31.05.16 by Staff

Good News of the Day: Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative

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South Africa’s Vergenoegd vineyard in Stellenbosch keeps a flock of over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks to help combat tiny white dune snails that would otherwise destroy the budding vines. The ducks’ upright and slender posture allow them to navigate the rows of plants, clearing up to a hectare a day.

While the cost of keeping all these ducks is significantly higher than standard pesticides, the duck army is so effective that the vineyard uses minimal chemicals and is recognized for its sustainability. See more images by London-born, Cape Town-based photographer Mike Hutchings and a video of the ducks working below!

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31.05.16 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Kazuhiro Hori

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Paintings by Japanese artist Kazuhiro Hori. More images below.

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31.05.16 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Can Çetinkaya

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A selection of work by Ankara, Turkey-based illustrator Can Çetinkaya. More images below.

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31.05.16 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Seungpyo Hong

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A selection of work by Seungpyo Hong, a Korean illustrator based in London. More images below.

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30.05.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Lowell Boyers

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A selection of meditative paintings by artist Lowell Boyers. More images below.

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30.05.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Sherie’ Franssen

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A selection of paintings by California-based artist Sherie’ Franssen. More images below.

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30.05.16 by Jeff

Music Video: Rapper Dumbfoundead’s Hilarious Response to Hollywood ‘Whitewashing’

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Hollywood whitewashing has been in the news a lot lately. One catalyst being the announcement earlier this year that Scarlett Johansson landed a lead role in the remake of Ghost in the Shell, and many wondering why it couldn’t have gone to someone of Asian descent. Korean rapper Dumbfoundead (Jonathan Park) offers up a humorous response, adding himself into a montage of blockbuster films and popular television shows, playing everyone from John Snow to Danny Tanner.

Park told to NBC News that he “wanted to flip the script on the conversation everybody was having about the whitewashing of Hollywood and ‘yellow-wash’ some of the most iconic films starring white male leads.”

This is definitely one of my favourite music videos this year! Watch Dumbfoundead’s “Safe” on Booooooom TV.

29.05.16 by Staff

Colourful Layered Ceramics by Korean Artist Jongjin Park

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Currently working on his PhD in ceramics at Kookmin University in Seoul, Jongjin Park creates a curiously teetering and layered look in this ongoing series of colourful ceramics. See more images from “Artistic Stratum” below.

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