Photo, Hayley Flynn
Another late post! For the second time in as many weeks I’ve had to abandon a dissertation plan because of recently published research. Thankfully I spent Saturday and Sunday deep in the New Forest, getting away from everything. I’m now back in Manchester, looking for quiet cafes to work in.
- The Only 31 Things Standing Between You And Your Dreams. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, provided you overcome these barriers first.
- Weeks ago I went to a talk by Agata Pyzik in which she mentioned this book. The Bleak Banality of Shopping in Communist Europe.
- I can’t exactly remember why or how, but Metronomy have become one of those bands that I’ve seen 5 times, up there with Crystal Castles (RIP). IMO they’ve changed a lot (and a few members) since the early days, but they’ve always had fantastic videos. It’s Nice That takes a look at some of their best.
- “This is not the Instagram of artistically arranged purse contents or filtered selfies but one that more closely resembles the olden days of Tumblr, when people, archives, and institutions realized that they could add their humble masterpieces into the digital image river that people look at every day.”
- Summer Sodas, I really want to try and make some of these.
- “Auto Italia’s current crop of work calls to mind numerous cultural touchstones; the hyperreal, post-internet aesthetic of PC Music, who utilise their sound and presentation to reproduce modern pop in a heightened form”
- “Travelling to nine different festivals across Europe, Sounds Fragmenting looks at the artists, audiences, organisers and labourers who make up the festivals, as well as how they provide spaces for challenge and innovation, relaxation and hedonism, discussion and dispute”
- “What does it mean to be accused of “suspicion of sex?” Photographer Ren Hang found out when the government of China, where he’s from, banned a solo exhibition of his delicate and sharply colored portraiture. Absurdities of censorship aside, the phrase——suspicion of sex—seems apt, even lovely.”