This year our travels, both real and virtual, will take us beyond the borders of London. We are excited by the prospect and hope to bring you something mad and magical from around the globe.Expect eclectic and quirky.
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"It may come as a surprise to many who live in the UK that right on the doorstep of England is a gastronomic delight called Pas de Calais. This little region has much to offer day trippers and visitors who are food lovers. From street markets and supermarkets to specialist gourmet food shops and artisan producers of cheese, wine, chocolate, cakes, bread, meat and vegetables – everything you need for a fabulous French feast…"
"This is a guest post for Silent London by Neil Brand, writer, composer, silent film accompanist and TV and radio presenter.
Deep beneath the mountains of the Trentino range of Italy and Austria’s Dolomites lies one of the most extraordinary exhibits, in one of the most extraordinary galleries, in the world. One walks into a gigantic road tunnel, through a curtain and into one of the most potent and gripping representations of WWI cinema anywhere on the planet. From the very first image (from the Imperial War Museum) as a real shell strikes a galloping troop of British field artillery, leaving dead horses and soldiers on the field as the smoke clears, we are in the binary world of WWI “reality” as seen by the cameras of the time and the imaginations of those who came after."
"Spanish artist Pejac creates street art that are thought provoking and simplistic. He often uses silhouettes in his works which creates a lasting impact on the viewers mind. Pejac is conversant in all medium from canvas to wall murals. His minimalistic style and ability to use the surrounding as part of his artwork is something that makes his works noticeable."
A house in the middle of the forest is reminiscent of the adventures of Hansel and Gretel. This one is unfortunately not made of gingerbread, but maybe we will discover an old witch and her stupendous stories?
"For San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto, a paintbrush isn’t just her medium, it’s her canvas as well. Instead of just painting to create an artwork, she uses brushes as artworks themselves! By carving out the handles of used paintbrushes, she turns these unsuspecting materials into the ladies from famous paintings, complete with skirts and dresses made from bristles soaked in paint.
‘These works play with notions of re-forming beauty and value’, says Szeto. ‘I use humble, end-of-life, mass-produced materials inspired by my experience as a faux finisher. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as both subject and object. It refers to the history of painting, through the medium of paint, with its own tool’."
"A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit."
Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 + 02 507 82 00 Brussels Melting Ice – A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change October 6, 2007-January 6, 2008
By RANDY JAYNE ROSENBERG
"The International Polar Year has certainly not left the art world cold: 40 international artists have set out to draw attention to global warming. How exactly is the climate changing? What are the political implications? And how can sustainable development contribute to peace? No, art cannot save the world. But it can hold up a mirror.
The exhibition explores such questions as “What is climate change?” “What are the political implications?” “How does sustainable development create a pathway to peace?” and “Why should we care?” The artists and artworks provide insight and answers to these questions.
The 40 artists in Envisioning Change are diverse in both style and substance."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
The installation above is by Angela Lergo (Spain) "I give you my heart"
In this series of animal portraits by Andreas Lie the texture of forests, mountains, and skies are blended into the fur of the animals portrayed. Based out of Norway, Lie uses a double exposure technique to merge the two photographs together in an organic way. As the form of the animal fades into the landscapes that it roams, a unifying energy between the two images emerges. Here's a selection of 10 portraits that we'd thought you'd like.
" Little did I know that when I went looking for the oldest bookstore in the world, I would find, just up the coast of the same country, what could very well be the most beautiful bookstore in the world. "
"So you might have heard the news from Paris over the weekend that our famous "love-locking" bridge, the Pont des Arts, finally gave way under the strain of thousands of padlocks when a railing collapsed, calling for police to temporarily close the bridge."
Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's insight:
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