Braaaap Braaaap Braaaaap! Yeah that’s right, not only is it Friday but we’ve got your arts and design audio needs sorted so help me pod. So why not put on a favourite jumper, pour yourself a lovely mug of tea or wine and wrap your ears around this week’s offering. You know it makes sense.
First up this week we talked about the very welcome news that plans to downgrade art and design in UK schools have been dropped, we gazed into a crystal ball as part of the O2 predictions project (see video below), we discussed Mark Wallinger’s new commission for 270 works across all the London Underground stations, we asked why the French Communist Party have replaced the traditional hammer and sickle and we praised Matthew Frost and Lizzy Caplan’s fashion Film spoof (above) to the high heavens.
And secondly we talked about photographer Giles Duley’s extraordinary trip back to Afghanistan, two years after he lost both legs and an arm after stepping on a landline there. Giles spoke at our Here event last year and the talk is well worth a watch as he talks about his amazing work documenting some of the most overlooked humanitarian disasters in the world. Last weekend he wrote this amazing piece in The Observer about his return.
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- Bielke&Yang creates bright, playful Oslo Design Fair identity
- Bizarre film follows feline photographer Larry Johnson at New Jersey cat show
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- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo scrapped over plagiarism row, according to reports
- The slides and sleep pods of LA's Silicon Beach startup scene captured by Lauren Greenfield
- Sarah Illenberger explores horticulture with her exotic new series Wonderplants
- Ely Dagher’s hypnotic and erotic animated vignettes for Model 86’s EP (NSFW)
- Matisse-inspired posters for Serbian Youth Day from designer Monika Lang