Post-Colonial Streets: Carnival in London

c77605ff-4721-45ca-8cc4-6ba0a2777805-1020x681The annual Notting Hill Carnival in London has spanned the full spectrum of the post-colonial experience, from multicultural street parties to race riots and back again.

Josy Forsdike takes a photographic review of the early days >>
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The Politics of Long Fences

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What is the human experience and consequence of Europe’s growing fortress tendency?
Powerful photographic document by Sergi Cámara on the heavily-militarised zone that is the border between Morocco, Africa and Spain, Europe.
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How Wolves Change Rivers

A project to re-introduce wolves into Yellowstone Park demonstrates the extraordinary interconnectedness of eco-systems.

The narrative to this film is an extract from George Monbiot’s Ted talk about rewilding
watch the full-length talk here >>
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Facing Up To Reality – and Activating The Great Turning

joannamacy27“It needs to be done in groups so we can hear it from each other. Then you realize that it gives a lie to the isolation we have been conditioned to experience in recent centuries, and especially by this hyper-individualist consumer society. People can graduate from their sense of isolation, into a realization of their inter-existence with all.” Interview with deep ecologist, elder and activist inspiration, Joanna Macy

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Make Your Transition

The PfB Sound Blog and Soundcloud page are in development. We’ll be presenting a curated flow of DJ mixes and original productions, all produced or offered as musical responses to the PfB invitation: “What’s going on out there? What’s your journey? And how can we be free?

While you’re waiting, check out Polarone’s ‘medicine wave’ for deep listening and embodied journeying. Make a a little space to move, turn the lights down and the sound up, and see what happens…

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The Unreal City

The Unreal City

London, circa the turn of the second millennium AD.
A vast, tangled grid of concrete, human lives and economics; a post-industrial metropolis in a state of accelerated flux. London, the original unreal city, capital of Great Britain and grandmother of the Western empire; now affirming a renewed status as the global nexus of finance, influence and culture.

So how to explain what I’m doing, wandering through the streets with an SLR camera, a head full of electricity and a pair of earphones in my bag?

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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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More Panels, Less Gadgets?

solar-indiaThe impending doom of billions of Indian and Chinese carbon consumers is often used by climate-action stallers as a kind of “what’s the point of cutting our emissions with this coming?” Another perspective is that there might be an effective future in the middle-ground between developing-world communities using renewable energy on the one hand – and on the other, the developed-world learning a few lessons on living with “less stuff to plug in”…

Read the article by the aptly-named John Light >>>

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The Poverty Trap – and the Gilded Cages.

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Complex, humanitarian and moving, Jim Goldberg’s seminal work overlays photographs with handwritten words – and interrogates the psychological as well as economic effects of wealth disparity. Read >>

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“It’s Always a Spiritual Thing…”

“It’s always a spiritual thing…” – DJ Deep speaking about Techno, the genre he has embraced after many years as a respected figure playing and producing soulful deep house.
Take a nocturnal journey into a Parisian warehouse rave with this deep, driving live mix from the underground…

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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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TranceFusions

BoilerRoom_Gnawa_v2cropped Many western electronic music-makers creating deeper, rhythm-based music have sought to connect and work with indigenous musical traditions that share a focus for trance states and spiritual awareness.

This meeting of Morrocan Gnawa musicians and Ambient & Techno music-makers brings a sometimes harmonious, sometimes uneasy, sonic dialogue between the ancient and the modern. 21st-century cultural evolution explored through sound:
Listen & watch Biosphere playing with Maalem Mohamed Kouyou >>
Read the overview & see the other sessions >>
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Portrait of the Global Mega-City

BRIC-I-Santa-Teresa-Rio-De-Janeiro-2008It is estimated that in 2008, for the first time more people globally lived in cities than in the countryside. That increase in urban population is predicted to double in the next forty years, with most of the growth being in the relatively recently industrialised developing world.

Marcus Lyon’s BRICS photographs explore these shifts by portraying the rapidly-growing mega-cities of the  BRICs nations. (Brazil, Russia, India, China)

Photograph of Rio de Janeiro by Marcus Lyon

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Meet the Babylonians – part 3

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Iraq was the cradle of civilisation, its deserts the location of the first documented cities. Now, after decades of dictatorship, war and ongoing conflict, the reconstruction of Iraq’s crumbling cities is being masterminded by… a family business in Yorkshire using computer modelling software. Stuart Jeffries goes to meet them…
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Meet the Babylonians – part 2

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“If you want to understand the future of humanity – where we’re headed, who’ll be in charge, and exactly how worried you should be about that – you could do worse than begin with two unremarkable buildings, on opposite coasts of the U.S.” Oliver Burkeman probes the Google project… Read on >>
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Bamboo Bicycle Club

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

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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 Rise of Dark Tourism

dark-tourism-binsTwenty-first century capitalism excels in creating commercial opportunities from seemingly fruitless situations. The phenomenon of dark tourism seems to fuse the appeal of VR wargames, extreme sports & package holidays into a killer formula. Article by Debra Kamin.

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Ecosystems of the Global City

Depth writing by Brett Scott on the nature of urban reality and our relationship to it

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