Month: March 2017

Gabriel Orozco in Java

MEET: Gabriel Orozco, Mexican contemporary artist

I have been very, very, very hesitant to have anything to do with artists ever since I was abused during my art school days. However, an artist has recently come into my life and it’s been amazing to meet a sensitive, caring, conscious, super duper successful artist. He’s been trying to explain his latest show to me for about the last fifty miles, but I still don’t understand. Maybe that’s why I didn’t make it as an artist. Gabriel claims I’m an artist, but my definition of an artist is someone who can sell a work for really a lot of money, which I’ve never really accomplished. Gabriel is truly an artist though—read his New York Times profile to learn more. —JH Gabriel Orozco has exhibited at the Guggenheim and MOMA among many other institutions. An except from his bio on the Guggenheim website: Gabriel Orozco was born in Jalapa, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, in 1962. From 1981 to 1984, he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de …

War on sugar heats up

The war on sugar heats up

Huge amount of press these days on sugar and news about the way we’ve been sold a lie about the white stuff.  Will keep adding to this list as more comes out in the press about the ‘War on Sugar”. CNN: South Africa plans to fight obesity with a sugar tax (March 2017) In tackling sugar drink prices, South Africa follows in the footsteps of Mexico, France, Hungary and New York, which have pioneered the strategy. It plans to introduce a 20% tax on soft drinks that will come into force April 1, making South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of obesity on the continent, the first African country to adopt the measure. CNN: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar (March 2017) The connection between the nucleus accumbens and our prefrontal cortex dictates our motor movement, such as deciding whether or not to taking another bite of that delicious chocolate cake. The prefrontal cortex also activates hormones that tell our body: “Hey, this cake is really good. And I’m going …

Bamboo U Workshop Bali February 2017 (4 of 13)

Building with bamboo: Photos from Bamboo U

The February edition of Bamboo U just wrapped up. The Kul Kul Farm team (led by Orin Hardy and Maria Farrugia) wrote a great review. There’s an excerpt of it below, but make sure to read the rest over on The Kul Kul Farm website.   Bamboo. The mighty plant of the tropics. The King (and Queen) of natural building. It stands tall in sheltered valleys, grows at a fascinating pace, and is gracefully flexible, strong and beautiful. Let’s face it, bamboo is why many people come to Green School. Combine this abundant material with the Balinese craftsmen and a creative design team.. and you have magic. And who doesn’t want magic? So here we are. Bamboo U: February Edition. Our second successful bamboo building course, envisioned by John Hardy, developed by us at the farm, with the support of Elora Hardy and the IBUKU team. Its a tall order delivering magic in 12 days, whilst giving people the skills and tools to create their own magic elsewhere. Especially when the experts; the Balinese craftsmen, don’t speak fluent English. But, when creative, …