B+A Bulletin #221 – from Neoliberalism to Negus (+ stanning Tamika, obv)

B+A Bulletin #221 – from Neoliberalism to Negus (+ stanning Tamika, obv)

B+A Breaking

Hmmmm.

It may be time for the IPO to get acquainted with B+A’s 3 ground rules*. Because seemingly the word’s got out…

Okay okay, maybe this time it’s just a pleasing case of great minds thinking alike. After all, it IS an excellent sentiment (if we do say so ourselves).

And since you are here now – hey btw! – let’s stay, because this is it…

*1. Be Here Now.
2. Trust The Process.
3. You Are The Expert.

B+A Brilliance

A discreet gem from murkiest South East London. The Museum of Neoliberalism is a hard hitting, brilliant new venture from artists Darren Cullen and Gavin Grindon presenting the (short) history of the global phenomenon of neoliberalism, through a mix of historical documents and bespoke, bitterly humorous artworks. It’s super informative and very memorable (the mental image of the bottle of genuine Amazon worker’s urine is going noooowhere). Darren’s studio is out the back and he’s happy to talk through the project – trust us, you’ll crave the human contact to restore the faith when you’re done.

B+A Babble

And whilst we’re chatting dystopia… thanks to Elliot for freaking us all out with The New York Times’ feature on Clearview AI, the app that’s already got all yo data. Clearview has kinda illegally scraped social media and the wider internet and now has a library of over 3 billion images of our faces that it can, and does, sell to law enforcements to nominally help them solve crimes – with all the associated opportunities for misuse and mistaken identity we’re all aware of. Never mind what would happen in the wrong hands. Ohhhhh. Read the full article here.

B+A Books etc.

Something more positive! Whilst exploring and listening with all 5 senses in NYC, Adesuwa stopped by the Brooklyn Museum to experience Yasiin Bey’s (formerly known as Mos Def) listening installation of his latest studio recording, Negus. Don’t bother searching for it on your favourite streaming service, it’s not available on any digital or analog mediums, so you’ve got to be there in real life to feel it (seriously – no pics or videos are allowed either). The exhibition also includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá, as well as original music by pianist Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

You’ve got until January 26th, so hurry….

B+A Big Up

And now, to hear from someone about as B+A OG as it gets. Click click up there ^ and enjoy the company of Tamika, who is basically one of the best people in the world. Ask anyone. (I mean anyone, they prob know her.)

T is also a pretty mad talented writer – and she wrote this for Medium the other day which gets no further intro here, because it’s way better for you to just dive in as it is a very beautiful thing indeed.

B+A Bye…

Phew guys, we made it. Through the scary times, and back to somewhere more positive. Thanks for being here now, through it all.

One last thing, from today’s Notes from the Universe, which if you enjoy you should defo subscribe to:

For as long as you wish to keep them in your life, whoever they may be, understanding them, as opposed to changing them, will wildly improve chances they’ll also wish to keep you in their life. 

Love,
Luke and Team B+A