Posts by Hannah Lamarque

To Boost Your Mental Focus, Try Switching Off

Desperately seeking inspiration? Technology might be sapping your mental focus. You spend your days hooked to your computer, watching a screen as the hours tick by. When you get home, the weight of the workday might still be on your shoulders, but you take a deep breath and let all your worries go. The night is young. Now is your time, and for a moment you can do exactly what you want. Before you start        …read more

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Can’t Deal? Stick a Meme on It

Once associated with the sillier side of the web, memes are leaping into the contemporary art world. There’s no point in sugarcoating the situation. It’s already been a tough old year. Long, unspooling and gargantuan, it’s been a car crash of a situation and no matter the angle you take on the events, there’s no getting around the fact. When times are tough, though, humanity has a habit of rising from the ashes, phoenixlike, and        …read more

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Sustainable Fashion Is Serious Business

More and more clothing brands are making sustainable fashion, and we’re seriously happy about it. The textile industry is responsible for a huge amount of waste. Whether they’re end of the line, unwanted or simply forgotten, fabrics are thrown to the wayside with very little thought, left to gather dust or rot. Failing to pull in the same kind of headlines as plastic or other synthetics do, textiles are rarely considered part of the environmental game.        …read more

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Activist, Artist and Dreamer

Apichatpong Weerasethakul invites the world to dream of a better future for Thailand. Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an artist who speaks plainly about both the political and the personal. The Thai filmmaker has received international accolades for his work and is in high demand. Despite winning the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has often admitted his surprise at the film’s        …read more

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Guerrilla Artists Disrupt the Art Gallery

Avant-garde designers are rewriting the rules and making the world their art gallery. To make your way into the art world, you have to work within the “white cube.” Getting into the art gallery scene can be as easy or as difficult as your nearest connection. Those who’ve made it can attest that who they know has been as important as what they’ve created. Emerging artists, however, are starting to shake things up. For so        …read more

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Ruined Art: The Pros and Cons of Art Restoration

An examination of current art restoration controversies. Last year was not kind to ancient art. Along with the destruction of countless villages and towns, Syria was hit by the loss of one of its most treasured cultural monuments after it was taken by the so-called Islamic State. Palmyra, the jewel in the country’s already glittering crown, was seized by ISIS. While the place was already in ruins before the group claimed it as their own,        …read more

Sound Map field recordings

Radio Aporee’s Field Recordings Unlock an International Soundscape

Take an auditory world tour with this global map of field recordings. So often, we go through life plugged in or switched off, paying little to no attention to the sounds that make up our world. Traversing the globe through field recordings might seem like an abstract way of adventuring, but by listening a little more closely to the everyday scenes that exist in our towns and cities, we can begin to understand more completely        …read more

Creative Space: The Artist and the Studio

A creative space can often be as important as what the artist creates. If you were to walk into Pablo Picasso’s creative space, his home studio, you would find yourself surrounded by the remnants of a life very well lived. While the artist spent large amounts of his life traveling the globe in search of inspiration, it was in his final home that he was most profoundly himself. La Californie, nestled snugly in the azure        …read more

Musée de l'Homme

Solving the Problem of the Museum Today

How innovators are bringing the museum into the 21st century. The museum is often regarded as the prerogative of the elite and the graveyard of invention. In order to bring our past into our present, we need to change the way we use museums. Natural History Museum, London Despite their dusty shelves, the museum was once considered something much more vibrant, the cutting edge of contemporary culture. The early museum was thought of as a        …read more