There is nothing like a Holiday (in the British sense of course) to a not-so-foreign place to awaken a curious heart. I spent this weekend in the hinterlands of central New Hampshire carting wood to and fro on an electric lawn mower and browsing the Sandwich Fair for a tasty rabbit to stew with some organically grown carrots and potatoes.
While the leisurely pace of the country can be relaxing for some, it sets my medulla meandering down memory lane–why did I grow up in a beachside suburbia while someone else was milking cows and shoveling snow in the mountains? Why me and why there, and why them and why here? Of course, four days of rest with the nagging promise of continued thesising left me with inconclusive answers.
As I am finding in my thesis research on exile and nostalgia, home is not as important to some people as it is to others. There is very little of my home culture that I consider to be part of my being. My deer tattoo definitely doesn’t mark me as a native Floridian, nor does my pale skin or fear of toothed cartilaginous water-monsters. I consider my family to be part of my soul, but I would consider them so if they lived in an Igloo in Canada. Instead of becoming depressed and downtrodden at my existential homelessness, I identify with the persona of the “voluntary exile”. I find home in the people I love as well as the found places, discovered poetry, and unveiled novels that helped to form the current me just as much as my early-childhood exposure to sunlight. It seems that I am not alone in feeling that I want to be a part of something else (not necessarily something bigger, just something not quite as sunny), as evidenced by the following videos by foreign artists whose art has nothing to do with their home, but with the idea of our home.
Four reasons why this video by Hold Your Horses! rocks:
1. MissDre has an Art History test tomorrow and this will help her study
2. Men cross-dressing for the sake of ART (or for the sake of whatever they want)
3. They are from France–this is what Frenglish accents sound like!
4. I love when artists find new and interesting ways to combine pop culture and classic art. Free She-Bomb Tshirt goes to anyone who successfully identifies every painting in the video! Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an old classic (by old I mean it was released in 2009 and I do hope you have seen it already!):
This video is partly creepy in its portrayal of the sleeping puppet-girl (Israeli actress/model Shir Shomron), but no one can deny that Israeli Oren Lavie breaks music video boundaries with the stop-motion classic. And I LOVE the song—-perfect for a rainy post-vacation Wednesday, as I sit in Starbucks and day dream about sleepy mornings in New Hampshire…