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Old Norse

4 minutes

Using street art to bring Regency warriors to an ancient Viking landscape

Vardø in Norway feels like a town forgotten by time. Its colourful houses stand in an overgrown field of weeds, overlooking a bay where the seagulls outnumber the people. For the Irish-born artist Conor Harrington, this town is both an inspiration and a canvas. Painting the walls of its abandoned, crumbling buildings, he applies the techniques of graffiti art to images inspired by the Old Masters, bringing a modern aesthetic to a timeless place. In Old Norse, the UK filmmaker Andrew Telling follows Harrington through Vardø, documenting his artistic process, and the landscape that inspires it.

Director: Andrew Telling

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

Aristotle was wrong and so are we: there are far more than five senses

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Essay/Stories & Literature

Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism

Martin Puchner

Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

15 minutes

Idea/Travel

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Gaston Dorren

Video/Sports & Games

Looking like time travellers from a bygone era, sumo wrestlers gather for a competition

3 minutes