A portrait session with Fayann Smith of October Collective

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels” — Tennessee Williams 

Fayann is one of the three female artists who call themselves October! Collective who are spearheading the launch of the first permanent art quarter in Venice launched during the biennale titled Giudecca Art District. Fayann has composed the soundtrack for the district’s flagship installation titled Body As Home that is a timely exploration of self-discovery, identity, migration and search for the meaning of home.

Fayann is one of the three female artists who call themselves October! Collective who are spearheading the launch of the first permanent art quarter in Venice launched during the biennale titled Giudecca Art District. Fayann has composed the soundtrack for the district’s flagship installation titled Body As Home that is a timely exploration of self-discovery, identity, migration and search for the meaning of home.

Capturing a moment, with Lynn Barber

“I learned not to trust people; I learned not to believe what they say but to watch what they do; I learned to suspect that anyone and everyone is capable of 'living a lie'. I came to believe that other people - even when you think you know them well - are ultimately unknowable.” Lynn Barber, An Education.

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Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. An exceptionally inquisitive child she constantly questioned everyone she knew about imitate details of their lives. This talent for nosiness, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, turned out to be the perfect qualification for a celebrity interviewer. 

Sir Ken Robinson, educationalist

A morning chatting to Sir Ken Robinson about the importance of lifelong curiosity, and how our destinies are guided by imagination – the wellspring of creativity.

Full interview at imaginomics.org.uk

© Alexandra Dao

© Alexandra Dao

Our lives are a constant process of improvisation – what you find inside yourself and what you create around yourself
— Sir Ken Robinson
Everyone’s life is full of these dog-leg curves, and there’s a good reason for it, which is that we create our own lives. The best evidence for imagination and creativity is your own biography
— Sir Ken Robinson
Our lives are a constant process of improvisation – what you find inside yourself and what you create around yourself
— Sir Ken Robinson
Imagination is what sets us apart
— Sir Ken Robinson
We’ve been bought up to think there is a fundamental divide between intellect and emotion, but there really isn’t
— Sir Ken Robinson
Imagination is the stuff of human intelligence, and creativity is the executive wing of imagination, it’s putting imagination to work
— Sir Ken Robinson
Some people watch apples fall from trees and don’t care, but Newton couldn’t get over it!
— Sir Ken Robinson
Life is its own meaning, and we can construct our own purpose within it
— Sir Ken Robinson
This is a package deal – body, soul, mind, spirit, it’s all one. We are not software
— Sir Ken Robinson
Inspiration is a cocktail of curiosity. A big part of becoming more creative as you grow up is remaining curious
— Sir Ken Robinson
For me, life is simply about being here – we have all these sensibilities and capacities and it’s enough to ask what we can do with our common humanity to make life more congenial and fulfilling
— Sir Ken Robinson