Janet Jackson Billboard Icon Award

Last night, the 52-year-old singer became the first black woman to receive the honour. She joins the club of Icon recipients along with Neil DiamondStevie WonderPrinceJennifer LopezCeline Dion and Cher. In her speech, she fully addresses the #MeToo movement with her speech: “It’s a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart or mind.” Continue reading “Janet Jackson Billboard Icon Award”

Speculating the Future of Food

In a recent Monocle Minute newsletter, they featured California-based chef James Corwell who has created Ahimi, a tuna alternative made from tomato, soy sauce, sugar, water and sesame oil. This is coming after the stark realization that within the next 30 years, because of overfishing there may no longer be any fish in the sea. Which means we have to look for some seafood surrogates and realities about our precious ecosystem. Continue reading “Speculating the Future of Food”

Science and art: creating new immersive environments

What happens when art meets technology? Meet two companies using their specialties in photography and virtual reality to bring viewers inside the works of Damien Hirst and Zaha Hadid. Continue reading “Science and art: creating new immersive environments”

Dezeen and Instagram team up for @design

In a world where influencers rule the day on social media. Two of the biggest influencers in architecture and design have joined forces to outsource the content. They recently did a call for contributors to be one of the founding members to be featured during Milan Design Week. One of the caveats, you actually have to be going to cool stuff and are willing to post it for this channel.  Continue reading “Dezeen and Instagram team up for @design”

Branding gone wrong

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (CNW Group/Civic Theatres Toronto)

Some competitions make sense. But when they don’t, boy does the community have an opinion about it. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; the Toronto Centre for the Arts; and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, currently called Civic Theatres Toronto have opened up a “national public naming competition” − with a “great prize package valued at up to $2,500.00” awarded to whoever comes up with a better name than Civic Theatres Toronto for Civic Theatres Toronto.

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Sacred Spaces by Meredith Jay

Meredith Jay is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA in studio art from Concordia University. Located in Toronto, she makes sculptural installations that merge the digital and physical, as well as, sound, drawing, video and film. Through ritual and devotion Jay invokes and questions human behaviour and the collective memory.  Continue reading “Sacred Spaces by Meredith Jay”

The Secret to a Bigger Life

I’m a little late to the game when it comes to podcasts. But I have found several channels that I just can’t get enough of. And one of them is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. This one was an interview she did with Brian Grazer who has produced some of the most famous movies such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code. In this interview, Oprah sits down with Brian to discuss his book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life,” in which he writes about how expanding our curiosity should be as much a part of our culture as creativity and innovation. Brian not only attributes his success to curiosity but also says it’s his daily spiritual practice. “It does get me into the place of truth within the person I’m connecting with,” he tells Oprah. “It’s the deepest emotional connection.” Plus, Brian reveals how to optimize your curiosity in order to live a more satisfying, connected and soulful life.

Listen to the entire interview here.

Derek Jenkins: E6 Process

Derek Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour and the domestic. In his current exhibition the E6 Process, he showcases the invisible labour beneath moving images. It is a work about work: the unseen beneath the seen, the heard beneath the unheard. It is subterranean. Continue reading “Derek Jenkins: E6 Process”

Design Does – Barcelona Design Museum

Now, this is how you get the average individual to care about design. Currently on show at Barcelona Design Museum Design Does collectively explores how design tackles the challenges faced by society, at times offering improvements and, at others, doing just the opposite. Conceived to transcend the limits of space, time and conventional formats, this project explores the responsibility that lies with design and its impact on the industry, people, social systems and cultural values. Design Does question the designer’s role today and in the future as a provider of solutions, humanist, strategist and/or agent of change. Continue reading “Design Does – Barcelona Design Museum”