Here is a trailer we did for Dreamland, a feature Documentary based on my book, Dreamland - a Self Help Manual for a Frightened nation. Iceland has much of what some people call nature - but others call “still untapped resources”. Our government had the dream for decades to dam the rivers, sell the power to Multinational Corporations and make us rich. The main focus on the film is on the Kárahnjúkar Megaproject in East Iceland. Where the Iceland’s eastern glacial rivers were all sacrificed to sell cheap energy to Alcoa. Björk sings the song, she also wrote the foreword for my book. The song is by Jórunn Viðar, the lyrics by Jakobína Sigurðardóttir.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
Archaeologists have long thought human paintings originated from Europe, where the earliest known cave paintings were created 40,000 years ago. But a new discovery has turned this theory on its head and could transform what we think about the origin of art.
Jackson Pollock ~ “Number 8”, 1949
It has been suggested that Jackson Pollock was influenced by Native American sand paintings, made by trickling thin lines of colored sand onto a horizontal surface. It was not until 1947 that Pollock began his “action” paintings, influenced by Surrealist ideas of “psychic automatism” (direct expression of the unconscious). Pollock would fix his canvas to the floor and drip paint from a can using a variety of objects to manipulate the paint. Jackson Pollock wanted an end to the viewer’s search for representational elements in his paintings, thus he abandoned titles and started numbering the paintings instead. Of this, Pollock commented: “…look passively and try to receive what the painting has to offer and not bring a subject matter or preconceived idea of what they are to be looking for.” Pollock’s wife, Lee Krasner, said Pollock “used to give his pictures conventional titles… but now he simply numbers them. Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a picture for what it is - pure painting.” <source>
Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c.1829-32)
The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print that is Hokusai’s most famous work. This woodblock is the most well-known piece of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an giant wave towering boats near Kanagawa. Mt. Fuji appears in the background.
One of the world’s largest lakes has all but completely disappeared. Disturbing satellite photos released by NASA’s Earth Observatory show the Aral Sea, nestled between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has evaporated in just a few decades.
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