no hesitation

 ‘No hesitation’ mural in Pistoia by millo

‘No hesitation’ mural in Pistoia by millo

Gorgeous mural by millo (@_millo_) in Pistoia.

About the project: ‘The aim of the entire project is to renovate a small area close to the historical centre of the city, it has been wonderful to be there and see how much we can do for our spaces. "Sometimes we should just take off our structures, let somebody turn the key and open our heart”.’

water flame

Two elements, opposing forces, where one could at an instant, smother the other. Jeppe Hein’s installation, ‘Water Flame’ (2006) is an improbable balance akin to wonder. Mesmerising. 

 

geyser

 Michelangelo Bastiani ‘Geyser III’, 2016

Michelangelo Bastiani ‘Geyser III’, 2016

Water is an element I love. Its liquid flow and flux. Its transformation through states of gas, liquid, to ice. Its fundamental necessity to life. And swimming in the ocean, immersing myself in its briny depths, I feel closest to the energy that supports all life, this very earth. We need the ocean to breathe, to support the earth’s climate, to feed the ecosystems we all depend on to survive. 

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So I’m especially drawn to art that explores water such as Italian Michelangelo Bastiani’s work ‘Geyser III’ (2016), an interactive video projection that engages with states of transformation and change between nature and technology, between reality and perception, and between the viewer and the artwork.  

Bastiani states: “Water, and liquidness in general, is my preferred field of investigation. My favorite subjects are natural phenomena of different magnitude, from the most tumultuous storms to soft clouds, relaxing water lilies, cold icebergs, waterfalls, fountains, galaxies, travels to the center of the earth… For instance, an artificial lake might take shape in a room and, thanks to digital techniques, the spectator becomes an integral part of the work by simply passing in front of it, thus becoming a part of the kinetic process. Analog and digital blend in these holograms which are enclosed in transparent bottles and jars, and direct interaction from the viewer results in infinite variables. The relationship between work and observer become stronger transforming what we imagine as the traditional ‘passive’ visit into an ‘active’ experience.”

halloween

 images: @yonopo

images: @yonopo

Couldn’t resist - Yayoi Kusama’s mini-me tricked out for Halloween!


Hands Off The Antarctic

Thom Yorke has just released a new track in collaboration with Greenpeace, ‘Hands Off the Antarctic’.

Talking about the song, Yorke says: ‘“There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint. This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.” [Pitchfork]

Epic.

the wilds

 Film still from Andrew Kaineder’s film ‘Beyond the Noise’ 2018

Film still from Andrew Kaineder’s film ‘Beyond the Noise’ 2018

This image and the trailer for Andrew Kaineder’s surf film, ‘Beyond the Noise’, inspired me to write this:

where are the wilds

and the the edges of this world

that free us

where echoes of fears

and terrors unspoken

are overcome

where hope is not salvation

but a kindness linking

us to all

where breath is born

of fire that fuels imagination

for so much more

sea stars

 Elmgreen & Dragset studio, ‘To Whom It May Concern’, Place Vendôme, 2018

Elmgreen & Dragset studio, ‘To Whom It May Concern’, Place Vendôme, 2018

Starfish are sometimes seen as the reflection of the stars in the sky in the ocean’s depths. These magical creatures navigate the world through touch, reflexes and instinct. They have an incredible ability to regenerate, even survive amputations. And like so many creatures in the sea, they are under threat from environmental pollution.

 Starfish/sea stars from the Galapagos Islands (photo: @perrinjames1)

Starfish/sea stars from the Galapagos Islands (photo: @perrinjames1)

Elmgreen & Dragset studio have created a site-specific installation, ‘To Whom It May Concern’, currently in the Place Vendôme, Paris. It consists of 100 red bronze starfish scattered in the square, as if the ocean has flooded then ebbed to leave them stranded. The radical strangeness of their placement out of water spotlights how their survival is at peril, and the threat posed by human-made pollution. It’s also a nod to what’s at stake with the Paris Climate Agreement. Yet with their remarkable abilities to regenerate and survive, they are also a symbol of hope - the possibilities of new ways of living.

the little prince

 ‘The Little Prince’ by @seth_globapainter

‘The Little Prince’ by @seth_globapainter

Truly gorgeous. Wall mural by SETH (@seth-globepainter) inspired by one of my favourite books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s ‘The Little Prince’.

For the love of books…

underwater

Water, water - everywhere.

Kylian Castells was inspired to create this short film to refocus on his passion:

“Last year I was caught on deadlines, working extra hours for clients, waiting endlessly for reward. From one day to another my passion became my job. I needed to feel water at it’s purest form, the beat that forces me to wake up first light in the morning, the silence underwater and the noise of each wave holding me down; that’s exactly what keeps me running. 
This is not an under assignment job, this is a portrait of all those little things that makes everything worth it. 
Pure love. “

kin

Fabulous just completed mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by @sonnysundancer titled, ‘Kin’. 

We’re all connected and as artist Sonny wrote: “The planet belongs to all of us.”

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begin again

A short video created by and featuring surfer John John Florence and friends in Oahu and Maui, ‘Begin Again’.

Mood today :)

double-quadruple-etcetera-etcetera

 Still from Sondra Perry's 'Double Quadruple Etcetera-Etcetera' 2013

Still from Sondra Perry's 'Double Quadruple Etcetera-Etcetera' 2013

When I first saw American artist Sondra Perry’s video, ‘Double-Quadruple-Etcetera-Etcetera’ (2013, you can watch it here) I was mesmerised by the frenetic energy and the thought came, ‘I wouldn’t mind cutting loose like that.”

But there’s a violent undercurrent that’s hard to ignore, and has nothing to do with cutting loose and expressing yourself freely. 

Perry works with digital production and performance, foregrounding the use of new technologies to explore issues of identity, subjecthood, representation, and blackness. In ‘Double-Quadruple’, Perry used the content-aware function in Photoshop to mask most of the moving figure. She instructed the performer to ‘move around ferociously’. The program registers most of the image as background or wall-space, delegating the figure to a kind of erasure or abstraction, despite the thrashing movement signifiying an actual body.  Applied frame by frame, the figure becomes a mini-whirlwind, the digital masking straightjackets the figure so that they appear to be trying to escape confinement. This fighting back is almost symbolic of the performer wanting to assert their presence in the face of being completely whited out - obliterated. 

Perry currently has a solo exhibition “Typhoon coming on” at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, until 20 May 2018. You can check out Perry's work at http://sondraperry.com.

books & time

Insightful quote from Carl Sagan about the magic of books:

 Street art by millo (@_millo_) - 'Once upon a time', Milan, Italy

Street art by millo (@_millo_) - 'Once upon a time', Milan, Italy

"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time." 

(source: @_nitch)

a poem

 Drawing 'Poem' by Pejac (@pejac_art) 

Drawing 'Poem' by Pejac (@pejac_art) 

Wonderful words written by Robert Frost to poet, Louis Untermeyer in a letter:

'A poem...begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfilment. A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words.'

A Yoshitomo Nara Day

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Grrrrrrr...a messed up/mixed up kind of day! Two steps forward and one back. A bit of heaven & hell. 

chill

A pretty chill kind of day (and freaking cold!!!). And here's a pretty chill track by Paul West 'Refractions'. Check it out on SoundCloud here . Also, check out the Youtube download of it (no vid, just sound).         

love sonnet

Read this today. Sublime. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet 'Love'.

 Image: Jen Szeto  ( @windowofimagination )

Image: Jen Szeto  (@windowofimagination)

We cannot live, except thus mutually 

We alternate, aware or unaware, 

The reflex act of life: and when we bear 

Our virtue onward most impulsively, 

Most full of invocation, and to be 

Most instantly compellant, certes, there 

We live most life, whoever breathes most air 

And counts his dying years by sun and sea. 

But when a soul, by choice and conscience, doth 

Throw out her full force on another soul,

The conscience and the concentration both 

Make mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole 

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.