art and science.

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Opera house performs first post-lockdown concert for an all-plant audience

Next week, Barcelona’s Liceu opera house will emerge from its lockdown-induced siesta by throwing a concert to a rather unusual audience. The attendees will not need masks or gloves, nor will they be required to follow physical distancing rules.

However, they might like to take along a nice comfy pot and some water to prevent their roots from drying out as a string quartet serenades them, fittingly, with Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums).

A total of 2,292 plants will occupy the venue’s seats and listen to the opera house’s first post-lockdown concert when it reopens next Monday. Non-vegetal music fans will also be able to enjoy the performance as it will be live-streamed.

According to the Liceu’s artistic director Víctor García de Gomar, the Concert for the Biocene, played the by Uceli quartet, is intended to help us ponder the current state of the human condition and how, in lockdown, we have become “an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience”.

For Eugenio Ampudia, the conceptual artist behind the concert, the project will serve to reflect what has happened across Spain and around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to retreat from shared public areas.

“At a time when an important part of humankind has shut itself up in enclosed spaces and been obliged to relinquish movement, nature has crept forward to occupy the spaces we have ceded,” said Ampudia.

After the concert, the plants will find themselves in a new home, with each one of them being donated to 2,292 health workers as thank you for their efforts over recent months.

“the first rule of opera is the first rule in life:

see to everything yourself.”

-nellie melba

 

photo and story credits: the optimist daily

yard salad.

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how did these veggies end up in the yard?

why did these veggies end up in the yard?

a child disliked them, hiding them?

someone was unhappy about healthy food?

  bunnies in the area?

they’re just sitting in the yard, waiting.

 

 

“to make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist — the problem is entirely the same in both cases.

to know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.”

  -oscar wilde

intersection.

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as the city begins to reopen

i find so many things at an intersection

guys on scooters, cars, pedestrians, orange construction cones,

lights, signs, trees, a clock, flyers

and of course

a robot delivering food across town

who gets the right of way?

man or machine?

“we’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves.”

-ken goldberg

attention.

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i get the feeling olive is in need of a bit more attention from me.

above, olive tries to add herself

into the frida self-portrait puzzle

disguising herself

as the 4th animal in the picture

a bird, a monkey, and now,

2 black cats instead of 1.

below, olive tries to add herself

into a cable news show

disguising herself

as the special guest co-host.

just a hunch. 

 

“give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

-jim rohn

we.

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‘Friends Who Share Balloons’

 

“peace is not merely the absence of warfare,

any more than true health is simply the absence of a disease.

nor is peace simply a quiet state of equilibrium –

impossible to achieve in an evolving system.

though refraining from harm is an essential first step,

lasting peace is created by actively redressing harm done.

peace is a creative process of joining i and thou into a co-creative we.

it requires authentic communication, empathic listening, and wildly creative solutions.”

-anodea judith

 

 

 

image credit: willowdayflowerproject by gina – Leaves, Twigs, Iris, Geraniums, Lilacs, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Marigolds all got together and became “Friends who share balloons.”

 

bear.

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while visiting my niece’s school

in the beautiful woods of northern michigan

i realized that it wouldn’t be

a real end of their school year goodbye

without a bear to see them off.

 

 

“but of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there…

and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”

-a.a. milne

 

 

 

 

 

pathfinder school, traverse city, michigan, usa