The act of spinning around as fast as I can creates a space in which there is only me. As soon as I start to spin, I become the centre of my own vortex. It is peaceful there.
Spinning on a gentle decline, drifting, feeling gravitational pull.
Spinning in biting cold sunset air, puddles flashing.
Spinning in defiance of fascists on a Saturday afternoon, uncoiling the spring.
Spinning fast enough, everything ceases to exist but the centre.
Spinning into mindlessness in the damp darkness with arrow darts of questions.
Spinning in space, greeting the winter as the centre of my own landscape.
Nothing Remarkable News Corporation.
Nothing remarkable News Corp. is a mock media corporation that I set up as a project for Art of the MOOC. I wanted to make something that was an anathema to the hysteria created by social media news. We are incredibly lucky in Bangor, North Wales, in that we are not under any real threat from a lot of the terrible things that are happening around the world.
This project was inspired by a 3 minute BBC news update that I saw recently. In three minutes, I had heard that we were at our highest risk ever of a terrorist attack, we are in danger of being “over run” with refugees and migrants, we have confirmed Ebola cases in the UK, and now the weather….. However, when I went outside, everything was the same. This made me wonder what it would be like if we only knew about what was happening in our own experience? Can we trust the media?
In creating Nothing Remakable, and working with my “journalists” I have found that there are more issues brought up by this than just the power of the media. Things like “What is remarkable and is anything really unremarkable?” “When does feeling safe turn into complacency? “ What is the role of art in tackling the media corporations?”
THANK YOU ALL FOR VISITING THE BLOG, CONTRIBUTING TO THE PAPER, BUYING THE PAPER AND GENERALLY GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS. YOU ARE TRULY REMARKABLE, ONE AND ALL.
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There are loads of excellent local, grass roots organisations who are working hard to help those who do not have the luxury of an unremarkable life. Below are some links, but there are many more.
Food Not Bombs, Cardiff
Syrian Sisters Cymru
Doctors without Borders
Clowns without Borders
Nothing Remarkable News Corporation is a news group dedicated to bringing you the calm reassuring news that things in the Bangor, Bethesda and Menai Bridge area are likely to carry on as usual. We at nrnc are committed to providing up to the minute reports of unremarkable news to our readership. No story is too mundane.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS.
NRTODAY NEEDS YOUR STORIES!
Do you live in the Bangor/Bethesda/Menai Bridge area?
Do you have a story where everything carries on as normal? Have you NOT been the victim of a terrorist attack?
Have you seen anything ordinary in the Menai Zone area this week?
Then we want you! No story is too mundane.
If you have witnessed something surprising, scary, unusual or inspirational, then do not send it to us.
Stories can be anything from 50 to 350 words, and must be unremarkable. Photographs of things carrying on as usual will be most welcome. Please include your pen name, and if possible a small photo of how you would like to be represented on our staff page. Contributors will be renumerated with pocket fluff at the nrtoday Launch Party at The Clock, Bangor at 12.00 Tuesday 10th November.
Please send your unremarkable stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lisa.hudson.art.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS 9am MONDAY 9TH NOVEMBER.