1. Join a 1920s paleontology expedition to the Gobi Desert with Roy Chapman Andrews, then visit modern-day museum collections with paleontologist Mike Novacek to discover how these finds are studied today.

    This 360 video is part of Shelf Life’s second season, exploring fantastic stories from far-away places where some of the American Museum of Natural History’s 33 million specimens and artifacts were discovered. The series links those collection items and epic adventures of the past with current scientific inquiry. Visit our series website for more info:
    amnh.org/ShelfLife

    For this film, our producers unearthed, scanned, and transferred thousands of archival elements to build a virtual Gobi Desert, layering material into a 360 canvas. Those black and white images were integrated with matte painting, 360 environment creation, and live-action shoots to produce a captivating look at one of the most important expeditions in the Museum’s history.

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  2. “Politics are constantly shaping literary practices.” Pioneering and conceptually challenging American poet Juliana Spahr here ponders on the tenuous, ever-changing overlap between poetry and politics.

    Spahr compares the role of poetry to the Greek ‘riot dog’: “It might be able to accompany you into the streets, but it does not reshape oppressive structures.” Poetry has an ability to contain and process certain events and moments, rather than influencing them: “What happens in the street enters into the poem, rather than the poem entering into the street.”

    In connection to her poetry collection ‘Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You’, which is a comment on the frowned upon ‘747 poems’ about Hawaii, Spahr started taking ethnobotany classes and incorporated lists of useful plants and such into her poems. The point of this was to try to deal with the colonial way of portraying Hawaii by approaching nature through the point of view of the indigenous tradition rather than the colonial.

    Similarly, when Spahr wrote ‘This Connection of Everyone With Lungs’ in the aftermath of 9/11, she was doing a hypnosis course, which enticed her to include a series of hypnotic metaphors when dealing with the political events in the world: “The poem is somewhat of a joke – like an attempt to induce a trance state that helps you to stop being a nationalist.”

    Juliana Spahr (b. 1966) is an American poet, critic and editor. Spahr received the National Poetry Series Award for her first collection of poetry, ‘Response’ (1996). Among her other poetry collections are ‘Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (2001), ‘Things of Each Possible Relation Hashing Against One Another (2003), ‘This Connection of Everyone With Lungs’ (2005), ‘Well Then There Now’ (2011). She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honour a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate a great imagination and daring. In addition to teaching and writing poetry, Spahr is also an active editor.

    During the video Juliana Spahr reads excerpts from ‘Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You’ (2001) and ‘This Connection of Everyone With Lungs.’ (2005),

    Juliana Spahr was interviewed by Danish poet Mette Moestrup at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in 2014.

    Camera: Klaus Elmer
    Edited by: Sonja Strange
    Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015

    Supported by Nordea-fonden

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  3. Dan Stubbergaard, founder of the internationally praised COBE Architects, takes us around his hometown Copenhagen in Denmark to show and discuss what motivates their exciting socially conscious and highly innovative projects.

    “Doing architecture is not a one person thing, it’s a collective effort.” When Stubbergaard was an intern in the Netherlands, he became conscious of the social impact of good architecture and the need to deal with pragmatic issues, society and its current challenges: “It was really a turning point for me as a student to understand that what I was doing, and what architecture was about, was something much bigger than being really good at making a perfect drawing.”

    What is really important to COBE when generating social success with architecture is to respect and understand the specific context they work in. This context being not only the physical surroundings but also the social context, which is why COBE has a lot of focus on involving the users. Their work therefore also rests on the premise that everyday architecture matters – building kindergartens, libraries and other public places based on the idea that buildings should embrace people.

    Stubbergaard is very aware that only time can tell if a project has done what it was supposed to do: “Maybe it’s only at that time that you can really judge whether it was a success, whether it worked, whether it’s liveable, whether it’s lively, whether it’s able to transform again and again and again, as a city has to work like a big organism.” Architecture can regenerate energy, transform a place and break the negative spiral in an e.g. problematic housing area, and thus help build a socially diverse city.

    When and how do we build monuments for the future? This is also one of the questions that occupies Stubbergaard, who seeks to avoid the sometimes boring aspects of modernism by mixing scale and repetition: “I love the idea that we sometimes – as a society – invest and build for the past, but that it is also about celebrating the future, because it will stand for decades and be a memory of something important way back.”

    Dan Stubbergaard (b. 1974) is the Founder & Creative Director of COBE in Copenhagen.
    COBE is a contemporary community of architects that focuses on architecture and design from buildings to public space and large scale urban planning. COBE was founded in 2005 and has since then gained international recognition through the realization of beautiful and innovative projects. Find out more about COBE Architects and their projects here: cobe.dk/

    Dan Stubbergaard was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in Copenhagen in the summer of 2014.

    Camera: Klaus Elmer
    Edited by: Kamilla Bruus
    Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015

    Supported by Nordea-fonden

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  4. "Build a good name", rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. "Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real fucked up, too", she says.

    The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:

    "Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it", Patti Smith says.

    Patti Smith (b.1946) is an award-winning American punk rock musician, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene with her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Smith fuses rock and poetry in her work, and has been dubbed the ”punk poet laureate” as well as ”the godmother of punk.” In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine put her on the 47th place of their list of 100 Greatest Artists. Among her many albums are ’Horses’ (1975), ’Radio Ethiopia’ (1976), ’Easter’ (1978), ’Gone Again’ (1996) and ’Banga’ (2012). Smith is also the author of several books, including ’Woolgathering’ (1992), ’Just Kids’ (2010) – which won the National Book Award and describes her relationship to her lover and friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – and ’M Train’ (2015).

    Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2012 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Produced by: Honey Biba Beckerlee and Kamilla Bruus.
    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Supported by Nordea-fonden

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