Big plans ahead for the New Wolf this month. Our wallpaper is beginning to fray and our long johns are becoming threadbare. And so, the decorators are in. On February 20th, The New Wolf gets a refit – new design, new logo and new content. We’re passionate about a lot of what we’re currently doing so expect many things to stay, i.e. the quality-focused articles, the regular features, the bespoke illustrations and photos. However, we want a change but a change that still reasserts our principles, so although more content will be available more regularly, that content will be closer to our tenets: accessibility, unearthing the esoteric, comprehensive knowledge and mixed media.
We’re particularly interested in stories that are missed by the media train’s radar. Contemporary journalism lives in a time where the editor plays second to the advertisers and to the ‘hooks’. That is not to say that journalism shouldn’t be relevant, but often stories that should be told are not because of the partiality of a media exec. Therefore, expect the new content to deliver insight into an overshadowed angle of a popular story, a new story that has been overlooked, and old stories that have been forgotten and deserve unearthing because of their relevance today. We will also resume our passion to showcase new artistic talent, whether that is in the form of sessions with musicians, artwork and photography, or the work of young writers.
We have found working with young contributors exciting and rewarding, and want to continue this trend. We are currently working hard to recruit a number of new authors, illustrators, filmmakers, artists and photographers from universities and young freelancers looking to start their journalistic careers. The overall aim is to build a thriving community of opinion and debate that is genuine, independent and honest.
Sixes and Sevens
We’ve often done things in sixes. Sometimes in sixes and sevens. The preview section will now feature six upcoming events (mostly artistic), six new films and film events, and six new features that will be coming to the Wolf in that month. Sometimes, if there is disarray, there will be seven.
Opening at the Victoria Miro on February 9th is a selection of new paintings from 83-year-old eccentric and prolific Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. Famous for her polka dots, Kusama brings to London a pick of a series of paintings that is in its hundreds. At The Place, Resolution!, a festival of dance continues with 78 works with a particular focus on new young choreographers and dancers. Performances run until February 17th. Another elderly artist featured this month is Anselm Kiefer, the 66-year-old artist’s exhibition il mistero delle cattedrali is named after the publication by the mysterious French alchemist only known as Fulcanelli. Fulcanelli claimed that the hidden code of alchemy was on display to the world in the gothic cathedrals of Europe for over 700 years. Kiefer’s work is inspired by the transformative ability of alchemy and is on show at the White Cube Bermondsey until February 25th.
Also this month, a theatrical adaptation of a Tolstoy novella, The Kreutzer Sonata is at The Gate Theatre until February 18th. Brancolini Grimaldi presents the work of the excellent French photographer, Lise Sarfati’s documentary portraiture, the exhibition begins on February 3rd. Lastly, installation artist, Brian Griffiths fills Vilma Gold with five works that explore hidden spaces and spaces to hide in.
In film, a very busy month. Roman Polanski returns with Carnage, a film about a parent meeting after a fight between their sons, which unlocks the parents’ inner children – Won the Little Golden Lion at Venice last year. Perhaps a surprise Oscar nomination, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry [The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot] tells the story of a child who finds a key and searches for the lock that it fits. The key belonged to his father who died in the 9/11 attacks. It has been seven years since Polish director, Pawel Pawlikowski made a cinematic impact with My Summer of Love. With the budget inevitably a little bigger, he releases The Woman in the Fifth, staring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. Marthy Marcy May Marlene impressed many at the London Film Festival last year and now gets its nationwide release. The story centres on a woman struggling to adapt to life after fleeing a cult. David Cronenberg looks at the relationship between Freud and Jung in A Dangerous Method, Fassbender pops up again. Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated The Descendants was released last week.
Lastly, a couple of student film festivals have screenings in London this month. Firstly, Student Film Festival London screens a vast array of features and shorts all created by film students. And UCL’s Festival of the Moving Image returns with a theme of ‘exploring the lens between the real and the imaginary’. It features three evenings of screenings, with a silent film/live score session included.
And on the Wolf, the refit will be keeping us busy, but no neglect of the day job. Roberta Radu turns her attention to Syria, David Katz gives us an Oscars preview, resident artist, JMC begins a new regular artwork series, A Cartoon to the Editor, whereby he responds to a newspaper’s or magazine’s published illustrations. Like A Letter to the Editor, but with illustrations! And finally a new Chronograph and An Introduction to… Michael Haneke – Time of the Wolf no less.