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Words, Photos, and the Capitalist Aesthetic

Melbourne mixed media artist Rohan Schwartz has dabbled in pretty much everything. In the process, he’s had his work celebrated and exhibited in far-reaching parts of the globe where there are toilets I don’t even understand how to use.

His latest endeavour is a low-fi, consciously underwhelming, ongoing Instagram project attempting to de-contextualise language. He photographs random stanches of the language we’re inadvertently bombarded with everyday. By removing words from any familiar context—artistically or linguistically—he reveals their strange role in a world flooded with advertising.

The result is brash, confusing, and it stands apart awkwardly on Instagram— juxtaposed against the #poolside #minimal #summer #breakfast #festival shots that make up 95 percent of most people’s feeds.

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George, his future and Union J

Union J fired Casey. I’d like to believe this means George will be back, though I kinda doubt it. I think he’s done with the band and it’s just more wisfhul thinking on my part. Union J will probably continue as a trio (fitting, as they started out as Triple J).

I have no idea what George will be doing though. He is still unemployed after being let go from the Capital breakfast show. They said they would find him a new spot in their schedule, so I’m still waiting for an update there. He looked like he really enjoyed being a radio host, so I hope he gets the chance again, though it may not pan out.

My dream move for him would be to continue as a radio host and do music and acting on the side. Though who knows, maybe being let go was a blessing in disguise. He can think about what he really wants and go for it, whether it’s music, acting or something else. It’s up to him. I honestly don’t care what he does as long as it makes him happy :)

Ed Sheeran will be topless in Shape of You video

Ed Sheeran will appear topless in the video for his new single ‘Shape Of You.’

The 25-year-old singer/songwriter made his music comeback last week when he unveiled the track and second song 'Castle on the Hill’.

Ed is yet to release either single’s video but has teased that in the promo for 'Shape of You’ his fans will see him shirtless for the first time and doing pull-ups, an exercise which he found really tough because he’s not a “healthy individual”.

Discussing the 'Shape of You’ video, he said: “Do you know what? They were filming it and they were getting me … like I’m not a very, like, healthy, fit individual, and they’re like, 'Right, we’re gonna do these pull-ups.’ And I was like, 'I can literally do one pull-up,’ and they were making me do six or seven in a row whilst filming me.”

Ed insists his topless debut in the upcoming video is not him attempting to become a pop heartthrob like his friend Justin Bieber, but is actually a “gritty” part of the promo.

Speaking on the Capital Breakfast show which he co-hosted with Dave Berry, George and Lilah on Monday (09.01.17), he shared: “But it’s not in a, like, Justin Bieber walking out of the sea kind of way. It’s a kind of like, quite gritty…”

However, the video is not going to be too serious as Ed revealed it will get quite comical at its conclusion.

He added: “It’s like really serious and then the last 30 seconds you’re like 'what the hell is going on here?”

Ed also spilled he has been working with pop stars Zara Larsson and Anne-Marie and he was blown away by both girls’ vocal talents.

He said: “I’ve never been in the studio with two sort of new singers who just nail it first time. They literally just walked in, sung it and then walked out. I was like, wow, that was … they sung it well too.”

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Ed Sheeran paints his favorite song of 2016 on the Capital Breakfast Show, January 9, 2017. (Full video.)