An interview with Frank Lloyd Wright from 1957. Not so much interesting from the point of view of any Architectural insight so much as social commentary. Fifty years ago now Wright who in his time was socially anti-establishment seems much more in tune with modern times than the intervewee, who sponsored by a cigarette company tries to get Wright to say something bad about McCarthy and good about Chaplin, and who believes that the youth of America are going to shit.
Johnathan Meades is surely a great contemporary commentator on art and culture. His latest programme Magnetic North is an engaging look at what makes Northern Europe distinct from Southern Europe and why we shouldn’t always automatically look south for our inspiration. The last part covers Helsinki really nicely but its worth watching through in its entirity. You can see both episodes on you tube at the moment as well as many other shows by Meades. (via)
Me & Kirsi watched Finnish Wifeswap yesterday and realy enjoyed it. On the face of it we should have been bored by the whole thing, as the families got through the swap without any arguments, all changes made seemed to be pretty non confrontational and everything was taken in perspective and rationally. Are Finnish T.V. producers crazy? It doesn’t make for exciting T.V….The UK and U.S.A. versions are much more explosive and toe curling and are thus good entertainment of the best voyeuristic mind candy kind. But the Finns have managed to turn it into a sensible program which probably won’t do their ratings any good but gave us both a good laugh at the relative differences in Finnish society compared to the UK. The episode last night forinstance had a husband coming back from work not being allowed a customary beer on getting home, no problem he said to the camera, worse things have happened! In the U.K. version this would have been proof of the other families total moral/social delinquency and both parties would have exploded into a confrontation of fundamental life principals with a bit of swearing thrown in for good measure. Somehow I can’t think that families are that different in the UK and Finland, maybe its just british people are less aware of television and their image on it,or maybe its that there are different public boundaries of good taste!