All posts tagged: Cambridge

Professor Profiles: Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann

From the age of four and throughout his youth, Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann was considered a mathematical prodigy, but always felt that it did not have the soul, social interaction and emotional intelligence that languages have. “I might be wrong but I was certain,” said Professor Zuckermann from his Adelaide University office. He has always been interested in languages, both Language (with a capital L) and languages, and has always been ludic and playful with words. He used to write palindromic stories and bilingual homophonous poems, which are now widely found on the Internet. “Children’s writer Russell Hoban described language as an ‘archaeological vehicle’, full of the remnants of dead and living pasts, lost and buried civilisations and technologies. The language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history,” quoted Professor Zuckermann by heart. He shifted in his chair, gesticulating gently, and explained that palimpsest is a beautiful metaphor for language.Coming from Greek,it means ‘scraped again’, ‘re-scratched,’ referring to a text written on top of another text. “A language is multi-layered, it encodes …

We Three Club

Almost every time I’m on the net, I find myself lost in a deep intricate web of clicks. One link to another, one page to another and one post to another. But it always proves fruitful. Enter We Three Club. Based in the UK, We Three Club presents a range of psychedelic band posters, apparel and stationary, and other similarly wild ephemera by illustrators Alex and Chris. The duo have designed works for a wide array of clients from Passion Pit, Blood Red Shoes, Queens of the Stoneage to Chelsea Football Club and Duxford Imperial War Museum. Their work has even led to numerous exhibitions in the UK, US and Europe. With such an impressive résumé, and a collection of purely cool creative works, We Three Club were the perfect team to talk through their creative process. Here’s a Q&A with Alex. Tell us a bit about how you got to where you are. Chris and I both led parallel lives promoting gigs in the places we lived – me in Cambridge and Chris in …