V17: Paul Davis Goes Global

  Varoom’s regular columnist on Vlad The Impaler,  financial spot illustration and Twitter. Varoom 17 extract. Globalisation: It’s Not At All New At All. ©Paul Davis 2011. I don’t get this overused so-called new-fangled word ‘globalisation’ at all. Think of past super-powers; surely it comes down to what technology was available at the time. Think […]


V17: The Politics of (Russian) Pluralism

  Is there a Russian style of illustration? Victor Melamed thinks so. As a Moscow-born artist who studied in England and has worked for the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, he undoubtedly has the perspective necessary to answer the question. But immediately, there are qualifications. Melamed is the co-founder and co-ordinator of Tzeh, a fifty-strong […]

Zodiac 21: # 2 The Sign of the Hive Mind

Zodiac 21:  # 2 The Sign of the Hive Mind Words Paul Morley, Image Quickhoney Plague of sameness, collective consciousness, everyone thinking the same, targeted by the same advertisers turning them into the same sort of consumers, looking at the same thing, worshipping the Na’Vi, Gaga or Sarah Palin. Characteristics: Anxiety, gregariousness, deference, submission, docility, fear of […]

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Zodiac 21: #1 The Sign of The Banking Crisis

#1 The Sign of The Banking Crisis/ #2 The Sign of The Hive Mind/ #3 The Sign of The Wiimote Words By Paul Morley, Images by Ah Studio, Quickhoney, Revenge is Sweet, Si Scott, Antti Uotila, Christian Montenegro, Cristiana Couceiro, Otto, Polly Becker, FrancisFrances, Clara Terne, Mimi Leung.   Intro: Varoom The 12 Signs of the Zodiac […]


Reportage: Reflections & Process

  Gwendi Klisa The Reportage section of Varoom 17 carries work exploring the theatre of human rituals in public spaces. Here we expand this theme with Gwendi’s experience in Malaysia, and she responds to Varoom’s questions below: BRIEF This reportage project was inspired by an illustration course I took at Central Saint Martins. On my […]


LabNotes – SAKS Hotel restaurant

Nicole Ostheimer’s intricate mural for SAKS Hotel looks at food, local history, film and football. She talks to Varoom about the project.  What was the brief? The brief was kept very open. As I was asked to create murals on two walls and a ceiling for the restaurant of SAKS hotel in Kaiserslautern/Germany, the theme […]