Focus on Connections

Alive Inside

What is more important people or relationships? Species or evolution? Planets or gravity? Neurones or synapses?

In an attempt to understand the world or provide answers we are constantly classifying things. We define people based on nationality, race or religion. We have identified over 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes. The body is studied largely as separate organs. Matter can be divided into planets, stars, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons etc.

Yet everything is connected through forces, actions, consequences, relationships and experiences. Imagine a world where we focused on the connections between everything in the universe rather than dividing and classifying.

How would this impact racism, terrorism, inequality, science medicine and the environment?

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“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

– Ira Glass

 

This passage has inspired me to get this blog going again. Are you using Flipboard? I think it’s a great app to find inspirational articles and ideas, save and organize your favourites and share with others. Feel free to post a link to your magazines if you are using it.

Here are the links to my magazines:

Yum yum: Looking for something delicious to eat? Look no further!

Follow Your Dreams: Articles related to career advice, inspiration and creativity.

My Little Princess: Everything to do with Parenting.

Explore The World: Some great articles about street art but lots more related to travel and photography.

Train Your Brain: Books, Science and Documentaries

Isabelle: All my favourite articles in one magazine.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to post links to your own magazines.

Reverse Graffiti

Welcome to the world of reverse graffiti, where the artist’s weapons are cleaning materials and where the enemy is the elements: wind, rain, pollution and decay. It’s an art form that removes dust or dirt rather than adding paint. Some find it intriguing, beguiling, beautiful and imaginative, whereas others look upon it in much the same way as traditional graffiti – a complete lack of respect for the law. Reverse graffiti challenges ideals and perceptions while at the same time shapes and changes the environment in which we live, whether people think for the better, or not.

Credit to Linda at Environmental Graffiti  for compiling a collection of some of the most incredible works of reverse graffiti and the artists behind them for your viewing pleasure.

Moose: The Original Reverse Graffiti Artist

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Real name, Paul Curtis, Moose is the grand-daddy of reverse graffiti. He’s been cleaning the streets of the UK and beyond for around ten years.

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Reverse Graffiti Project, San Francisco.

Using detergent and a wire brush, the tools of many a cleaner, graffiti artist Moose works with advertisers to create innovative clean messages and slogans that inevitably turn into works of art.

A nice video by Moose on the origin and inspiration behind reverse graffiti

Scott Wade: Reverse Graffiti on Cars

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The one and only, Einstein.

Taking the scribbles of many a budding graffiti artist to new heights, Scott Wade decorates the back of dusty car windows with much more intricate works of art than the usual ‘Wash Me’.

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Alexandre Orion – Skulls in Sao Paolo

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Etching skulls on the side of the tunnel with nothing but water and a cloth.

Hailing from Brazil, Alexandre sees his art work as a way of getting an environmental message across to those who ordinarily wouldn’t listen.

Sebastião Salgado on GENESIS at the ROM

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Photographs by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images

World renowned photojournalist Sebastião Salgado in a rare appearance comes to the ROM to discuss GENESIS, a photographic essay eight years in the making.

Genesis is about our planet earth, nature and its beauty, and what remains of it today despite the manifold destruction caused by human activity. It is an attempt to portray the beauty and the majesty of regions that are still in a pristine condition, areas where landscapes and wildlife are still unspoiled, places where human communities continue to live according to their ancient culture and traditions.

Genesis is about seeing and marveling, about understanding the necessity for the protection of all this; and finally it is about inspiring action for this preservation.

This will be the first in a series of events and programs presented by ROM Contemporary Culture that explore the issues surrounding conservation and climate change and ask:

How does the landscape change a culture?

How does a culture change the landscape?

Speaker Bio: Sebastião Salgado was born on 8 February 1944 in Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris, France.

Salgado has travelled to over 100 countries for his photographic projects and been widely published.

Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm

Location: Royal Ontario Museum, Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery, Level 1

Tickets: Public: $25, Students: $15, Members: $20

Get your tickets here. See you there!

 

 

A Floating Street Art Gallery

This is a brief summary of recent articles about street art that I found interesting. I want to demonstrate that street art has the power to bring communities together, stimulate urban regeneration and raise awareness about human rights and political issues.

Urban Regeneration

Duke of Lancaster Graffiti

The Duke of Lancaster has been docked in Flintshire, north Wales since 1979. Now local art collective DuDug want to transform it into a floating gallery. Click here for more images or check out DuDug’s website for more details.

Wynwood

In 2009, Urban Visionary Tony Goldman decided to create the Wynwood Walls, Miami. What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings, became a collection of high caliber murals featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected Street Artists, Graffiti Writers and Muralists such as Futura and Shepard Fairey among others. Two years later the collection features over thirty artists has expanded to become one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the world.

Community Projects

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This spectacular mural in Manchester, UK was painted by Faunagraphic. The mural is part of an international project promoted by Converse called Wall2Wall. The project gives street artists a blank city canvas to celebrate creative expression in some of Europe’s most vibrant cities such as Antwerp, Ghent, Lyon and Barcelona.

In Bristol, UK, local art collective Weapon of Choice have launched an innovative campaign to build a community street art café and creative business space in the heart of the city by sharing the cost online. The building will provide a space for local artists and international graffiti stars to exhibit their work, breathing new life into the declining Old Market quarter of Bristol.

The first of these events will be the biggest Bristol graffiti jam, featuring local writers and special guests from across the UK, since Banksy’s famous ‘Walls On Fire’ event in 1998. The team has pledged to house several youth and creative workshops incorporating not just graffiti but also music production, publishing and business practice.

For more information please check out this article from This is Bristol or help fund the project on Spacehive.

Political Street Art

” I am a human being who wants to portray an idea with a distinctive method, no more, no less.”

Egypt’s January 25 revolution helped bring out the best in raw and potent urban arts, most of all in the graffiti scene in Cairo. This short video gives a brief glimpse into the always evolving street art scene that has gone from strength to strength and become a valuable component in the creative resistance to Egyptian authorities and establishment.

Finally Street Artist, Dan Witz, has teamed up with Amnesty International to launch a campaign called Wailing Walls. The aim is to create disturbing street art to fight political imprisonment and encourage passersby to immediately take action.

To keep up to date with inspiring, political and community street art projects follow The Global Art Experiment on Facebook.

Related Post: The Peace Train

Capitalizing on the Global Evolution of Hope

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1. You can’t destroy the existing model of capitalism so we must develop a new model that makes the previous one obsolete.

“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in succeeding government.” -Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

2. Beyond all else we must promote equal healthcare and education for all.

3. Help promote entrepreneurship and the arts in your local area and globally.

4. Try to find new ways to develop your skills, projects and interests everyday. Eventually these will help you develop a sustainable business.

5. Be enthusiastic about what you believe in and encourage others to get involved.

7. “If your work has a positive impact on five or ten people, you have invented a seed. Now you can plant it a million times. If you can not develop a seed, you can pick up an existing seed and plant it in a new location.” -Muhammad Yunus, Building Social Business

7. Whenever it is possible choose small scale retailers, projects, artists and charities over large co-operations. Don’t substitute convenience and price for character and quality.

8. “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery.” -Bruce Lee

9. “Possession isn’t nine tenths of the law. It’s nine tenth of the problem.” -John Lennon Know when to give and when to receive. There is a time to wait, grow, develop or nurture.

10. “Evolution is not about design or will; it is the outcome of constant endeavors made by organisms that want to survive and better themselves. The collective result is intoxicatingly beautiful, rife with oddities, and surpassingly brilliant, yet no agent is in control. Evolution arises from the bottom up – so too does hope.” -Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest