In a way, these children’s playgrounds look really grim and sinister. You can’t deny it. But, on the other hand, there’s a lot of ingenuity.
It’s hard to imagine being outside of society for just 1 month, let alone 44 years. This is Otis Johnson who got locked up in his youth and now faces reintegration with a society which left him way behind.
The Motherland Calls, or Homeland-Mother is a whopper of a statue that stands proud in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia.
Max Ernst (1891 – 1976) was a German born artist and sculptor. He was one of the prime movers and shakers of the Dada and Surrealist movements.
My introduction to the Mandala concept was after watching a film called Samsara, made by the same guy that made Baraka.
Alva Noto is a German visual and audio artist. He makes what he calls ‘error music’, a technique that involves recording electronic audio errors and splicing them together.
Sebastian Pether’s paintings sell easily these days. His impressive milky moon light and his watery water needs no sales patter.
Michael Sittow was born in Reval (now Tallinn) in Estonia in 1468 or 1469. He was the son of a wealthy artist and a Swedish speaking Finn.
The ancient Minoans were the first civilisation in Europe. They flourished from 2600 to 1400 BC. Hundreds of years before Greece took the reigns.
Starting a new job can be a daunting life event. All of a sudden there are a bunch of new people that you have to trick into liking you.
Recently I posted a video of a woman doing some Mongolian throat singing, otherwise known as polyphonic overtone singing.
Despite both Greek and Roman societies being more well-known to most people, the Minoans easily predate them both.
Arvo Pärt is a minimalist composer from Estonia who invented a composition style called Tintinnabuli. The style consists of two voices, or notes playing two separate melodies in time and in key with each other.
In the 1930s, a group of workers on the Georgia Writers Project spent time interviewing elderly Negroes, living in the rural and archaic townships scattered around the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia.
Sun Ra was a Jazz band composer/bandleader from Alabama who claimed to be of the ‘Angel Race’ from Saturn.
The following video features Anna-Maria Hefele, a self proclaimed polyphonic overtone singer. The clever lass.
The ocean sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish, weighing an average of between 247 and 1,000 kg (545–2,205 lb).
The hoopoe is a wonderful looking bird with the most pleasing of Latin names: Upupa epops. But there is more to this guy than his snazzy hat and showy title.
This abandoned bread factory in Vyborg, Finland was originally constructed in the 1930’s. At the height of its efforts it was producing 55 tonnes of bread a day.
I don’t make much of a habit of writing about saints (pun very much intended, thanks for asking) but Paraskevi is worth a mention.