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Tonight on BBC Three is the premier of Teen Exorcists, in which Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, teenage girls from Arizona who happen to be exorcists just like Brynne's dad, visit the UK! I bet they were a huge hit there. After all, Harry Potter author JK Rowling is British and, as Tess Scherkenback says, "The spells and things that you're reading in the Harry Potter books, those aren't just something that are made up, those are actual spells. Those are things that came from witchcraft books." What wonderful ambassadors of American culture these young women are. You can learn more about them in this BBC News profile: "Teen exorcists: Women who expel demons on stage"

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“For centuries, Cuba’s greatest resource has been its people,” writes Pico Iyer in an extended essay on the Caribbean nation in this week’s magazine. In the twilight of the Castro era, Cubans are finding that change brings both hope and anxiety.

To pair with Iyer’s tome, TIME called upon Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen. Eskildsen, who previously photographed a large portfolio for TIME on the state of poverty in America, traveled to Cuba for ten days, photographing urban housing projects in Havana and rural settlements across the countryside. With the help of local journalist Abel Gonzalez Alayon, Eskildsen photographed tobacco plantations, roadside fruit vendors, migrant workers and beachfront resorts — capturing all in the vibrant saturation of medium-format color film.

“I immediately fell in awe with the complexity of this country,” says Eskildsen. “The more you learn about the situation and how people are living, the more difficult it becomes to understand. It was like learning to view the world form a Cuban angle that kept surprising and inspiring me.”

To read Pico Iyer’s extended essay on Cuba, subscribe here. Already a subscriber? Click here.

Joakim Eskildsen is a Danish photographer based in Berlin. LightBox previously featured Eskildsen’s Home Works and Below the Line: Portraits of American Poverty.

Abel Gonzalez Alayon is a journalist based in Cuba. Follow him on Twitter @abelcuba.

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FvF Mixtape #47 by Kyra Caruso

Kyra Caruso’s half Austrian, half Mexican heritage informs her diverse taste in music. Working for many years in the music scene and heating-up parties in the US and Austria with her multifaceted DJ-sets, Kyra’s skill, dedication and passion for her craft is evident. Outside of music she shows her softer side, practicing as a doula to providing physical support before, during and after childbirth for women. 

Kyra’s mixtape takes us on a musical journey from “One Love” by the legendary Nas to Little Dragon and everyone’s favorite, Prince.

Read more about this here.

cover photography by hundertmark 

Tracklist:

1. Sweet Thing - Van Morrison
2. Oh By The Way - Minnie Riperton
3. Love, Love, Love - Donny Hathaway
4. What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
5. It’s A Shame - The Spinners
6. Harlem - Bill Withers
7. I Got The.. - Labi Siffre
8. If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince
9. Sing Your Name - Terence Trent D’Arby
10. What Goes Around Comes Around - Lenny Kravitz
11. The Root - D’Angelo
12. One Love - Nas
13. Crooklyn (Instrumental) - The Crooklyn Dodgers
14. Who Got Da Props? - Black Moon
15. Unreleased - Bilal
16. Descending - Big Boi feat Little Dragon

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Today I’ve released two limited edition prints along with some originals. The prints are based on words penned by William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas.

‘The Voice of all the Gods’ is a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Loves Labours Lost.’ The first time I read the passage in which this phrase occurs I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. The words are extraordinarily rich, and I wanted my visual interpretation to reflect this. The main source of inspiration for the letterforms comes from the 18th century, but I’ve tried to rework or re-imagine them in the spirit of our time. Above all, I wanted my interpretation of Shakespeare’s words to capture their shimmering beauty and harmony.

‘The Voice of all the Gods’
Signed edition of 100, 594 X 420 mm.
Metallic Gold ink on black Plike art paper.

Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ is one of the most powerful and compelling poems I know. I have always found the words incredibly moving. Dramatic, fiery, beautiful and poignant — I wanted my interpretation to capture that. I developed a modern, sharpened italic style which I felt suited the tone of the piece, with what might be described as sharpened flourishes carefully integrated into the design. The forms are based on my cursive italic calligraphy which you can see demonstrated in the video below. I tried to do something unconventional and progressive with this piece. I wanted all the forms to be extremely graceful but also have a tension about them in keeping with the words. I wanted to evoke flames, lightning, and stars blazing in a night sky.

‘Do Not Go Gentle’
Signed edition of 200, 594 X 420 mm.
Gold foil blocked on Midnight blue Plike art paper.
© The Trustees for the Copyright of Dylan Thomas

I have also released several original pieces of art today. Here are two of them, the rest are on my website.

I designed bespoke Roman monumental capital letters. I then commissioned a very talented and respected letter carver to carve rude words into the finest Welsh slate using them.

‘Slate 1’
Bespoke Roman monumental capitals carved in Welsh slate.
50cm X 12.5cm X 7.5cm. Signed by the artist.
One of a series of three.

‘Slate 2’
Bespoke Roman monumental capitals carved in Welsh slate.
25cm X 12.5cm X 7.5cm. Signed by the artist.
One of a series of three.

It has become apparent to me that doing calligraphy makes you a better type designer, and doing type design makes you a better calligrapher. That was a beautiful revelation to me and one that I hope I will continue to benefit from.

Seb Lester is a designer and artist whose clients include Apple, Nike, Intel, Absolut Vodka, Levi’s & The New York Times. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.



Sponsored by H&FJ.

The Voice of all the Gods

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It’s rare that we post an interview in the main section of the site (as opposed to our Best of the Web section) but then it’s rare to come across an online interview published as beautifully as this. Pitchfork’s latest cover story is an in-depth feature on the enigmatic Bat for Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, and it’s certainly a fine piece by Laura Snapes with some great photos by Shawn Brackbill.

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I Love Dust was approached earlier this year by the Cartoon Network to produce something memorable for their 20th anniversary. What followed is this 2 minute mind-melting bonanza featuring original music by Mad Decent and nearly every character who’s ever moved across the screen since Cartoon Network began airing content. It’s most definitely I Love Dust’s crowning animated achievement thus far.

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Batforlashes

It’s true that Natasha Khan, AKA Bat For Lashes doesn’t have to do too much to get your attention in a video – her beguiling looks and entrancing voice do that for her. So, the formula for the promo of her new single All Your Gold could be conceived as a cowardly one – let her dance in a catsuit on the beach and watch the hits roll in. However, the grace with which director Noel Paul conducts proceedings is something to admire; whether it’s the incredible photography, amazing choreography (thanks Jorge Crecis & Katie Lusby) or the well conceived lighting, the viewer won’t leave disappointed. To the beach!

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