Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen

When faced with adversity, what do you do? If Polly Pollet was with you, she’d probably tell you to pick up a ballpoint and draw. On paper, or a wall. Or the back of a skateboard. The Belgian artist has made ballpoint drawings her signature – and her weapon. In her latest project, Polly hopes … Continue reading Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen

NASA Now Want To Print Your Laughter In Space

Made in Space, a contractor for NASA, have created a 3D printer that can work in zero gravity; now they want to make art with it. They approached Eyal Gever, the renowned contemporary artist and successful tech entrepreneur to collaborate on the project. Eyal will use his iOS app #Laugh, created specifically for the project, … Continue reading NASA Now Want To Print Your Laughter In Space

Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

The background Social media has a rocky history when it comes to mental health, and the general consensus would suggest that the former is predominantly detrimental to the latter. But is this changing? Society as a whole has become more aware of mental health issues in the recent past; the topic has moved from a taboo … Continue reading Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

Forming beliefs & the importance of positive thinking [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 8]

How we form our beliefs – and why it is important One reason that keeping an open flow of ideas and information is important is in the way we build our beliefs and how these can begin to diverge and lead us to situations of great division. In this podcast, ‘Agree to disagree?’, Kris de … Continue reading Forming beliefs & the importance of positive thinking [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 8]

Keeping open to new ideas [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 7]

  My previous post touched on the importance I attach to keeping open to new ideas and influences.   This article I read recently concerns me as it suggests that social media – a great source of new ideas and thinking which I use all the time – may in fact ultimately feed us a … Continue reading Keeping open to new ideas [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 7]

Found [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 6]

I went to a great exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London last week – based in the old foundling hospital – the UK’s first charity looking after abandoned children. They had an exhibition curated by the artist Cornelia Parker called Found where she has invited a number of other artists to respond to the … Continue reading Found [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 6]

The power of the imagination [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 5]

I have been thinking a great deal about the importance of imagination and play. There’s a great quote from Brian Eno about the power of the human imagination…. “Humans are capable of a unique trick, creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. As soon as we sense the possibility of … Continue reading The power of the imagination [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 5]

Us and the Future [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 4]

As I discussed in my interview the future can seem hopeless and we are offered very few positive visions in our mainstream media and culture at the moment. Can you think of any?   Another day in 2016 – posted by a friend on Facebook kind of sums it up…   But as the futurist … Continue reading Us and the Future [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 4]

Earth Overshoot Day [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 3]

Rightly the focus of much environmental news is on Climate Change (as an article this week identified we are likely to miss the 1.5 degree target for warming set earlier this year at COP 21 in Paris)   But climate change is really only one of many symptoms of a deeper issue: the overuse of the … Continue reading Earth Overshoot Day [Hilary Jennings’ guest editorial 3]

Flow [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 2]

Another really interesting aspect of what makes us well was identified by psychologist H: whose pioneering work added to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfilment and the notion of “flow” — a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.   https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow?language=en Finding something that gives you a … Continue reading Flow [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 2]