Malta round-up

As the plane neared its destination — the Maltese islands, just south of Sicily — I noticed tankers dotted around what looked like an unusually shallow stretch of seawater. Later I found out we were cruising above a vast offshore anchoring area known as Hurd’s Bank, apparently the largest in Europe, which lends its name to a captivating film by Tobias Zielony. Continue reading Malta round-up

Ural Industrial Biennial

The Slavic folk tale of Koschei the Immortal, a predatory male figure who steals maidens from their suitors and escapes death by hiding his soul in the eye of a needle, placed inside an egg, which is itself hidden inside a duck that flies away if one tries to catch it, has medieval antecedents. Continue reading Ural Industrial Biennial