Julian Vigo
Julian Vigo is a scholar, filmmaker, artist, permaculturalist, dj, yogi, and human rights consultant. A specialist in contemporary ethnography, cultural studies, cinema, postcolonial theory, and media and gender studies, she has taught at universities across the world. Her latest book is Earthquake in Haiti: The Pornography of Poverty and the Politics of Development (2015). Julian Vigo's portal is lubellule.com and she can be reached at julian.vigo@gmail.com.

Entries by Julian Vigo

IRL - When Social Media Replaces the Real

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2016 | (22:06)

Recently a friend of mine, Pascal, discovered that he was caught in Keanu Reeves' infamous selfie which made the rounds on Facebook earlier last month.  Despite the uncertainty as to whether or not the Facebook pages is actually that of Keanu Reeves, Pascal definitely identified himself in the background...

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Moving On

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2015 | (23:55)

Growing up between two countries and having parents from two vastly dissimilar cultures, I had to learn early on how to handle social changes. One week our mother brought us to a Pentecostal Church with worshippers galore speaking in tongues. The next our father brought us to a...

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Saving London's Black Cabs

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (22:07)

In a recent move to make London's black cab drivers more secure, Conservatives in the Greater London Authority have issued a report, "Saving an Icon: Rescuing London's Black Cabs from Extinction." The authors of this report suggest that the time to pass the Knowledge, the text that London's...

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Christmas Presence, Not Presents

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (20:05)

Having two small children I am acutely aware of how marketing affects young minds. My daughter, now almost three years of age, is turned on by any packaging with bright colours such that she will even grab items off the shelf, that are actually of no use to a small...

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The Real Terrorists of New Jersey

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (12:20)

In reading an ostensibly leftist publication about this past week's attacks in Paris, I was struck by the neoliberal tone of "How to Politicize a Tragedy." In his article Sam Kriss states that "death is always political, and nothing is more political than a terrorist attack," while completely...

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Junior Doctors and the NHS Culture of Management

(1) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (14:15)

The junior doctors' strike this past September protested the proposed salary cuts of up to 30%, an increase in these doctors working antisocial shifts, the pay protection for women who have children being removed, and a reduction of 40% in GP trainee salaries. And there was great public...

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The Man Who Has It All

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (23:41)

In recent weeks I have become mildly obsessed with @manwhoasitall on Twitter, billed as "a frazzled working dad with a wife and three kids. He spends his 'me time' on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, giving other busy dads supportive lifestyle advice and sanity-saving tips." Many have called @manwhoasitall...

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Internet Trolls and Uncivil Disagreement

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2015 | (15:07)

In 1998, The Guardian announced that "Addiction to internet 'is an illness'." Today in China there are currently over 400 rehabilitation camps for Internet addiction (wangyin) with China boasting more online video game users than the population of the United States. And more and...

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The "Ideological Totalism" of Higher Education Today

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (21:10)

In recent months there has been a slew of interesting critiques of the move to censor free speech by students. From Lori Horvitz' "Life Doesn't Come with Trigger Warnings. Why Should Books," Mick Hume's "What's New About No-Platform Mania?", to Greg Lukianoff's and Jonathan Haidt's "The...

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Neoliberalism and the Death of Community

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (19:17)

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the...

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Facebook's Woman Problem

(4) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (01:00)

In my 14 June article, 'Feminist Takeover of Bra-Busters,' Lili Fitna was granted admin privileges by the creator of a porn Facebook site and Fitna together with fellow radical feminists took over this website, kicked off the male administrator and installed a human rights website dedicated to women's...

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Redefining 'Pimp'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (14:06)


Danielle tells me how she came to organise a campaign against the Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of the word 'pimp': 'I am a survivor of sex trafficking and I used to tell people that they should know what the word means before they use it...

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Pussy Riot at Meltdown

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (13:03)

This past weekend during Yoko Ono's Meltdown festival, I sat down to discuss with Emely Neu her recent curatorial project and text, Let's Start a Pussy Riot (Rough Trade, 2012). Neu shares with me her work with Pussy Riot and talks about the perpetually changing definitions and performances of activism...

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Guerrilla Girls Plant a Bomb

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (09:03)


Formed in 1985 in response to the underrepresentation of women artists in New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Guerrilla Girls offered a performative and political opposition to sexism in the art world. I sat down with two of the founding members of the...

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Feminist Takeover of Bra-Busters

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (11:08)

Recently a radical feminist using the pseudonym Lili Fitna received a message from a man who was running a Facebook pornography page. He told Fitna that he had seen her around and that he liked her ideas. He then told Fitna that he wanted her to help him out with...

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Sou Fujimoto's Earth Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (00:31)

This year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto. A stunning white metal structure that reaches both horizontally and vertically into space, this year's pavilion expands imperceptibly and delicately outward as eight kilometres of white steel forged into squares modulates layers of density and near-transparency as if...

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The 2012 London Jazz Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2012 | (02:07)

This year's London Jazz Festival produced by Serious in association with BBC Radio 3 takes place from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 November with a lineup of artists which rivals in scope and in quality other major international jazz festivals. Featuring Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall and the Kenny Wheeler Big...

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The Serpentine Gallery's Memory Marathon

(1) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (00:24)

For the past seven years, the Serpentine Gallery Marathon series has been an enlightening and thought-provoking contribution to the art world during the Frieze Art Fair Week focussing upon a specific theme (ie. the Map Marathon in 2010, the Poetry Marathon in 2009, etc.).

This year the Serpentine Gallery...

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