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the signal house
it ain't necessarily low: on gershwin and americans in paris
the star people
bridging minds: a conversation with Jen Orpin
contributing artists - Magda Górska, Kale Chesney
We all have at least one ritual for marking the turn from winter to spring. For some, it’s cleaning out the house, for the ancient Celts it was pouring porridge into the sea. According to Orkney legend, the Vore Tullye (spring equinox) was in fact a fierce battle between the Teran, the spirit of winter and Sea Mither - the life giving summer sea - the two clashing spectacularly as one season gave way to the next.
What unites these ideas is a feeling of forward movement, change, release and, hopefully, progress.
Of course, while northerners shed clothing and emerge from hibernation, in the southern hemisphere the days are growing colder and shorter, as the autumn brings its own rites of passage: carrying plants indoors, taking stock of warm clothes and blankets. The feeling is less one of movement and change than of protection and hunkering down.
This issue of The Signal House Edition intertwines both poles of movement and reflection, whether traversing the M25 to bear witness to the end of a life, searching the night sky for extraterrestrial life, or meditating on the meaning of Americanness in Paris, in this spring/autumn marked by the advent of war and the glimmer of a precarious path out of the Covid pandemic, we hope these journeys give you plenty to ponder and some fuel to help you keep moving forward.
-The Editors, May 2022
ITAY BLAISH is an independent Israeli Designer and Curator based in Zurich, Switzerland. BA (Shenkar, Ramat Gan, Israel) and MA (ZHdK, Zurich, Switzerland) in Visual Communications, Ramat-Gan, Israel. Blaish owns his own creative agency specialising in graphic design, branding, visual consulting and curating, and is the founder and chief curator of LaCULTURE TLV, a thematic art exhibitions initiative that set out to make art accessible as well as affordable and to provide a public stage for young and promising artists. Publikationen / Diskografie / Ausstellungen / Werke WEBSITE
(Image credit: HOME, 4 colour silk screen print, by kind permission of the artist.)