Art can be invisible

An ongoing goal of scientific research is to find a material that reflects absolutely no light, that absorbs every photon that hits it. A recent attempt, reported by Wired, resulted in Vantablack, a substance that was subsequently exclusively licensed by artist Anish Kapoor, who used it to coat a very expensive watch. Since the exclusive license prevents other artists from using Vantablack, rival super-non-reflective materials … Continue reading Art can be invisible

SUITS & empowerment

Series 7 of American law drama series Suits is currently airing on Netflix. I recommend watching it. (Power through the less interesting couple of middle series; the first few and last 2 are worth it.) Spoilers ahead! Why? The corporate buzz, the office politics, the loyalties, the plays for power, the deals cut, the secrets leveraged, the main characters’ indefatigable ‘There is no way we … Continue reading SUITS & empowerment

Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner had this idea that the different art forms should synthesise and that there should be a single art form (“gesamtkunstwerk”) that is perfect in every artistic way: musically, visually, dramatically … If you go to Glyndebourne, that experience is pretty much what you get. Architecture Only a few of the 15th-century stately home’s rooms are open to visitors, but the Organ Room is pretty … Continue reading Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

The trouble with time travel

MARAUDERS BEWARE: I’m continuing my streak of Harry Potter posts with some serious plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You have been warned. Scroll past the pretty picture for the spoilers. Much of the plot of the Cursed Child revolves around a timeturner. The timeturner allows the characters to dial back a few hours, days or even years, at which point they … Continue reading The trouble with time travel

Good luck is just confidence

Inspired by my recent viewing of the Cursed Child, I’ve been rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This thought for the day about confidence (a topic dear to my heart) comes from JK’s sixth book. As a reward for outstanding Potions performance in the first lesson of term, Harry is gifted with a vial of Felix Felicis potion, also known as ‘liquid luck’. When … Continue reading Good luck is just confidence

Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

MARAUDERS BEWARE: Spoilers ahead! I won’t mention any major plot points, but will be discussing the three main reasons you should see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if you can get tickets (good luck with that though…). So in the spirit of #KeepTheSecrets 🤐 , if you don’t want forewarning even of themes, motifs, characters, magical creatures or artefacts involved, don’t read on. Scroll … Continue reading Harry Potter ⚡️ and the Cursed Child ☠️

Modern art frustrations

I spent another fun afternoon yesterday at Bermondsey’s White Cube gallery. It’s quite fun to walk around with a friend and try to figure out, with the help of the exhibition guide, what on earth modern art is all about. Still no clue. Jurgen Partenheimer First we saw some Jurgen Partenheimer paintings. They are very abstract (they do not represent things). They often look quite … Continue reading Modern art frustrations