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MVRDV recently designed the Water Cube pavilion for the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. The structure is designed to express the power and beauty of the oceans, and is composed of water filled basins, which act as both a temperature buffer as well as the main attraction. A bit like being inside an aquarium, the hollow inner sanctum will be lit with water-filtered light.

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I lost it at the end.

Okay, I had to check out the Van Eyck thing. I was a bit in denial because, come on, every single person can’t look like President Putin!

There are no words to describe how wrong I was.

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Inky paw prints presumably left by a curious kitty on a 15th century manuscript.

From National Geographic.

#this will forever be the funniest thing to me #that poor scribe just #GOD DAMN IT CAT #CANST THOU NOT SEE I AM AT WORK #ge-GET OFF YE BEAST #THOU HAST RUINED IT #NO THOU DOST NOT RECIEVE SCRATCHIES


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*deep sigh of contentment*

this is nice

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It’s only March, but I’m going to go ahead and call it for Lee Michelle’s Without You as the most important kpop music video of 2014. I’ve been glad to see many folks talking about this video, and I hope that the kpop community will continue to have conversations (that is, speaking and listening) about it for a long time to come. The song and the video center Lee Michelle’s experiences as a biracial Korean woman coming into her own at a time when her society is struggling to embrace multiculturalism. “I’m beautiful without you; I’m meaningful without you,” Lee Michelle sings: she does not need external forces defining her life or measuring her significance as a human being. Her identity is hers to create and hers to celebrate.

The video’s story suggests a message of self-creation in the face of tremendous, systematically-imposed and individually-enacted odds. Lee Michelle’s younger counterpart, Yoona, barricades herself in a room where she is ostensibly safe from her unseen pursuers - but she cannot escape the impressions their words have made. On the wall of the room, she draws herself as she’s heard herself described, and she writes some of the words she’s heard, as someone with dark skin: chocolate, die, monster. Societal beauty standards have led people in her life to convey negative, dehumanizing messages to her.

Yoona tries to fit in, powdering her face white and coloring her lips red in an effort to meet the expectations of her tormentors. But it only upsets her more. She stands in front of a wall-length portrait of Lee Michelle and hurls paintballs at it, first in anger, then in enjoyment as colors explode and splatter onto the wall. This portrait is free of the terrible words and unkind thoughts that had plagued Yoona. This portrait is her own. She steps through a door in the wall and stands face-to-face with Lee Michelle.

I see two possible meanings for this scene: In the first instance, Lee Michelle faces her younger self. She has used her gifts and resiliency to overcome (some of) the barriers she faces as a biracial and dark-skinned person; she has fulfilled a promise to herself. In the second instance, Lee Michelle faces other young people, particularly Korean young people, of multicultural backgrounds and offers encouragement and hope. It seems to be a promise made, a pledge to honor the struggles she shares with them as Korean society shifts around them.

On a final note, I want to acknowledge that this incredibly powerful music video is a team effort. Lee Michelle brings a visually and vocally stunning performance, and her message is further layered and deepened by the video’s storyline and cinematography. I am so impressed by Lee Michelle, and I am grateful that she has an amazing team behind her who can help broadcast her talent and hard work to all of us. It reminds me that just as it’s important for each of us to do the work of self-creation, it’s also important for us to support others as they do that work. Listen to others and recognize how beautiful their selves are. Be on somebody’s team. Help somebody shine. That’s how we change the world together.

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