Our task / Living Creatures | Albert Einstein, 1879-1955


“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion 
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.”

 Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

The Last Light | Jean Webster, 1912

Wassily Kandinsky, Winter Landscape, 1909

“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white
and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns. It's late afternoon - the sun is just
setting (a cold yellow colour) behind some colder violet hills, and I am up in my window
 seat using the last light to write to you.”

Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs, 1912

The Garden | Jacques Prévert, 1900-1977

Paris, 1950′s

Millions and millions of years
Would still not give me half enough time
To describe
That tiny instant of all eternity
When you put your arms around me
And I put my arms around you
One morning in the cold winter light
In the Parc Montsouris in Paris
In Paris
On this earth of ours
This earth which is a star.

Jacques Prévert - The Garden

On Photography | Peter Wollen, 1984

Peter Wollen (1938 – 2019)

"The aesthetic discussion of photography is dominated by the concept of time. Photographs
appear as devices stopping time and preserving fragments of the past, like flies in amber."

"Photography is motionless and frozen, it has the cryogenic power
to preserve objects through time without decay."
"For photography to be an art involves reformulating notions of art, rejecting both material
and formal purism and also the separation of art from commerce as distinct semiotic
practices that never interlock."

"The lover of photography is fascinated both by the instant and by the past. The moment
captured in the image is of near-zero duration and is located in a ever-receding then.
At the same time, the spectator's now, the moment of looking at the image, has no
fixed duration. It can be extended as long as fascination lasts and endlessly reiterated
as long as curiosity returns."

Peter Wollen, Fire and Ice, 1984

The sense of smell | Fernando Pessoa

 Henri Matisse, Woman Covering her Face with her Hand, 1951

"The sense of smell is like a strange way of seeing. It evokes sentimental
 landscapes out of a mere sketch in our subconscious mind."

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet 
 (it was first published in Portuguese in 1982, 47 years after Pessoa's death)


Shadow puppets | Lotte Reiniger (1899 - 1981)

 Lotte Reiniger, Galathea, 1935
Thumbelina, Lotte Reiniger, 1954
The Frog Prince, 1954
The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926
 Lotte Reiniger, Papageno, 1935
The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926
The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926
The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926
Cinderella, 1922 /  directed by Lotte Reiniger
Cinderella, 1922 /  directed by Lotte Reiniger
Cinderella, 1922 /  directed by Lotte Reiniger
Lotte Reiniger for the Christmas Number of 'The Illustrated London News', 1960
Lotte Reiniger for the Christmas Number of 'The Illustrated London News', 1960

Cinderella, 1922 / directed by Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger (1899 - 1981)                   Lotte Reiniger, 1922

Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981) was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette
 animation. Her best known films are The Adventures of Prince Achmed, from 1926—thought 
to be one of the oldest surviving feature-length animated films—and Papageno (1935). 
Reiniger is also noted for having devised the first form of a multiplane camera; 
she made more than 40 films, all using her invention.

How long is forever? | Lewis Carroll, 1865

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, first edition, 1865
 (The White Rabbit on the cover)

Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

Alphabetarion # Homeless | G.K. Chesterton, 1929

 Lovis Corinth, Distributing Christmas Presents, 1913

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that 
the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

 G.K. Chesterton, 1929

South African Jazz from the 1940s -1950s | Miriam Makeba / The African Ink Spots / Manhattan Brothers / Drum magazine

Drum magazine, 1955                                                                                                     Drum magazine, 1956

Apartheid was an inescapable fact of daily life in 1950s South Africa. But when the staff of Drum magazine got 
to the Johannesburg offices, the feeling was of having ‘‘walked into a different world, a world outside South Africa,’’ 
says Jürgen Schadeberg, the art director there in the 1950s. Inspired by the American magazines Life and Look, 
Drum’s documentary portrayals of black urban life, arts, politics and culture were revolutionary. (...)

Drum magazine, 1955                                                                                                           Drum magazine, 1957  
Miriam Makeba posing for Drum Cover, 1955

Miriam Makeba & The Manhattan Brothers - Lovely Lies, 1956        Miriam Makeba  &The Skylarks - Holilili, 1950 
Jürgen Schadeberg, Township Shuffle, Sophiatown, 1955
The Three Jazzolomos, 1953

The African Ink Spots - I'm Jealous Of You, 1948                              Manhattan Brothers - Pesheya' Kwezo Ntaba, 1948

Kids jamming in the streets of Sophiatown, Johannesburg
Dancing to marabi in 1950s Johannesburg

Marabi was the first form of jazz native to South Africa, possibly named after the Pretoria town, 
Marabastad. Marabi is characterised by piano jazz and flourished in the Sophiatown era, where 
it was played in shebeens and dance halls.

The Marabi subculture stood in stark contrast to the values of the so-called oppressed elite
of South Africa, the African middle-level population with mostly missionary educational
background. They criticized the Marabi and the jazz imported at the same time from America
 for their proximity to crime and for their non-Christian values, in the process coming into conflict
 with the main mediators of music, namely music teachers. These taught their students more and
more American jazz hits, which were perceived as modern. Well-known African intellectuals
spoke out against the phenomenon of Marabi and promoted the choral tradition of South
Africa supported by the missions.(...)

Jürgen Schadeberg, Sophiatown, 1955
Peter Magubane, Nanny and Child, Johannesburg, 1956

On 1 August 1954 the the Natives Resettlement Act was passed. This law enabled the apartheid
 government to remove people of colour from their residential areas. A few months after the law 
was passed black, coloured, Indian and Chinese people were forced to leave Sophiatown.

South African Jazz Under Apartheid

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