The White Pube
By Gabrielle and Zarina
The White Pube is the collaborative identity of Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente under which we write about art, video games, books 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.
Instagram has ruined the art world. What now?
Social media is not a fair space to showcase art but as much as artists want to delete their Instagram accounts, they feel like they have nowhere else to go. So what now? In this episode, we speak to Kim Foale (Geeks for Social Change) and artist honor ash to discuss the big secret project we are working on that we hope will provide an answer. 🎞 You can also watch this podcast in the form of a video, or read the transcript 📖 This is the last thing we're publishing this year before we go on our annual December break (which we'll be spending in Ireland together writing the book shh). So, a big thank you for the 100,000+ listens this year, and thank you especially to our Patreon, Ko-fi, and Paypal supporters + everyone in our lovely discord!!!! :) If you enjoy the podcast, please tell your neighbour about it. Or your Nan. love from Gabrielle and Zarina x
November 27, 2022
Review: Tai Shani @ Gathering
This week's review is Tai Shani's exhibition at Gathering, the new space in London. Guest read by me, GDLP, because ZM has the flu, the text is about saints and bread and hallucinations in the body as well as in the gallery. You can find the written version on our website. Thanks for listening and see ya next week!
November 20, 2022
Creatives Grant recipient 027: Sean Prentice
bonus episode! Here is a gift: some good poems by Sean Prentice, just for you. Sean is the 27th recipient of the Creatives Grant funded by Creative Debuts. See you in 2 days with the next review :)
November 18, 2022
My last text of 2022! It's a review of Sable but it's also a text about disability and deviance. You can find the written version on our website and I made a video version to round the year out. Thank you everyone for your support this year. I feel like a different person to who I was in January. Thanks for bearing with me!!! Thank you for letting me be a writer. It means the world. GDLP xxxxxxx
November 06, 2022
ART SCHOOL HORROR STORIES
We asked our audience for the weirdest things they witnessed in art school and, unfortunately, they delivered. Today's episode is Art School Horror Stories, discussing bodily fluids, animals, weird students and weird tutors. We filmed this one so if you want to see our facial reactions, enjoy lmao. Before and after discussing The Incidents, we also talk about Martine Sym's new film The African Desperate which is about an art school in New York Becauseeee 🥁🥁🥁 this episode is sponsored by MUBI, our heroes, who are exclusively streaming the film. All of our listeners get 30 days free HAPPY HALLOWEEN. * check The White Pube website for the transcription. We love you and we are sorry. But this was so funny we'll probably definitely be doing it again.
October 30, 2022
REVIEW: The African Desperate, dir. Martine Syms
This week’s text is a review of The African Desperate, the new film by Martine Syms about an art school in upstate New York starring Diamond Stingily. You can read the review on our website here: thewhitepube.co.uk/misc/theafricandesperate/ The African Desperate is streaming exclusively on MUBI now. **Get 30 days free.** This text was commissioned by MUBI, and as usual, you can check our accounts to see what jobs we do & how much we are paid for them. We are alsooo gonna follow this up with a podcast discussing people’s art school experiences so keep ya eyes peeled over on instagram @thewhitepube. But if you wana get in there early, you can anonymously tell us the weirdest thing that happened to you in art school here.
October 23, 2022
REVIEW: Emergency, Daisy Hildyard
This week's text is a review! Of Daisy Hildyard's novel, Emergency: a DARK PASTORAL FOR THE CLIMATE CHANGE ERA. Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Read the text version on TWP here: thewhitepube.co.uk/misc/emergency/ As usuallll, thank u to our friends on patreon!
October 09, 2022
Our biggest fight ever
We recorded an Ask Me Anything to celebrate 7 years of The White Pube. We get INTO it. We talk about Zarina's day job, the few days we worked for the Brexit festival, going viral, health, the future, what we would do if the other one died, and of course, our biggest fight ever. We actually filmed this one so if you want to watch it with some visual illustrations, the link is here and there are captions on the video too. It's all fun and games and gossip but just,,, thank you for allowing us to do this job. I can't believe it's been that long. I really, really can't believe it. Thank you to the 30K monthly readers on the website, to the 80K on insta, the 20K on twitter, to our 705 Patreon people, and to YOU the growing podcast listenership as well :) thank you sooooo much!!! If you listened to this episode, please comment the following when we share it on insta: Hi The White Pube - It’s me, your only reader. For Months I have created the illusion that you are writing to a large audience. But here’s the truth: all these people reading are me. And now, for you to be convinced of this, I will send this message from all my accounts.
October 07, 2022
Museum Shitpost Statement
This text is a little bit........different. But not that different really because it is still a piece of criticism. Listen to the end for an explainer if you are very confused and think that I really think these things. I definitely definitely don't. You can find the written version of this on The White Pube dot commmmm our beautiful website that turns SEVEN YEARS OLD in 10 days holy moly (what have you got us for our birthday?? in child years we just started year 4 at school. we probably love Fortnite. We sleep in a teeny tiny single bed. We grow up to become art critics, what)
October 02, 2022
MY FAVOURITE PAINTING: Simone Martini’s Blessed Agostino Novello Triptych
This week's text is about MY FAVOURITE PAINTING! (which is different to my favourite painter...) It's Simone Martini’s Blessed Agostino Novello Triptych, an altarpiece from 14th Century Siena. To read the text version of this (and peep the painting mentioned), go to thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/blessed-agostino-novello/ MERCH: https://www.weareprintsocial.com/the-white-pube & as usual, thank u to our friends on Patreon!!!
September 25, 2022
An ANNOUNCEMENT! About our new Working Class Creatives Grant!!! funded by Creative Debuts!
We are happy to announce the 25th recipient of The Working Class Creatives Grant is Tomisin Adepeju, a Nigerian-British filmmaker based in London. This is the first recipient since we opened up the writers grant to a more general creatives grant, and we loved the work Tomisin sent in. This is just a lil bit of info - raising awareness & marketing the new Creatives Grant. If you were thinking of applying - pls do!!! more info on TWP's website, on the grants page: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/grants/ where there's full submissions info & FAQs If you want to sign up to Creative Debut's mailing list, here's the link tooooo: CREATIVE DEBUTS MAILING LIST see u next week for a lil text baby & enjoy ur bank hol!!! xxxxx
September 18, 2022
Review: Prima Facie
Jodie Comer is the actress of her generation, pass it on!!! Writing about theatre and accents and Liverpool. Writing about truth and lies and change. You can find the written version of this on The White Pube. Listen til the end for today's emoji + thank you for listening I love you
September 11, 2022
My diagnosis has changed
I got COVID in January 2021 and I spent last year in a pit, stuck at home, no energy, in pain, dealing with the vague endlessness of Long Covid. In the middle of January 2022, I posted a one year update podcast episode where I told you lot how bad Long Covid continued to be. BUT!! At the end of that month, I had an in-person appointment with the Long Covid Clinic in Liverpool where they did a test and told me what brand of Long Covid I actually had. I was amazed. This episode is all about the disability COVID has left me with, POTS. Not to be a beg but please listen to this or read the transcript, because I would love more people to know what this is, how it works, and what people like me need to be comfortable. You can find the full transcript for this episode: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/podcasts/ You can support The White Pube here: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/support/
September 04, 2022
My Favourite Painter
this week's text is about my favourite painter: Bhupen Khakhar :) You can read the text version of this here - thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/bhupenkhakhar/ n there are lil pics of the paintings I've described in this text, if you wana see the real things rather than my description hehe thank you to the patreon gan, as perrrrr - patreon.com/thewhitepube
August 28, 2022
A review, an emoji, and an update on our writing schedule :o I hope you like cats because this week I talk about the newly released Stray, a game I waited so long for. The written version of this text can be found on our website here. Thank you to our supporters; we have been trying in earnest to get a podcast sponsor all year and I think we are un-sponsorable so if you are a regular listener please consider giving us £1 a month if you're ableeeee ahhhh
August 21, 2022
REVIEW: Body Vessel Clay @ York Art Gallery
This week's text is a guided meditation, a walk through Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics and Contemporary Art @ York Art Gallery. It's best experienced as audio, but just in case you're looking for it, the text version of this can be found on the White Pube dot com (here: thewhitepube.co.uk/art-reviews/body-vessel-clay/) As always, thank you to our patreon friends! You can join the club here: patreon.com/thewhitepube
August 07, 2022
Review: The Long Dark
Another review that's not so much a review and more a reflection on disability. A game about needing things, a text about learning to want more. Survival game as chronic illness simulation. Also an account of my time in London. You can find the written version of this on The White Pube! Thank you to all our supporters, and make sure you listen to the end for today's emoji :-)))))
July 31, 2022
REVIEW: Sun & Sea @ the Albany
This week's text is a review of Sun & Sea, an opera about climate change, at the Albany as part of LIFT. It's also a text about heatwaves and the Second Body. You can read the text version of this review here: thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/sun-and-sea/ Thank you, as usual, to our friends on Patreon!
July 24, 2022
Writers Grant Recipient 023: Lottie Walker
For the 23rd TWP Writers Grant, we’re excited to announce that July’s recipient is Lottie Walker. Lottie sent us a collection of poems and we were immediately smitten with their cleverness and dexterity. Lottie’s poems had a sharpness, this citrus kick that felt like salt on a wound. They stung us and in the same, offered a full complexity that we could chew on. We’re sharing that collection of Lottie’s poems as well as the first chapter of the novel she’s working on: Wild Garlic. So, with the help of Creative Debuts, we are glad we can support Lottie with this month’s Writers Grant. If you want to read the text version of Lottie's work, to look back at previous recipients, or to find out more about the grant, you can head here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant :) You can also listen to Beetroot Podcast, a poetry podcast hosted by Lottie & Marta Mcilduff, here: https://open.spotify.com/show/2y3dJQXNRjtXZeJSwkflhJ?si=f42d743214ec40c0
July 18, 2022
Level One Identity Art
This week I'm thinking about all the identity art that just lets me know people with different identities exist and nothing more. Listen here or find the written version of this on the art section on our website where I have also added a p.s. with some more examples of Level One Identity Art. Wishing you shade and relief in this genuinely terrible heatwave. God help us all. Thank you to our Patreon/Kofi/Paypal pals who keep The White Pube's weekly writing going!!!! See you on discord for the post-text debrief!!!
July 17, 2022
REVIEW: Munch @ the Courtauld
This week's text is about Munch's paintings, a lil walk through of when i went to see the masterpieces from Bergen show at the Courtauld and had a really nice time read it here: thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/munch/ and thank you, as usual, to friends on Patreon! 😱
July 10, 2022
Review: Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt
A book review! A book you should all go and buy now. This week's review is on Tell Me I'm Worthless, the debut novel from Alison Rumfitt. A book about a haunted house; a book about fascism. You can find the written version of this on the /misc section of our website Thank you to our Patreon+Paypal+Kofi supporters for keeping us in business !!!!! Join the discord here
July 03, 2022
Review: Cloud Point at Paradise Row
This week's text is a review of Cloud Point, a group show curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at Paradise Row. Read it here: thewhitepube.co.uk/art-reviews/cloud-point/
June 26, 2022
Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once
Now the highest grossing A24 film of all time, this week's review is Everything Everywhere All At Once. I had an issue with the way it ended but I think that's on me 🤪 You can find the written version of this on the /misc section of our website & as always, thank you to our good looking genius supporters for keeping us in business we love you
June 12, 2022
REVIEW: RIP Germain, Shimmer @ Two Queens
This week's text is a review of RIP Germain's show, Shimmer, which was on at Two Queens in Leicester. read it here: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/art-reviews/shimmerripgermain/ & as always, thank you to our friends on patreon!
June 05, 2022
Do you know Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights? Do you know the Twitter bot that just posts close-ups of the painting all day long? This week's review is Bosch Bot, thinking about a bot as a curatorial tool and just how much more engaged I am with the painting via this mad Twitter presentation than I would be if I was stood in the Prado in Madrid squinting at it IRL. You can find the written version of this on our website: thewhitepube.com ++++ follow Bosch Bot here: twitter.com/boschbot
May 29, 2022
Portrait of a Director of an Artist-led Space in Leicester
This week's text is a second portrait in our ongoing series, having a snoop and a natter, chatting to people around the UK for a sneaky peek into what creative life is like for people wherever they are. This text is a portrait of the co-Director of an artist-led space in Leicester, we go to a sports bar, eat Masala Mogo and chat about everything: from art as an alternative value system, to why charitable status is not always the answer, and why failure is good sometimes. you can read the full text here: thewhitepube.com/art-thoughts/portrait-of-a-director-of-an-artist-led-space/ you can also go back & read the first text in this series, Portrait of a Moving Image Artist in London, here: thewhitepube.co.uk/art-thoughts/portrait-of-a-moving-image-artist/ that's all! happy sunday & thank you, as per usual to our friends and supporters on patreon. i always look forward to hearing what you think, especially on the lil TWP discord, so thank you for you constant support and feedback!
May 22, 2022
Writers Grant Recipient 021: Rutendo D. Bradley
For the 21st recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant, we are very excited to support the work of Rutendo D. Bradley. Rutendo sent us an excerpt from the novel she started as part of her dissertation, ‘The Devil’s King,’ a project she is now hoping to work on full-time. The opening we read was so effective in its world-building, with its historical language and raw landscape, and its intense population of kings and knights and soldiers and the ways that they speak. The chapter also has this kind of fateful promise that this story is going to be different, it’s going to be important, just hold on — and we loved that, and we wanted to read more. So, with the help of Creative Debuts, we are glad we can support Rutendo with this month’s Writers Grant. If you want the text version of The Devil's King, to look back at previous recipients, or to find out more about the grant, you can head here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant :)
May 16, 2022
Apparently I'm just really into thinking about social media atm, so continuing on from the Chaotic Nightclub Photos review, in this episode I look at @afffirmations on Instagram. Thinking about sincerity, irony, not knowing what's going on, mental wellbeing, and how I want to spend my time online. You can find the written version of this review here. Thank you for listening 8-) Thank you to our Patreon/Paypal/Kofi supporters I love you
May 15, 2022
Are white girls capable of making art that's not about themselves?
It's white girl art revisited! uh-oh. In 2019, I wrote a text that was read by way more people than I was expecting. It caused a stir, caused me nightmares, and I've buried my head in the sand about it ever since. In this episode, we re-read the text and give it a much-needed exorcism. You can find the transcription for this episode on our website here. I'm sweating Thank you to our Patreon, Paypal and Ko-fi pals for supporting this writing - maybe not this piece in particular lol - but in general
May 11, 2022
Shenece Oretha: Ah So It Go, Ah No So It Go, Go So! @ Cubitt
This week's text is a review of Shenece Oretha: Ah So It Go, A No So It Go, Go So! at Cubitt. It's also the last show of Languid Hands’ curatorial fellowship programme at the gallery, so i am rly happy n glad to be writing about this show, and hope i've made it clear that I LOVED THIS SHOW!!! read the text version here: thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/sheneceorethacubitt/ & as per, thank you to our friends on patreon for supporting the writing :)
May 08, 2022
Chaotic Nightclub Photos
I'm off on one. This week's text is about the new Twitter account Chaotic Nightclub Photos. It's also about the wider genre and history of nightclub art as it has existed since the mid 1800s. It's also about paparazzi, Wolfgang Tillmans, memes, Tabloid Art History and Studio 54. As I said, I'm off on one. I hope you enjoy!!! You can find the written version of this (with loads of pictures!!!) under the Misc. section of our website here: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/misc/
May 01, 2022
Portrait of a Moving Image Artist in London
This week's text is something a bit different. It's not a review, it's not an essay, it's kind of just a story. So it makes me nervous, but here we are all the same. I don’t want to give the game away, I don’t want to let you in on the big secret. But this is fiction… slightly, sort of. This isn’t real - oh, but it is. I don’t know what to tell you, you’re just going to have to believe me. read the text here: https://thewhitepube.co.uk/art-thoughts/portrait-of-a-moving-image-artist/ Thanks, as always, to our friends on patreon, and especially to the patreon gang on TWP's Discord server. i am so bad at naming texts, so thank you sincerely for helping me come up with a good title for this :)
April 24, 2022
This week's review is on Old, M. Night Shyamalan's 2021 release about a supernatural beach. It appears the filmmaker has a track record of exploiting disability for horror in his films but I don't often watch films so I personally had no idea. This text is me working that out 💀 You can find the written version of this on The White Pube. Thanks for listening! And thank you especially to our Patreon/Ko-Fi/Paypal gang for supporting essays like this.
April 17, 2022
Who doesn't have a praise kink?
We’ve known each other since 2013 but now we know each other on quite frankly an unnecessary level after recording this episode lmao. Using a few decks courtesy of So Cards, we ask each other questions and end up discussing smoking, Zarina’s dream job, education reform, how our exes don’t exist, IBS in public, taxi drivers, becoming Jack Grealish, and of course, our shared praise kink. You can find the transcription for today’s episode on thewhitepube.com/podcasts sorry in advance for all the TMI & you can find out more about So Cards here: https://www.socards.org! 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 see you on Sunday for the next review!!!
April 15, 2022
TW: discussion of disordered eating This week's text is about hunger. I don't know what it means anymore and that scares me, but it's ok because it is aimless, empty. Read the text version on the site: thewhitepube.com/misc/im-hungry/ and thank you! to everyone that supports us on Patreon, Ko-fi and Paypal!
April 10, 2022
Learning to Cheat
Do you ever... cheat? I don't. No, I would never. Or I wouldn't. But then something happened that meant I started to cheat all the time. This week's text is called Learning to Cheat! You can find the audio version on our website here BUT I have actually made this text into a video that you can watch here. It's something I've wanted to try for a while and this text felt like the right one to try it on. Let me know what you think! Thank you to everyone that supports us on Patreon, Ko-fi and Paypal!! We couldn't do it without ya
April 03, 2022
I ❤️ London
This week's text is a chunky art thought about the problems with London. Why is it so hard to be an artist, or an art worker, in London? Why is living in this city so fucking hard? What’s the problem with London, and WHY does it have a problem in the first place? WELL. I investigated. I spoke to: Haja Fanta, who works at HOME by Ronan Mckenzie; George Henry Longly and Prem Sahib, who run Ridley Road Project Space; Arman Nouri and Kwame Lowe, who work together as Kin Structures. I asked them a couple of questions, did some digging and now I'm here to tell you about the answers I found :) if you want to read this as a text, it's on our website here thank you to our readers for supporting our work on Patreon, Kofi and PayPal. we love u the most
March 27, 2022
I hate Dishoom
This is 2nd episode in the our new series where we revisit the Big texts we wrote before we started this podcast! In this one, we revisit Zarina's 2020 text 'I hate Dishoom.' It caused... a ruckus online. How does she feel about it now? Was it even that deep? Did the owner of Dishoom get in touch and did they meet up to discuss it? Find out on the latest episode of the white pube podcast wooo & if you want the transcription for this episode, it's on our website here thank you to our readers for supporting our work on Patreon, Kofi and PayPal. we love u the most
March 23, 2022
Review: Beat Saber
This is a review of Beat Saber, a game I've been thinking about for years. It's a game I have only played once. When it was time, I sat down and wrote the review in one evening, which never, ever happens. But I just had to get this one off my chest, I think, and when I was ready, it was easy because all the words were already in my head. You can find the written version of this on thewhitepube.com/games & thank you to our Patreon supporters for keeping us in business. Ahhh
March 20, 2022
REVIEW: Inventing Anna
This week's text is a review of Inventing Anna, the newest Shondaland series about the Anna Delvey girlboss scam, on Netflix. You can read the text version of this on thewhitepube.com/inventinganna Thank you, as always, to our Patreon gang for supporting the writing and work! If you want to, you can support us on patreon.com/thewhitepube
March 13, 2022
Writers Grant Recipient 018: Tuğçe Özbiçer
We’re very happy to announce that the 18th recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant is... Tuğçe Özbiçer! Tuğçe is a London-based Turkish journalist, writer and photographer from Istanbul. We found real care and value in her writing, which reaches from searing human rights-focused articles to softer texts that reflects on lyrics, home and love. Not only did we feel this in Tuğçe’s work, but so did a friend who emailed us to back her submission, writing that ’I’m constantly in awe of the way she writes in a language that is not even her own. I’d love for your audience to be able to read her work too and for Tuğçe to realise that her stories are worth telling here.’ We agree and we hope you enjoy getting to know Tuğçe’s work as well. If you want the text version of Arabesque, to look back at previous recipients, or to find out more about the grant, you can head here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant :)
March 11, 2022
Review: Uncharted 4
This week, I played the remastered Uncharted 4 that was released earlier this year as part of the Legacy of Thieves collection for PS5. It's a very cool game but that's exactly why I didn't like it. In this text, I write about how much I prefer embarrassment over coolness as a quality in the culture I spend time with. Written version on The White Pube! Thank you to our Patreons! I somehow forgot to mention the emoji summary in this recording so of course it's 🧗🥵😎. Happy Sunday everybody!!!
March 06, 2022
Why museums are bad vibes
New series just dropped. We have been writing on The White Pube since 2015 but we only actually started this podcast at the end of 2020. There are a tonne of texts that we haven’t shared here. In this new series, we’ll be revisiting our old writing, reading it out and then discussing it. We’ll be chatting about whether or not we still agree with what we said. Does it make us cringe lol? If we were to write the same text now, what we would do differently? And of course, we’ll mention how the text was received and any related controversies that followed because god, there have been so many. These bonus episodes of the podcast will roughly be released twice a month — they’re gonna be throwbacks, exorcisms, apologies, and good times too. For the first instalment, we revisit Gabrielle’s 2019 text ‘why museums are bad vibes.’ Spoiler: museums are even worse vibes here in 2022 💔 Find the transcript to this on our website here + we’re going to be uploading podcasts to YouTube now too!!! Thank you to our Patreon supporters for being the best
March 02, 2022
REVIEW: She Keeps Me Damn Alive, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley @ Arebyte
This week's text is a review of SHE KEEPS ME DAMN ALIVE, a game by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. This text is (tbh) less a review, more a document or journal entry of my experience playing through, a way for me to write through my feelings and hold on to the intensity of this game. You can read the written version of this on our website here: thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/she-keeps-me-damn-alive/ You can watch Gab & Danielle's conversation here: gdlp.co.uk/posts/arebyte-interview/ You can support us on Patreon here: patreon.com/thewhitepube (& thank you to our patrons!!!)
February 27, 2022
A review of Pokémon Legends: Arceus
This week's text is a review of the new Pokémon: Legends Arceus game. When the game came out, I literally sat down and played it for 5 days without moving, having the time of my life. But when it came to writing about it, I started to think about what I really want from a Pokémon game and how Arceus did and didn't match up. Written version of this review is available on our website here :) Thank you to our Patreon supporters :) love you
February 20, 2022
Review: Gut Feelings Meri Jaan, Jasleen Kaur @ Touchstones
This week's text is a review of Gut Feelings Meri Jaan, a show at Touchstones by Jasleen Kaur and a group of collaborators from Rochdale. The written version of this text is available on thewhitepube.com/art-reviews/gutfeelingsmerijaan/ And as usual, thank you to our Patreon gang for supporting our weekly writing! Hope u all have a cute n happy Valentines weekend, here r some kisses from us, 2 u xxxxxx
February 13, 2022
This week's review is on Unpacking, a small pixel art puzzle game about unpacking items into rooms, available now on Switch, Xbox, PC/Mac. And so, I... didn't love it. But this text is about how, actually, I don't even want to love everything I play. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes love is too much, sometimes I only want things to be fine. The written version of this text is available on thewhitepube.com/games/unpacking Thank you to our Patreon gang for supporting our weekly writing!
February 06, 2022
On Yearning: Period Dramas & Hot ✨Vibes✨
This week's text is a Very Embarrassing essay about why i love period dramas & yearning. tl;dr, they've got Hot Vibes. and other things have those same vibe. And i think i'm toxic femininity. down catastrophically bad, send help. You can read this text on thewhitepube.com/art-thoughts/perioddramas Thank you to our Patreon supporters for keeping us fed & watered & causing chaos.
January 30, 2022
Review: Apex Legends
This week's review on Apex Legends considers the narrative value of an elaborate first person shooter, or why I have just sunk 557 hours into a game that goes bang bang. I love it. This was the easiest review to write in the world, the most enjoyable. The only problem was it took me away from the game for a few hours. Okay, posting this review and then going back to where I belong, the world of Apex Legends. The written version of this text is available here. Thank you to our Patreon supporters for keeping the lights on (and the gas on, oh my god, the gas).
January 23, 2022
A Year of Long Covid
Well, it's been a year. In today's episode, Gabrielle and Zarina sit down to talk about the impact Long Covid has had on Gabrielle's life, body, head, whole world. It's been a year of learning about the instability of chronic illness, trying to find stability through it, and failing over and over again. There is so much more to say on the matter but this is all the poison I could suck out of the wound for now. You can find the transcription for this episode here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/year-of-long-covid Thank you to our Patreon supporters for their kindness and love.
January 19, 2022
Writers Grant Recipient 017: Rasha Baraka
We are excited to begin 2022 by announcing the 17th recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant... 🥁... Rasha Baraka. In this episode, we introduce Rasha's work and she reads out two short pieces of her writing; Letter to my Coloniser & Jealousy. Bio: Rasha Baraka is a freelance journalist and writer currently studying an MA in Culture Industry. She promotes, shares, and writes about a shape-shifting culture while striving to platform a plethora of voices and stories that are often underrepresented or marginalised in the media. She is currently working on a digital exhibition with a group of multidisciplinary artists to explore the metaphor of the margins in relation to space and identity. If you want the text versions, to look back at previous recipients, or to find out more about the grant, you can head here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant :)
January 17, 2022
Review: Lubaina Himid @ Tate Modern
It's my (ZM) first text of the year! kicking off 2022 with a review of Lubaina Himid's show at Tate Modern. It's also a text about good art, magic, dreams & stories - a love letter for some paintings that transported me. You can find the written version of this text here. Thank you to our Patreon supporters and thank you to all our listeners here - catch u next time xoxoxox
January 16, 2022
I am addicted to a game
Happy new year! For our first episode back for 2022, I've written about the games I've been addicted to over the years, whilst wondering carefully if addiction is ever okay - ever helpful. Have you ever been addicted to a game? What did it mean to you at the time? You can find the written version of this text here. Thank you to our Patreon supporters and thank you to all our listeners here. It's gonna be a good year, I am determined.
January 09, 2022
Writers Grant Recipient 016: Molly Gough
We're ending the year by announcing the 16th recipient of The White Pube Writers Grant... 🥁... Molly Gough. In this episode, we introduce Molly's work and she reads out two short pieces of her writing. If you want the text versions, to look back at previous recipients, or to find out more about the grant, you can head here: https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant :) See you in 2022 :)
December 15, 2021
Becoming A Disabled Game Critic
This week's text is a reflection on becoming disabled and how that has affected my writing. It's not what I want but maybe it's not all bad? And maybe thinking about good change instead of bad change all the time might help reframe what it means to be disabled (sometimes, for some people, like me). This is the final text on The White Pube for 2021 as we are about to go on our December break. We're still working behind the scenes on things like launching our new website, but we'll be quieter as we see out the year. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support, especially to our Patreon gang. I can't say thank you enough. You can find the written version here and our Patreon is here. Have a nice Christmas everyone :)
November 28, 2021
Institutions & Identity
This text is an art thought essay about the museum as part of the Neoliberal political project, a re-write of our 2018 text 'the Problem with Representation'. read it here: thewhitepube.co.uk/institutions-identity Thank you to our Patreon family for your support, and thanks to you for listening :)
November 20, 2021
Love Letter to the Art World
Gabrielle writing about art again? Oh my god, the world must truly be ending. This week's text is a Love Letter to the Art World. It is a love letter but I'm pissed; a letter full of heartbreak about art and disability and the lack of imagination by mega funded art institutions. You can find the written version on thewhitepube.com where there is also a handwritten version too! Cute. I wasn't originally going to share this text tbh. It was commissioned by the young artists society in Oslo, Norway, who asked me what I would like to say to a room full of art people. These words fell out of me quickly in the middle of the night. I didn't even edit it, just wanted to let it be raw and fast. But it felt like white pube 1.0 and for that reason, I'm sharing it here too. It's my second to last main text of the year before the annual December break so I hope you enjoy it (I can also tell you a secret here if you're still reading: I'm not going on my December break this year because doing work on the white pube is truly keeping me sane so I'll see you here anyway!!) Thank you to our Patreon family for ongoing love and encouragement, and thanks to you for listening :)
November 14, 2021
Writers Grant 015: Polly Manning
We’re well into the second year of The Working Class Writers Grant now and we are thrilled to announce Recipient #015 is Polly Manning. Polly sent us two texts that both got me right in the gut in different painful ways. One was a quick, sharp stab and a gasp; the other was an uncomfortable hug from the behind that got tighter and tighter until I felt sad and sick. Acute, emotional, affecting and bleak. I read both texts back to back and I immediately wanted to read more - and that’s how I knew we’d found our next recipient. Bio: Polly Manning is a Welsh writer, and currently lives in the upper Swansea Valley in south Wales. Whilst she has worked in screenwriting and film direction, her main interest is in prose fiction - in particular, the short story. Her stories focus on life in rural and de-industrialised parts of Wales, with a particular interest in the ways in which young people find subversive meaning within these often 'bleak' realities. She is disinterested in the sentimental depiction of Wales as a mystical, Celtic wilderness detached from the miseries of capitalist neoliberalism, preferring to write stories about the people that actually live there. She is a Welsh-speaker, and currently working on a collection of short stories. Links below if you want to read her work: Read: Spider You can find Polly on Instagram and Twitter 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 :)
November 12, 2021
Review: Sutapa Biswas @ Kettle's Yard
This week's text is a review of Sutapa Biswas's show: Lumen at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge. It's also a lil bit different to my normal texts, bc it's written as an audio tour. So you can listen to me guide you round in person, or listen on an imagined art date, IRL or art guided meditation. read the text here: thewhitepube.com/sutapabiswas
November 07, 2021
Review: The Forgotten City
This week’s review is The Forgotten City, a game about a place where nobody is allowed to sin or everybody will turn into gold statues - or so they say. It is a game I didn’t know was a horror game until I felt my body tremble. And that’s a good thing. I have really come to love this genre so much. So I’m sharing this review today in honour of Halloween. Maybe you’re looking for something to play or maybe you just want to hear its spooky tale, either way I hope you enjoy the review. The written version is available on https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/the-forgotten-city And thank you to our Patreon fam for supporting!!!!
October 31, 2021
Review: 3 for 1 at Camden Art Centre: Adam Farah, Phoebe Collings-James & Zeinab Saleh
This week's text on the White Pube is a review of 3 for 1 at Camden Art Centre: Adam Farah, Phoebe Collings-James & Zeinab Saleh. tl;dr (& SPOILER): I think the decision to put on 3 separate solo shows, in the space that'd normally contain 1 solo show, at the same time is racialised. Read it here: thewhitepube.com/3for1camdenart
October 23, 2021
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 03, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 04, 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 07, 2020