The True Size of Africa

Africa is a massive continent. But for whatever reason, map makers make it appear smaller than its “true true” size. As Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski reminds us, “the map is not the territory.” Lines are ultimately arbitrary. Map design is deceptive. But computer-graphics designer Ka Kraise took it upon himself to ‘fight against rampant immappancy,’ in […]

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Clash of civilizations

America and Western Europe have stagnated while China dives into its newfound riches. Ethnic nationalism is on the rise while the liberal globalist elite does nothing to stem the tide, too occupied in complaining about the ‘deplorables’ on their devices while ordering more wine from Amazon and posting selfies on Instagram. The myth that no […]

Nikola Tesla: ‘If hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world’

“If hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world” — Nikola Tesla, My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla art via giphy

We shape Earth. It shapes us.

We shape the Earth, and it shapes us. For all the pieces interact, transforming into a cohesive thought. The trees grow in cities, the oceans meet at the cape. All the pieces interact, enveloped by the space inside. The weather is fickle, cyclical, everything too much for a remix, itching for evolution. To get closer to the texture of […]

Oumou Sangaré – Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako Remix)

Flako is Dario Rojo Guerra, a Berlin-based producer known for his helter-skelter beats. I first discovered him in 2010 with his jaw-dropping Pharcyde sample on the track ‘Love.’ He’s since expanded his sound beyond hip-hop to include more live instruments and global soundscapes, paying tribute to his German-Chilean heritage. Now releasing music under his rebranded name […]

Arvo Pärt – Silouans Song

Arvo Pärt is Estonian composer of classical and religious music, known for creating his own minimalist style of “little bell” sounds which he calls Tintinnabuli. Here’s how he describes it: “Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark […]

Postponement…

The foundation pen: it slows down your writing thereby strengthening the complexity/simplicity of your thoughts. At some point the prose will need to be digitized. Global warming: it accelerates the seasons so the weather is fickle all the time. We are living in the data without imminent catastrophe, hence the lack of urgency. Nationalism: its […]

Reverting to inclination

‘America first’ breeds an architecture of fear. It compels other nations to cling onto their own nationalist tendencies in pursuit of their own primacy. The internet flattened world only temporarily before mobile phones made people screen-obsessed and non-interactive, further pigeonholing them into online groups that merely reconfirmed their biased beliefs. As conformity increased in the […]

Clap! Clap! – Hope (feat. OY)

Italy’s Clap! Clap! (aka Cristiano Crisci) continues his genre-smashing success on his new album  A Thousand Skies, out now on Black Acre. Once again, he takes us on a sonic journey, wanting us to imagine a “young girl’s journey through the stars.” The track ‘Hope’ sees Crisci blend together his worldly beats and dance grooves into the vocals of […]

It’s a Small World After All

The world is not only flat, it’s small. The chances of two people being linked to a mutual friend or colleague is more probable than ever given the social graph. The chances of bumping into someone you know or ‘know of’ is equally feasible. Yesterday, someone I work with but never met posted a snap […]

A love letter to Twitter

Twitter’s Creative Director Doug Bowman sums up his love for the platform before exiting: I love how people can gain a new voice with Twitter. It has given me a louder and farther-reaching voice than I ever thought possible. And while I can only physically be in one place at one time, I love how […]

There’s never been a better time to work in advertising

Technology has created a space that, ironically, has made us more human. Online we see more, know more, have more friends, like more things and know more about what’s going on in more places around the world. Technology has meant that the truth is readily available to anyone who might care to find it. So […]