Rachel Kneebone at the V&A – ‘Renaissance Meets the Contemporary’

No visit to London would be complete without a visit to some of its world-class museums. Located in Kensington, the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) is one of the UK’s top tourist sites, attracting nearly 4 million visitors every year. In its 145 galleries, it houses 2.27 million objects which make up the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and designs. Apart from its permanent collection, it also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions. For many Britons, the museum’s lack of entrance fees gives them the opportunity to access free entertainment and culture.

Since April 2017, it has hosted works by the British contemporary artist, Rachel Kneebone (1973-). Her works have been displayed among the museum’s Medieval and Renaissance collection (Room 50a) to illustrate her influences, among whom she singles out Ovid, Dante and William Blake. Her works also share the quality of the past to convey highly emotive states.

Kneebone has chosen porcelain as her medium of choice. Although traditionally associated with arousing feelings of repose and stillness, the intense emotions conveyed in her works introduce a feeling of movement and fluidity which fits in with her themes. She often introduces ruptures and cracks in her finished works to represent the contrasting qualities of strength and vulnerability.

Kneebone is primarily concerned with themes of transformation, renewal, lifecycles, and the complex reality of exhibiting a human body – both its physical limitations and its cognitive possibilities. A common characteristic of her works is that they often contain writhing limbs and hybrid body parts which appear to twist in bewildering ever-changing configurations: multiplying, merging and almost cascading. This illustrates how the boundaries between different states such as the real vs. the imagined or the conscious vs. the sub-conscious is similarly in a state of flux and change. It also implies the blurred lines between beauty, ecstasy and death.

The exhibition’s main crowd-puller is her 2012-13 work entitled ‘399 days’. This 5-metre column, which echoes a replica Trojan column in a nearby gallery, is made up of individual tiles and everywhere you look, there is a merging of vines, tendrils and body parts. The work’s seeming solidarity is challenged by the inclusion of a large vertical opening, from which you can catch glimpses of the structure’s interior. The entire monument is an example of contrasts: the monument’s imposing height compared to her attention to fine detail. It also represents a challenge to commonly-accepted ideas about the nature of classical form and Renaissance attitudes towards knowledge and power.  

Other works on display in the exhibition include ‘The Search for a New Myth’ (2015) and her earlier work, ‘The Solitude in the Depth of Her Being Begins the World Again But Only Begins it For Herself’ (2014).

If you’re planning a trip to the UK, you shouldresearch everything about money matters including the best rates. You still have time to visit the exhibition as it runs until 14th January 2021. Entrance is free, and it is open daily, 10am-5.45pm (Fridays: 10am-10pm).… Read More

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Understanding Of Miracle According to Belief

The quotation below presents a Charismatic theologian who believes that miracles are still present in this day and the second quote from an Evangelical Protestant theologian who does not deny the power of God to perform miracles today but also with a warning that we Christians remain vigilant because Satan is also active in working miracles too to mislead Christians. Book about miracles https://davidhoffmeister.com/this-moment-is-your-miracle-book/

The significance of this article is to present a view that preserves the existence and continuity of miracles and the gift of miracles. While healing is related to physical healing, miracles are more extensive than healing. Some healing cases mentioned in the Bible can be categorized as miracles. For example, the healing of a paralytic performed by Jesus
At this time there are many different views and responses about miracles which can be grouped into three main views

Skeptical views, which deny miracles can occur. They don’t believe in miracles. Besides skepticism, which is included in this view, among others, agnosticism, empiricism, naturalism, rationalism, and materialism

The Cessationist view, which believed that miracles actually happened in the Bible, but God had stopped doing miracles when His revelation was completed in the Word of God. So in this view miracles only apply to people who lived in the biblical times were written. This view holds on the belief that God still works in this world in a supernatural way but does not give power to humans to perform miracles

The view of a Continistist or non-Sessistist, which states that miracles occurred in Bible times, but also still occur today. This view holds that God still gives gifts and power to believers to perform miracles. This is the most consistent view of the Bible. And I believe that miracles took place in biblical times and still occur today.

According to some theologians, after the Carthaginian council in 397 AD, the Bible canon was deemed complete and closed. This means that there are no more additions to 66 books in the Bible. We are sure that there are no books written at the same level as the original Bible in terms of God’s revelation and inspiration. But, the revelation of God itself is still revealed today, or in other words, God still reveals himself to this day. Based on an understanding of general revelation and a special revelation where God reveals himself and His will to humans, we can be sure that God’s own revelation still occurs today.… Read More

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Buying Property with the Government Right-to-Buy Scheme

The right-to-buy scheme is a great opportunity for tenants in public housing to buy their home at a reduced price.  Since 2015, the length of time that tenants have to be in residence has been reduced from 5 years to only 3.  For England, the scheme is open to those whose property is worth up to £600,000.  20{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} of the sale price is lent by the government, and buyers pay the state no interest or fees for the first 5 years after their purchase.

The discount is on a sliding scale according to how long they’ve been tenants.  For 3 years’ residency, they receive a discount of 35{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} on houses and then get a discount of 1{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} extra for every year after 5 years up to a maximum of 70{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} (with a limit of £108,000 for London and £80,900 for the rest of England).  To purchase a flat, the discount is initially 50{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} with an additional 2{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} for every additional year over 5 years (up to a maximum of 70{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed}) with the same financial limitations as a house purchase. 

Although some mortgage providers might accept the right-to-buy contribution in lieu of a deposit, most lenders would expect homebuyers to have at least a 5{ad28eec4422a9ec937dbcec6c1ecae403198d4fbc9cf1793b24254e46fa445ed} deposit.  If you’re thinking of taking part in the scheme and meet all the eligibility criteria, it’s crucial that you start to savemoney for the deposit. 

In order to meet all your priority debts and save, it’s a good idea to think about your spending habits.  Before drawing up a budget, you should make a list of how you spend your money over a 2-week period.  Doing so will give you ideas of how to make savings.  For example, you might decide to bring food from home at lunch-time instead of eating out. 

Before taking the irrevocable step of applying for the scheme, you should also weigh up the additional costs of being a homeowner compared to being a tenant.  Apart from being able to afford to make the mortgage repayments without fail every month, you must also think about the associated costs of buying property.  Although you might not have to pay stamp duty as a first-time buyer, you’ll have to allow for the extra costs of a property purchase such as legal fees.  Owning a home can be more expensive than renting as you might be required to take out extra insurance such as buildings insurance and/or income protection cover.  You will also be responsible for all home maintenance and upkeep of the property.  Finally, you might lose some state benefits (such as Housing Benefit) because you’re no longer renting.  All of these factors have to be considered before you even make a mortgage application.  During this time, you also have all the other day-to-day living costs to pay.  Sometimes when money is tight, you might need a helping hand from Cashfloat.  A streamlined fast online application gives you money on demand whenever you need it the most.       … Read More

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