28 May 2015

Edward Ruscha

I bowed by head, and heard the sea far off
Washing its hands

-James Wright

27 May 2015

Through Clouds and Water

Andy Goldsworthy, 1993

Glass Mountain

13. Everyone in the city knows about the glass mountain.

14. People who live here tell stories about it.

15. It is pointed out to visitors.

16. Touching the side of the mountain, one feels coolness.

17. Peering into the mountain, one sees sparkling blue-white depths.

 From Glass Mountain by Donald Barthelme

19 May 2015

'this is me and this is my love'

“When the stories about you are not in your own words, and when those stories that you wish to tell about yourself are silenced, you cannot begin to put your own language to love. In order to see love in ourselves and in our lives we need to be able to speak it into reality. We need to be able to tell the truth about ourselves, to say ‘this is me and this is my love’ without censorship”

-- Tatenda Muranda. (Interrupt editor & HOLAAfrica member

Noa Eshkol

18 May 2015

Eduardo Chilliada

“Boundaries are actually the main factor in space, just as the present, another boundary, is the main factor in time.”

--  Eduardo Chilliada

16 May 2015

Saturday Poem

Grandfather’s Hands

Your grandfather’s hands were brown.
Your grandmother kissed each knuckle,
Circled an island into his palm
and told him which parts they would share
and which parts they would leave alone.
She wet a finger to draw where the ocean would be
on his wrist, kissed him there,
named oceans after herself.

… Your grandparents often found themselves
in dark rooms, mapping out
each other’s bodies,
claiming whole countries
with their mouths.

-- Warsan Shire

14 May 2015

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
--  Muhammad Ali

Street View

Portraits taken from Google Maps Street View by Michael Wolf

13 May 2015

Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come? 

- C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

The Bright Side

NASA Earth Observatory just published a map that uses data collected between July 2002 and April 2015 to give an unparalleled view of the world’s cloudy (and sunny) spots.

Cloud cover by month for 2014. Credit: NASA Earth Observations
Source: Climate Central

12 May 2015

Stephen Walter

Stephen Walter's highly detailed, hand-drawn plans of London record long forgotten histories and recent redevelopments with a native Londoner's critical eye. I first came across them a couple of years ago at The British library and got completely lost in them. Truely brilliant.

"My subject matter is all about human residues and traces that have taken a long time to settle in the geography." -- Stephen Walter.

Read more about the maps here and see more on Stephen's website here.

11 May 2015

Annette Messager

(images found here)

Maps (and soles)

I draw in the lines of your foot. I paint in the lines of your mouth. I make watercolors in your hand. I sew images in your ear. I draw a map in your navel…

I was very impressed by the Carte du Tendre [Map of Tenderness] invented by a woman writer of 17th century France, Mlle de Scudery. For some time, I conceived of gardens of “tendre” which mix writing and photography with real spaces: the path of reconciliation, the tree of shame, the herbs of confidences, the turtle of longevity, the spider of scandal, the route of chance, the maple of dispute, the copse of indiscretion, the timber trees of hope, the oak of kisses, the poppies of confession, the rabbit of fortune, the branches of forgetfulness, the junction of uncertainties, the forest of hesitations, the lake of temptation, the plains of fatigue, the lime tree of rest, the mountain of assiduousness, the passageway of pain, the intersection of ambition, the ramble of emotion, the slope of forgetfulness, the mound of despair…

Annette Messager, quoted in an interview with Bernard Marcade in BOMB, Issue 26, Winter 1989.

In the interview, she calls herself 'a trainer of paper spiders'. I like that.

8 May 2015

Move Me

Dear Good Looker,

Gosh. So much to tell, so little time. Let's cut to the chase....

I need your help, dearest reader, with a project I have been busy putting together. I cordially invite you, and your loved ones, to celebrate the space of otherness, difference and delight that your body occupies through THIS SURVEY all about movement.



Move Me is an ever evolving survey designed to prompt people to think more deeply about their bodies in terms of movement choices, habits and patterns. The project is about commonality: The one thing we all have in common is that we have to move to live.

Researching the whys and ways of movement is a part of my job as a yoga teacher. I know there is a vast amount of information and advice about the way we 'should' move out there,  but often lacking from this are the personal stories, from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences,  that shape each of us in discrete and individual ways. Through eight years of teaching it is these stories that have come to help finesse what I do beyond the more 'evidence based' scientific discourse. This thread is a vital part of the map to understanding what it is we need to feel well.

Human beings are not built to float you see. They need an earthly anchor of meaning and care so they don't get left in confusion. This survey, with your help, is my contribution that anchor of meaning. The information gathered is being used on an ongoing blog and as research for an art project, both aim to express a riot of opinion and give a snapshot of the complexity of modern movement decisions with cultural influences; a portrait of the human body today revealing impulses that influence our daily ritual of being.

Anyone who has a body is invited to take part and I am also open to submissions about movement, like this wonderful story, from everyone and anyone.

Join me for this major shift in cultural thinking and be the laxative which lubricates the constipation of the way we contemplate movement (I'm so sorry about that sentence).
(please note, you can answer anonymously and you DO NOT have to answer everything, just whatever takes your fancy.)

The revolution is now. Yay! However, I know finding people willing to give up precious time to fill out a long winded survey is hard (I have no idea why). So, I urge you to forward this blog post to ALL PEOPLE WITH BODIES that might be interested in taking part. Come to me with evidence of your benevolence, and I will send you something magic in the post.
You can be social and share in numerous ways, for example via twitter HERE, through facehooked HERE and via telepathy HERE.
And now I shall set you free.

Be there or, as they say, be somewhere else.

Yours in everything fidgety,

Rachel x