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Rick Holland


Rick Holland is a thinker and writer. He collaborates widely and is excited by the potential of imagination across all forms of expression to dissolve and rebuild classification. 'Much of our life is spent image making. In this image making the child creates his own world in answer to the world in which he finds himself... We are dreamers and music makers not only with words and tunes, lines and colours, but with stones and metals, with ideas and men'.

Are We Blogging Original?

The close down of Posterous was a sad moment for me. In as much as it seemed to officially mark the end of what had felt like a brave new approach - I'm not sure to what but certainly new - in an instant world of publishing to large audiences that seemed to hold powerful potential in the right hands.
11/03/2013 12:54 GMT

What Is a Poet For?

Poetry for me is now gloriously blurred with colours, images, musics, streaming video, satellites. It is time to give it a new name. It is no longer 'hard', it is not elitist, it is not rarefied or magical or the arena of a select few, it is a safe environment to play with anything you want, without boundaries or judgement.
03/03/2013 11:19 GMT

The Sporting World is a Stage - What For?

The issues of morality, the morality plays, the meta-ethics of nations take centre stage at this point in the Olympics. What are the stories we are focussing on?
01/08/2012 09:22 BST

Olympic Ideals In the Clear Light of Day

Of course, as the flame tottered past on the last legs of its trip round the country, it was easy to connect to a sense of ideal, a romanticism, and notions of shared humanity and equality in the gaze of sporting pursuit.
29/07/2012 14:59 BST

What Will the Art of the Future Be?

Wassily Kandinsky wrote this (in 1912, have our souls awakened another 100 years since then?) It got me thinking. We use the materials available to us in any age of man to adequately represent our existence in that age, whether it be the material existence, or psychological, or expressive of the glimpse of possible futures at that moment.
13/07/2012 14:40 BST

'I Had a Dream I'd Seen the Light' : The Stone Roses at Heaton Park

here's no-one in the world that can play like these three together...there's something happening musically like an undercarriage that's just there, that's magical... So said Ian Brown at the announcement that the Stone Roses would be reforming, and I didn't dare to believe that it was true at the time, but I have seen the light, or I certainly lived in that dream.
03/07/2012 19:20 BST

What Does 'The Voice' Teach Us About Ourselves?

Think about what takes us away, whatever art form it is. Before self consciousness forces us to become 'proficient', the time the conditions have been put in place and we haven't had time to grasp a 'whole', <em>we don't yet understand what is happening</em>, there isn't chance for strategy to overwhelm experiment.
13/05/2012 13:58 BST

Self Publication and the Instant Era

We are, it seems, in the midst of a revolution of culture that paints us <strong>all</strong> as independent artists. We collect our artefacts from wherever we want to and <em>make</em> with them. Culture beneath that of the corporate megaliths has never seemed so loud and energetic.
02/04/2012 13:57 BST

Frank Gehry and Thinking Beyond Paradigms

The excerpts that follow are the comments of 82 year old architect <a href="" target="_hplink">Frank Gehry</a>, interviewed for <em>Wallpaper</em> magazine (Dec 2011 issue), which I just read for the first time in a cafe.
21/11/2011 11:06 GMT

The World Changing Artist: Working With Brian Eno

Brian remains curious and unsatisfied every single day and firmly believes, as I do, that what artists explore can change the world, and not in any Hollywood sense, but as a slow ongoing feedback between culture and society where possibilities are imagined.
03/11/2011 23:16 GMT