Summer break is officially over and while students and teachers are preparing for classes, everybody else could care less and is awaiting this week’s edition of the Fix. This week we explore a grassroots organization’s effort to create educational graphic campaigns, a beautifully composed short digital animation, a grandmother that produces Lo-Fi music, and probably the best known weird fiction writer.
Beatriz: I heard about this collective from a former roommate, their work is pretty amazing. They make large graphics that explain global issues visually. They only draw animals and tell the story of issues like mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, colonialism in the Andean Region, Project Mesoamerica, formerly known as the PPP (Plan Puebla Panama) which paved the way for free trade in Mexico, etc. I luckily found this video that has one of the organizers go through an entire poster, chapter by chapter.
Elyveth: Myosis is a neat short animation. No dialogue, but the synopsis: Myosis is the constriction of the iris which decreases the diameter of the pupil. It is an unconscious phenomenon which can be triggered by an intense light, fear, or the effect of epiphany. Despite the lack of verbal dialogue and the shortness of the animation, it can be interpreted many different ways.
Raul: I like nice old folks. I love Lo-Fi music. And somewhere in Iceland must be a spring fed by streams of Elvish holy water that allows them to produce artists capable of producing some of the most beautifully ethereal music in the last century. So when I learned of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, known as Grandma Lo-Fi, I wasn’t too surprised to learn that she hailed from Iceland’s mystic shores and claimed a fan base including the likes of Bjork, Sigur Ros and Mum. Using a cassette recorder, a keyboard and an odd array of home-based sounds, Grandma Lo-Fi managed to put together a fairly prolific catalog of some 600 songs and 59 CDs after delving into making music at the ripe age of 70. Her music, while certainly odd to many, has a distinct sort of charm when applied to her back story which I find inspiring. You certainly are never too old to try new things.
Mike: Many of H.P. Lovecraft’s early works appeared in “amateur journalism” zines published by groups of writers that came together to create their own independent mediums of expression. His stories, building on the legacy of Poe, created the backbone for what would become modern horror fiction. On this site you can read one of Lovecraft’s last major works, “At the Mountains of Madness”, in which he tackles Antarctica and ancient aliens. It is one of my favorite pieces in modern American literature. So turn off the lights and read it. You might not ever come back.