A green resistance: plants and enslavement

Have you seen the new design for our Slavery Remembrance Day posters and leaflets for 2018? They are all around the city centre and waterfront promoting Slavery Remembrance Day and the Unity Carnival. A big, pale yellow flower sits in the middle of a black background. Have you wondered why we have used this image? There are two reasons:

First, and for the first year ever, we have added a theme to the programme of celebration, commemoration and remembrance we hold annually for Slavery Remembrance Day. And that theme is ‘growth’. Many of our events will explore that idea this year.

This year’s design is related to growth, because the pale yellow flower on our new posters is actually the okra flower. We all know, and many of us will eat, the green vegetable – but maybe don’t recognise the flower. 

Expert Geri Augusto came to speak at the Museum recently and told us all about the fascinating history of enslaved Africans and how one of their many forms of resistance was through plants. She told us lots of amazing facts and her video is below. She explained that, although we often talk about the enslaved Africans forced to labour on plantations, we talk less about the enslaved people who took the initiative to develop very small plots of land to raise vegetables, medicinal plants and even flowers.

Apparently okra is one of only about 20-25 plants originally indigenous to Africa that made it over the crossing during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.[…]

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L’HOMME AUX OISEAUX // The Man With Birds

Un village de montagne bloqué par la neige attend la venue de l’Homme aux oiseaux, qui annonce la fin de l’hiver.

//The Man with Birds
// Seasons turn and spring is sprung when a boy flies the coop but lands the flock.

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Chart-Like Composite Photographs by Dan Marker-Moore Show the Progression of the 2019 Solar Eclipse

Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore (previously) flew south to document the solar eclipse that occurred in Chile on July 2, 2019.

While many professional photographers also documented the event, most images capture the singular moment in one image. Marker-Moore decided to break out the progression in orderly chart-like designs. He shares with Colossal that he experimented with over one hundred different format variants before deciding on the final five.[…]

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Swoon. Piece in Tunisia for the Djerbahood Project. | street art | Street art, Graffiti art, Murals street art

Swoon. Piece in Tunisia for the Djerbahood Project.

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Alex Martinez via Sandra Angelozzi | Graffiti & Street Art in 2019 | Street art utopia

Alex Martinez via Sandra Angelozzi

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

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7 Side-By-Side Victorian And Modern Images Of The Same Exact Locations In England

On Stride juxtaposed historical photos of seven English cities from the end of the 19th century and modern times. The project shows how these cities have transformed in the past 125 years from architecture to lifestyle and even fashion trends.

f you were given one travel ticket to any time and place in the past, where would you go? And whilst we can’t say we’ve invented the time-traveling machine, this is as close as we can get if your choice was Victorian England.

The world is rapidly evolving and the only visual reminder about the past is captured in the archive images. On Stride took it even further and juxtaposed historical photos of seven English cities from the end of the 19th century and modern times. By comparing photos taken in the same exact place, the project shows how these cities have transformed in the past 125 years from architecture to lifestyle and even fashion trends. Some graceful historical buildings have stood the test of time and still serve as a testimony of majestic architecture while the ‘modern’ touch is prominent in each photo.

Buckle up for the time travel through London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Scarborough, and Worthing. What version of the same place do you prefer? […]

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Put Words into Action with ‘Gerry’, a New Font Created From the Silhouettes of Gerrymandered Electoral Districts

Apologies to anyone who shares the name, but two designers in Chicago are taking on electoral gerrymandering in a new font called Gerry. The font, created by Ben Doessel and James Lee, is composed of 26 districts whose absurd boundaries resemble alphabet letters much more than they resemble logical, cohesive population groupings.[…]

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How Blind People See With Sound… feat. Molly Burke!

It’s Okay To Be Smart
Published on 10 Aug 2019

 

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I met Molly Burke a few months ago. She’s awesome. I absolutely love what she’s done on YouTube to bring awareness to living with disability, and turning it into ability. And her guide dog Gallop is awesome too! When Molly and I first met, we started talking about how she navigates the world, because I’m a nerd and I always steer the conversation toward science. I was not prepared for what she told me. She said she uses echolocation! Molly’s brain has adapted to listen to sounds in her environment in ways that most of us sighted people can’t even imagine. I went to meet her in LA and brought a special surprise, to see if my brain could learn what hers has.
#echolocation #blind

Special thanks to Brian Bushway, Daniel Kish, Molly Burke and Gallop!
Learn more about Brian Bushway and echolocation at https://visioneers.org

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Crystal Hearts and Translucent Tongues Shaped Into Sculptural Works by Debra Baxter

Santa Fe-based sculptor and jewelry designer Debra Baxter combines glass, bronze, crystal, wood, and found objects to create ghostly sculptures of human forms. In one piece titled “Cross My Heart” (2019), a purple heart sits on top of a rough cluster of geodes, while in ‘First Taste” (2017), a glass tongue protrudes from a slab of quartz crystal.

For many of her recent works Baxter, shares with Roq Larue Gallery that she drew inspiration from the phenomenon of the “Ghost Heart.” In this medical procedure, a heart is cleansed of all of its blood cells and then injected with hundreds of millions of new blood steam cells which cause the heart to begin beating again […]

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