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Video: Kae Tempest performs More Pressure | Grace

I used to think
Things were so clear
I was so near to nowhere

November 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: Vincent van Gogh | “Best and Deepest” Self-Portraits

IF ONE TAKES THE TIME to study Vincent van Gogh’s numerous self-portraits, it is apparent that there are several “Vincents” dwelling within the one Vincent.

October 30, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Urban Oasis – a love letter to San Francisco

A journey through the contrasting urban and natural spaces within San Francisco’s 49 square miles.

October 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Zane McNeill: Why glue your head to a painting?

The recent climate actions targeting museums are themselves a form of participatory, socially-engaged art.

October 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Beetle at the End of the Street

In this Fellini-esque comedy, a psychic fishmonger foresees Amadeo’s death, so his fellow villagers rally to give him the best final seven days for which one could ask.

October 16, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Louis’ Shoes

Louis, 8-and-a-half years old, is autistic. He arrives at his new school and is about to introduce himself.

October 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Bridge | Shaun Johnston & Amber Marshall (from Heartland)

Walk me over this bridge
River so deep and so wide
Just walk me over the bridge, my darling
We’ll get to the other side

October 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: The Unicorn Is in Captivity and No Longer Dead

Which do I like better, someone asks, fork or spoon?
And I reply, That’s not a question for Thursday.
Ask me instead how I lost my virginity,

September 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe

An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe.

September 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Cast Out with Love

The Poetic Reconstruction of a Cornish Gansey, from Sheep to Sea.

September 24, 2022 · 11 Comments

Michael Simms: Portrait of Unknown Couple

He sketched in charcoal
the arch of a shoulder
the movement of a hand
the woman’s head
turned and tilted slightly
toward the man

September 24, 2022 · 10 Comments

Edward Harkness: My Father Meets Margaret Bourke-White 

He finds a Hershey bar
in his breast pocket, offers her a piece.
She flicks her cigarette into the dark,
takes the chocolate and says, Thanks, kiddo.

September 20, 2022 · 12 Comments

Video: The Kites

A girl is playing on the green slopes of a valley in Kurdistan, on the border between Iran and Iraq, when her kite is suddenly swept across the river by the wind. Three boys on the other side see her calling for help, but cannot make out what she is saying: she is just too far away. Separated by the river, the children try to communicate with each other – yet between them lie the explosive remnants of past wars.

September 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Restrained Brain

Self-restraint goes hand in hand with the good life. Can brain science help us get a grip?

September 17, 2022 · 7 Comments

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