Sha’abi music (literally translating to ‘the music of the poor’) is the soundtrack of a new Egypt: recorded in bedrooms, mixed on shoddy laptops and capitalizing on anger at the country’s economic and political situation. Young singers seethe about their frustrations through irreverent lyrics like “The people want phone credit! Just phone credit,” a play on the popular 18-day Tahrir Square uprising chant: “The people want the fall of the regime!”
8%, the post popular Sha’abi band, performs on rickety wooden stages in alleys in their neighborhood of Matareya. Their latest recordings are passed from phone to phone by bluetooth; their YouTube videos have over 1 million listens; their Facebook page has hundreds of thousands of likes.
Upside of the cold = ice beauties.
here are a few unavoidable things in life: death, taxes and, for most of us, commuting. This month we want you to take a closer look at your commute, a continuation of our “Public Square" series with KPCC.
Document something beautiful, strange, memorable — something that makes your daily trek remarkable — and share it on Instagram or Twitter with #PSCommute. Even if it’s just the mental commute to your home office. Get creative!
You might find that the exercise makes your commute a little longer — but also a little more fun.
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What a window into America…
"Amy Stein is one of the most consistently interesting photographers working today — her series Domesticated is an all-time Flavorwire favorite, and her work is constantly both conceptually fascinating and technically impressive. The New York-based photographer’s follow-up toDomesticated, entitled Stranded, found her examining the idea that, beginning with the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, America’s faith has been shaken in the ability of its traditional support structures to deal with challenges to collective security and quality of life. Stein explores this through that most resonant symbol of American potency, the car, photographing roadside breakdowns: “The car serves as both figurate symbol of American destiny and a literal representation of the personal breakdowns on the road to that promise.” There’s more of Stein’s work at her website (including a Google map of where she took all the photos for this series).”
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Autumn is endowing us with all sorts of wonders in New England this year.
Eroding audio equipment!
Explaining the Surreal with Artist @daniel_arsham
For American artist Daniel Arsham (@daniel_arsham), nothing is what it seems. He recreates recognizable objects with unexpected materials—volcanic ash cameras, stone and crystal baseball gloves and melting walls. On Instagram, Daniel shares the process behind his perception-bending pieces. “Because Instagram is really visual, it gives me the chance to bring followers into the full worlds that I build in my work,” he says. “I think for many viewers the creation of an artwork, stage design or installation is an abstract gesture. Instagram allows me to give people the full sense of what I am trying to create as well as understand the many collaborators who inspire and influence what I make. I feel that the story and images in my feed are in many ways an even better reflection of my practice than my own website.”
Daniel also uses Instagram to share where his work will be on view with interested followers. In addition to a special project with Pharrell (@pharrell) that kicks off tonight in New York, Daniel has upcoming exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. “I have followers from these places who already know about these shows and are following the process of how the work goes from an idea to what they will see in the gallery.” To follow Daniel’s practice and learn more about his upcoming exhibitions, including the #arshamxpharrell project tonight, be sure to follow @daniel_arsham.
I asked if he remembered the moment he was proudest of his daughter. He started musing in a thick Jamaican accent: “Just seeing her born. That moment when my seed was brought forth on to this earth. It was magic.”
Then the girl, who up to this point had been quiet, screamed: “Preach!”