honesty

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Kind of love this. Yves Tumor’s track ‘Honesty’ from his album ‘Safe in the Hands of Love’ (2018). It hooks in and I keep wanting to listen to it - sizzling, funky and just a bit trippy. Check it out.

cat walk

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Another gorgeous artwork by Seth (@seth_globepainter) titled ‘Cat Walk’, one of his paintings made in an old district of Shanghai. 

It’s the black cat that I love!

make love

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‘make love not war’ mural by Alice Pasquini (@alicepasquini).

Awesome.


breath & grace

As part of an end of year round-up, the team at NOWNESS (https://www.nowness.com) has produced a series, ‘12 Days of Performance’, featuring dancers, musicians, and prominent creative individuals, such as Sergei Polunin in this ‘capsule performance’, directed by Bunny Kinney. Simply gorgeous.

with joy

image: @murmurestreet, L’enfance de l’art : Paris

image: @murmurestreet, L’enfance de l’art : Paris

Whatever you believe in - peace, love, creativity, freedom - here's to celebrating whatever matters most to each of us - and hopefully with the people who matter most - in the coming holidays. With joy.

ice watch

image: @studioolafureliasson

image: @studioolafureliasson

How to get people in inner city areas to connect to climate change and motivate them to act? To not see climate change and its impact on the environment as an issue separate from their lives?

Artist Olafur Eliasson has partnered up with scientist Minik Rosing to create the outdoor installation, ‘Ice Watch London’ – currently on display – to address this urgent issue. The installation consists of 24 blocks of free-floating ice originating from the Greenland Ice Sheet, that was freighted and positioned on Bankside, outside the Tate Modern, London. 

Eliasson’s ‘Ice Watch’ has had previous iterations, first in Copenhagen’s city square in 2014 to coincide with the publication of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s ‘Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change’. The Paris version was at the Place du Panthéon in 2015 for the UN Climate Conference COP21. For the London ‘Ice Watch’ Eliasson has partnered with ‘Julie’s Bicycle’ to assess the carbon impact of the project and how best to minimise it if repeated in the future.

Fished out of the Nuuk Kangerlua fjord, each block weighs between 1.5 and 6 tonnes. The Greenland Ice Sheet loses thousands of these blocks of ice throughout the year. The ice sheet took millions of years to form, and it’s melting at an accelerating rate due to global warming. 

Far from the source it’s difficult for people to imagine the melting of the ice sheet, much less the scale at which it’s happening. Eliasson hopes the project will encourage people to connect with the issue not through facts, figures or watching videos from a distance. He wants people to have direct access to this ancient ice – to feel it, listen to it, taste it, touch it, sense it. To watch it as it melts with the eyes of the heart, mind and emotions. 

We are not distinct from climate change, we are part of it.

 As Danish writer Josefine Klougart wrote: 'Rather than seeing culture as the indication of a difference between humanity and nature, we need to see it as the manifestation of an intimate connection. When we speak, we are nature speaking; when we think, we are nature thinking; when we control nature outside of us, we are nature controlling something within itself.'

butterfly

Image: @exogalaxies

Image: @exogalaxies

Butterfly nebula. Just a reminder of the beauty that’s out there.

stellar axis

‘Stellar Axis: Antarctica’ Lita Albuquerque, 2006

‘Stellar Axis: Antarctica’ Lita Albuquerque, 2006

‘Stellar Axis; Antarctica’ was created by Californian based artist Lita Albuquerque in 2006 as an incredibly ambitious ephemeral art project inspired by Albuquerque questioning the place of humans in the enormity of infinite space and time. 

The installation was created in Antarctica at the Ross Ice Shelf, and later replicated in the North Pole. It comprised of 99 blue spherical structures arranged on polar ice calculated exactly to align with 99 stars. Each sphere’s diameter correlated to the relative brightness of each star. The installation was in effect a stellar map on Antarctic ice. And as the planet rotated on its axis, the alignment of spheres and stars shifted, creating a spiral of motion at the South Pole. This motion was enacted in a performance where 51 scientists and technicians from the nearby McMurdo Station research facility walked the spiral path of the spheres, their feet visibly tracing the unseen relationship of the planet, stars, and humans.

Albuquerque speaks about these epic connections in her art practice:

‘Stellar Axis: Antarctica’ Lita Albuquerque, 2006

‘Stellar Axis: Antarctica’ Lita Albuquerque, 2006

"I am interested in change of scale: how the observer affects the object of observation; space as a void; non-space existing in time. By altering the scale and context of the grid (as a scientific tool of measurement), the grid becomes an artistic tool of perception.

The fossilized brachiopod from three hundred millions years ago appears to be an ancient remnant of star, waiting to be transformed back to its stellar origin.

Some brittle stars exist in the Antarctic and Arctic, and some are found even in the deepest parts of the ocean where there is no sunlight. Others have exquisitely developed crystalline lenses, formed from the bone in their skeletons, which focus light inside their bodies and enable them to see.

But this is not blackness, it is full of something from long ago with the potential of something yet to be.'"
(quote source: domus)

Sean Yoro in Switzerland

Photograph: Amy Vitale

Photograph: Amy Vitale

Artist Sean Yoro (aka @the_hula) has created a new mural series in Rhône Glacier, Switzerland, inspired by the temporary solution to reduce the rate of the glacier melting due to Climate Change by utilizing massive white blankets to cover the ice and reflect sunlight. 

city of flowers in the sky

Inspired by Botticelli’s painting in the Uffizi, ‘La Primavera’, artist Cia Guo-Quiang (@caistudio) created a fireworks spectacle in Florence at the Piazzale Michelangelo, ‘City of Flowers in the Sky’ which also marked the opening of his exhibition at the Uffizi, ‘Flora Commedia’, from November 20, 2018 until February 17, 2019. Magic.

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