Spencer Tunick – Sea of Hull

Our first issue will feature new work by Spencer Tunick alongside an interview with Sivan Lavie, in which he offered an interesting insight into the changing relationship between nudity and sexuality in his work

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We Lived Like Strangers

Giorgio Bosisio describes We Lived Like Strangers, which he made with the composer Daniel Kidane, as “a restless stream of conscious and seemingly unconscious images and notes, that explore the distance and interaction between the ‘I’ and the ‘Other'”. To us, it seems an exceptional homage to forgotten places and glossy memories.

Giorgio Bosisio is a filmmaker and director from Italy; he shot our Kickstarter video in March.

Irma Kurtz on the importance of print media

LYRA’s interview with Irma Kurtz will be published in our first issue, but before that we wanted to share her thoughts on print media:

Printed publications are so wonderful because you develop a personal relationship: you become addicted. When you’re without it, when you go away, you have your friends mail it to you, or save it, because you can’t do without it. When you read it, you’re alone with yourself and someone else’s words, meeting someone. This doesn’t happen when you read something online, you lose the physical connection, and the price is too high.

We can’t agree enough.

Sasha Kurmaz on the political overtones of his photographs

Sasha Kurmaz is a photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine; his work is featured in LYRA’s first issue – Lust.

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What Lyra means, no 2 – the lyre

The lyre accompanied Greek poets (for instance, Sappho’s who we celebrate in our first issue) in the Ancient world. Like the garish (and frankly tasteless) manner in which Greek marbles, like the Parthenon sculptures, were painted, this shows that the Greeks were far from staid. No near silent poetry readings, interrupted by mute coughs, but cocophanies of music and expression. I’ve always thought Greek must have been an odd, guttural language; and the earliest written record of the lyre, its name in Mycean Greek: ru-ra-ta-e. The wonderful Ensemble Kérylos, which attempts to play Greek music as the Greeks played it, seems to bare this thought through: it is beautiful, but rough – unrefined.

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What Lyra means and what LYRA means to us

Names are important to us, and important generally. So we took a great deal of time, thought and consideration choosing ours – countless lists, little arguments and frustrating dead-ends. And then, one night, it just appeared – just like that. Natural, feminine and free, with a way of tripping along the tongue and tumbling from the mouth.

To mark the first week of our blog, we are going to delve into the many associations our name has, and finally trying to explain what it means to us.

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