Representing A Collective Consciousness Through Art

Joy Miessi uses words & shapes in her work to create a poignant mixed media creation dealing with police brutality Mejo from Joy Miessi on Vimeo. Instagram led me to Joy Miessi, a fantastic visual artist who interacts with word and shape in her mixed media creations. Joy often films her creative process, speeding it … Continue reading Representing A Collective Consciousness Through Art

‘We float through the smog’; new poetry from our Poet-in-Residence

Each week I’ll share writings that have come out of reading and thinking about my chosen topics. See three snippets this week’s of writing below   Untitled We float through the smog looking for roots to tether to hardness like lamposts and nationalism fly towards our foreheads in slow motion we are forever ducking and … Continue reading ‘We float through the smog’; new poetry from our Poet-in-Residence

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?

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

Climate Justice and Human Rights

Climate change is the greatest human rights issue facing humanity today, and that is how we can fight it. The case In 2012 Olivier De Schutter laid bare this argument in The Guardian, observing that climate change represents an enormous threat to a whole host of human rights: the right to food, the right to water … Continue reading Climate Justice and Human Rights

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]