• Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (extract pp. 185-6)
    • Marquez evokes the case of local tribespeople who discover films for the first time. They experience the lives of characters on-screen and follow their adventures with great interest. However, when the same actors who have died in one film then come back to life as new heroes in the next film, the locals are confused and angry.

      We often forget that our cognitive world is based on conventions that we have learned; the illusion of 3D in paintings or drawings is not innate. We also learn NOT to see/hear/feel certain things. Open your eyes, ears and senses to everything around you. What can you find ?

    • Nip and Tuck
    • Paddy Hartley works as an artist with a split personality. Paddy Hartley(1) the artist produces a range of installations and pieces that examine the human cost of war and violence. He often uses pottery, porcelain, embroidery, clothing and textiles to convey his visions. One project, his Face Corsets (made in collaboration with the Wellcome Institute and surgeons at King’s College London and the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at Guy’s Hospital) looked at ways to constrain the shape of the face - ultimately leading to progress in reconstructive surgery of patients’ faces after burns or accident trauma. The masks he made became experimental facial implants constructed from Bioglass and are still being developed today. This particular project was so successful that he started producing bondage-style masks for high fashion magazines and popular film stars or singers. Paddy Hartley(2) the designer of face corsets and neckwear was born.

    • Maison du Peuple
    • Workers self-help groups and socialism were associated with Limoges from the mid-1800s. The founding of the first French trade union (fr=syndicat) in Limoges was no accident for a town known across the country as red Limoges.
    • Think about the way you make art. What environment is best for you to have ideas or make something ? Do you need alcohol, caffeine, music, love or criticism ? We are all different but most people agree that dreams or at least a half-dreaming state is good for creative ideas.
      Choose one of these quotes about dreams and make a work (any medium) using the quote as its title or starting point. Analyse your working methods.
    • Artists' Profiles: Take a look at the work of these artists and their distinctive approaches.
    • Mark Wallinger; racehorse called A Real Work of Art / painting of unicorn "Ghost".
    • Tracey Emin; talking about real life and works like "Bed".
    • Antony Gormley; representing the body as a place and not a surface.
    • Playing for Change project; Stand By Me

    • The Playing For Change crew heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” in Santa Monica, California and were inspired to find other musicians who could add their voices to his. The song transformed Playing For Change into a global movement for peace and understanding, with over 35 musicians participating in this particular recording of Stand By Me. Find out more here + One Love Is this an example of social art or just a crypto-commercial venture ? What does it really achieve ? Can you find any other projects like this?
    • Nkondi statues with ritual nails and sympathetic magic in deepest Creuse. I’m thinking of the votive ox statue in St Goussaud’s Church -
      Doua vei per an nous van à Sèn Goussao
      Li fa la devouci per notre gros betiou
      Las fillas lou garçous li vant de lour couta
      Li piquas de l'épingas par lou fa marida

      Or in other words, stick a pin in the ox at St. Goussaud's if you want divine help in finding the boy or girl of your dreams ! Anyone interested in going there to take some photos ?
    • Argentinian artist, Nicola Costantino deliberately plays with this sense of unease in works such as Savon de corps or Human Furriery which according to psychologist Carlos Kuri, go beyond the implied eroticism of contact with human hair, skin or fat to become an “aesthetic of the ominous”. Our discomfort comes from imagined (or actual) contact with things normally kept hidden or secret... that perhaps also remind us of our own mortality. A contemporary version of the age-old vanitas perhaps ?
    • Experimenting with human emotions can be dangerous. The Benrik Diaries promise to change your life, not just record it! Every week you are given a task or mission designed to test your own self-will and and everyone else's as well. One challenge for example, is to spend a week as a pathological liar (e.g. Don’t worry, it’s not hot ! He fancies you like crazy, he told me so ! Of course I’m wearing a condom ! I double-checked your parachute myself !). Try this experiment at your own risk. But telling a few white lies might be fun... (evil grin).