Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Swingrowers — Butterfly

. Italian group Swingrowers perform their song “Butterfly” in English with animation produced by Freshly Squeezed. Today I learnt that a small gust of wind can change the direction of … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: The Monolith

. Pioneering NYC artist, Gwyneth Leech, enters a midtown art studio only to find that her skyline view will soon be blocked by the construction of yet another high-rise hotel. But … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: You’re my music in this silence

. Erick Flores Garnelo gives us a short poem shaped from images and music, demonstrating the significance of small gestures in creating powerful feelings. The film is shot with a … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Dangerous

“I think your conclusion is very dangerous,” he chided. I’ve never been accused of dangerous thinking before. Obsessive, maybe, but never dangerous. Especially by someone I respect as much as … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · 7 Comments

Video: Ant Songs

. In this visually striking short film released in 2014, a traditional tale from Russia is told in a non-traditional way. Here’s the story: A man and a woman have … Continue reading

July 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Ma Mama

. In this imaginative animated video, two lovers explore a patterned jungle world and meet some animal friends along the way. Director Katy Wang says, “I had so much fun creating … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Young Ian McKellan Jamming Shakespeare with Fleshtones on Warhol’s TV show (1987)

.   Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which aired on MTV in the late 1980s was a multimedia circus featuring “The high and the low. The rich and the famous. The struggling … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tristan Ahtone: How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Birth of a Bee

. From egg to the air: 21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute. After just three weeks of development, worker bees emerge from their brood cells fully … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Johnny Cash — “Hurt”

  . In what may have been the last recorded performance of Johnny Cash, he covers a Trent Reznor lament about love and loss. Email subscribers may click on the title … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is America

  . This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans – cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black – and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: illuminate — a cinematic poem about being in the closet

. Nisha Gupta, the director of “illuminate,” says: This short film is based on in-depth phenomenological research interviews with sexual minorities about their lived experiences of being in the closet. … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: The Man is the Music

. ‘Everything that I’ve experienced, I’ve made a piece of art to go along with it.’ Prolific artist, musician and lover of Mother Earth, Lonnie Holley treasures the discarded. Nurturing … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Ama — a short film by Julie Gautier

. JULIE: “Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · 1 Comment