We need shared stories to make sense of the crises brought about by the pandemic, and to kickstart our collective imagination as we navigate our way out.
If their impact is to be real then art and culture need to get out of buildings, and give up their reliance on containment of experience through curation and of access through control.
As recently as January 2016, Franck Bondoux, the director of the Angoulême Festival international de la bande dessinée in France, is on record saying there have been very few women illustrators or comic artists in history. The unwillingness to educate himself in the history of art, and at least the history of something that his … Continue reading Women Artists in London: Comix Creatrix
Long post alert! Women artists are predicted to garner more attention this year. Right on cue there is Women: New Portraits, by Annie Leibovitz, the American photographer. The London show launches the 10-city international tour of the exhibition. These images are a continuation of the project Women that Leibovitz began with Susan Sontag many years … Continue reading Women Artists in London: Annie Leibovitz
Art is seen by many as unrelated to the grind of our quotidian lives. It sometimes is. But at other times, it encapsulates the times we live in, makes snide commentary, catalyses change, ignites conversation. This week's readings are on Art. Not long essays just contemporary happenings. When Lego refused the Chinese artist Ai WeiWei's … Continue reading Four For Friday (36)
Welcome to 2016! The curated links today are all about predictions for design, luxury, jewellery, and fashion tech in 2016. "Simplicity will win.. but don't oversimplify and sacrifice thrill of discovery" is my favourite from these 10 predictions for design in 2016. Thanks to the digitization of everything, we now have the most hyperreactive markets … Continue reading Four For Friday — 2016 in predictions
I occasionally play a game with my friends, where I rapidly say some words aloud and they respond with the first visual image that pops up in their minds. It is a rough version of the IAT and some fascinating conversations result from there. With the word "creativity". I hear responses ranging from names of … Continue reading Four For Friday (32)
This series took two weeks off due to urgent travels, but we are back now. This week's readings discuss Purpose and Meaning. Fast Company interviewed several entrepreneurs who believe they have created businesses that mean something to their customers. These are not just stories about underserved consumers; these are stories about people who could not … Continue reading Four For Friday (30)
The luxury sector is negotiating the tight rope between its traditional exclusivity and the open-all-hours, democratising nature of the web. It is a fascinating space to watch as new ways of enticing and engaging with the customer emerge. This long Luxury Society piece explores the emerging influencers and how brands are finding their feet in … Continue reading Four For Friday (29)
This week marked one year of India's famous, frugal, successful Mars Orbiter Mission. Aptly enough women in design, science, business, politics, art all caught my eye this week. Allowing for the usual hyperbole and USA-centricity of TechCrunch's reportage, here are 30 women, who have revolutionised male-dominated industries. Unbeknownst to the world, Ursula Burns joined Xerox … Continue reading Four For Friday (25)