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Doug Anderson: Burning Man

Burning man comes from an instinct and need for carnival, a masking of the respectable self in order to release the animal/imaginative self, but with ritualized decorum and boundaries.

May 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: The Urgency of Intersectionality |Kimberlé Crenshaw

Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm.

May 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Logic tells us that antimatter should have annihilated the Universe. So why hasn’t it?

If there’s no more matter than antimatter in existence, then the Universe should have annihilated itself soon after the Big Bang – yet, here we are. This brief animation breaks down this extraordinary, nearly century-long science puzzle, detailing some of the surprising explanations posited by contemporary physicists.

May 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Elinor Wylie: Castilian

He washed his face in water cold,
His hands in turpentine;
He squeezed out colour like coins of gold
And colour like drops of wine.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: This bird-of-paradise in New Guinea sounds like something from another planet

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a glimpse into the world of this idiosyncratic little bird, which has proven notoriously difficult to photograph in its rugged natural habitat.

May 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Willie Nelson | Ride Me Back Home

This song earned Willie his ninth Grammy Award.

May 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Mongolian yurt-building is a master class in cooperation

Set to traditional throat singing, The Nomad’s Ger uses time-lapse video to convey the dazzling, deeply rooted skill and efficiency with which a Mongolian family assembles its home on the open plains in just over an hour.

May 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Hairat

Hairat tells the story of Yussuf Mume Saleh’s nightly ritual of bonding with hyenas in the outskirts of the Ethiopian walled city of Harar. Through images, music and poetry, Hairat‘s director, Jessica Beshir who was born in Mexico City but who grew up in Harar, hypnotically evokes a mystical connection between a man and the animals he loves.

May 2, 2020 · 7 Comments

Video: Praise Song for the Pandemic

Blessed are those in grief, especially who mourn alone, blessed are those who have passed into the Great Night

April 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: “IN THIS PLACE (AN AMERICAN LYRIC)” by Amanda Gorman

“In This Place (An American Lyric)” features a stirring choral recitation of a protest-themed poem by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

April 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Universal Machine

Set to a score by Philip Glass and shot in the Arabian desert with a haunting backdrop of the Burj Khalifa, Universal Machine is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a gifted young girl must find a way to understand and overcome a violent encounter with a life-like android.

April 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jason Irwin: Landscape

See the men break through the early morning mistlike phantoms from a dream; their hat brims
pulled low, shirt sleeves rolled above elbows,
boots caked with last week’s mud.

April 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Lunch Time

A 16-year-old Iranian girl has been notified by the local morgue to identify her mother’s body. Over the course of the next 15 minutes, this painful task proves to be more difficult than we could have ever imagined in Alireza Ghasemi’s engrossing and humanist portrait “Lunch Time.”

April 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Birds of the Mississippi Delta

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes us on a bird-tour of the Mississippi River Delta. The Louisiana wetlands that they call home are fast disappearing.

April 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

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