Sunday, March 26, 2017

Parkorman by Dror

New York-based design firm Dror has designed an intriguing central park for the city of Istanbul

"Existing green spaces in Istanbul are few and far between. When considering the approach for a park located six miles north of the city center, we asked ourselves: how do we draw strangers-to-nature to this destination?

We set out to create a park that dissolves the anxiety and fear that often accompanies an unfamiliar environment through a network of conditions that fosters unconditional love. We imagined the most profound experience delivered through the lightest touch; an effort that preserves the lush forest and leaves every tree in place, as mandated by the city.

Our masterplan for Parkorman is a web of possibilities; a living system of places for visitors to explore. Instead of dictating one’s path through the park, visitors write their own experience. Numerous non-linear pathways, like calligraphy, weave through the existing woodland, surprising people with unexpected discoveries along their journey.

Five main zones, each with their own distinct qualities, are designed to provoke emotion. The Plaza, at the entrance of the park, presents nature as a place for collective experience and gathering. Interaction and play are encouraged through a series of interventions spread throughout: swings and hammocks sway above the bed of the forest (The Loop); giant ball pits, inspired by Turkish spice markets, invite people to dive in (The Pool); a footpath floats above the ground and twists around tree trunks into giant loops with trampolines at the center (The Chords). The Grove, a maze-like trail pollinated with sculptures that relate to the landscape, spurs exploration, while The Fountain of Clarity, a cube-shaped frame that sends water down all four sides and opens via hydraulic piston to envelop oncomers, prompts reflection.

Through the sum of these experiences, a more intimate relationship between landscape and being is forged, and nature is reintegrated into the city’s harsh urban lifestyle."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Santiago" by Emma Allen

Face and body painter Emma Allen used her lovely skills to make a fantastic short film that examines the evolution of our species.

"An animated self-portrait exploring the line of human evolution and a projection of a possible future.
As our evolution turns from biological to technological, are we now the bridge between the born and the made.
I painted this stop frame animation on myself using face paint, a mirror and a camera."

Friday, March 24, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--François Bard

French artist François Bard is clearly influenced by cinema and photography. There is a "Nouveau Noir" film-still quality to many of his images, giving the viewer the urge to see what came before and what could possibly come after...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tropic of Cancer at The Attic

Tropic of Cancer playing a live set for The Attic...recorded at The Control Room, Bucharest, Romania. Set list: "Children of a Lesser God," "Court of Devotion," and "Stop Suffering."

Fronted by Camella Lobo, the band's sound is a marvelous mix of Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, and Velvet Underground. I adore the way Lobo's vocals are mixed down in a reverb haze. Dark, atmospheric, moody...

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Paradise" by Anohni

"Paradise" is the title track to Anohni's new EP.

"Our new leaders hope to crush our spirits and expedite ecocide in the name of virulent progress, consumerism and false security. Like Jihadis, many capitalists and Christians compulsively seek to facilitate a righteous 'holy war', or apocalypse.

For millennia, Men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators. This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance and war mongering.

But as Donald Trump and his cabinet now demonstrate, the skills encouraged in men by their biologies and the tools that boys master in the playground have not equipped them to deal with the unprecedented global crisis we are now facing.

Mothers, your sons are trapped in a nightmare; they are not capable of responsibly negotiating the destructive agency that they now wield.

More profound even than a crime against humanity, fathers and sons now compulsively prepare to commit ecocide, in a final and irreversible assault upon creation itself.

Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species' desperate course."

-- Anohni

World without end
Sinks into the earth

Crying life
The shifting beauty

My mother's love
Her gentle touch
My father's hand
Rests on my throat

Myself, I'm here, not here
As a point
Of consciousness
As a point

World without end
Sinks into the earth

My crying life, my crying life
Kaleidoscope (Without escape)
Sinks into the earth

Staring at myself
I feel giant and trapped
Without escape

I'm stuffed inside
My eternity
I'm here, not here
As a point of consciousness

World without end
Sinks into the earth

My crying life, my crying life
Kaleidoscope, kaleidoscope (Dream against me)
Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless, hopeless (Dream against me)

Here, myself, here, here

World without end
Myself, I'm here, not here

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Harry Ally

The abstract-figurative work of artist Harry Ally is wonderful: painterly, enigmatic, evocative.

Top to bottom: Boy Legs With Polka Dots; Castrato; Figure #86; Figure With Dress And 5 Blue Dots; Figure With Black Arm; Seven Deadly Sins; Untitled #22; Untitled #26; White Figure With Green Leg; Harry Ally with two paintings

Saturday, March 18, 2017


The hilarious THE MINCING MOCKINGBIRD GUIDE TO TROUBLED BIRDS by Kim Bagwill and illustrator Matt Adrian is described as "an illustrated, pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species. Written in non-technical language for the layman, the guide describes where to find—or where to avoid—the most disturbed North American birds.

Throughout the book the reader will discover tales of murder, assault, mental breakdowns, obesity, drug abuse and infidelity among the birds. This guide is used and recommended by law enforcement agencies and ignored by leading ornithologists.

We are only just discovering the reality of our avian adversaries, with their reptilian brains, their appetites for mayhem and the fact that they fly mostly to spite us. To ignore the information found within this volume may be at the peril of your very life."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Samantha Fields

The glorious work of California painter Samantha Fields captures sunlight the way we actually see it--hazy, through half-closed lids squinting in the glare, or perhaps through a windshield, or piercing through mist or fog.

Top to bottom: Faded In The Sun; Lost In The Sun 2; Lost In The Sun; Mt. Washington Sunrise; Rio de Los Angeles; You Can Still Die While The Sun Is Shining