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.
Alicia Keys, the talented musician and singer, was in the news recently for having chosen decidedly to eschew makeup. In a monograph in a newsletter, she said she feels no need to cover up any more. She talked about her journey to self discovery and finding her authentic self which did not need to be … Continue reading Authenticity and Vedic wisdom for luxury brands
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
Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
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)