Kendrick Lamar - love

I'm almost scared to find out what's in the news each day. So, it's great to discover someone who's work you admire talking positive. Here's Kendrick Lamar getting down to basics about what's important in life. 

Love.

 

Cai Guo-Quiang - Fireflies

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Artist Cai Guo-Quiang recently brought some magic to the streets of Philadelphia, with this Public Art event titled, 'Fireflies', to celebrate 100 years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Using a fleet of rickshaw pedicabs, he created 1000 handmade paper lanterns that were lit and moving as the pedicabs made there way around the Parkway. Known for his pyrotechnic artwork, Guo-Quiang makes the connection of the lanterns with his childhood home in Quanzhou:

'In a way, these lanterns are the fireworks of my childhood that can never be put out. When I was a kid in my hometown, there were a lot of lanterns I could play with and these became extensions of my dreams.'

Magical and joyful.

 

 

 

Bjork - The Gate

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Just been listening to Bjork's new single, 'The Gate'. Simply divine. Can't wait for the album!

street stuff #21 Huna - Water

Sean Yoro aka the hula, has just finished this amazing mural at the Bay of Fundy, St John, New Brunswick, working with 28ft tide changes. Check it out, it's amazing.  

Guide

Discovered this through the wonderful 'Water Journal', a short animated film by Quentin Marchand  with sound design and original music by Theophile Moussouni. Enjoy! 

enough

Heavy heart. Waking to find out about Barcelona. This week - Charlottesville and now this...enough with violence, hate, bigotry, intolerance and fear.

   

 

imagine

Artist Olafur Eliasson posted this on his IG after finding this on a walk home from his studio.

Makes you wonder.

Tennessee Williams

Read this today, a quote from American playwright, Tennessee Williams. Life affirming:

"The world is violent and mercurial...it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love...love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love."

[source: @_nitch]

two thousand and seventeen

Four Tet has just released a gorgeous new work, 'Two Thousand and Seventeen'. I've been listening to it on repeat! Check it out on Soundcloud here.

the ocean and us

A short film about the beauty and wonder of the ocean; the profound connection humans have with it; how our actions pose a threat, but importantly, how we can help the ocean to regenerate.  

Produced by the BBC for the opening this month of The Ocean Conference at the United Nations in New York, it features Sir David Attenborough narrating. 

street stuff #19 seth

Love this. From SETH (@seth_globepainter) as part of a Unicef schools project in the Ukraine. Titled: "Per aspera ad astra", "Through hardships to the stars". 

make our planet great again

Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This reprehensible move that disregards not only the future of this planet but also the future lives of the people who inhabit it, is beyond disgraceful. 

Thankfully, there are world leaders who are stepping up to the plate. Emmanuel Macron in France has reiterated not only the French commitment to the agreement, but to the planet. We need more leaders like him. Simple. Twisting the words of Trump and his 'Make America Great Again', Macron posted this on IG: Make the Planet Great Again.

Oui. Absolument!  

strong and stable my arse

British artist Jeremy Deller has fessed up that he's the creator behind a poster that's been cropping up around London, pointedly having a go at Theresa May and her electoral platform: Strong and stable my arse.

Bloody brilliant.

Banksy, Brexit & Hope

This popped up on my IG feed and pretty much across the media today, Banksy's nod to Brexit in Dover: a worker chipping away at a star on the EU flag. It's sombre, bleak and the task appears daunting.

It's timely given that across the Channel, France just voted Emmanuel Macron as their new President. Pro EU, Macron is highly intelligent, dynamic, optimistic and pragmatic, Such an immense contrast to Le Pen and the swell of nationalistic politics and figureheads that have taken root in the UK and US since Brexit. It's a huge relief and so encouraging to see that despite Macron being a relative unknown politically, many in France voted against the politics of fear and hate peddled by Le Pen. And while there's cautious optimism in his win, the fact the far right gained so much support due the disillusionment, anger and powerlessness of a vast number of people (similar to Brexit and the US election), and with many abstaining from voting in the second round, I choose to see Macron's win as a good sign after so much pessimism and darkness. 

I choose to see hope.

Nick Cave on narrative songwriting

In an interview to coincide with today's release of the Bad Seeds retrospective compilation, 'Lovely Creatures – The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)', Nick Cave had this to say about the restriction of narrative song writing:

“The idea that we live life in a straight line, like a story, seems to me to be increasingly absurd and, more than anything, a kind of intellectual convenience [...] I feel that the events in our lives are like a series of bells being struck and the vibrations spread outwards, affecting everything, our present, and our futures, of course, but our past as well. Everything is changing and vibrating and in flux. So, to apply that to songwriting, a song like I Need You off the new album [Skeleton Tree], time and space all seem to be rushing and colliding into a kind of big bang of despair. There is a pure heart, but all around it is chaos.”