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As I enter into my ninth day of life in Rio, reflecting on my first week, I can safely say that this city can be a savage beast of a night time. Having ended up at a hooker bar for all you can eat breakfast at five a.m three times in my first seven, not a bad effort, this city still holds me enthralled.
Though Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 were mainstream pop stars, or pretty close to it, when I was growing up I have not been a huge bossa nova fan. Sure, The Girl from Ipanema is catchily iconic and all that. But on the whole the genre has always struck me as being full of clichés and not very adventurous. Yet, slowly, in recently times my attitudes are changing to this most famoso Brazilian music.
Exhibition in Guangzhou, China
My partner Jane and myself were invited to take part in a group show at the Guangdong Museum of Art in mid April. The exhibition was entitled Issues of Urbanisation. All the artists chosen were either from China or U.K. based and had work that investigated the impact of urbanization on individuals and communities. We went to Guangzhou to install the work and do a series of talks with local students, journalists and artists.
The construct of Brazil through film is dynamic and multi-faceted: from being objectified to caricature figures, to figures of ‘exotic’ color, and so forth, it is impossible to define the role film has in constructing the image of Brazil in absolute terms . Brazil is the most racially diverse Latin American country, with a rich and complex history. Film in Brazil is made by the most wealthy members of the population.
This is a beautiful animated video from Joseph Hodgson and Frank Aubry dramatizing and interpreting an eclipse as a kiss between sun and moon, who long for each other across the distance of space. A highly poetic and imaginative piece, Kiss: A Love Story speaks on many levels. Enjoy!
Directors: Joseph Hodgson & Franck Aubry
Animation & Art Direction: Joseph Hodgson & Franck Aubry…
My set of texture studies from the streets of Ancoats. The manhole covers went on to be incorporated into the final umbrella logo.
I'll be honest, I took these photographs of Starflyer in Manchester Piccadilly with the intention of using them for last week's photo challenge "From above". I've been distracted and missed the deadline but by chance, I can see a pattern in there too!
So I'm lapping up the merits of working in Manchester.
OK, so it hasn't been the glamour and glitz of a metropolis, but at lunch I get to do things like this:
I work just around the corner from the Manchester Art Gallery, and stumbled across the wonderful 'Dreams Without Frontiers' exhibition. If you're a big fan of The Smiths or just like to bask in the beauty of urban decay, being blasted with 'Asleep', then this one's for you.
When I was studying journalism in Brazil, for two years I participated in a research project where I had to analyze the way that the main representatives of Brazilian press media portrayed global warming and other environmental topics to its audience. It was the first contact that I had with environmental journalism during the course, and it was when I became interested about environmental issues.