23 02 2017

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Now with added crunch

23 02 2017

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The Two Koreas

23 02 2017

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Natural Histories

23 02 2017

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This week I have been reading the book that accompanies a new BBC series, Natural histories. This traces the cultural history of 25 animal species, and how each animal has been portrayed and interpreted through human history. It is such a rich and fascinating topic and the book is full of interesting tangents, from the 1778 painting above “Watson and the Shark” to the Chauvet cave paintings of lions (below) via bugonia (the Ancient Greek belief that bees were spontaneously created from the flesh of decomposing cows), Medieval beliefs that butteflies – contrary to modern sensibilities – were allied to Satan, and the adventures of the Victorian naturalists.





Moonlight orchestra

23 02 2017

This track, The Middle of the World, is a highlight of the sumptuous classical score of Moonlight. The much-heralded black gay arthouse sensation also incorporates a performance by Janelle Monae, a song by Caetano Veloso and a flurry of references to Wong Kar Wai, to name just three of this blog’s favourite people.

 





Transglobal underground

23 02 2017

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It has been a flurry of activity lately, with various cool projects crisscrossing the globe. Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and Bangkok’s Paradise Mo Lam Orchestra are arriving in Melbourne for the contemporary Asian arts festival Asiatopa. Melbourne’s Trough X party meanwhile is exploring another continent, branching out to London while Korean gay hipster magazine Duiro is popping-up in Seoul.





Hearts and flowers

23 02 2017

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