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Vivienne Westwood: From the Dame of Punk Rock to the Queen of Rap

Dame Vivienne Westwood has joined British rapper MC Mic Righteous in a song to draw attention to her environmental campaign. SEEN strongly recommends you check out this powerful video of Mic Righteous’s new track featuring the iconoclastic fashion designer and activist: ‘Be There x Intellectuals Unite’.

Dame Vivienne Westwood has joined British rapper MC Mic Righteous in a song to draw attention to her environmental campaign. SEEN strongly recommends you check out this powerful video of Mic Righteous’s new track featuring the iconoclastic fashion designer and activist: ‘Be There x Intellectuals Unite’.

Westwood shows true passion and integrity in her fight against climate change in this moving rap. She urges intellectuals to come out together and ‘Tell the truth, (…) Speak with one voice, Culture, not consumption, (…) Give us the map, Red is uninhabitable, Green is all that’s left’.

This is the gloomy future she foresees for the planet if we don’t act immediately. Active in social causes for decades, notably focusing on climate issues, this time she’s drawing attention to one of her favourite causes: anti-fracking. Her slogan “Intellectuals Unite” echoes Noam Chomsky’s famous exhortation during the Vietnam War, spotlighting the “responsibility of intellectuals” whom he saw as providing pseudo-scientific justification for the war and its atrocities.

Now Vivienne Westwood voices the intro to Mic Righteous’s latest song ‘Be There’, exhorting intellectuals to cut through the false narratives and ‘lies’ of the political classes, and lead the way, with their privileged positions in society, to demand a cleaner and more fair planet. In addition, with this call, she is encouraging every citizen from all socio-economic groups to get smart and use their noodles to help the planet get out of this mess.

Can Vivienne Westwood find any other revolutionary ways to get her environmental message across, SEEN wonders? We wait with bated breath…

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.

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