This is such a weird clip

…paired with such a gorgeous song, I didn’t understand it at all until the very end. Such a weird trip. My initial reaction was “why would you make such a gross video with such a beautiful track?” and then I watched it again and really listened and I think that it catches something dark in the music. The director (Cherise Payne, apparently – who has worked with Sampha too) has a great eye for unsettling details. The choice of faces is really something else, and the main woman is, needless to say, an uncommonly good choice.

I kind of feel ill now.

Also here’s one for @skatebee

All links (and basically all the new music I listen to atm) via Gorilla vs Bear.

I wish academic criticism of music videos was a thing that existed. It’s just the kind of interdisciplinary bullshit I am totally into – music and vision. Bonza!!

Watch the K Foundation burn a million quid

http://youtu.be/q33LPpx0QsY?t=10m

Watching this video makes me giddy. The world seems to peel back and the ground folds away beneath you, and if you concentrate on it in just the right way, you can step through the portal, temporarily, into a zone or region completely unlike anyplace you’ve ever been or ever will.

Chapter 5 – conclusions.

Shame, Shame and Disgust

The Afghan Rights Monitor has stated that 2010 has been the most violent of the past nine years of war in that country. By mid-July 2010 more than one thousand civilians had already been killed under the banner of ‘collateral damage’. Targeted ethnic cleansing has wiped out many hundreds more. In late June the Taliban stopped a van carrying eleven Hazara people in the Uruzgan province, and beheaded each of the passengers. In mid-August, a group of Taliban-backed Kochi nomads rampaged through south-west Kabul, shooting Hazaras. In the demonstration that ensued, Afghan police shot dead another 25 Hazaras. Even in the traditional city of refuge, Quetta (Pakistan), Hazara people cannot leave their houses without fear of ethnically motivated killings. After the accidental war casualties and the targeted ethnic cleansing, there still remain the random insurgent attacks, suicide bombings in public places (especially markets) and roadside explosive devices.

Australia is paying many millions of dollars to international agencies and the Indonesian government to facilitate interception, arrest and imprisonment of asylum seekers who have set out—mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka—to reach safety in Australia. They have not embarked on these journeys for fun, or to find a better job or a bigger house. The decision to leave home is invariably characterised by grief, loss and fear. It is not taken lightly, and its aftermath is life-long. When a boatload of asylum seekers bobs onto the horizon at Ashmore Reef, or in the waters surrounding Christmas Island, we are not witnessing the final chapter of a ‘choose your own adventure’ story; we are receiving the human fallout of the worst conflicts and human rights violations on the planet today. It is a failure of human compassion and government leadership that as a nation we do not discuss refugee policy in these terms.

I have nothing more to add.

For such a close neighbour I know so little about Papua New Guinea

By Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

I know so little about Papua New Guinea, and yet it’s basically our closest territorial neighbour. Mind you, it’s about a million miles from anywhere heavily inhabited on mainland Australia, so that makes a difference. New Zealand is a four hour flight from Sydney; Brisbane is one hour and it’s barely half-way up the continent. PNG must be several.

I came across the incredible image above while looking at the Wikipedia page for Mount Wilhelm, the highest mountain in PNG, and the oceania region. It’s from the Hiri Moale Festival, which (according to the flickr page) is about “Celebrating independence from Australia and an old tradition of celebrating a successful trading voyage (free of pirates) bringing vegetables back from a distant village.

I think I was vaguely aware that Australia once controlled PNG as a territory (and I know we exert an unconscionable amount of influence over the inhabitants through Australian mining companies) but for some reason I’m particularly delighted by the idea of a festival to celebrate independence form Australia. As a former colony, we haven’t even done that yet!

There’s apparently a coffee festival every year in May, which would definitely be something I could see myself enjoying.