Rick Holland
Rick Holland is a thinker and writer. He collaborates widely and is excited by the potential of imagination across all forms of expression to dissolve and rebuild classification. 'Much of our life is spent image making. In this image making the child creates his own world in answer to the world in which he finds himself... We are dreamers and music makers not only with words and tunes, lines and colours, but with stones and metals, with ideas and men'.

Entries by Rick Holland

Are We Blogging Original?

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 7:14 AM

The close down of Posterous was a sad moment for me. In as much as it seemed to officially mark the end of what had felt like a brave new approach - I'm not sure to what but certainly new - in an instant world of publishing to large audiences...

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What Is a Poet For?

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 4:37 AM

A poet has had various roles through time, as a storyteller mainly, passing on knowledge in memorable formats, and presenting new possibilities to the world in the safe environment of 'art'.

Privately, maybe a poet's role is reducible to giving voice to feelings that may not seem expressible in...

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What a Ceremonial Stinker : London 2012 Closes Down

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 4:08 AM

It has been a dream of a two weeks, quieting the cynics and winning over the grumps.

We cannot, however, pretend last night didn't happen. For all of Danny Boyle's opening bravery and vision seemed to be hauled back towards the mediocrity the cynics and the grumps had been...

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Don't Believe the Hype, Read What You Like

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 5:32 AM

I've been thinking a bit about publishing lately, and the difference between those published and those passed down through word of mouth and the sheer mass of voices.

Is it really important to even connect a work to a name? And where do I most appreciate 'poetry'?


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The Sporting World is a Stage - What For?

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 4:03 AM

The issues of morality, the morality plays, the meta-ethics of nations take centre stage at this point in the Olympics. What are the stories we are focussing on?

Whether and how the Chinese have enabled a 16 year old swimmer to smash record times and finish way ahead of...

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Olympic Ideals In the Clear Light of Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 5:12 AM

Of course, as the flame tottered past on the last legs of its trip round the country, it was easy to connect to a sense of ideal, a romanticism, and notions of shared humanity and equality in the gaze of sporting pursuit.

An early look at the stirring giants...

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Five Ideals and One Loud Warning from the Olympic Flame

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Watching the Olympic Flame waddle through Battersea on one of it's London legs was both touching and bewildering.

1. The ritual, sight and simple symbolism of a normal person running with the torch and waving to a crowd contains the 'Olympic Spirit', there is no doubt about that, if...

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What Will the Art of the Future Be?

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 5:49 AM

Wassily Kandinsky wrote this (in 1912, have our souls awakened another 100 years since then?)

Our souls, which are only now beginning to awaken after the long reign of materialism, harbour seeds of desperation, unbelief, lack of purpose. The whole nightmare of the materialistic attitude, which has turned the life...
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'I Had a Dream I'd Seen the Light' : The Stone Roses at Heaton Park

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:19 AM

There's no-one in the world that can play like these three together...there's something happening musically like an undercarriage that's just there, that's magical...

So said Ian Brown at the announcement that the Stone Roses would be reforming, and I didn't dare to believe that it was true at the...

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What Do We Live Out Through Football's Major Championships? Five Possibilities

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 11:38 AM

Supporting the England football team isn't fun is it? Sunday night was purgatory. Quite a lot about our national identity evokes mixed feelings, but what happens that changes sceptics to full on bouncing, jabbering national believers when the football comes round again?

Despite the flurry around Jubilee celebrations and...

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Art and Cricket Captaincy: Exploring Your Inner Dictator

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Round it comes again. This idea that somewhere in the greatest achievers in art and sport lies a dictator who feels no imperative to be consistent with protocol. I hovered over the keys at the automatic cultural need to pre-fix dictator with 'benign' there, so heavy is the term with...

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What Does 'The Voice' Teach Us About Ourselves?

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 5:55 AM

Think about what takes us away, whatever art form it is. Before self consciousness forces us to become 'proficient', the time the conditions have been put in place and we haven't had time to grasp a 'whole', we don't yet understand what is happening, there isn't chance for strategy to...

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Self Publication and the Instant Era

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 11:26 AM

We are, it seems, in the midst of a revolution of culture that paints us all as independent artists. We collect our artefacts from wherever we want to and make with them. Culture beneath that of the corporate megaliths has never seemed so loud and energetic. Feedback loops posit our...

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A New Future Needs a New Approach -- Could These Be 5 Key Ideas?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 2:41 PM

This is necessarily in quick blog form, concise and unedited in the spirit of new emerging methods of pattern formation in all areas of life of the kind that will hopefully lead us to create better systems in the future, from individual thought right up to international policies.


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Frank Gehry and Thinking Beyond Paradigms

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 9:21 AM

Architect Frank Gehry : on buildings and ideals.

The excerpts that follow are the comments of 82 year old architect Frank Gehry, interviewed for Wallpaper magazine (Dec 2011 issue), which I just read for the first time in a cafe. What he has to say holds parallel for...

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The World Changing Artist: Working With Brian Eno

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Brian Eno was the first 'full time' artist I had ever met when we first began work on what would become the album Drums Between the Bells and its sister EP Panic of Looking.

I always felt like I was on a trip in the early days....

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Top 10 Aural and Poetic Delights

(12) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 4:03 PM

Top 10 Aural and Poetic Delights

The thread running through all of these choices is an unflinching belief that 'poetry' does not only live in established poetic institutions and counter institutions. It exists precisely and exactly wherever you sense it; a true democracy for voice and musicality and emotion, from...

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