Legacy Russell: London

Contributing Art Editor at BOMB Magazine and Art History Masters candidate, Goldsmiths University

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
I am a New Yorker born and raised, so now that I’m a Londoner, going home to NYC can be a disorienting experience. I have half my creative workshop in New York, and the other half in London, which means that I feel like two halves of myself are divided by an ocean and it’s up to me to bridge the gap. Luckily, the two cities share a similar heartbeat, so I never feel too distanced from either, regardless of which one I am in at the moment.

How can NYC and London best engage with each other?
The art, literary and art world pipeline between the two cities is a great way of engaging and maintaining fluidity across geographical divides. As long as these communities continue to grow and exchange, there will be active engagement between the two locations.

Favorite NYC secret spot: If I told you my secret spot, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it? So I’ll tell you one of my favorite spots: The Oracle Club, in Long Island City. And beyond that, I love Epistrophy on Mott Street in Manhattan. Oh—and Smooch in Fort Greene rules.

Favorite London secret spot: The Society Club in Soho. Bar Story in Peckham. The Joiners Arms in Shoreditch, or The Market Cafe in Hackney—they both have prosecco on tap, which rocks. George & Dragon in Shoreditch, because they play good music and the drinks are strong.

Where did the name Legacy come from? My parents wanted to give me a name to live up to.

In-flight entertainment: Sleeping. Making out intermittently with someone I love—airplane PDA, hello! Watching a movie in the sky that I would be too embarrassed to ever actually buy tickets for while on the ground. Or a great book always does the trick.

What’s playing in your headphones right now? Jai Paul. Tyga. AVAN LAVA. This American Life or Radio Lab podcasts.

What are you reading? At the moment I’m reading a myriad of texts about techoculture; I just lectured at University of Sussex on Glitch Feminism so have been doing a lot of research about cyberspace and digital corporeality. Outside of that I’ve been reading Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.

From the 3460 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LONDON

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