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Talking Pictures – Talking Pictures, Episode 02 – Andy Goldsworthy


Vivien Hamilton meets sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to view and discuss his site specific work.



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Seth Godin in conversation with Debbie Millman

“Design, at its core, thrives when a human being cares enough to do work that touches another — it doesn’t thrive when it gets more “efficient.”


“That is what we do for a living — we dance with the Resistance, we don’t make it go away. You cannot make it go away — you cannot make the voice go away, you cannot make the fear go away, because it’s built in. What you can do is when it shows up, you say “Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Let’s dance about this.”


What we need to do is say, “What’s the smallest, tiniest thing that I can master and what’s the scariest thing I can do in front of the smallest number of people that can teach me how to dance with the fear?” Once we get good at that, we just realize that it’s not fatal. And it’s not intellectually realize — we’ve lived something that wasn’t fatal. And that idea is what’s so key — because then you can do it a little bit more.”


“For the [creative person], what’s going on outside is trivial compared to what is going on inside… Don’t try to change the structure of the outside world [hoping that] then you’ll be fine, then you’ll be creative and then you’ll be brave. No. First, figure out how to be creative and brave and courageous, and the outside world will change on your behalf…

It’s always the same case — it’s always the case of you’re a human, trying to connect to another human. And if you just pick one human that you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.”



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SPAZUK fire painter

SPAZUK fire painter from Patrick Peris on Vimeo.

Video portrait of the very original and talented Steve Spazuk in his creative space.


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Alain de Botton on Art as Therapy

We often hear that art is meant to be very important; but we’re seldom told exactly why.

Founder of The School of Life Alain de Botton believes art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas:

Why is my work not more satisfying?
Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life?
How can I improve my relationships?
Why is politics so depressing?

In this secular sunday sermon he introduces a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life’s dilemmas.

This secular sermon took place at Logan Hall at The Institute of Education on Sunday 27 October 2013.


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Sandra Chevrier “Les Cages”

When the film director Patrick Peris enters the universe of Sandra Chevrier the little moments of the day to day life of the artists becomes an enchainment of poems.

The spectator takes place in Sandra’s sacred home of creation and watches the work while it becomes alive trough the eye of the creator.

Sandra Chevrier currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

She is a gaze collector, an idea chaser and a full time single mom.

Her work takes her traveling over a broad range of fluctuating emotional enigmas and concepts that have set the standard of our modern communication.

Working in a home studio, Sandra produces her work at a full-time scale, aggressively pursuing a common thread until it is worn away, leaving her to begin on a new path.

She exposes the limitations within our world, our self-imposed expectations and the cages we have allowed to bar us from fullness of life’s experience.

A dance between reality and imagination, truth and deception, cure and poison.


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Maira Kalman: What I choose to illustrate and why

Illustrator and author Maira Kalman believes that everything that delights you needs to be documented. Sharing images from a range of her projects, Kalman talks about her curiosities and inspirations. Exploring the themes that matter to her the most — time, work, and love — Kalman fascinates us with her wisdom, whimsical illustrations, and her clever trick to slow down time.

Maira Kalman Quotes

“It’s not bad to be bored.”

“What protects you in this world from sadness and from the loss of an ability to do something? … Work and love.”

“You’re constantly battling with the idea of loss and grief in this lifetime, and then continuing with optimism and courage to continue your work.”


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Through the Ground Glass

A vignette about a large format photographer.
Photographer: Joseph Allen Freeman


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Tree of 40 Fruits

Nature + Art + Food + History


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The Long Game

Do you ever have that feeling that everyone else is more successful than you?
If you think that’s bad – try being Leonardo Da Vinci.

This is the first of a two-part series on our distorted view of creativity and success.

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was No Genius

The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather than celebrating this part of the creative process we ignore it.

This missing chapter in the story of success reveals the secret to doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, full of distraction, do we have what it takes to do great things?

This celebration of youth, coupled with technology, has distorted our perception of time — the world moves faster, and so do our expectations. Today, we want success in seventeen levels, or seventeen minutes, seventeen seconds — and when the promise of something new and better is just a click away, who wants to wait seventeen years? But that’s the thing that connects all of these great people — they played the long game.

All of us have the brain, and the talent, and the creativity to join them. But now, right when it matters, do any of us have the patience?


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James Victore

James Victore’s is an amazing artist and posters designer.

His work has been exhibited at the MoMA, and belongs to permanent collections of museums in Paris, Washington, D.C., Zürich and Amsterdam. His clients include the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Moët & Chandon, the City of New York and Esquire.

Victore speaks regularly around the globe, is a professor at the School of Visual Arts, lectures at RISD and also teaches through his own events like “The Dinner Series” and “Take This Job & Love It.”

He inspires many with his Burning Questions series on YouTube.


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