08 Mar 2012 - Maria Kivimaa


(In)visible children. You have surely come across the short film Kony2012 in the past few days; it’s taken over social media like a tsunami. Telling a story of a child soldier army in Central Africa, it presents a powerful idea: identify a prime candidate for global public enemy, get his name out through Facebook and Twitter etc, and then leverage that to get policymakers to go after him. Crowsdourced military intervention, perhaps? The film is pretty damn impressive (too polished, even) and with this kind of cause it’s bound to get passionately shared. A little bit of healthy cynicism will always brighten up your day, so it might be interesting to dig a little bit deeper and see who exactly is for example funding them…Also, unsurprisingly, we’ve got US Government, mining in Uganda, and evil bankers in the mix. What’s the real deal? asks the Guardian this morning.

LCD Soundsystem is not dead! The iconic dance music orchestra pulled the plug earlier this year and caused a big grievance amongst electroheads around the world. But worry not, fresh from the oven is an album from New Build, a recent project come band from members from LCD Soundsystem and another electronic music stalwart Hot Chip. They’ve invited quite an impressive lot of friends to join them and, according to Dazed Digital, plan to release more interesting collaborations later this year so watch this space. You can stream the new album for example on their web site, and if you fancy a little rave, head to Corsica Studios tomorrow for the album launch carnage. (Still missing the original line-up of LCD Soundsystem? Well, there’s always the film Shut Up And Play The Hits, showing at 02 Arena in London in April.)

DNA of music. Björk, the Icelandic pop oddity, has been known to break boundaries from fashion (remember the dead swan dress?) to innovative album release ideas (her latest album Biophilia was completely based on interactive multimedia apps). That’s why her latest project does not surprise, but does amaze – again. She has worked with the biomedical animator Drew Berry to create a video which is an “exploration of the microscopic and molecular landscapes inside Björk’s body.” Her inspiration came from wanting to feel her ancestors inside her body. More interesting background blabber can be found on NPR. And yes, the video is eerily beautiful, creepy and captivating to the maximum.

Die and drive to heaven. Does it really matter what sort of coffin you get buried in when the time comes? In Ghana it means everything. Apparently it’s better to incur lifelong debts than be frugal in your funeral expenses. In Ghana coffin making is a proper art form: a flashy car for a businessman, beer bottle for, erm, a barmaid, or maybe an animal or an aeroplane? The main thing is that your coffin is extravagant. This quirky article in GQ on one man’s trip to Ghana to get a custom-made coffin is a feisty thought-provoker shall you let it. “In the West, we buy Warhols to display wealth and status, in Ghana, they get buried in a Mercedes.”

+Friday treats. Your tomorrow just got better, as Mr Mann has found a few pretty tasty tips for Friday. Start off with a productive midday and log in to Stylist Magazine’s lunchtime masterclass with the mum of Topshop, Jane Shepherdson, who is probably the best person to answer any of your numerous burning fashion business questions. After work it’s time to go dark and check out the Gothic Evening at Blackwell’s labyrinths, from 6-8pm. They’ve promised “haunting images and mysterious characters”. Black is the new black. End your night or start your morning at Animal Rave, obviously. Held at one of the most intriguing venues in town (Old Vic Tunnels), by one of the most intriguing organisations (The Last Tuesday Society) and for one of the most intriguing causes (Pygmy Hippo Conservation Trust). Dressing up is essential, be it cockroach or flamingo, as long as it’s animal.