Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Andy Pidcock, cardiff, copland, deaf, doctor who, gramophone magazine, grant llewellyn, grieg, music, sign language, vibration, wales, whittaker on February 16, 2013 |
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“Good good good good vibrations.”
I wonder if the Beach Boys ever thought about this aspect of good vibrations — how they can bring the joy of music to those who can’t hear.
According to Gramophone magazine, “The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will perform a series of free concerts in Cardiff on February 26 and 27, which aim to make orchestral music accessible to deaf and hard of hearing adults and children. …
“The events will feature sign language and live subtitles, and will allow audience members to sit within the orchestra, in order to feel the vibrations from instruments as the musicians play. The five concerts will demonstrate concepts including pitch, tempo and dynamics through music including ‘Hoe-Down’ from Copland’s Rodeo, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt and the theme tune to Doctor Who. Four of the concerts will be aimed at students from primary and specialist schools, and adults in care homes and day centres. The fifth concert will be open to the public, allowing deaf and hard of hearing children and adults to take part alongside friends and family.”
Photograph: Betina Skovbro
BBC NOW presented a pilot event for the deaf and hard of hearing in October 2012
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged ackroyd & harvey, art, art installation, big chill, cotswolds, dan harvey, eastnor castle, england, grass, heather ackroyd, jakob schiller, photographer, photography, portrait, wales on August 14, 2012 |
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When I saw the headline at Wired, it didn’t really compute.
“Artists Create Portraits on Live Grass.” What? I don’t get it. Did the artists set up easels and paint with oils? Did they paint directly on the grass?
Writer-photographer Jakob Schiller explains.
“It all started, as these things sometimes do, by accident. In 1990, before they worked in photography, [Heather] Ackroyd and [Dan] Harvey created an art installation that covered an entire room with grass. As part of the art piece they had left a ladder leaning against a wall and when they went to remove it they saw that the ubiquitous and fast-growing plant had been imprinted with the shadow. The grass had stayed yellow where the ladder had prevented it from receiving any light.
“ ‘We didn’t know straight away what we were looking at, but we knew that we had observed something important,’ Ackroyd says.
“They began playing with the idea of manipulating the light that hits grass and by the next year were projecting light through an old 35mm Kodak projector onto a swath of grass on the wall.”
What to think as the grass withers and dies? It’s kind of a Dorian Gray scenario.
Read more about the project at Wired‘s Raw File, here.
Photograph: Ackroyd & Harvey.
Myles, Basia, Nath and Alesha, The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle, between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marches. 2007
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged atlantic, avenues schools, casablanca, chelsea, diversity, edison schools, edisonlearning, education, experimental, global, harvard square, international school, learning, new york city, nyc, united world colleges, uwc, wales, whittle on January 7, 2012 |
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I had dinner with friends at Harvard Square’s Casablanca last night.
Hadn’t seen them in ages. Their older son is moving to New York City with his family this summer. A key attraction is an experimental “international” school opening in Chelsea in the fall. My friends’ granddaughter will start in the new middle school and their grandson in the new elementary school.
Avenues School is the brainchild of publishing whiz Chris Whittle, best known for his not-so-successful Edison Schools. He puts that experiment in a positive light on the Avenues website, saying that it helped to spark the charter school movement. My friends say that experienced and inventive educators from all over have rushed in to help with Whittle’s new global approach to education.
“Begin by thinking Avenues Beijing, Avenues London, Avenues São Paulo, Avenues Mumbai,” says the website. “Think of Avenues as one international school with 20 or more campuses. It will not be a collection of 20 different schools all pursuing different educational strategies, but rather one highly-integrated ‘learning community,’ connected and supported by a common vision, a shared curriculum, collective professional development of its faculty, the wonders of modern technology and a highly-talented headquarters team located here in New York City.”
Erik went to an international school in Wales, a United World College, and made lifelong friends from many nations. As Avenues plans to do, United World Colleges has campuses in different countries. The one in Wales is for high school, but other UWC schools are, like Avenues, preschool to 12th grade, even beyond. Kim Jong-Il’s grandson attends the one in Bosnia!
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