Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing, a NY Times piece on the neuroscience of enjoying music. When we connect with music, our brain releases dopamine, similar to what happens when we take certain drugs. The more we understand about this natural high, the closer we are to harnessing it for positive things such as music therapy.
Hey Wooster Collective is turning 10 (yay happy bday!!) so they shared this cool list with us. These ppl don’t just make pretty pictures, the work they do is relevant and can teach us a hell of a lot. Not to mention it makes concrete a whole lot more interesting.
This was my favorite photo from my organization’s event CREATE THE VOTE. MASSCreative is an arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts and as part of our summer campaign we created this idea of an Arts Voter - someone who considers a candidates arts policy when voting.
Because - why not? Creative economy/ the arts have a huge impact on the well being of our communities and its about time someone made it a campaign priority.
This guy had the idea to take guns (a certain metal object which has killed over 70,000 of his fellow Mexicans in the past 6 years) and imbue them with positive energy. He has taken them apart and turned them into musical instruments, formed them into furniture and decoration, and even melted them down and turned them into shovels. Then he planted trees with them. What ?!? Pedro you are the coolest. Read here
Who knew a pistol could put a seed in the ground - and not just a bullet in your head. Makes me think about a different kind of trigger happy
An “investigation into the use of limited space”, Michael Wolf’s 2006 series ’100×100′ documents 100 dwellings measuring approximately 100 square feet in HK’s oldest public housing estate.
Wolf (who is actually a legend check out his other stuff here) provides us with a real interesting slice of life, arranged in a way we could never have visualized if he hadn’t trekked through each room of the housing complex with an interpreter and a wide angle lens. What does it look like when the diversity of human spirit funnels itself into a space dictated by the realities of overpopulation? Kinda like this. Thx Mike.
Props to this awesome New Zealand-based nonprofit Capital E for coming up with this project and hitting so many birds with one stone. Kids of all ages work together over a period of several days to build a city from scratch - using just cardboard. In addition to being a great use of recycled materials, this project gets kids excited about design, architecture, and city planning. It also acts as a platform for kids to discuss and reflect on what they think a city should be compared with the reality of cities today. Imagination applied to a long-term process of planning and execution - appears to me to be a pretty bamf assignment.
Further, this project is part of an annual festival called “Carnival of Creativeness” hosted by Capital E, an organization dedicated to children and their creativity. They describe the carnival as a ”two-week extravaganza of creating for young people”. Pretty much the sweetest idea ever and now I have one more reason to go to New Zealand besides cute accents and LOTR. Keep it up guys !!