Global artist Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater exhibitions are incredible. It is being privy to something other wordly, magical and mystical. I would love to be able to visit one of his displays. Some of his sculptures have marine growth on the faces and the scenes created are fascinating, so life like, a hushed world under the sea. Watch the video and enjoy.
Friday, 29 January 2010
I love this video to Beck & Charlotte Gainsbourg's Heaven can wait. It's inventive and funny, full of incongruous characters. I love the way Charlotte appears to be dropped in the narratives of other people's lives, as though she shouldn't be there yet somehow it works.
Prophetic, political, fearless. These words spring to mind when I think of poet, musician and genius Gil Scott-Heron. The good news is; he's baaaack, Heron releases his new album in February. In the mean time, here's the first single Me and the devil, a gritty, twisted reflection of a world outside. Love the moody, atmospheric video ridden with disturbing images.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
The interview was held at a swanky location in central London. I burst through silver lift doors damp with rain and a sweaty sheen. I was greeted by two attractive, efficient, perky blonde receptionists that looked as though they functioned on Duracell batteries. The space itself was an upscale, sprawling living room, only with no televisions and lots of important looking people; classy, communal sharing, complete with sleek, colourful patterned chairs and sleek, colourful patterned professionals. The interview panel made up of three wise women sat perched with open, curious expressions. And instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh they bore savvy questions, quips and warm peels of laughter. It was daunting! I can’t remember the last time I faced a panel of three people firing questions at me! I was nervous and did that annoying thing I do of not editing my thoughts when I get swept over with emotion, but it seemed to go down well as they were laughing with me and not at me. They asked me what I expected to gain from the programme, gave me example scenarios to resolve and probed about my future development plans. They also asked lots of things I didn’t prepare for (holy guacamole! The ones I did prime myself for didn’t get asked, typical of fate to tickle her funny bone at the expense of humans!). I did a lot of thinking on my feet but answered honestly and was myself. I have to say it was one of my favourite interviews ever, and I normally hate interviews. They were lovely, welcoming and open to ideas and more importantly, really interested in me and how I’d make the most of the programme. I told them my aim is to see interesting and innovative work in theatre particularly and other mediums too. So it went well, but I wasn’t presumptuous. Sometimes, you think an interview goes well and before you can yell please give me a break, a window of opportunity; you receive a cold rejection letter ending with “best of luck in your endeavours!” Two weeks whizzed by before I got the good news.