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 short 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.

right as rain

Here's another great short film titled 'Right as Rain' from Finisterre (Cold Water Surfing), promoting their commitment as a business to environmentally sustainable practices. Team Manager, Matt Smith, and Finisterre ambassador, Fergal Smith, talk about their passion for surfing, the land, and sustainable organic farming at the co-operative Molly Hill Farm, Ireland.  

Enjoy!

overheated

 Illustration: Oliver Jeffers (@oliverjeffers)

Illustration: Oliver Jeffers (@oliverjeffers)

Synchronicity. Artist Oliver Jeffers posted this on his IG feed today and it couldn't be more timely or sobering. Basically - climate change is probably the biggest humanitarian crisis we're facing and still, not enough is being done about it.

Jeffers wrote this:

'Seeing as the world is kind of on fire, and it’s the hottest year on record for something like the 5th year in a row, this is worth reposting:
If planet earth were a car, it seems like the engine is dangerously overheating while everyone is too busy arguing about what to put on the radio.
Climate change is the biggest and most urgent threat we face today.
Yet we are doing almost nothing to deal with it.'

He's right.

I say synchronicity because just the other day I read an article in the New York Times Magazine, 'Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change' by Nathaniel Rich. Eloquent, scary, informative, and frustrating - it's a must read for anyone who wants an overview of how climate change became a scientific, political and humanitarian issue in the 1980s, and how the knowledge of carbon emissions impact on the earth's atmosphere has been known since the 1880s, but also, that oil and gas companies have been well aware of it since the 1950s. The biggest impediment to doing something about it so major catastrophes could be averted have been people. It's a sad fact that until it hits individuals tangibly, until they have to deal with the effects of climate change at a personal level - most people resist change, resist knowing, and resist believing that a nightmare scenario is a possibility. And in thinking it's not going to effect them until an unforeseen future date, they continue to live as if we've got the resources of two planets, and climate change is just a scientific phenomenon, not a practical reality. It's the last-hour mentality, whereby people have to be literally at the edge of the cliff before they wake-up and realise they need to avert a disaster, while watching people falling over that very cliff, because for some, it's too late. I had a hard time reading this article for all the uncomfortable truths it unearthed about climate change, but mostly because of people's responses (or lack thereof) to it. And at the policy end, power, money, short-sightedness and a pass-the-buck attitude has prevailed. Still does as Jeffers points out. A global treaty is necessary (with hardcore limits) because it's a global issue, and yet the major carbon emitting countries still refuse to negotiate and commit to implementing a carbon tax because at this very moment it doesn't suit policy, or an outdated view of the economy. 

There was a shot in the 80s to prevent global warming getting scarily beyond what the planet and all its inhabitants could comfortably live with. That's a depressing truth. We're beyond the tipping point and already living within an altered and warming world where the effects of climate change are seen and lived with daily. Let's hope that holding governments accountable (like taking politicians and their policies to the international court for their lack of protecting the people they pledge to serve); a shift to a circular and renewable economy; voting out people who continue to deny climate change; finding alternative renewable resources to replace fossil fuels; cleaning up the catastrophic amount of plastic and refuse from our lifestyles; reforestation and protecting species, and the everyday choices we make to reuse, refuse, and recycle will tip the scales back in the planet's and our favour. 

Let's hope there is still room for hope. 

 

mondo cozmo

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Sunday - mood :) Mondo Cozmo's single 'Sold' from his album, 'Your Motherfucker'.

Check it out (and maybe lie outside somewhere and drift with the sky...).

a new beginning

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Something otherworldly and wonderful from artist @deih.xlf, titled 'A New Beginning'. This mural was painted for a festival called "Encrucijada Sangüesa" in Ciudad de Sangüesa, a small town in Navarra, in the North of Spain.

Deih said this about the mural: '“When you directly confront your stone, you always get an answer with a new way of shining. (The real knowledge is for brave people.) A new beginning is possible."

Swap 'soul' or 'heart' for 'stone' and it also resonates beautifully, although a little less intergalactically!