The BBC reported that Anders Behring Breivik’s list of demands are unrealistic. These demands range from the “overthrowing of Norwegian and European societies” to cigarettes and Japanese mental health specialists beacse he believes “the Japanese understand the idea and values of honour”.
PBS stated that Geir Lippestad, Breivik’s attorney, believes he “was under the influence of drugs at the time of the shooting spree” and that the “whole case has indicated that he is insane”.
According to The Huffington Post, the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, was in tears at the funeral of one of the victims. He was quoted saying, “the loss of a young life can never give any meaning.”
TIME reported that Norway’s current prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg’s response the the attacks is “more democracy”. He was also quoted saying that “Norwegians will defend themselves by showing they are not afraid of violence”.
Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,518-page egomaniacal manifesto reveals that the ‘privelged youth’ began “fostering a hatred for Muslims at an early age” according to CNN.
- A memorial for the Oslo attacks has been cleared. BBC News stated that, “the flowers began appearing the day after the killings and grew to carpet an area about 50m (164ft) by 30m (98ft) in front of the capital’s cathedral”.
Criticism about Europe’s security was revealed by The Associated Press in an article stating that “Anders Behring Breivik visited 20 drug stores a day for four days and bought three packages of aspirin at each stop…ordered six tons of fertilizer, chemicals and a semiautomatic rifle…he still largely escaped attention”.
“ART – the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance,” is the definition of art from Dictionary.com. Granted the debate about what is art has been going on since art itself, but I think this definition is a good one because it is pretty open.
Most would agree that there are great differences between different types of art, for example we have cave paintings, ancient pottery, statues and paintings from the Renaissance, modern art and even architecture. All have been taught in art history classes for decades.
Wandering throughout London, from gallery to gallery, it is hard not to notice all the amazing art. With museums like the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery (shown to the right) and the National Portrait Gallery, it is easy for it all to start looking the same. Stumbling into yet another museum, the London Museum, I was happily surprised when I reached the bottom floor, which is dedicated to the history of London and how it has changed over time. The pieces that stuck out the most to me in this exhibit were the clothing.
It was amazing to see how fashion has changed and inspired new trends throughout the years. The same is done in art. We observe the different trends; how one movement was inspired by another. I had never really been to a museum that was dedicated to simply fashion, so seeing it compared the same way art is was very interesting. Why then is fashion not considered art?
Acclaimed fashion designer Zandra Rhodes stated that, “fashion is an art form – you might call it decorative or applied art as opposed to fine art, but what’s the distinction? Because the same amount of artistic expression goes into clothes, a piece of pottery or a painting.” The definition art is so wide that fashion should be included in it. Fashion contains any different formal elements of design similarly to paintings and sculpture.
For example, The Junon dress (shown to the left), designed by Christian Dior in 1949-1950 contains repetition as well as symmetry in the skirt. This is created with layering and beading. The dress has a movement about it; the variations of fabric help to create differing lines for the eye to follow, similarly to the movement throughout a painting created by contrasting brushstrokes.
Many people also argue that simply putting an outfit together can in no way make you an artist. While I am not saying every time you get dressed in the morning you are making art, but it can be a form of expression, which is tied into the very broad complex definition of art.
One could argue that it is no different than photography. Does being able to push a button make you an artist? Well, no, but being able to visualize an interesting and unique image or scene and then capturing it on film does.
How about Marcel Duchamp’s readymades. Foutain is a urinal that Duchamp signed “R. Mutt” and entered it into a exhibition. This paved the way for modern art all over. There is nothing he physically made with his hands, yet it is still art.
The same goes for fashion. You can create different outfits that can be beautiful, unique and creative while expressing your individuality. You may not physically be sewing the clothing but that doesn’t mean you aren’t artistic.
- The Fashion Museum in Bath, England
- Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, Holland
- World of Wearable Art in Nelson, New Zealand
- FIDM Museum in Los Angeles, California
For more information about these museums click here.
One of our assignments for my multimedia class was to explore a London neighborhood and document it through pictures. I chose to explore Camden Town, which is more recently known as the home town of the late Amy Winehouse. Camden Town is also well known for its outdoor markets, the most popular being the Camden Lock Market. Click the link below to access the slideshow!
Yesterday I had the chance to get a more in depth understanding of what it is like to work in the new age of multimedia journalism by interviewing Rohan Daft, a journalist. Daft, 48, was born in the town of Cheltenham, which is in western England near the city of Bristol. He currently is in charge of managing a professional blog: The Row|Richard James.
How did you first get started in journalism?
Well, I didn’t go to University. I just stumbled into it. I had a friend, who I’d meet for lunch and tell her things. I started getting these checks in the mail from the Evening Standard. She was submitting my stories and eventually convinced me to go work there. I started in the Londoners Diary gossip column and was there for five years. Then I became a general feature writer.
If you stumbled into journalism, what did you want to be as a child?
I always wanted to write. I didn’t know what, but I always liked writing.
What was it like writing a gossip column?
It was tough. You have to find your own story, you don’t follow a news agenda. It’s more trivial, many don’t last one day. It is not as much about your writing ability or structure, but your ability to be ruthless and find the story.
What was the pressure like?
At the time you don’t realize but there was a lot of pressure. It was fun and exciting, which distracted you from it. There’s a fantastic sense of achievement involved; to see your work in print is a fantastic feeling.
A Brief Summary:
The musical is set in the mid 1980s, during a miners’ strike in the village of Easington. Easington is a mining town, where all the boys are expected to become miners like their fathers and grandfathers.
Billy, played by Adam Vesperman, stumbles into a ballet class instead of his usual boxing class and secretly joins it. Afraid no one will understand, Billy only confides this to his friend Michael (Connor Lawson), the comical cross-dressing character.
When his father, Jackie (Martin Marquez), finds out that he has been taking ballet instead of boxing, he forbids Billy from going back to class. However, Mrs. Wilkinson (Genevieve Lemon), the ballet instructor, offers to help Billy train for an audition for the Royal Ballet School for free.
As the strike seems to be hitting its peak, Billy’s father finds him expressing his deepest emotions through dance. Jackie realizes his son’s love for dance as well as his talent. He goes to meet with Mrs. Wilkinson to find out more information about the audition. He decides to do anything to help Billy make his dreams come true even if it means breaking the strike.
Tony Elliot (Tom Lorcan), Billy’s older brother, finds out his father is planning to break the strike and enters a rage of fury. In order to prevent this, he convinces other strikers to help pool together the little money they have to pay for Billy to go to the London auditions.
Billy Elliot is a wonderful musical about discovering your identity and staying true to your self even when times are tough.
I absolutely loved Billy Elliot the Musical. I thought it was wildly entertaining while at the same time able to cover deep issues about identity and ideology.
Perhaps one of the most entertaining characters is Billy’s gay friend Michael. One of my favorite scenes is when the charismatic Michael is dressing up in his sister’s clothing while dancing around the room. He is able to convince Billy to dress up and tap dance around the room with giant dresses. The scene is intended to be funny, however it is also an ode to individuality.
The musical does a great job of creating an enjoyable atmosphere while also highlighting the sadness of the characters’ situations. This is best seen through the character of Tony, Billy’s older brother. Tony is a tortured soul who is deeply upset by the miners’ strike. He seems to be a hothead and loses his temper easily, allowing the audience to really understand the frustration of the life of a miner at the time.
Along with the amazing music, the choreography is intelligently planned. It is amazing how much information is depicted through dance. For example in the scene where the police and the miners break into a folk dance is successful in showing the audience how these two groups are conflicting but at the same time share the same culture of the working class. Another great example is when Billy is dancing with the older version of himself. The choreography is simply amazing and mesmerizing. The viewer gets lost in Billy’s movements and can understand his deepest emotions and dreams. We get an understanding of his past and his struggles as well as seeing who he is destined to become.
Overall Billy Elliot the Musical was a show I enjoyed greatly. It had the perfect mix between humor and seriousness. Not only is the writing flawless, but the upbeat music by Elton John matched with the amazing choreography make for a great musical
Kelly Osbourn has recently been critizing ‘friends’ of Amy Winehouse, saying that they lack ‘dignity’ while dealing with the press.
Osbourn tweeted yesterday that “Any ‘friend’ of amy’s talking 2 the press/tv are not her actual friends. Her real friends have more dignity then to get $ 2 talk about her!”
A long time friend of Winehouse, Osbourn was in attendence at her funeral two days ago. According to BBC Newsbeat, one celebrity Osbourn may have been critizing is former Big Brother contestant Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace. Wallace has come forward and “made an emotional appearance on ITV’s This Morning on Wednesday but did not attend the funeral the previous day”.
Other close celebrities to Winehouse include British comedian Russell Brand as well as singer Adele. Brand tweeted a link to his blog with a special post titled “For Amy“. Adele also tweeted a link to her blog stating that, “Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about british music again… i don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is… although im incredibly sad about Amy passing im also reminded of how immensely proud of her i am as well. and grateful to be inspired by her”.