Saturday, May 28, 2016

China's Fake Boyfriends

When they reach their late twenties unmarried women in China are labelled "sheng nu" or "leftover women".  There is an overwhelming societal pressure to settle down and marry young. A film by Daniel Holmes looks at the cultural and historical reasons behind the pressure.
Li Chenxi has no desire to get married.As Chinese New Year looms she makes her annual journey home to face greater than ever expectations. In search of a solution that staves off the marital pressures, Li Chenxi decides to commit the ultimate deception: She hires a handsome boyfriend in Beijing to take home to meet her family and friends.

Via Al Jazeera English

2000 Pigeons Illuminate New York’s Night Sky

New York once had a network of rooftop pigeon lofts stretched across the five boroughs. Property development and population shifts have caused the practice to wane but Duke Riley's new art piece, Fly By Night reflects back on and makes visible this largely forgotten culture.
For nearly a year Riley has been training a flock of 2,000 pigeons of all different species to fly in formation and on every weekend evening through mid-June thousands of his pigeons will take flight at dusk, each equipped with a tiny LED light attached to their talons, creating a stellar light show.

Duke Riley's Fly By Night from Creative Time on Vimeo.


Drink Your Way Through The World's Wines

La Cité du Vin is a museum in the heart of France’s wine country, Bordeaux, with a focus on wine regions all over the world. The building is reminiscent of a wine decanter and houses 20 themed areas, a 250-seat auditorium that will show aerial films, expert-led tasting sessions, a visual look at the immersive history of wine, art galleries, and a reading room. It houses several restaurants and a wine bar stocked with bottles from 80 countries.


Smart Earpiece Language Translator

The Pilot Smart Earpiece Language Translator  allows wearers to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other. Simply put, when one person speaks, the other hears it in their language.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Barbers of Freetown

Barbers play a special role in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They act as counsellors, listening to clients agonise over their love lives or confide in them about family crises. The barber shop provides a safe space for people to sit back and unwind. Sierra Leone-based journalist and photographer Olivia Acland has been documenting the barber shops of Freetown.

The owner of this barber shop, Ronald, decided to have it painted in this way
as he "likes American and English people's style".

This barber shop beside Freetown's stadium stays open as late as 11pm
to catch anyone needing a shave on the way in or out of an event.

Barber Kolenzo and his sister relax in the shop waiting for customers.

More: BBC News