This past week I've been enthused by the late winter sunshine, as James Butler commented, the time to live in a city, "when pre-spring sunlight suddenly pulls a riot of colour out of streets that have been a uniform grey for months". In this mood I bought a few new clothes for summer, and partly inspired by the photo above, a new marker pen to practice handwriting and lettering. Unfortunately the weather turned again and it's back to grey skies and thick wool coats. I really can't wait for summer now.
- So it turns out that part of the reason I've been ill for so long is because I have a vitamin D deficiency. I suppose that's what happens when you spend all day holed up in libraries three stories underground. This past week Protein gallery featured an exhibition on Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
- "Though science has since demonstrated the atom to be the most basic part of all matter, Jamnitzer's studies possess a captivating artistic merit. With the manipulation, repetition, and layering of basic shapes, they seem like distant precursors to Minimalism and its concerns."
- "DeCarava took photographs of white people tenderly but seldom. Black life was his greater love and steadier commitment. With his camera he tried to think through the peculiar challenge of shooting black subjects at a time when black appearance, in both senses (the way black people looked and the very presence of black people), was under question."
- "On Jan. 2, 2014, Sergeant Dagbinza was riding in a military jeep with Colonel Mamadou when his convoy was ambushed. It's still unclear who was behind the attack. Mamadou was killed, and Dagbinza died alongside him." - Why Not Us Women?
- "Who is the bad man? What does he look like – the enemy that they are later expected to kill? Is he an abstract figure? Does it have a gender and if so, which? Are there cultural differences? Has the image of the enemy changed?"
- I spent this afternoon editing an interview between Dr Sussan Babaie and Iranian street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Here's a separate piece on his work, "Like exaggerated dream sequences, his images portray gravity-defying figures and portholes to other dimensions, all from altered perspectives that meld sky and structure."
- "Secret locations and scathing chatrooms; Jamie xx and James Blake doing sets; notoriety for crowd displays of gawkiness, exuberance, disaffection, or some combination of the three and all this raw, chaotic, energy available at your fingertips."
- "Things that before were merely feelings–digestion, the relaxation of muscles–become audible. I hear the snapping of sinuses and a faint scraping sound as I raise my eyebrows and scalp shifts across skull. After around 45 minutes, Dance explained, I'd start to hear the blood moving through the capillaries around my ears."