Showing posts from August, 2013

The Blurb Made Me Do It: Fat - A Love Story (In Which Age Is Not Just A Number, and I Give Away the Ending)

On the back of this Barbara Wersba book is an extract which reads: "Getting fat is really a feminist act... It is a challenge to sex-role stereotyping and our concept of womanhood."
I just had to read the rest of the book to find out what the story really was- I like reading most things about feminism and the re-imagining of womanhood, it makes me feel like I am Getting To Know Myself.

Fat - A Love Story is about Rita Formica, a teenager from the wrong side of the Hamptons, with an overeating problem and a crush on a blonde rich boy. Already, it sounds like something I would rather pass up than spend precious time reading, but that one sentence of the blurb made me want to see this one through.

Rita knows that she overeats, her parents are distressed about it, and she has given up on trying to do anything about it. Then one day when she's out running errands with her mom, she sees Robert Swann- rich, blonde, tan, aloof, all the things teenagers in America seem to…

Glossies Throw Down: The September Issue

"The September Issue" is a phrase that didn't mean anything to me before I started learning about Her Majesty Anna Wintour. It is the name of the 2009 documentary which follows the famed (and mysterious) Vogue US editor as she compiles the year's most important edition of the fashion bible, and it is also the name of a phenomenon in the world of fashion magazine.

The September issues of fashion magazines is seen as the all-important forecaster for the year to come. Trends in make-up and fashion (and even lifestyle) change over just as the season changes over- from autumn into winter (and with this comes the promise of new, luxurious wardrobe staples- boots, scarves, coats). What the September issue holds is the key to being fashionable and "in the know" for the new season, and making a smooth transition into the new fashion year.

It is almost as if all the previous editions of a magazine do not matter at all, once the September bumper reaches newsstands. An…

Raven-Symone - That's What Little Girls Are Made Of

How many music videos did you star in when you were 7 or 8 years old...? 

Wits Art Museum Presents: WAM After Hours

The Wits Art Museum has already garnered much attention from Johannesburg's art lovers, and it seems the management is keen on staying on the radar. That's where the idea for an after closing time "cocktail party" type of event comes in. This past Friday, the 2nd of August, was the launch of WAM After Hours.

WAM After Hours gave a crowd of curious minds the opportunity to visit the Museum at night, see the work considered for the Martienssen Art Prize 2013 in an exhibition titled "Again, and then again, as well, too", and explore "Meaning Motion", the series of digital art installations by Nathaniel Stern and Tegan Bristow.

Nathaniel and Tegan were interested in how the human body performs meaning, that is: what happens when body language and the spoken or written word meet?
The installations encourage visitors to the museum to walk in front of a motion-sensitive camera, see the words that are projected onto the walls, listen to the sounds that co…

MonArk - Smiling (Or: When Peter Santa Learned to Love)

The 5 multi-talented guys  that make up MonArk (who either belonged to different bands in the past, or are also working as producers)are from Potchefstroom, and are committed to making music that is "popular, yet tastefully engineered". They call the genre "cinematic pop", and I quite like it.
They have an international sound, reminiscent of One Republic (not surprising, as they list that band's lead singer, Ryan Tedder, as one of their influences).

Smiling is a song about love: "the realistic, uncompromised and true battles of lov[ing]".

Read more on the band, and the upcoming album, here.

rAndom International Presents: How To Take A Walk In the Rain- No Umbrellas, Wellies or Raincoats Necessary.

Every so often, a group of highly creative people comes up with an idea that has people thinking "why hasn't anyone come up with this before?", and also "what am I doing with my life?"
These are two of the thoughts that came to mind when I read about rAndom International's installation, Rain Room, which just stopped showing at New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

Using a combination of artsy, complex-sounding tools like "solenoid valves" and "injection moulded tiles", some engineering skills and a desire to create a social science experiment, Stuart Wood and Florian Ortkrass produced the Rain Room.

The Guardian sent a reporter to experience the Rain Room for himself when it was installed at The Barbican in London, and to speak to Wood and Ortkrass about what they had created: is it art- or is it a feat in engineering?

The installation is described as "a hundred square meter field of falling water through which it is possible to…