The Loneliest Whale in the World.
In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:
She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She never had one. Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 52hz. You see, that’s precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her. Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.
Just imagine that massive mammal, floating alone and singing—too big to connect with any of the beings it passes, feeling paradoxically small in the vast stretches of empty, open ocean.
Damn…this could be the story of every loner person too. Sometimes I feel like I’m out there trying to say something…and no one understands what the hell I’m saying. Or I even wonder if they hear me. You know? Will I too die alone and lonely?
LONDON MODEL STARTS HER OWN PUSSY RIOT
Well known London model and bon vivant Manko has bared all online in support of Russian punksters Pussy Riot, who are currently involuntary guests of the Russian government on charges of “religious hooliganism”. “Keep your fingers X-ed for Nadia, Masha and Katya”, says Manko, 31, whose name, co-incidentally, is Japanese slang for ‘pussy’. “I’m off to protest in a bright balaclava”.
Manko is supported in her protest by website ishotmyself.com, who agreed to publish the explicit nude images, which she appears to have taken herself. “We’re concerned not just with Pussy Riot, but all political prisoners in Russia and elsewhere”, says publisher Kate Eck. “Russia can’t claim to be a democracy then jail dissenters. We hope Manko’s provocative protest will bring this problem into focus for more people, and we urge everyone to support groups like Amnesty International to help those who have done nothing worse than express their political views.”
3 members of the Pussy Riot punk-art collective were jailed in June for their part in an impromptu protest in a Moscow church, in which they sang for Putin to be driven away by the Virgin Mary. Russian prosecutors are citing religious offence in what appears to be a move to mute Pussy Riot’s political sentiments. The court is due to hand down its sentence next week, with prosecutors demanding at least a 3-year jail term. Other public figures to protest Riot’s incarceration include Madonna, Yoko Ono and Jarvis Cocker.
Noil Klune (b.1980, Italy) - Teatro Magico
Artist Noil Klune has a unique and interesting style that involves painting and digitally compositing over what looks like existing photography. The end result is an intriguing interplay between negative and positive space with a healthy splash of color. (by Christopher Cox) Many thanks to showslow for this Tumblr Monday to introduce us Noil’s work (with a special love for Teatro Magico series)… Hope you will enjoy as much as we do!
Part of the Little Sun project by Olafur Eliasson currently running at the Tate Modern, where participators can create their own light graffiti and locate it online via an interactive sphere:
The Sunlight Graffiti sphere is by artist Olafur Eliasson, conceived as part of his larger Little Sun project. Little Sun, a work of art that works in life, is a solar-powered lamp that Eliasson has developed with the engineer Frederik Ottesen. The lantern is one element of the artwork, but the way it connects us and what it tells us about energy and energy access is all part of the art.
Currently, an interactive Sunlight Graffiti installation is set up at Tate Modern, London, on level 2 as part of the museum’s Poetry and Dream exhibition (28 July – 23 September 2012). Visitors are invited to do a work of art here by dancing, jumping, and writing out loud with a Little Sun in their hand. Their Sunlight Graffiti are captured and uploaded to this site and shown as part of the sphere.
Also presented at Tate Modern is Eliasson’s new artwork Your light movement, 2012, a video about physical movement, light, and life. Watch it here.
‘For this project at Tate Modern – the former power station turned into a museum – I have thought a lot about light as something that is more than just a means to illuminate something else. Light generates action. The Sunlight Graffiti project has been developed to foster human creativity and movement, driven by the power of light.
Little Sun responds to the situation we face today, where natural resources no longer abound. Energy shortage and unequal energy distribution make it necessary to reconsider how our life-sustaining systems function. I see Little Sun as the wedge to open up this urgent discussion from the perspective of art, to raise awareness about the need to improve energy access and the distribution of energy today.’
You can look around the interactive light graffiti globe online here
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