In pursuit of S I M P L I C I T Y. (B+A Bulletin #236)

In pursuit of S I M P L I C I T Y. (B+A Bulletin #236)

B+A Breaking

Here’s to achieving simplicity. And the nuanced, delicate, thoughtful processes that more often than not are what get us there.

Because let’s face it, things today are complex af, and looking to stay that way for somewhat more than a hot minute (but really… were they ever not?)

But where do you begin uncovering simplicity amongst the mess? A decent-ish place to start could be this shiny new blog post from the big guys (metaphorically) Ben and Andrew themselves. It’s potentially a brave new world we’re approaching, which is a complex thing forreal, so let’s approach it with radical simplicity.

And once you’re finished with that, how about Bulletin #236. Clear your head.

B+A Brilliance

There ain’t much that’s more fundamental than the idea of the universal: that is, ‘existing everywhere or involving everyone’. And right now, we got universality in abundance – as extraordinary young photographer Henry J Kamara recognises. His memoir Universal Spirit is a collection of photos that explore how people and communities come together to overcome hardship, and how race and class affect the movement of people.

No better time for that conversation than now. And, seriously, no better vessel for illustrating those ideas than Henry. He’s presenting excerpts from Universal Spirit TOMORROW at 7pm BST. Here’s the link to attend.

B+A Babble

And in perhaps the greatest exemplar of the overriding theme of this Bulletin…we have this: In the quiet places. Sink into the most satisfying gradient, and find commonality in the everyday reflections of individuals in lockdown. Turns out our unique experiences, whilst extreme and disruptive beyond comprehension, also have a lot in common. Share the space and, if you would like, contribute too. We are together.

B+A Books etc.

How does the meaning and value of art change in the digital space? It’s the question most galleries now are having to tackle and, umm, c’est une biggie. Orit Gat, writing for Art Agenda, calmly crystallises the conversation, by thinking about online as a medium of its own rather than a temporary (and inferior) home for offline exhibitions. And through this lens, we can then explore a more simple, fundamental, question: how will our digital lives influence the art we view and make?

B+A Big Up

A seriously big-time big up for ya – because this guy’s really special. Stephen Greene is about as close a B+A buddy as they come (we see you, five-star Bulletin reader). Stephen’s baby is RockCorps, the pro-social movement based on the simplest ‘give, get given’ model, in which volunteers swap 4 hours civic service for a free concert ticket.

He’s now taking this idea further through the lens of coronavirus: more vulnerable people, means more need to give. He’s looking to create what he brands a ’tsunami of kindness’. It’s powerful – and beautifully articulated by Stephen right here.

B+A Bye…

Simplicity wins. What more is there to say?

Luke and Team B+A