Magic Carpet Ride

happy 80th birthday mr nureyev.

who knew that the boy who was born on a train
with dancing would earn first his fame,
everywhere men and women overcame
by his moving grace and his beauteous frame.

who knew that the boy who was born on a train
would cause his country so much shame,
exchanging his loyalties for world wide acclaim
on the stages of europe where he made his name.

who knew that the boy who was born on a train
would live such a life for the art of ballet,
powerful leaps once toast’d with champagne
cut short by the curse of passion’s ill pain,

under this rug that his bones now contain,
lies he whose likes were few and will not be again.

Fake Fortress

cultural claustrophobia - a condition of feeling limited by a system of values and beliefs

these are the things that generally make us feel safe, keep us grounded and allow for a measure of social decency.

way north of our village was a settlement in the mountains where the men harvested the blue leafed patama plants; excellent for cooking and the women there wove vividly coloured fabrics with the dye from its seeds. they came to the village twice a month in the rainy season to exchange patama and cloths for mobile phones or other electronic devices. our village was very lucky and we became very wealthy after we invented wi-fi. that’s when we started herding goats again.

meanwhile in the next village to the east they were doing things differently. they used the patama leaves for ink, they actually had pens and books and although we couldn’t write, it was rumoured that one of their ancient ancestors started our village back when we still had horns. we traded these books from them mostly with goats and microwave ovens. they lived in tents next to a big river which would flood each year which explained why they always needed new microwaves.

after the drama with the goat that went missing nearly a decade ago, the elders decided that the village next door, and the one next to that one and the one next to that, posed an imminent threat to the security of our own village identity. after all we were the ones born with contact lenses and therefore clearly superior; visitors from those other villages were no longer welcome and were removed under measure of force.

my clothes have since faded and there are no more books to read so now i just sit and look at pictures on my phone all day while watching the goats.

these images by yoshinori mizutani remind me of the tenuous nature of our social connections and how any culture, even a global one, can turn into a prison.


Keep reading →

More or Less

Keep reading →

Coagulating Colour

Keep reading →

Luxus Eternum

Keep reading →

Auspiciously Speaking

Keep reading →

Masculinity Realised

Keep reading →

Ode to Cologne

Keep reading →

She Works Art for the Money

Keep reading →

Passage of Reappropriation

Keep reading →

Proper Property

Keep reading →

Fake Freedom

Keep reading →


Keep reading →


Keep reading →

Caillebotte’s Boys

Keep reading →

Home Made Exotica

Keep reading →

Opium II

Keep reading →

Future Futility

Keep reading →

Eponymous Experiences

Keep reading →

Stupidity & Sensitivity

Since it’s nearly impossible to gauge each individual’s level of sensitivity or stupidity, I’d rather play it safe and classify this site as suitable for adults only. Although that term is still nebulous to me, the responsibility remains that of the viewer.

Curating & Criticism

The identification and definition of creativity are two different things. Challenging conventional interpretations and perspectives expands its validity and effect. I am convinced that collaborations and participation across creative industries allow for discovering a greater realisation of our potential.

Art & Collecting

I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.

Fashion & Architecture

Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.

Design & Function

Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.

Gardens & Flowers

Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.

Treasures & Trash

Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.

History & Reality

Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.