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Aesthetica Magazine is trade marked worldwide. © Aesthetica Magazine Ltd 2007. All work is copyrighted to the author or artist. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without permission from the publisher. Published by Aesthetica.

ISSN 1743-2715

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The Aesthetica team are: Cherie Federico: Editor Dale Donley: Production director Deborah Ellis: Development of ficer Bruce Corrie: Poetry editor David Martin: Fiction editor Shona Fairweather: Development assistant

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Editor’s Note

What a year it has been. 2007 has been significant in so many ways. This issue of Aesthetica marks a celebration. It’s our 20th issue and I am delighted. Starting this magazine was one of the best things that I have ever done in my life (not to mention one of the most challenging). It has been a wonderful journey, which has sculpted me into the person I am today. 2007 has been a great year for the arts in the UK with so many exciting exhibitions: from Dazed & Confused vs. Andy Warhol at the BALTIC, Alien Nation at the ICA, the Glasgow Art Fair, to the Brighton Festival and the inaugural Manchester International Festival, as well as the Turner Prize at the TATE Liverpool. With the coming of 2008, I can hear myself muttering, “geeze, I can’t believe that the first decade of the 21st century is almost over.” It’s strange because I refer back to 2000 and remember the humour of Y2K, and it does actually seem like a long time ago. Alas, it must be said: I am not a dweller and I always look forward to the future. With new years come the resolutions. Eat healthier, be nice, do something new everyday, enjoy life, stop smoking, stop being overly critical, lose weight, help the needy, etc. Maybe 2008 will be the year to stick to it? This issue of Aesthetica brings together some great features. From Jack Mapanje and Carol Birch in literature, photographer Diana Scheunemann and urban artist Adam Neate, Nick Broomfield on his new film Battle For Haditha, to Gravenhurst and arts on television. There’s a lot inside. I hope that you enjoy reading.

Cherie Federico Editor


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Mary Gaitskill 12 Carol Birch 15 Adam Neate 24 The Video Art Gallery 26 Diana Scheunemann 28 Will Tuck 30 Philippe Anthonioz 34 Ant Macari 37 Gravenhurst 38 Alabama 3 40 Operator Please 41 The Pigeon Detectives 42 Alice McLaughlin 43 Nick Broomfield 44 Phil Grabsky 48 Arts and television 50

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