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Monday 14 December 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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Gianni Rodari
Here’s a fantastic New Yorker article by Joan Acocella about Gianni Rodari, a writer I really love who has been only recently been published in English. Some regard him as mainly – or even exclusively – an author for children, but he’s better described as someone who unites a fantastical imagination with a deep interest in education. Rodari’s books, such as Telephone Tales (1962), are a miraculous precipitate of imagery inherited from surrealism and critical thinking acquired via Marxist doctrine.

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Migraine drawings
Take a look at these 19th-century visualisations of migraines. This National Geographic article discusses the neurology behind the drawings and the research of those who captured headache auras on paper: psychedelic zigzags in the abyss

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Public Order w/ Softglove, Living Gatlato, Jlte & Lawson Benn
I miss seeing Public Order’s sets and am thankful they have a monthly NTS show. They always have excellent guests – such as Softglove and Living Gatlato on this latest instalment, which also features tracks from Nkisi, Jam City, LA Timpa and Rabit.

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Three Dialogues
Black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, musician, and author of Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) Jackie Wang curated these three compelling conversations for Artists Space: Dialogue One: Carceral Aesthetics and the Politics of Love is with Nicole R. Fleetwood, Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, curator and author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020); Dialogue Two: Dreams, Death, and the Poetics of the Underland is with poets Edgar Garcia and Harmony Holiday on dreams, colonialism, the poetics of the black radical tradition, suicide, and the body; and Dialogue three: Sonic Legacies and Afro-Futures is with electronic musician Moor Mother (Camae Dennis of the Black Quantum Futurism Collective) and harpist, composer, educator, and concert curator Brandee Younger.

Track of the Day

Ian Ishia: N.U.T.S. (2020)

Smoking up, my garden’s making flowers you don’t water
Life’s too short to live the same day twice again tomorrow
Make new memories today, them old ones can’t affect you
Nobody is perfect, baby, we all deserve better

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