you play it for yourselves. Mundaun was created by Hidden Field (Michel Ziegler) and published by MWM Interactive last month. You can find the written version of this review on the white pube dot com as per uzj. Hope you are all good! We'll be back with the /real/ podcast very soon. Long covid is long, my apologies.
April 11, 2021
Can White People Ever Be Radical?
this week’s text is a cute lil art thought! the title is not clickbait, it is genuinely the question I am asking: thinking around Beeple & NFTs, but also just like... everything. read the full text: thewhitepube.co.uk/canwhitepeopleberadical
April 4, 2021
Review: Clawee, the remote claw machine app
For this week's review, I played on a live claw machine remotely and... I hated it. Not good, not cool, not fun at all. And also potentially dangerous for people prone to compulsive spending. Yeah, I would steer clear. You can find the written version of this text at thewhitepube.com/clawee
March 28, 2021
happy Sunday the gang, I think this is my favourite game review I've ever written and I hope you enjoy it even if you don't play games. It's about Maquette, the newly released title by Graceful Decay and published by Annapurna. I write about love, needing help, and my world inside a pearl. You can find the written version of this on thewhitepube.com/maquette :) have a lovely day.
March 20, 2021
Hi podcast gang, I've been off sick with covid/long covid but I've been able to record audio for some recent reviews + uploading em now! This is a review of NUTS, the game in which you play a researcher collecting data on squirrels. Unfortunately, it broke before my eyes. But was still nice to see squirrels I guess? You can find the written version of this text here on our website: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/nuts
March 18, 2021
hi gang, it's gab. Sorry for the absence. I have been out of action because covid, and now I've got long covid, but my voice is finally strong enough that I can record the reviews I've been publishing over the past few months. This is a review of the video game Calico in which you have a cat cafe and you can pick up horses. It's magic and calm and I wish it had been 10x longer. Please make a DLC specifically for me. Thanks. The written version of this text, which was originally published Feb 14, is on https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/calico
March 18, 2021
Review: Art Sqool
Hellooooo podcast listeners, it's gab. long time no speak! Sorry for the absence. I have been out of action because covid, and now I've got long covid, but my voice is finally strong enough that I can record the reviews I've been publishing over the past few months. This review of Art Sqool was originally published March 7th, writing about the 2019 game I thought would allow me to feel the big stretch of the art school experience once again. Unfortunately, it did not deliver. The written version of this text is on our website https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/art-sqool
March 18, 2021
Review: Run! BTS
Posting this week's review here, while the podcast is on hold for a bit. So, in case you missed it, here it is on PODCAST PLATFORMS TOO This week's text is a review of Run! BTS, the variety show webseries from SOUTH KOREAN BOY BAND, INTERNATIONAL STARS, WORLDWIDE SENSATIONS.... BTS! The text version of this is on our website here & here's a video of me reading on IGTV too. Hope you enjoy it, and if this review makes you wana watch it too, I've left links to my top 3 episodes in the lil footer!
January 29, 2021
Review: Death Stranding
We're going to start posting reviews here in between the big podcasts we do, hope you enjoy! This week's review is Death Stranding, the 2019 video game by Hideo Kojima that has completely changed the way I feel about the people in my life, the year we're facing, and the medium of gaming as a whole. I have written a spoiler-free review in an effort to bring other people to the game because I hope it can help you in the same way it has helped me: I'm left more prepared to face the challenge of 2020, and more able to process and accept what has happened. It is cool, devastating, uplifting and strange, and this review is somewhere between a wake and a love letter, written with 95 hours on the clock. Thank you Kojima Productions for making this. The text version of this is on our website here: & there's a video of me reading on IGTV too. Our last review of the year so I'll see yas in 2021!
November 30, 2020
Everything you need to know about funding
Hello allies and frenemies, it is Gabrielle and Zarina - art critic / game critic baby gods. This time you don’t just have to put up with us telling stories and making each other laugh - this episode is actually USEFUL, thank GOD. It is the funding episode! And for it, we are joined by Anna Hart who is going to talk us through everything you need to know about (arts) funding (in the UK). When we were students paying 9 grand a year, CSM decided to allow us one teeny tiny lesson about art funding, and there were limited spaces in the class, ffs. Luckily, we both booked on. And thank god because it was led by visiting tutor and arts producer extraordinaire Anna Hart. She taught us so much in that one class and it’s always stuck out in our minds as being pretty foundational (Gab actually ended up working for Anna on AIR, who make art with people in places). We wanted to rope Anna into this podcast episode to do an explainer on funding because it’s tricky (like honestly what is it, how do I get some for myself, and where is the money coming from?). In this episode, Anna chats to us about the logistics of arts funding, the criticisms of it too, and offers some tips on writing a good application. Have a listen and hope it is useful! > A transcription for this episode is available on our website > Find out more about Anna’s work with AIR > Reach out to The Hour for artist coaching > Here's the Successful Funding Application Library > We are reader-supported by our Patreon gang, love you. > And finally, the transcription for this episode is made possible due to sponsorship support from Creative Debuts Hosts: Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad Guest: Anna Hart Jingle: toynoiz made this legendary tune for us back during the era of the 1st podcast years and years ago
November 24, 2020
Kardashians & Kottagecore
Hello cowards and abominable entities, it is Gabrielle and Zarina - art critic / game critic baby gods. This episode of our podcast is, quite frankly, a continuation of last episode's mild chaos. We talk about reality TV: why we loved it, what we can't stand now we're in pandemic-lockdown, and what we'd do if we were mind-bogglingly rich. We chat about That Tweet about Kim Kardashian's birthday, and why being a millionaire is FUCKING DESGOSTENG, but also, for some unknown reason, Gab tells us a story about how her driving test was terminated for dangerous driving!? it's funny, that's all u need to know. A lot more of those same wheezy laughs, this time directly into microphone, Gab does a little wee from laughin that hard. I promise next episode we'll have some actual art content that is useful and serious, we've just got that end-of-year feeling; wana bunk off French lessons, or watch a film in class on the box telly, instead of doin work. Anyway, this is all still valuable highbrow art critic stuff, bc we have some INTERESTING thoughts about reality tv & rich people, and look back at Gab's review of 13 seasons of the Kardashians from 3 years ago. Subscribe/follow/woteva for future episodes including artist interviews, ramblings, advice and more. We are reader-supported by our Patreon gang, love you. > A transcription of this episode is available on our website thewhitepube.com. Hosts: Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad Jingle: toynoiz made this legendary tune for us back during the era of the 1st podcast years and years ago
November 11, 2020
The culture that saved us in lockdown
Hello friends & enemies, it is Gabrielle and Zarina - art critic / game critic baby gods. This second episode of our much-lauded podcast is a lil lockdown special where we chat about the bits o' ~culture~ that've been getting us through the hellscape that is 2020. We chat about Gab's freaky psychic connection with the radio, (romantically speaking) why Zarina loves period dramas, and like... maybe some actual book recommendations are in there. But tbh it's mostly chaos? A lot of wheezy laughing away from the microphone, and tryna hold in an enormous honking snort laugh while Gab tells a story about how she nearly proposed on a bungee jump in the Millennium Dome. All Quality, Top-Notch, Intellectual, high-brow Art Critic stuff. ok, that's all - ENJOYYYYYY! [a note: Gab had to record her half of this episode on zoom, so the audio is a bit crackly. apologies to all the sensitive ears out there, she's already bought a new SD card so this should be a one-off tech-fiasco] Subscribe/follow/woteva for future episodes including artist interviews, ramblings, advice and more. We are reader-supported by our Patreon gang, love you. > A transcription of this episode is available on our website thewhitepube.com Hosts: Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad Jingle: toynoiz made this legendary tune for us back during the era of the 1st podcast years and years ago
October 27, 2020
The White Pube Origin Story
Hello friends and cowards, it is Gabrielle and Zarina - art critic / game critic baby gods. We used to have a podcast once upon a time when we were in university together and it was easy enough to start recording the conversations we were already having, and on the occasion of our FIFTH birthday wtf we are bringing it back. We start this new era of lockdown podcasting with the full origin story of how we came to begin our little website and why, again wtf, five years later it is still our actual job. Covering uni, values, audiences, writing, travel and the move into games, we go through every little step of this journey in detail. Most of our freelance work over the past few years has involved doing a 1 hour version of this talk in different art schools and galleries, so reaaaally, we are shooting ourselves in the foot a bit by putting the ultra deluxe version online. Oh well. Subscribe for future episodes including artist interviews, ramblings, advice and more. We are reader-supported by our Patreon gang, love you. > A transcription of this episode is available on our website thewhitepube.com Hosts: Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad Jingle: toynoiz made this legendary tune for us back during the era of the 1st podcast years and years ago
October 7, 2020