Monthly Archives: December 2010

Season memories

As most of you know, it is summer in the southern hemisphere.

But then, when you live in a (mostly) tropical country such as Brazil, summer is practically the only season there is.

Having lived in colder regions of the planet on different occasions, I know how the end of the year can be depressive. So, in order to try to instill some sunny hope into the lives of those who lack a bit of warmth, here’s a selection of summery images by German photographer Matthias Heiderich:

I love the choice of pastel colors and the way they remind us of how prone to fading memories are. What is dark and cold today will only be part of future recollections tomorrow.

I can hardly remember how the cold feels as write…

No judgements, please.

Via VectroAve.

Revigorate

First Monday after Christmas: a time for taking things easy.

But not so easy as to put one’s mind to sleep; stimulation is always the best remedy for a hangover on a thirsty brain.

My choice for the day are the remarkable The Dø:

I’ve had my eyes and ears on this great Finnish/French duo ever since they first appeared in Paris when I was living there. And they still manage to get my attention.

Enticing music, provoking visuals. Just what I need.

Unseen symbols or Tate & trees

When it comes to family reunions and a lovely excuse for eating delicious foods, I’m all for Christmas.

And I do love the fact that most people use pagan symbols and rituals to celebrate a supposedly Christian holiday (the Catholic church was most clever in reusing those symbols for their purpose).

One of the most interesting ones, which originally stood for fertility and life through cold winters, is the Christmas tree.

So, to celebrate the holiday, here’s a selection of my five favorite Christmas trees as conceived yearly by contemporary artists for Tate Britain:

Happy holidays!

And don’t forget to question and query about the symbols you choose.

Extending spaces

On a recent trip to Porto Alegre, I was lucky enough to discover the work of a young Brazilian artist whose photography installations have completely won me over: Marcelo Moscheta.

Moscheta was granted a scholarship by the Iberê Camargo Foundation to expand and promote his art through studies and exhibitions abroad.

His remarkable work creates new horizons through the envisaging of space broadening using pictures.

I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on his trajectory.

Speechlessness

My love and admiration for PJ Harvey is boundless as it is endless.

For every song in her upcoming album (Let England Shake) there will be a short film directed by award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy.

The first one is The Last Living Rose:

I love it when two creative minds unite in favor of a more thorough and dynamic art form.

It almost leaves me speechless.

Back to dance

I’m back from my well-deserved yet short vacations. I had a lovely time in Southern Brazil then headed for unbelievably hot Rio de Janeiro for some beach/culture time.

But then this is Christmas week and with it comes that holiday feeling, which means less working and even more unwinding.

What shall we do? Enjoy it with some music:

The Suzan is a Japanese all-girl electronica pop group with a twist of CSS I’m delighted to listen to.

Japan has in the past produced quite a few good pop acts, such as the unforgettable Pizzicato Five. Who remembers this song?

To start the week on a happy note.

Heart tendecies: Nerd boyfriends

This is dedicated to all those boys I’ve ever loved in my life but who were unfortunately out of my league:

I’ve got this heart-breaking tendency to fall for lovely sweet nerdy straight guys only to be left wondering how their lives would be good if they could know the depths of my love. (My mind, my rules)

They kind of always end up becoming my friends but, you know,

I wish they were my boyfriend.