Thursday, August 21, 2014

Japanese politician hysterically cries and it's turned into a guitar solo.

Ibeyi - River

These French/Cuban twin beauties make up the group Ibeyi.  They sing in both English and Yoruba, a West African language that travelled to Cuba via slavery in the 1700s. The twins' father was the famed Cuban percussionist, Anga Díaz, who was a member of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Intermarché - "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables"

Such a good idea!

NOWHERE (2009) / central scene / for Pina

This is breathtaking.
"NOWHERE was created by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU in 2009 to inaugurate the renovated Main Stage of the Greek National Theatre in Athens.
This central scene is dedicated to the memory of PINA BAUSCH.
NOWHERE explores the nature of the theatrical stage itself, a spatial mechanism continually transformed and redefined by the human presence to denote any place, and yet designed to be a non-place. 26 performers measure and mark out the space using their bodies, pitting themselves against its dimensions and technical capabilities in a site-specific performance that can be presented nowhere else."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Brian Calvin

"The slender young people Brian Calvin paints look as if they were lifted from a teenage cartoonist's sketchbook. They have comically long faces, oversize heads, huge lips, stringy hair, big eyes with reflections carefully noted, and vacant, vaguely depressed expressions.

Because of the cartoon style and the disaffected moods of his subjects, this Los Angeles-based artist has been called a slacker. The label is wrong, though, because he pays assiduous attention to the formal dimensions of his medium. The way he flattens, simplifies and crops his figures and their Southern California backgrounds and his use of richly saturated colors has earned him comparison with Alex Katz and David Hockney. It does appear that he is at once emulating and parodying those painters, and the effect is amusing."NYT

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Not Vital

"Not Vital
Makaranta School
Agadez, Niger

Not Vital had been working in Niger, building himself a home there (beginning his project to build a home on every continent from which to watch the stars). The home/tower he built there, at four stories tall was the tallest adobe structure in the area. So as he spent time there, he wanted to give back to the community. But 'the Tuaregs - the nomadic people of the region, were very much against a school because they believed if children learned to read and do mathematics, they would not be able to read the stars anymore.' So a school house became reinvented as a staircase/pyramid structure by Not Vital in which the students could continue to learn outdoors, as their nomadic culture called for, but still have a centralized place to encourage education." SoftPyramid

Pass it on

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the more beautiful.

Gnarly in Pink

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hannah Putz

"Young Austrian photographer Hanna Putz´s body of work is characterized by her precise composition and arrangement of people within her photographs. Her strong visual language, suggests a quiet complexity which, often makes the protagonists of her photographs function as abstract sculptures rather than human beings posing for a photograph.This comes across especially in her compelling series of mothers with their children.

Hanna Putz was born in Vienna in 1987 and currently lives and works in London."V

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: INTERVIEW

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou