In Conversation: A Future World, Makeup Chores, Pilobo-land

The Internet snippets—great storytelling, just because, or really ridiculous—our editors are talking about this week, gathered here.


From Dazed – A Future World

Climate change is not an issue for the future, it is an issue for now, particularly after the recent UN report declaring the extinction of a million species is at risk—the highest in human history. This past week, Dazed presented its six-day long series A Future World, a collective of articles and videos on the “radical imagining of what our planet could be and a look at the state it’s in, featuring teenage activists, the creative community, and politicians.” Covering different themes for each day that go beyond the topical, A Future World follows the trajectory of climate change around the world in the context of earth, culture, science, justice, technology, health, and gender.

This article reveals the correlation between weather-related disasters and displaced women (dubbed ‘climate refugees’) forced into sex-trafficking in South Asia, and follows the ‘kung-fu’ Himalayan nuns fighting to protect them.

In Rising (2018), performative artist Marina Abramović combines art and virtual reality to create a simulated experience of drowning in a sea to evoke real fear and panic, and create some sense of tangibility to the consequences of climate change, as she explains in this interview.

The complex relationship between food, climate, health, and migration are investigated in this article, which explores how the health issues of migrants are connected through generations. In an increasingly unstable world, environmentally and politically, how are humans impacting the health of future generations?

Find the full series on Dazed, here.


From MONTECRISTO Magazine – Makeup Chores

As a magazine with a dedicated beauty section, we understand what it means to apply makeup. This personal essay by Vancouver writer Jen Sookfong Lee for MONTECRISTO acknowledges what women who wear makeup have often thought but scarcely interrogate: applying makeup is frequently a chore. Something we do reactively to hide dark circles and breakouts; an obstacle between precious extra seconds of sleep and that first cup of coffee; face paint to make other people in our lives more comfortable. Lee gets to the heart of the contentious consumer product and draws conclusions that are infinitely relatable and ultimately uplifting. The obligatory attachment women have to makeup has long been at the center of the debate surrounding the relationship between femininity and feminism. Lee astutely upends the debate by placing the onus on beauty influencers who exploit the transformative power makeup can have for those using it to broaden the discussion on perceptions of beauty. If you are someone who uses makeup, read what she has to say, here.


From The Paris Review – Magic Photoscape

Where landscape meets dreamscape lives the community of Pilobo-land. In reality, Pilobo-land is a suburban-rural community in the northwest of Connecticut, home to photographers, dramaturgs, and dance studios, but to writer Robert Pranzatelli of the Paris Review and resident photographer John Kane, it is a microcosm of artfulness. Kane documented sibling dance-theatre companies Pilobolus (hence, Pilobo-land) and Momixin, a series of photographs that subvert the impulse to capture live dance performance in favour of capturing moments of sensuous movement and art in the human body’s shape. In his article, accompanied by Kane’s stunning visuals, Pranzatelli tells the story of the two dance studios, the photography, and this haven for artists tucked away in the hills of New England. See the photos and read the story, here.


Illustration by Alice Clair.


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