The Eraser

King Canute

More than 2,000 people braved the wind and rain to form an image of King Canute designed by Thom Yorke

Yorke explained, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we can’t keep putting this off.”

The public art display was designed to send a climate warning to political leaders in the run-up to the UN Climate Talks in Cancun. According to legend, King Canute set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt, only to be soaked by the ocean’s waves. Just as Canute realized his own hubris, world leaders today must realize the dangers of ignoring climate change and rise to solving the challenge.

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Thom Yorke added his voice today to the growing chorus of artists supporting this coming week’s first-ever planetary art show: 350 EARTH.

From November 20-27, the week before the UN Climate Meetings in Cancun, Mexico, artists are working with citizens in over a dozen locations to create massive, climate-themed public art installations that will be photographed by satellites traveling 17,000 m.p.h. nearly 400 miles above the surface of the planet.

The initiative is being coordinated by the international climate campaign 350.org and DigitalGlobe, a Colorado based company who has donated hours worth of free satellite time to photograph and process images of the events.

Yorke explained on the Radiohead website, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we’re running out of time. We can’t keep putting this off.”

“Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet,” said 350.org founder and environmental author Bill McKibben. “The world’s best scientists have tried to wake-up politicians to the climate crisis, now we’re counting on artists to help.”

As part of the project, Yorke is working with 350.org to gather thousands of people on the coastline in Brighton, UK on November 27 to form an enormous version of the image from the cover of his album The Eraser: the picture of King Canute, a Norse ruler who futilely tried to control the ocean.

In a 2006 interview, Yorke explained the symbolism of the story:

“In the paper one day, [Friends of the Earth activist] Jonathan Porrit was basically dismissing any commitment that the working government has toward addressing global warming, saying that their gestures were like King Canute trying to stop the tide. And that just went “kaching” in my head. It’s not political, but that’s what I feel is happening. We’re all King Canutes, holding our hands out, saying, “It’ll go away. I can make it stop.” No, you can’t.”

350.org will be unveiling the images throughout the week of November 20-27 on the 350 EARTH website and over social media. Hi-res satellite photos and aerial images of each art project will be available for the press and online media, as well as displayed at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun.

“Our leaders are still labouring under the assumption that they can turn the tide of mother nature,” said Yorke. “Enough of this. There is no more time.”

Thom writes at Dead Air Space:

Nov 27th @ 11am..

(that’s a Saturday morning at a civilised hour errr right..????)
Location Brighton.

WANTED 2000 people who want to be part of human King Cnut type image facing the sea that is visible from space as part of the Earth350

People who want to be part of it need to register here: http://earth.350.org/locations/england/

:)

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Surprise Thom Yorke Show at Echoplex this Friday?

by Jonathan on September 30, 2009

Thom and Nigel at the Roosevelt, Los AngelesRumors are buzzing about a surprise Thom Yorke + new band show this Friday at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Radiohead’s publicists are not confirming or denying the rumor and it’s not quite clear if this show would be open to the public or if it’s a special guest list type of thing. More info on this when we get it.

Word on the street is that Thom did another DJ set last night at the Roosevelt. Did you see it?

In related news, details about the upcoming shows at the Orpheum in L.A. have arisen. Mauro Refosco, the Brazilian percussionist that is in Thom’s new band, discussed the setlists in an interview with Abril.com. The band is prepared to play the full Eraser album, as well as four new songs. More information about Mauro can be found here.

Lastly, there is a lot of speculation out there that Radiohead as a band is over. The band’s publicists have made it clear that this is not the case and Thom even said that this new project is just for fun.

UPDATE: Thom confirmed that the show is happening!

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Check out this unofficial video for Thom Yorke’s “And It Rained All Night” an art teacher named Raul Gonzo created with his students. Very cool…

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“Harrowdown Hill” at SXSW

by Jonathan on February 28, 2007

Thom Yorke’s video for “Harrowdown Hill” will be screened at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Here are the deets:

SCREENING TIMES:
10:30 PM, Saturday March 10th – Dobie
11:30 AM, Saturday March 17th – Dobie
Director: Chel White
Cast: Thom Yorke, David Russo
Format: HDCam
Synopsis:
While Harrodown Hill is based on the controversial suicide case of British scientist and weapons inspector David Kelly, the video does not reference the case literally but rather does so through metaphor and symbolic imagery. White’s video is a quietly intense call to consciousness in an age of disinformation, preemptive war and unprecedented governmental secrecy.

Of course, you don’t need to go to Austin to see this video. It’s been out for some time and can be seen at YouTube.
(thanks to Blake)

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No Brit Love For Thom

by Jonathan on February 14, 2007

Thom didn’t win the Brit award for “British Male Solo Artist” tonight… James Morrison did. Whatever.

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