Archive for the Arts & Culture Category
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Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?
It started suddenly. Without warning. Last spring, Julie Johnstone, a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, was wandering through a reading room when she saw, sitting alone on a random table, a little tree. It was made of twisted paper and was mounted on a book. Gorgeously crafted, it came with a gold-leafed eggshell broken in two, each half filled with little strips of paper with phrases on them. When reassembled properly, the strips became a poem about birds, “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan. What was this? Chris Scott/flickr “This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…” said a note, addressed to the Library by its twitter name “@ByLeavesWeLive”. There was no artist signature, no one to thank. The staff, totally nonplussed, asked on their blog if anybody knew who made it. They described the gift as a “poetree” and waited. Nobody claimed... Continue Reading
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David de Rothschild Prepares for a New Adventure in the Amazon
(Interview between treehugger & David de Rothschild) For the Plastiki expedition, David de Rothschild sailed across the Pacific in a boat made of plastic to raise awareness of ocean pollution. His newest adventure, which sets off next week, will take him into the heart of the Amazon region in Brazil. TreeHugger: We hear you’re preparing for another adventure. What’s the destination this time? David de Rothschild: Yes, I am getting ready for another adventure. We’re heading off for the amazon early next week. Part of the team is already down there now. It’s a pretty interesting adventure, and we will... Continue Reading
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Lessons From The Lorax
The Lorax is a glorious creature, who embodies the environment and acts as the guardian of green. He is the “voice of the trees” and attempts to fight a lonesome battle against the giants of industry, the Once-ler. Overall, his message rings true to the folks here at Urban Times, as we also believe that without action, no solutions can be assembled. Where the story of The Lorax hits the nerve is exactly where we diverge however, Seuss emphasizes the woe and sacrifice attached to the battle of the environment at the time (1970s), whereas we like to think of... Continue Reading
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Unthink, the ‘Anti-Facebook’: A Social Networking Revolution
Unthink says it is starting a social networking revolution. And it is serious. According to CNET, Unthink promises to “emancipate social media” and “unleash people’s extraordinary potential.” The Unthink homepage even features black and white photos from the Civil Rights Movement as its background. It will be the “anti-Facebook.” Unthink backs this proclamation by stating that, as an online social networking hub, it will be free of “privacy issues,” “endless redesigns,” and “commercial junkyards” for shameless promotional ploys. Individuals can sign up for an invitation code once an email address is submitted. Users will be able to own their data... Continue Reading
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21st Century Gargoyles Are Drawn on Found Paper and Decorated with Recycled Trash
Gargoyles and monsters are usually the domain of medieval art, hanging off of Notre Dame and dealing death in fear inspiring paintings. But artist Keri Rosebraugh has revived the motif, and she’s added another element as well. Her gargoyles are drawn on found paper and wood, and brightened up with colorful pieces of repurposed trash. Many of the Portland-born, LA-based Rosebraugh’s works have clear environmental messages, railing against factory farming and industrial pollution. On her blog, she writes: Expressing the importance of protecting and improving our environment directly through her artwork, Keri’s paintings seek to inform, encourage, and inspire others... Continue Reading
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The Story of Broke: Nov 8, 2011
The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy,... Continue Reading
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the... Continue Reading
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Why People Should Act More Like Whales
Song of the Spindle is a funny and surprisingly insightful conversation between a man and a whale. It turns out that humans and whales have more in common than one might expect; for example, certain species of whales have spindle neurons — considered to be “the brain cells that make us human.” Seattle-based animator Drew Christie talks about his creative process and recommends a few whale-related books in an interview below. The Atlantic: How did you get into illustration and animation? Drew Christie: I have been drawing since as long as I can remember. My dad used to paint and draw for... Continue Reading
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Bob Marley’s activist granddaughter in MTL for world premiere of her new Rasta doc at FNC
“It is difficult to be a Marley and it is [also] not difficult to live up to the Marley name because I am who I am,” says Donisha Prendergast, the 25-year-old documentary filmmaker and granddaughter of global music icon Bob Marley. “People expect things from me just because I am a Marley. Some have good expectations and others have bad expectations. Sometimes people expect me to be a diva. But I don’t deal with all that celebrity stuff. It’s not necessary for me.” Prendergast is in Montreal this week for the world premiere at the 40th annual Festival du Nouveau... Continue Reading
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