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The Y Circus Podcast: Storytelling on Art and Culture, With Nature as its Muse 🌱
21 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
How Freediver William Trubridge Trains his Mind to Break World Records
New Zealand freediver William Trubridge’s determination to overcome human limits one breath at a time has granted him several world records reaching depth up to 124 meters. In this episode, William will tell us how freedivers use breathing techniques to help them stay underwater for more than four minutes during a deep dive reaching a state of absolute calm and tranquility. We will also learn how freediving can be beneficial for our mental health and that everybody has the physical capacity to deep dive. Freediving doesn’t come without risks and therefore is classified as an extreme sport, however, what is interesting is that it’s the opposite of an adrenalin sport like parachuting or snowboarding. It has a very spiritual element to it, as freedivers are in a tranquil and trance-like state of mind while freefalling into the depths of the ocean. William will also reflect on his connection with the ocean and the greatest lessons it has taught him. Instagram: @willtrubridgeWebsite: https://www.williamtrubridge.com/William at TED: https://www.ted.com/talks/william_trubridge_this_is_why_i_free_dive_a_journey_into_the_deep?language=en
26 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
How Walking in Iceland's Wild Westfjords Enhances Your Creativity
The two nature guides Henry Fletcher and Jay Simpson, lead walking artist residencies and conservation camps along ancient herding routes in the jagged landscape of Iceland’s Westfjords with its glaciers, moss-green mountains, hot springs, black sand beaches, and basalt cliffs. Confined to their homes due to the pandemic, Henry and Jay started to distill their six years of field experiences into a book project. “Our materials invite the reader to find their way through the Westfjords or to ‘wayfind’ using the practices of wild-walking and camping, foraging, storytelling, ceremony and ritual, creative response and engagement with the region’s cultural ecology,” reads the description on their website. They are about to publish three guidebooks via a Kickstarter campaign. It includes maps with satellite imagery and GPS data to navigate 21 herding routes. In this episode, Henry and Jay will share their knowledge of the Westfjord region and why walking in the wild aligns so well with the creative process. Additional Information: https://wayfinding.guide/https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/806401069/walking-and-wayfinding-in-the-westfjords-of-icelandhttps://www.instagram.com/
7 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
How Sounds from the Deep Sea Give Clues about our Ocean's Health
Robert Dziak is an oceanographer and the Acoustics Program Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His job is to listen to the deep sea, collecting clues about the health of our oceans. He does that with the help of so-called hydrophones pressure-resistant underwater microphones. In this episode, he will share his findings from the deepest known point in the oceans called Challenger Deep.
23 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
How Artist-Designer Daan Roosegaarde Creates Luminous Dreamscapes Based on Science
The latest light-installation by Dutch artist-designer Daan Roosegaarde turns a 20,000 square-meter leek field into a luminous dreamscape of red and blue light. It’s a tribute to the farmers cultivating the fields that feed the world while also inspiring us to imagine a more sustainable future. For the installation, Roosegaarde drew inspiration from scientific light recipes that improve plant growth. He and his team of engineers and designers collaborated closely with scientists from Wageningen University & Research as well as experts from the World Economic Forum Davos. Studies have shown that UV light can protect crops from damage. For example, it can help against powdery mildew, which often ruins entire crops. Scientists investigate different wavelengths, light recipes, and cultivar responses to UV. According to Prof. Dr. Wargent, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at BioLumic, and a leading expert in plant photobiology, scientific research shows that specific light recipes can enhance growth and reduce pesticide use up to 50%.Watch Grow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BId_104fAZILearn more about Studio Roosegaarde: https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/storiesFollow up on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roosegaarde/, https://www.instagram.com/the_y_circus_magazine/
23 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
How Mexican Design Studio La Metropolitana tackles Social Responsibility
The Mexican design studio La Metropolitana produces high-end wood furniture for the interior of award-winning design hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. But this episode is not so much about their products but rather about how design can be used as a tool to tackle social issues. La Metropolitana addresses the challenges that occur when people from disinvested rural areas migrate to urban centers like Mexico City in search of a better quality of life. Men like the 80 employees of La Metropolitana who now work as carpenters in the in-house workshop. In this episode, La Metropolitana will introduce a promising pilot workshop they established in a small mountain town 300 kilometers from Mexico City to invest directly into rural communities. Additionally, we will learn about the origins of rural poverty and internal migration in Mexico through Fernando Riosmena, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who specializes in spatial mobility. Follow up on social media: Instagram: @_lametropolitanaTwitter: @LaMetropolitanaThe Y Circus Magazine: theycircus.com Instagram: @the_y_circus_magazineTwitter: @TheYCircus For comments and feedback on this episode please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.
38 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
How Brent Leggs is Preserving African American History
This episode, we set on an acoustic journey through African American History and visit places like Nina Simone's childhood home, the birthplace of hip hop in New York, and, among others, Villa Lewaro, the legacy of America's first black female millionaire. Brent Leggs, the director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will share his knowledge of historic preservation and the crucial role it plays in overcoming racial inequality. Get in touch and follow up on social media: Instagram: @savingplacesTwitter: @SavingPlacesFacebook: @NationalTrustforHistoricPreservationhttps://savingplaces.org/The Y Circus: theycircus.com Instagram: @the_y_circus_magazineTwitter: @TheYCircus For comments and feedback on this episode please write to email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you.
45 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
How Artist Michael Jantzen Creates Energy-Efficient Architectural Structures
The American artist Michael Jantzen approaches his work through the eyes of an inventor. Inspired by the ideas of Buckminster Fuller and his emphasis on energy efficiency in design, Jantzen uses the architectural language to create inhabitable structures that are energy-efficient, flexible, and question conventional architectural practices. His work has been showcased in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Harvard School of Design and Architecture and in numerous publications all over the world. In this episode, Jantzen shares his learnings on sustainable design, green buildings, and how the architecture of the future could look like. Get in touch and follow up on social media: Michael Jantzen: www.michaeljantzen.comInstagram: @michael.jantzen22Patreon: www.patreon.com/michaeljantzenFurther Information:Buckminster Fuller: https://www.bfi.org/about-fullerThe Y Circus: theycircus.com Instagram: @the_y_circus_magazineTwitter: @TheYCircus For comments and feedback on this episode please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
30 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
How Akosua Afriyie-Kumi Built a Successful Ethical Fashion Brand
Meet Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, fashion designer and entrepreneur from Kumasi, Ghana. Akosua is the founder of ethical accessory label A A K S producing beautifully woven raffia bags sold in renowned retail stores such as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. AAKS celebrates traditional weaving techniques done by women in the North of Ghana. The production creates sustainable jobs and fair living wages. Since launching in September 2014, the ethical fashion brand known for its contemporary and colorful designs has already been featured in publications such as Vogue, The Guardian, CNN, or Business of Fashion. In this podcast, Akosua shares her entrepreneurial journey with all its ups and downs. She reveals how she deals with self-doubt, and why her strong family bond is so crucial to the success of her business. She also talks about Black Lives Matter and why the racial inequalities she encountered in the fashion industry motivated her to finally found her own fashion brand. Get in touch and follow up on social media: AAKS: www.aaksonline.com Instagram: @a.a.k.s Twitter: @a_a_k_s Facebook: @Aakshandcrafted The Y Circus: theycircus.com Instagram: @the_y_circus_magazine Twitter: @TheYCircus For comments and feedback on this episode please write to email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks so much for listening!
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