Friday, March 21, 2014

Creativity Workshops at the University of Northampton

Last week I delivered some creativity workshops in the School of The Arts of the University of Northampton. 

I really enjoyed sharing my surreal approach with illustration students who bravely immersed in the dark waters of the uncanny with the use of the classical "parlour games" and some other dreamlike activities. 

Many thanks to all the students who took part and special thanks to Courtney ( and Zoe ( for sharing their time with me, and to Alex and Louise for organising the workshops.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ron Fricke's Samsara

A couple of days ago I watched and enjoyed Ron Fricke's last film: "Samsara" (2011). 

In Sanskrit samsara is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and reincarnation. In this new film, Fricke amuses by illustrating those concepts in a continuous flow of themes that produce strong and deep reactions. Like in previous works ("Chronos", 1985; "Baraka", 1992) he delights by the use of incredible cinematography and a provocative juxtaposition of images.