2 April

A Body Map of Sensation

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A Body Map of Sensation

Becoming more aware of where in your body you experience the sensations of feelings is the first step towards self control and composure (one of the five key areas of mental toughness).  This image show where in the body people are most likely to experience emotions . It’s not a heat map, the brightness in […]

21 March

Provoking Social Art

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Provoking Social Art

Australian Peter Sharp has been using ‘social art’ in public spaces to create change and bring awareness all over the world.  We are inspired by the use of art and creative experiences to bring about thoughtful, meaningful exchanges.

8 March

Rat Park – Revisiting a Drug Experiment

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Rat Park – Revisiting a Drug Experiment

This study perfectly highlights the positive power of creative and stimulating environments, as well as connecting with others through play.  Things we strive for in our work at The Open Fort.

21 February

Mechanical Sculptures

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Mechanical Sculptures

Loving these intricate sculptures by artist Hu Shaoming.  Delicate but powerful imagery, especially these almost chandelier-like cityscapes.

13 January

Slow Television

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Slow Television

Slow television – a lesson in the richness of mindfulness!! Also, when things are simplified, we are encouraged to engage our imagination and be creative. We found this great talk by Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum inspiring and a beautiful lesson in taking a step back and admiring the view.

20 November

Secret Cinema

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Secret Cinema

I remember going to short film festivals in London, the premiere of which was Future Shorts – regular screenings of the most up to date cream of the crop.  Growing grander into surprise screenings of films, then into more elaborate live immersive cinema events – Secret Cinema was born and it was a wondrous thing.  […]

2 October

Knowledge is Beautiful

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Knowledge is Beautiful

David McCandless’s ‘Information is Beautiful‘ is a bit of a bible around here, so we are super excited about his new book – ‘Knowledge is Beautiful‘.  I remember sitting in on a talk by David at a music festival in England a few years ago and the simple, yet powerfully effective way infographics can impart […]

30 September

Mental & Emotional Nutrition

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Mental & Emotional Nutrition

Exercising and eating healthy food makes us feel good, but it also builds up a strong and resilient body. When we face problems, our healthy body can rise to the challenge and we can use our strength. But what about the mind? What did you feed your mind today? How did you exercise it? Check […]

26 August

Werner Hertzog’s new book

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Werner Hertzog’s new book

I remember attending a talk with Werner Hertzog in London, just after he’d finished filming Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  An amazingly inspiring (mad) storyteller, very funny, very direct. Just came across this new book ‘Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin‘ and though 600 pages may sounds a bit daunting, I […]

25 August

Lets move to Lisbon!

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Lets move to Lisbon!

Well, not really – we love New Zealand – but sounds like we’d love Lisbon too, especially with the flourishing creative sector (even in the middle of a financial crisis). A government investing in it’s creative economy is a wise government and we here at the Fort will be keeping an eye on the developments […]