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    Nightwalking in LondonSubscription

    By Matthew Beaumont

    Nocturnal wanderings inspire both the escape from and the search for the self, revealing the best and worst of humanity, and promoting creativity

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    Lights out: cities cloaked in darknessSubscription

    By Catherine Slessor

    Whether the result of war or technological failure, blackouts expose our precarious reliance on light, but also make us see social relations differently

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    In praise of darkness, a waning reserve Subscription

    By Sigri Sandberg

    Frightening to some, bewitching, clarifying and calming to others, darkness is a critical resource but is increasingly endangered

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    Folio: Robert Fludd's black squareSubscription

    Prefiguring Malevich’s Black Square by 300 years, Fludd’s drawing extends at the edges, inscribed with the text Et sic in infinitum – ‘and so on’

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    Male delivery: the domain of the man midwifeSubscription

    By Emma Cheatle

    The early man midwife was able to escape the barber surgeon shop and penetrate the domestic sphere, masculinising the delivery room

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    Flights of fancy: masculinity in airspaceSubscription

    By Cassandre Greenberg

    A symbol of domination and progress, the domesticated aeroplane interior became an openly queer space, traditionally segregated from the male-dominated cockpit

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    Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Subscription

    By Elise Limon

    Alona Pardo’s curation offers an extensive and careful assemblage of masculinities as captured, distorted, and challenged in photography and the moving image from 1960 to the present day

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    Interview with Christine BattersbySubscription

    By Lili Zarzycki

    We speak to philosopher Christine Battersby about the historic erasure of matrilineal lines of cultural inheritance and the notion of the genius

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    The gender of geniusSubscription

    By Hilde Heynen

    Recognition and reward for what are perceived as masculine attributes of mastery and innovation reinforce the monopoly of the male architect-hero

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    Hélène Binet's angels: W Awards trophies 2020Subscription

    Photographer and 2019 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize winner Hélène Binet gives us a sneak peek into her creative process for this year’s trophies

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