Barbara Kruger, Laurie Penny, The Minds of Molecules

American artist Barbara Kruger often uses black and white images overlaid with bold captions exploring gender and identity. She discusses feminism with journalist Laurie Penny.

American artist Barbara Kruger is wrapping the upper gallery of Modern Art Oxford in one of her bold juxtapositions of images and captions which explore our attitudes to gender and identity.

Journalist Laurie Penny writes for the New Statesman, Vice, Salon and The Guardian on a range of issues including feminism and activism.
They join Samira Ahmed in the Free Thinking Studio.

Tying in with the commemoration of World War 1 on Radio 3 and Radio 4 we talk to author and cartoonist Posy Simmonds about the role of cartoonists responding to politics and international affairs as she unveils a commission from 14-18 NOW which will go on show at the Cartoon Museum and accompany '1914: Day by Day' on Radio 4.

And we have another column from one of Radio 3 and the AHRC''s 2014 New Generation Thinkers. Will Abberley from the University of Oxford reflects on the minds of molecules.

Laurie Penny's new book is Unspeakable Things: Sex Lies and Revolution
Barbara Kruger's work is on show at Modern Art Oxford June 28th - August 31st.
1914 Day by Day runs at The Cartoon Museum June 26th - October 19th.

Producer: Georgia Catt
Image: Barbara Kruger, (Untitled) Talk is Cheap, 1985
Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London.

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45 minutes


  • Barbara Kruger and Laurie Penny

    Barbara Kruger and Laurie Penny in conversation about feminism and activism.

    Duration: 23:26

  • Conor Gearty

    Conor Gearty talks about his crowd souring project to write a constitution for the UK.

    Duration: 05:38

  • New Generation Thinker 2014

    Will Abberley reflects on the minds of molecules.

    Duration: 06:06

  • Posy Simmonds

    Cartoonist Posy Simmonds unveils her cartoon for 1914: Day by Day/

    Duration: 07:47

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger, the exhibition is showing at the Modern Art Oxford from 28 June 2014 until 31 August 2014. 

Image: Barbara Kuger, Untitled (You kill time), 1983. Courtesy of Spruth Magers, Berlin / London.  

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny

Unspeakable Things, Sex Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny is available now in paperback and ebook. 

The Constitutional Carnival

The Constitutional Carnival takes place at the London School of Economics on Thursday 26 June 2014.

You can find out more about Conor Gearty’s crowdsourcing project to draft a new constitution for the UK at the Constitution UK website.

Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds

1914: Day by Day begins on Friday 27 June on Radio 4. You can see all the 1914: Day by Day Cartoons on the Radio 4 website. 


The cartoons are also showing at 1914 Day by Day Cartoons an exhibition The Cartoon Museum in London, until Sunday 19 October 2014. 

Image: Shadow Play by Posy Simmonds. Courtesy of Posy Simmonds.



New Generation Thinker 2014, Will Abberley

New Generation Thinker 2014, Will Abberley

Will Abberley from the University of Oxford is one of this year's New Generation Thinkers. His current research explores how ‘natural deception’ complicated scientific facts for Alfred Russel Wallace and his contemporaries.

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Hear all the columns from this year's New Generation Thinkers


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Barbara Kruger
Interviewed Guest Laurie Penny
Interviewed Guest Will Abberley
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Georgia Catt


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