Illustrated Journal

"The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them."

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Through this journal, we are inviting you into a new way of thinking and doing, one which begins with questioning everything we take for granted.

In particular, how we contribute – or think we contribute – to a better world. We will not have all the answers, but we want to ask better questions.

March 24, 2023

Tunnel Talks: Music that Rebuilds

Can music have the power to rebuild? A Couple'O Friends seems to think so. The group is organising a concert in Prague to raise funds for the earthquake survivors of Turkey and Syria. The Rights Studio talked to Roksan Mandel, a Turkish singer and songwriter who will be featured in the event.

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February 10, 2023

Tunnel Talks: The World as a Playground

Think of the words that belong in a playground. Some terms come to mind: fun, creativity, challenges, laughter, games. Are these words part of your life and your work? More importantly, would you like them to be?

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February 3, 2023

Welcome to our Garden

“If war has an opposite, gardens might sometimes be it, and people have found a particular kind of peace in forests, meadows, parks and gardens.” — Rebecca Solnit

January 26, 2023

The Art of Doing Less

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

December 16, 2022

The Artist as Visionary

“Sometimes I think that the artist is like a child who when he blows out a candle creates a hurricane, who when he cries causes a flood or who when he laughs illuminates this apparently incomprehensible world that adults agree to hide.” — Jaume Plensa

December 9, 2022

Post Wars’ Quick Fixes

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December 2, 2022

The Artist as Critic

“From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, … but nothing I did before the age of 70 was worthy of attention. At 73, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am 86, so that by 90 I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At 100, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at 130, 140, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive.”— Katsushika Hokusai, also known as Gakyō Rōjin Manji (The Old Man Mad About Art)


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