In this year’s BBC 6 John Peel lecture, Brian Eno’s chosen topic was ‘The Ecology of Culture’, although his fascinating talk could equally have been entitled ‘The Economy of Culture’.
In it he attempted to set himself the task of answering two questions:
1. Is Art a luxury?
2. What are the conditions in which the Arts can flourish? Continue reading
I like this cartoon by American artist Natalie Nourigat
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT directed by Alexander Mackendrick (UK, 1951)
Joining forces for the common good – Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood.
Built-in obsolescence has become so much the norm these days that most of us take it for granted.
Part of this is due to the rapidity of technological advances but as devices get increasingly smaller, lighter and thinner, it often gets to the point when these ‘improvements’ become simply ways to induce the public to buy the same product over and over again.
It also seems self-evident that it is not in the manufacturer’s interest to produce a perfect product that will last a lifetime.
This is the premise for ‘The Man In The White Suit’ in which Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is a brilliant research chemist in a textiles factory who invents a material that never gets dirty and never wears out. Continue reading
Not surprisingly, the creators of the National Youth Theatre’s cancelled production of Homegrown smell a rat.
The official explanation given by the London-based company is that the play was not ready and would have failed the meet the theatre group’s high standards. The fact that neither director Nadia Latif nor playwright Omar El-Khairy were given prior notice of this decision means that this seems more a case of censorship than quality control. Continue reading