A Response to Cuts, Debts & other unhelpful Politics?

free-art-schools-daisy-jones-198-body-image-1418042485When the political purse-holders gradually eliminate financial support for universal education, a number of responses are possible. Protest is one way to respond. Resignation – either through opting out of education, or through studying but only by accruing massive debts – is another. Creating a new, parallel system is another… Cue the emerging model of Free Art Schools…

Read this report by Daisy Jones and check out an example to see how it can work…

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“We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom…”

Deeply inspiring and radical speech by an American elder standing up for real and free art in the face of the all-consuming profit motive.

Full text here, courtesy of Parker Higgins aka @xor
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The Freedom of the Known

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“If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?”
Prisoners have a unique perspective on the nature – and relativity – of freedom…  The photographic project Windows from Prison seeks to offer moments of relative liberation to people incarcerated in the U.S. federal prison system by bringing them a photograph of a view of their choice. Read  ->>

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Free your Architecture… and your Mind will Follow

alhambraEmily Von Hoffman reports on recent research showing measurable positive effects on our mental state from looking at and being in buildings designed for contemplation. Read more here >>>

Photograph by Marcelo del Pozo

 

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Love in the Bullets

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Syrian artist Tammam Azzam and his personal Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” on war-torn building in Syria.

Source : http://loves.domusweb.it/

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The Abandoned Airport in Congo that Became a Playground

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Note to the future: what do we do with the mess of disused airports full of broken old aeroplanes in war-torn lands? Ask the children! Article by Chris Guillebeau on Michael Christopher Brown’s images from Congo.
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View the images in Michael’s portfolio >>

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Shamanism and the Transformative Power of Drum Meditation

Shamanism and the Transformative Power of Drum Meditation

All around the world, indigenous and traditional cultures have used rhythm as both the catalyst and container for the transformation of consciousness.  Introduction to shamanism and the power of the drum by Gary McGee.Read >>
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Land & Freedom – Low-Impact Building in Spain

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Stories from the forgotten zones of inland Spain where people are unfazed by the apparent obstacles to sustainable living and just getting on with it… article by Robert Alcock.
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Ondos Do Mar

Surrender, Recovery, Fluidity -> Liberation:
embodied expressions by James O’Hara and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

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Xanax – or Shaman…?

Malidoma elder.28“In the shamanic view, mental illness signals ‘the birth of a healer’ explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.  Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born. When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening…” Exploration of an indigenous African approach to mental health, by Stephanie Marohn. Read more >>

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Bamboo Bicycle Club

Urban eco-living & nature-based technology, the next level: Bamboo Bicycles…

Watch this clip and Read the Full Article ->>
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It’s Just a Ride

The late Bill Hicks offers his inimitable take on consciousness, reality and society…

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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

 

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