I've been up and down and over and across the last few weeks (speaking physically). I'm back in Germany again now though, planning my dissertation and just organising life admin.There have also been lots of things playing about on my mind lately, so many things in the news which sadden me or just make me think about how life goes on around us all in such different ways, and I wonder about how I can process or think about them, usually so distinctly separated, and then where I stand on writing about certain topics on this blog.
I really believe there are times in life where it feels like everything bad in the world is happening all at once, as well as times where you want to think about all the issues, where your head seems it might pop with the questions that don't have answers, and where you want to do something, to make an acknowledgement and to confront them, in whatever small way that might be, but what can you do really?
Sign a petition here, post a controversial comment on twitter there, send some brazen letters, read a controversial book, sprout statistics to everyone around you, write a blog post?
Does that make a difference though?
I think it can, but today here is where I'm going to finish, and leave some links of interest:
An exhibition I saw last year at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, it showed a lot about the power of social media in contemporary conflict.
'Artefact' by Cyprien Gaillard, this is a clip of a longer video installation which was filmed in Iraq, and set to 'Babylon' which was also one of the songs used as a form of sound torture in Abu Ghraib. I saw the full feature at the ZKM in Karlsruhe and is worth watching in person if you can find it.
Susan Crile is an artist who creates moving and delicate images of prisoners and torturers in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib (amongst dealing also with other issues).
This TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is worth watching.
Speaking of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I finished this collection of short stories yesterday, and I really recommend them.