[A version of this text appeared in No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker, edited by Rob Young, London: The Wire, 2012] Black Sheep Boy Nina Power Scott (1967) Scott 2 (1968) What is the opposite of love? Cowardice? Loneliness? Hate? Should music ‘about’ love and its opposite (whatever that is) be lush, excessive, all-consuming, or should […]Read more "Black Sheep Boy: Scott (1967), Scott 2 (1968)"
[Warning: epically long, includes discussions of mental health and addiction issues, discussion of harmful behaviour, discussion of sex/gender] I had decided not to respond to the ‘Open Letter’ addressed to me following the youtube stream I participated in with Justin Murphy and DC Miller on 28th Feb (which you can watch here if you want […]Read more
A piece on themes of sickness in contemporary art and theory for ArtReview.Read more "Artist, Heal Thyself!"
For The Guardian.Read more "Review of Germaine Greer and Roxane Gay’s new books"
[Note: this story was written for and read out at the launch event of Objects of Feminism, South London Gallery, Wednesday, 8 November 2017] In 1983, Patricia Highsmith wrote a text called Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I decided to take up Highsmith’s guidelines from this text and very loosely apply them to the text I wrote […]Read more "Towards a Suspense Short Story of the Void"
Mark on a seaside trip, c. mid-2000s There is a line in Byung-Chul Han’s book The Burnout Society that makes me think of you: ‘the violence of positivity does not deprive, it saturates; it does not exclude, it exhausts.’ You were the person who diagnosed this condition better than anyone else, always. You lived the […]Read more "In Memoriam Mark Fisher, January 13th"
Available here.Read more "Decapitalism: Novara with James Butler"
[Piece for The Wire’s issue 352 on ‘Words and Music’, June 2013]. Nina Power Once you start listening you can’t stop hearing it. The voice – female, or female-sounding at least, pre-recorded ‘real’ voices or mechanised tones, or, often, a weird cut-up mixture of both, dominates the sonic landscape. From the supermarket checkout machines with […]Read more "‘Once You Start Listening You Can’t Stop Hearing It’"
[A version of this text was published in The Acoustic City, edited by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen, JOVIS Publishers, 2014) Four questions to begin with: What is the pitch of the neoliberal city? How does the pitch of the city construct images of and for the humanity that travels through it? How does gender relate to control […]Read more "Soft Coercion, the City and the Recorded Female Voice"
In October 2015, Audrey Wollen posted a picture on Instagram with the message ‘a PSA brought to u by ur local chapter of Female Nothingness’. The picture comprises a black and white composite image with the words BEWARE MALE ARTISTS MAKING ARTWORK ABOUT EMPTINESS/NOTHING DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU/GIRLS OWN THE VOID/BACK OFF FUCKERS!!!! […]Read more "Towards a Feminism of the Void"