Growth through Darkness: A Gallery Walk with Charvis Harrell

"My art comes from a dark place," wrote Charvis, when we asked him to share about his process and introduce himself.   We all know the saying meant to push us through times of intense adversity and ongoing challenges: “that which doesn't kill you will only make you stronger”. But if you ask him, "it's [...]

Illustrating Monsters in Human Nature with Mananiko Amarilla

Mananiko Amarilla Kobakhidze lives and studies as a graphic designer and illustrator in Tbilisi, Georgia. At 25, she shares the belief that we all encounter and harbor inner selves as often as other human beings. Her work accentuates these beings - and ways of being - in familiar form, inviting us to see we all experience them. [...]

Canadian band Autopilot takes their ambient rock to the road

“Searching for what we hope to find. We’re just crooked lines,” sings Canadian band Autopilot on their latest release, Hurricane. Based in Saskatoon, Saskachewan, the band, composed of guitarist and singer Marlon Harder, bassist Colton Fehr and drummer Jose A. Fuenzalida, are about to wrap up an extensive North American tour that has taken them [...]

Cypherpunk Hammy Havoc’s take on privacy, open-source society, and true self-sustenance

Hammy Havoc is a multi-faceted cypherpunk writer based in Liverpool, United Kingdom. We had to have him tell us more about how he - and others - can practice what he preaches; cypherpunks are advocates for social and political change via strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies. Cypherpunk principles tie in directly to his workflows as CEO of Split [...]

Pie Face Girls: Angry, Attentive, and Anti-HB2

We started off discussing Monsanto on slightly damp benches. Dani’s disdain for the company’s careless disruption of the natural flow of things quickly shifted into the group's deep appreciation for the deliciousness of ugly fruit, specifically blood oranges from earlier in the summertime. “GMO OMG.", she recommended, "It’s on Netflix.”. I ran into the Raleigh-based [...]

Mischievous Minds: A Short Tale

Six hands, six empty pockets. Two mischievous minds planning to shoplift. One opposing mind, supposedly mine yet somehow I find myself fascinated with an object, obviously planning to "cop" it. I have to stop this; How can I be considered a leader if I allow others that are rebellious towards authority and immune to rules... [...]

RECOUNT: Art of Cool Festival Playlist

In anticipation of Durham's third annual Art of Cool Festival, RECOUNT presents this 2-hour Spotify playlist of our featured artists! We'll be bopping around the Bull City all weekend; from the free, family-friendly day parties to the late night/early morning jams to the Innovate Your Cool Conference think tank at American Underground. https://play.spotify.com/user/121376883/playlist/3lX9J89zj9xc3lFMMnx42A From the epic, cross-generational jazz of [...]

Alex Quirk invites you to explore memory and perception

"In Western thought, the conscious being is often divided into two parts: mind, and body. Senses, and thoughts. Perception, and memory. It seems every conscious thought is rooted in either instantaneous perception or recall. What, then, can be said about a person’s soul if one side of that duality is completely destroyed?" asks Alex Quirk.   [...]