Rick Holland

What a Ceremonial Stinker : London 2012 Closes Down

Rick Holland | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

It has been a dream of a two weeks, quieting the cynics and winning over the grumps.

Don't Believe the Hype, Read What You Like

Rick Holland | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Rick Holland

I've been thinking a bit about publishing lately, and the difference between those published and those passed down through word of mouth and the sheer...

The Sporting World is a Stage - What For?

Rick Holland | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

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?

Olympic Ideals In the Clear Light of Day

Rick Holland | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

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.

Five Ideals and One Loud Warning from the Olympic Flame

Rick Holland | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

Watching the Olympic Flame waddle through Battersea on one of it's London legs was both touching and bewildering.

What Will the Art of the Future Be?

Rick Holland | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Rick Holland

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.

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

Rick Holland | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rick Holland

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.

What Do We Live Out Through Football's Major Championships? Five Possibilities

Rick Holland | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

Supporting the England football team isn't fun is it? Sunday night was purgatory. Quite a lot about our national identity evokes mixed feelings, but what happens that changes sceptics to full on bouncing, jabbering national believers when the football comes round again?

Art and Cricket Captaincy: Exploring Your Inner Dictator

Rick Holland | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Sport
Rick Holland

Round it comes again. This idea that somewhere in the greatest achievers in art and sport lies a dictator who feels no imperative to be consistent with protocol.

What Does 'The Voice' Teach Us About Ourselves?

Rick Holland | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rick Holland

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', we don't yet understand what is happening, there isn't chance for strategy to overwhelm experiment.

Self Publication and the Instant Era

Rick Holland | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rick Holland

We are, it seems, in the midst of a revolution of culture that paints us all as independent artists. We collect our artefacts from wherever we want to and make with them. Culture beneath that of the corporate megaliths has never seemed so loud and energetic.

Frank Gehry and Thinking Beyond Paradigms

Rick Holland | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rick Holland

The excerpts that follow are the comments of 82 year old architect Frank Gehry, interviewed for Wallpaper magazine (Dec 2011 issue), which I just read for the first time in a cafe.