We are so sorry that we have been so lame in posting anything on here in such a long time that it seems like I have not been on here, in like, forever. So what have we been doing? One of us has got a traineeship in Italy whoop and will be moving there soon so thats exciting whilst I am creating new art and freelancing. So all in all very busy, speaking of art check out the new work below, let me know what you think? Its called Borghese Speculation, pencil on paper, 2012, and its part one of a triptich exploring the boundries between individualism and collectivism, Self and other. Furthermore it investigates recent social events within the media, i.e Murdoch’s Hacking scandal which brought up a quite nasty side to todays new’s industry. Below that is some music, Enjoy
The God Particle other wise known as the Higgs Boson after physicist Peter Higgs the guy who coined the term for the particle that supposedly completes the standard model of particle physics. The Standard Model explains that the universe is comprised entirely of matter (Fermions) and force (Bosons) its brilliance is derived from being able to explain nearly all experimental physics. And until very recently there has been a gap in the model of an atom and that is what creates mass otherwise known as the Higgs Boson. I find that the discovery of its existence could account for all the unexplained mass in the world as utterly mind melting it will be interesting to see what effect this has on religion society and art.
So whats next for the world of particle physics well one answer is Supersymmetry, Supersymmetry says that for every particle we know about – things like electrons, quarks, and neutrinos – there is a corresponding superpartner of higher mass. I don’t know about you but we are living in a really exciting time, boundaries are literally being passed into unknown areas and questions the year 2012 is making me want to know more. . . .
“Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.”
My first post of the new year! Looking at recaps of everything that happened in 2011 makes you realise just how much happened, which is reassuring as it all felt rather slow-paced to me. Let’s see, there was:
– The Arab spring: a fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire and sparked revolutions in the Arab world against autocratic, corrupt governments
– One of the world’s greatest inventors and entrepreneurs died at a young age of cancer
– An earthquake in Japan had far-reaching consequences
– Athens inadvertently takes centre stage in discussions around the future of the euro (see the EU altogether)
– University tuition fees in the UK are as much as tripled and a Youtube song about the Lib Dem liars is released
– A moose got stuck in a tree after eating too many fermenting apples
My own new year’s resolutions include:
– limiting my cooking with meat to once a week – a decision taken based on my personal reflection on the world’s growing food policy issues. Also realising that cow flatulence is even worse than CO2 to our atmosphere, and producing meat is more resource-intensive than vegetables
– getting a meaningful job (working on that one! A painstaking process)
– staying in touch with people
– throwing out clothes that I haven’t worn in the last year.
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York york york, we are going to walk amongst your old buildings and cobbled streets tomorrow both the Romans and Vikings have long since left leaving behind a city full of character. It has remained the centre of the region known as Yorkshire primarily because of its association with Christianity. However its small population and highly rated university maintain a sense of beauty and longevity that is likely to remain. On a tangent we recently saw Transformers 3: Dark side of the Moon and although the storyline is somewhat predictable, the special effects continue to amaze and inspire. You can really see and sense the quality of these animations and computer generated imagery every time a machine transforms you find your self concentrated on the mass of moving metal.
Its truly awe inspiring when you have one of those moments when you take a step back and are reminded just how much has been achieved by humanity. The louvre in Paris houses some of the greatest objects ever created by human hand, you look at some of these paintings and they are bubbles of information whole worlds are contained on their cracked surfaces. The works of Da Vinci, Raphael, Carravaggio, David, and Delacroix are all marvels as they support a representation of a moment in history. Its almost like revisiting the past you can look at the faces, the expressions and envisage a world far removed from a modern existence. Another thing i saw recently at the Musee De pinacothèque is an exhibition of watercolour’s by an artist called Hugo Pratt, who is responsible for one of the most famous comics or hero ever created. Corto Maltese is one hell of a hero based upon sound facts found in the real world no superpowers, more magic. One could say that the fluidity and expressiveness of his paintings where bewitching and inspirational and is something I plan to return to when I get back to England.
Another thing that I found stupendously uplifting is the story of Takeshi Kanno a Japanese doctor. On March 11 2011 the 33 year old doctor was on duty at the Shizugawa public hospital in the japanese town of Minami Sanriku when he heard the the tsunami alert. He moved dozens of patients to the highest floor saving their lives and refused to leave until the last of those under his care where evacuated. It had been three days since the earthquake and he finally made it back to his wife, just before she gave birth. The second child was named Rei which evokes two meanings, the first in English means ‘a beam of light’. Secondly in Chinese and Japanese ‘the wisdom to overcome hardship’ (taken from the Time article by Krista Mahr, May 2 2011). I cant think of a story that epitomizes kindness, strength, and altruism in such a powerful way we should all be grateful to people who lead by example. Another message supporting kindness and compassion over desire and greed is that of the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Starring Andy Serkis as CGI chimp Caesar who becomes super intelligent and brakes free from the shackles imposed upon him from humankind worth a watch.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha. “