Confronting Conflict with Creativity

From Chapel Hill to Democratic Republic of Congo, music professor Chérie Rivers Ndaliko empowers students to come together and use creativity as a touchstone for social change. photo courtesy of Alkebu Film Productions As part of Yole!Africa, Chérie Rivers Ndaliko helps youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo use creativity to tell their experiences of conflict. Here, Ndaliko gives instructions...

Nonkilling Arts Research Committee Letter: Vol. 3, N. 2 (Mar-Apr 2019)

Bimestrially sent from our site: Nonkilling.org. “Nonkilling art explores the spirit and practice of how to prevent, respond to, and to improve individual, social, and global well-being beyond killing.” —Glenn D. Paige Dear NKARC members and friends,Thank you for your thoughtful contributions on Nonkilling Arts and the material you have pointed to me.  These are eclectic and inspirational. My contributions this...

Intellectual flowers flourish at Tokyo’s most iconic station

From 5th to 11th March 2019, more than 2 million passengers who pass through the Shibuya Station in Tokyo will see the detailed floral paintings of Lida Sherafatmand, who depicts identity, nationalism, and corruption as part of the main international social concerns of today. This Iranian-born artist with international recognition dissects with these pictorial works how a national identity is...

Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers

Enrico Bonadio, City, University of London Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist’s dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy. The unauthorised copying of Banksy works is widespread – a stroll through London’s popular markets...

“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...

Hungarian Artist Melinda Dovak

Melinda Dovak poses with her paintings. Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar Times. Hungarian artist Melinda Dovak’s “Encrypted Tales” solo exhibition is being held from February 1 to March 31 at New Zero Art Space, Yangon. She is showing 8 abstract paintings, free and loose with colour and feeling. Her paintings are composed with pale and grey-scale colours. All pieces are mixed medium on...

Guide To The Classics: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

  Kahlil Gibran, The Divine World (1923), Illustration for The Prophet, Charcoal. Gibran Museum Antonia Pont, Deakin University Kahlil Gibran (original spelling at birth “Khalil”) is a strange phenomenon of 20th Century letters and publishing. After Shakespeare and the Chinese poet Laozi, Gibran’s work from 1923, The Prophet, has made him the third most-sold poet of all time. This slim...

How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR

  Virtual Reality technology opens up new experiences and possibilities in music for people with disabilities. Performance Without Barriers, Author provided Franziska Schroeder, Queen’s University Belfast and Matilde Meireles, Queen’s University Belfast Most new digital technologies tend to be designed with an able-bodied user in mind. The first desktop computers required fine motor skills to navigate software menus using a...

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