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
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
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?
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]
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]
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]
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