On Running: Following An Epic Adventure – running from Germany to Shanghai

The CultureJukebox team love an epic adventure – so it’s been great to follow @Junki72 on Twitter over the past few days.

He’s trying to do something truly remarkable. Run from Germany to China! Check out his progress here.

The run is ambitious. To say the least! Kai Markus is covering circa 12,000km over 235 days and across eight countries. Remarkable.

Given the craziness (and sheer distance) of his run, you’re probably thinking that Kai is one of those superhuman ultra runners. But Kai says he’s just a “crazy guy” and runner, trying to connect German and Chinese societies. Kai also wants to inspire young people to take up running and fitness. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he says.

Kai interviewed before he starts his adventure (©JuliaSchwendner)

Kai (who is sponsored by sports brand 361°) kicked off his journey earlier this month in Hamburg with a crowd of supporters and press.

Kai, making friends along the way (©JuliaSchwendner)

And he’s already reached Poland! See some amazing images and read about Kai’s story on his blog here.

1. week – 1. country

On Ideas: The Happy List 2017 Nominations Open

The CultureJukebox team are passionate about finding ideas to make the world a better place. So it was great to receive an press release about this year’s Happy List. And there’s never been a time that an idea like this has been quite so important!

The Independent opened the nominations for its annual Happy List this week, on Monday, marking the International Day Of Happiness.

The concept is now in its ninth year and is a celebration of the 50 people across Britain who enrich our lives. The whole idea is a clear counterpoint to the idea that profit should come before purpose.

Charity workers, fundraisers, mentors, entertainers and those who perform small and large acts of kindness form our collection – and what makes it so special is that they are nominated by members of the public.

What The Independent is looking for is anyone whose motive is increasing our happiness, rather than feathering their own nest. Previous years included a teenager who sold his football memorabilia to help an ill friend, a nun who provided shelter for sex workers, and cousins who saved a man’s hand by preserving it in a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts. Who should be on it this year?

“The current climate of fear, mistrust and negativity means it’s arguably more important than ever to celebrate the inspirational people whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make the UK a better place to live” ~ Christian Broughton, Editor of The Independent

These volunteers, by their nature, are not generally attention-seekers, so The Independent needs your help to publicise the search for those who deserve to be celebrated in your area.

Anyone can send their suggestions – a including their name, a way to contact you (or them), and the reason why you’re putting them forward – by email to happy@independent.co.uk or by writing to: Emma Ledger, Happy List Coordinator, The Independent, Room 121A, First Floor, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry St, London, W8 5HF.

The Happy List is this year sponsored by JustGiving, the social-giving platform. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 28 April 2017. The selected entries will be revealed by The Independent in May. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

More information is available here.  Enjoy!


On Photography: Impossible Project collaborate with Eley Kishimoto

The CultureJukebox team are big fans of The Impossible Project – analogue film for the digital age. So was great to see a press release land in our inbox about an on-point collaboration…

 “Instant photography is a media we have always loved for its spontaneity and the honesty of no post-editing that captures moments truly. We are personally very excited to have the beautiful images in our life again, better still, framed by our Flash print with the Impossible x Eley Kishimoto collaboration. We look forward to sharing the joy with the rest of the world” ~ Eley Kishimoto Founder, Mark Eley

Love this. Impossible Project and London-based fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto have joined forces on a special edition instant film.

Kishimoto’s iconic monochrome Flash print is featured on the black and white film’s frame which is part of a limited run, available now.

The Impossible X Eley Kishimoto Collab Film is part of an ongoing series of collaborations with people and brands from fashion to art and music – makers and creatives who share Impossible’s analogue sensibility: a love of quality, craftsmanship, and the tactile nature of things made to last, to be kept and treasured.

Check the website for more information: https://uk.impossible-project.com/

On Culture: Inhotim reopens Gallery Doris Salcedo

The CultureJukebox team are huge fans of the epic gallery Inhotim; our visit there was one of the highlights of our month in Brazil in 2016.

So, it was great to hear that ine of the most important works of Inhotim’s collection is now reopened for the public. Neither (2004), by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, was first exhibited at Inhotim in 2008, and has recently been fully restored, together with its host gallery.

This is the first major restoration project undertaken by Inhotim, reaffirming its commitment to the permanent exhibition of contemporary artworks.

Image c/o Inhotim
Image c/o Inhotim
Image c/o Inhotim

Neither’s restoration was concluded in three stages. Initially, an architectural intervention in the gallery modified the public access to the building and created a heated antechamber to avoid direct exposure of the work to external conditions. Then, the engine room of the pavilion was expanded to receive new monitoring equipment, which will guarantee more homogeneous and linear climatic parameters, even with the variation of temperature and humidity in the outdoor environment, as is common in Inhotim.

After the gallery adjustments, it was possible to start the third and more complex stage: the restoration of the work itself.

“In Neither, Doris Salcedo unprecedentedly combines non-conventional materials such as gypsum and metal plaques. We need to consider that contemporary art works like this are designed by artists during experimentation and often for short-term exhibitions. At Inhotim, our challenge is to carry out continuous research on the processes, materials and concepts used to guarantee the perenniality of the collection and the access of the public”, ~ María Eugenia Salcedo, adjunct artistic director of the Institute.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Doris Salcedo’s work has since the 1980s dialogued with political and social issues. Several 20th-century violence stories, such as the guerrillas that have marked Colombian history for decades, emerge as references and starting points for her sculptures and installations.

Neither highlights the artist’s interest in architectural interventions, and more specifically with one of the paradigms of modern exhibitions: the white cube, a space segregated from the outside with idealized proportions and continuous illumination, providing a more “pure” and “neutral” experience with art. In this installation, however, a grid was attached to the walls, with minimal differences in its repetition. Charged with emotion but almost invisible, the work relates to the architecture of concentration camps, but also with the apparatuses of segregation in large cities. If the walls protect, the bars seclude and separate – the artwork, however, is neither.

Explore Inhotim online here: http://www.inhotim.org.br/en/

On Culture: Turning Technology On Itself – Incoming

The CultureJukebox team attended the new Richard Mosse show at The Barbican this week – a haunting piece of work that turns technology on itself.

It uses high-tech military-grade cameras to highlight the refugee crisis enveloping Europe and how we perceive the refugee as an entity.

The  technology has never been used in stories, art or aesthetically before and is regarded as a weapon under the international treaty of arms regulations. It works by picking up heat, as opposed to light, showing the starkness of the situation in monochrome.

It’s a remarkably intense and immersive exhibition, that uses the Barbican’s brilliant Curve gallery in a memorable way.  A new aesthetic, bold & brave – making people reconsider the refugee crisis. Very impressive work, a must see.

More information on the show is here. Let us know what you think below the line or on social media too.