In this week's Art Seen, Laura Elliott looks at exhibitions from Andi Regan, Peter James Smith, and Israel Birch ''Hidden Kingdoms'', Andi Regan (Hullabaloo Art Space, Cromwell) Although a serious message underlies Andi Regan's work, it invariably contains a sense of fun as well. Walking into her exhibitions is a bit like entering a dream world, the eponymous ''Hidden Kingdoms''. She has the knack of sharing with her audience the transformative imagination that comes easily in childhood and is often drowned out by responsibility and stress in later life. Her latest collection focuses on fungi, and turns a fairly unromantic subject into something delightful and thought-provoking. Each piece in the exhibition is intricately made, but creates an impression of simplicity. Regan's signature style utilises plastic cable ties, a man-made utilitarian object, a small but necessary cog in the wheel of progress and technology, and turns them into striking sculptures of natural, living things. … [Read more...] about Art Seen: September 6
Traditional ecological knowledge
Earlier this year, two unexpected guests crossed the sea to reach the largest of the Åland Islands, an archipelago of 6,700 mostly tiny isles between Sweden and Finland. The long, hard winter had frozen the Baltic more extensively than for many a year. A daring few among 30,000 Åland islanders drove their cars over the ice to Finland. In the other direction came two or possibly three wolves. Europe’s most feared carnivore was first seen padding over the sea ice by a ferry passenger in February. When islanders conducted their elk census during the March snows, they found wolf tracks heading west across the main island of Åland, a uniquely autonomous region of Finland. By the start of April a wolf had been sighted. By the end of the month, two were filmed together. In June a sheep was killed with ruthless precision, its skin covered in tooth marks – the work of a wolf, said experts. A few days later, a camera trap set over a carcass captured footage of the … [Read more...] about Would you welcome a wolf in your back yard?
The papers are all about the rough landing for Air France’s first non-French chief executive, elected by shareholders on Thursday with the approval of the French government despite strong resistance from the group's powerful trade unions. Le Parisien reports that nine out of 10 Air France unions were against the appointment of Ben Smith, the former chief operating officer at Air Canada. The unions cite his alleged lack of "intimate knowledge… of the French social model", which often results in confrontations between employees and management. As several newspapers observe, Smith's biggest tasks will be negotiating a new pay deal with the French labour groups following a series of strikes between February and June that forced out former boss Jean-Marc Janaillac. Some underline that his proposed salary, said to be in the tune of three to four million euros, would be several times higher than that of Janaillac. This salary bump could also undermine goodwill towards him among … [Read more...] about French press review 17 August 2018
By Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Stefano Manservisi, and Mario Pezzini PARIS – These are hard times for international cooperation. With rising protectionism, burgeoning trade disputes, and a troubling lack of concern for shared interests like climate change, the world seems to be turning its back on multilateralism. And yet cooperation remains one of our best hopes for addressing humanity’s most complex development-related challenges. Just as the Marshall Plan rebuilt a war-ravaged Europe and the Millennium Development Goals lifted some 471 million people out of extreme poverty, the international development agenda can still deliver results thanks to the combined potential of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris climate agreement. But this agenda cannot continue using traditional thinking and tools to account for countries that are no longer defined as “developing” or “most in … [Read more...] about Upgrading International Development Cooperation
25 June 2018 EconomicsFinanceCrisis Some progress has been made but most economists are still missing the main point, argues Cédric Durand Economists are not innocent people. The 2007-08 financial crisis that almost sent the world economy into a great depression was, to a large extent, a consequence of the designs dreamt up by leading economists. This raises three concerns about the economics profession. The first is a basic moral failure resulting from a lack of integrity in some of its prominent representatives; the second is the idiotic collective fascination with the technicalities of the discipline, reinforced by an inclination for group-thinking; the third is a deeper, intellectual challenge that questions the very role economics ought to play in society. In 1971, neoliberal icon Milton Friedman was paid by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for a report that decisively tilted the balance in favour of opening a market that allowed betting on the variation of currency … [Read more...] about Have economists changed since the 2008 crash?