In this episode, Justin E.H. Smith reads his essay Party animal: an education in individual expression and the importance of solidarity. Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris – Denis Diderot. He is also the author of The Philosopher: A History in Six Types and Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy. The text version of this piece is published in the Tank Party issue.
Fiona Leahy throws parties for a living. Since 2005, she has produced parties including Dita Von Teese’s wedding to Marilyn Manson, store openings, intimate dinners and lavish events for Louis Vuitton, Emilia Wickstead, Christian Louboutin and Middle Eastern royalty. Tank's Tamsin Blanchard asks Leahy about the secret to a great party.
The Book Issue: The artist Sam Contis discusses her photo book Deep Springs (MACK), which centres on the remote all-male liberal arts college based in the Sierra Nevada, with Tate assistant curator Shoair Mavlian.