Whole Lotta New. (B+A Bulletin #269)

Whole Lotta New. (B+A Bulletin #269)

B+A Breaking

Hey you. And welcome to this shiny new year. We are pumped to be spending it with you.

Whilst January 2021 might not bring with it the freshest of starts, regardless, it’s only tradition to try and inject a bit of unsolicited life advice at this time of year, right? Ours comes courtesy of The School of Life, here to remind us that even when things feel physically the same, it’s still in your power to explore new perspectives. You’re welcome.

Onto the Bulletin. Number two six nine, to be precise.

B+A Brilliance

We’d be remiss not to take a moment for the passing of the great MF DOOM. A rapper with a totally unique creative voice and game-changing approach to music, art, image and storytelling. In B+A London, DOOM was particularly revered by Kone and Andrew (ask Kone about our WIP new product MF Zoom, in collaboration with Maker’s Asylum) – but home offices in Portland, London and Shanghai will be coming together to pump out DOOM’s gently complex and poignant beats in tribute, now and forever.

B+A Babble

A recco here from resident cinephile Georgia, so you know its gonna be a good one. She’s been waxing lyrical over Sound of Metal, which tells the story of a punk metal drummer who is beginning to lose his hearing – and with it, his life’s purpose. It’s a soft, reflective exploration of change and acceptance in an often-sidelined musical world. Here for it.

B+A Big Up

The Halo Collective is a UK based education alliance on a mission to end hair discrimination. Running campaigns ranging from school-age children right through to tackling workplace discrimination through government policy, this is strategic changemaking done right. Sign their current live petitions here, or get your workplace to sign up to the Halo Code, freshly launched in 2021, right here

B+A Books etc.

Over the festive break Tamika reacquainted herself with her fav East Coast gallery, MoMA PS1 (yep, a real-life cultural visit – our London hearts pine!!). They’re currently showing Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, a show featuring artworks made by those incarcerated in or impacted by the US prison system.

It’s an uncomfortable experience, full of struggle and contradiction. But it’s pioneering work too, and reminds us once again that the PS1 curatorial team aren’t afraid to strike out. Click here to hear from some of the artists featured, or if you’ve got the privilege of being able to see it irl, here’s the deets you need.

B+A Bye…

If, like a few of us, you’re aspiring for a more productive year, here’s Seneca from over 2,000 years ago, to help:

“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

It’s gonna be a big year. We can just feeeeeel it.

Luke + Team B+A