Gallery: Hymn to the power of girls

Why do I find the performance of Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus by the Carmina Slovenica girls choir and the Chorus Instrumentalis Orchestra under the direction of Karmina Šilec so deeply moving? (…) Probably for the same reason that I was moved to write my novel Stories People Tell about Annie, a shy schoolgirl who, despite sustained, cruel treatment and personal doubts, blossoms into a major voice in a London-based movement celebrating gender diversity while struggling to end violence against women and care for the weak and marginalised. The power of these girls lies in their potential and their sheer beauty striding forward into adulthood as expressed in their movements, in their voices, in their very being both individually and as a group united. (Read more and watch the video)

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Alexander Hahn

Alexander Hahn

I have added several photos to the Art gallery taken at the opening of Alexander Hahn’s exhibition entitled All the World’s a Stage that took place at the Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern on Saturday September 12th. I hadn’t seen Alexander for nearly 25 years when I was in my ‘video’ phase. It was really good to meet up, although a busy opening is not necessarily the best place.

I had a quick look back in the archives and immediately found several articles I wrote about Alexander. Here is one in English from the first and only issue of the bilingual Scope Magazine in which Alexander was the feature video maker. It dates from November 1992. (Click to see full page version of these articles.)



And a review in French of his video Dirt Site in Number 19 of the quarterly magazine Gen Lock.


Suminagashi demonstrated

Elsa Schwarzer Hirsig accompanied by Flavio

Elsa Schwarzer Hirsig gives a demonstration of suminagashi, Japanese marbelling that dates back to the 12th century, on the closing day of her exhibition at the Centre de Santé in Colombier. She was accompanied on the guitar by Flavio Piervittori. Visit the Suminagashi gallery for more photos.  See a video of Elsa finishing one of her sumingashi. See also a video of Flavio playing at this event. All photos and videos are by Alan McCluskey.