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Essays and videos on social issues, history, political life and the future
Cast out with love | Aeon
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

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Market | Aeon
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Food and drink

From set-up to close, a day at the farmers market is a whirlwind sensory feast

10 minutes

In fragments: phase change | Aeon
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Rituals and celebrations

From roaring fire and molten glass an artist creates a healing ritual

13 minutes

Rain pot | Aeon
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Making

Ceramic designs spin to life in a tactile meditation on the art of pottery

9 minutes

Weaving a bamboo house | Aeon
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Architecture

How the Dorze in Ethiopia make ‘beehive’ houses from bamboo that last a lifetime

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Precision as a state of mind | Aeon
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Technology and the self

‘Perfection is for the gods,’ and this sculptor gets to a thousandth of an inch of it

14 minutes

The impossible map | Aeon
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Information and communication

There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion

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It’s rocket science | Aeon
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Making

How sky-high dreams launched one man’s audacious life in homemade rocketry

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Nomadic architecture: the Nenets chum | Aeon
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Architecture

Cultural wisdom begets cozy temporary homes for the Nenets of the Siberian Arctic

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The clothing revolution | Aeon
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Archaeology

The clothing revolution

What if the need for fabric, not food, in the face of a changing climate is what first tipped humanity towards agriculture?

Ian Gilligan

Changed by art | Aeon
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Art

Changed by art

Gazing at a painting feels like an almost magical encounter with another mind but what real effects does art have on us?

Ellen Winner

Mexican handcraft masters: lacquer, gold and cane | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Pre-Hispanic and colonial traditions combine in Mario’s uniquely Mexican artworks

6 minutes

La lectora | Aeon
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Work

The last of her kind, Gricel regales Cuban cigar-rollers with readings and good humour

10 minutes

Sandorkraut | Aeon
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Food and drink

Making sauerkraut is a spiritual matter for the ‘fermentation fetishist’ Sandor Katz

12 minutes

Art of the marbler | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The only thing more entrancing than a marbled book cover is the process that creates it

13 minutes

EXCLUSIVEIn the wake | Aeon
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Making

Kerala’s skilled hand-weavers struggle to survive the rising tides of modernity

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My little piece of privacy | Aeon
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Technology and the self

A curtain that twitches as people walk by creates a delightful paradox of privacy

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False teeth | Aeon
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Biology

Making dentures can be oddly riveting – a fusion of biology, craft and fun

5 minutes

Where did the grandeur go? | Aeon
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The future

Where did the grandeur go?

Superlative things were done in the past century by marshalling thousands of people in the service of a vision of the future

Martin Parker

Annual musical report | Aeon
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Music

A project to compose music from everyday life is a joyful jolt of pure creativity

5 minutes

Zapatería | Aeon
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Design and fashion

‘I make shoes because of beauty. Not because of shoes’ – on craft as a calling

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The solar do-nothing machine | Aeon
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Engineering

‘Toys are the prelude to serious ideas’ – the contraption that kicked off the solar age

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Collage before Cubism | Aeon
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Art

Cut, paste and remix your way through this century-spanning history of collage

4 minutes

Making an agate teapot | Aeon
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Design and fashion

How do you bring an 18th-century ceramic teapot to life? An artist puzzles it out

7 minutes