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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Wangechi Mutu: A Necessary Madness

“Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Salam

A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in NYC while waiting to hear life or death news from Syria.

September 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Thandiwe Newton | Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself

Actor Thandiwe Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. 

August 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Ari

Being a kid is tough, being yourself is harder. In the face of humiliation Ari finds courage and self acceptance in the most unexpected way.

August 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: For Nonna Anna

As a young trans woman cares for her Italian grandmother, she discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

August 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Banksy’s Most Excellent Spraycation

“A wall is a very big weapon,” Banksy says. “It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.”

August 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Come As You Are (Nirvana)|Playing for Change|Song around the World

Join us along with 16 musicians from Hungary, Morocco, the USA, and more, for this global rendition of the #Nirvana classic “Come As You Are.” Honoring 30 years since the release of Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind,’ witness the beauty and magic that’s created when we unite. As the philosopher Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Turn it up and embrace who you are, just as you are!

August 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The Physarum Experiments | Heather Barnett

Creeping through mazes, repelling adversaries – the slow-motion smarts of slime moulds.

August 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Soul Of The City

The owners of six small ethnic restaurants in New York City show how they’re coming back with the help of their communities after the Covid shutdown.

July 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel | Elizabeth Lev

Elizabeth Lev’s experience studying and teaching art has led her to believe that when we encounter something beautiful, we are made vulnerable and opened to the truth.

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Heart of Glass

In Herzog’s great visual opera
The hero stands on a cliff
Above a valley where a river
Of molten glass carries
Light to the sea

July 24, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Negative Capability

…art that honors the art and artist as well as its content, and apprehends it as more than its socio-political reality. Art is hard to do and not everybody can do it. It is not merely a pretext for theory.

July 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: Oedipus in Thebes

When he left the palace, the streets were nearly empty
Save for the women wailing at the altar, rending air
With sobs and litanies, the smoke from their incense pots
Thick and fragrant, perfuming the shrouded dead.

July 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

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