An interview with Pier Marton, translated from the Spanish. Excerpts: “what follows does not represent ideas but stands for a lived-through experience — something which by definition can neither be communicated nor argued with… what needs to be unlearned is beyond our grasp… it is by becoming somebody that one crowns a successful education — self-distinction, self-inflation are inculcated from the start… what is being discussed here corresponds to the very same silence that Rimbaud and Gauguin may have experienced through their exiles, or through death’s notorious silence… It should be evident that when something tragic takes place, words are failing us. Those crises contain a form of wisdom and clarity which would be good to apply during our “normal” states — not only during those dramatic transitions, when we don’t know what is happening. We actually never know what is happening and, in finding speech inadequate, words should always fail us. […]Read More
On January 1st, World-Wide Wishful Thinking Day, the Grand Opening of the School of No Media! Excerpts from the front-page: “We live as if tomorrow did not exist, ignoring the imminent oblivion that awaits us all… but it does not stop there. The fact that experience is not transmissible compounds all of our mistakes, and our planet steadily falls apart. Full of wishful thinking, we want to believe… but nothing is a surprise anymore. What we know strangles us: reality is off limits and immediacy has gone. Our universe is built up to the extent that alienation, separation, isolation – and for some of us, exile – have become the very fabric of our existence, the only turf we inhabit.
Both centrality and normalcy as a whole are two of our major hoaxes, but again it goes further: like some kind of tautological monstrosity, we are so full of ourselves, we have become the victims of our own centrality” […]
Pre-Order Price Ends October 31: $49 if you buy two or more, $59 for one – the pre-order price for a few more days. Later the price will be $79. — Yes, I DID buy into this activity tracker. With its 3D tracking and its feedback information, I wanted to be able to track my strokes in swimming, and get live feedback during cycling. At this point no other activity tracker is able to provide this type of data – and it is much cheaper than other decent tracker. […]Read More
To my friend, Judith Doneson: “This year, 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer are expected in the United States, and 14,180 deaths… The study confirmed earlier findings that IP treatment helps women live longer. Among women who had IP treatment, 81 percent were still alive three years later, compared with 71 percent in women who had only intravenous chemotherapy. The findings are based on the records of about 500 women…. the cumulative data are so strong that oncologists have “no more excuses” for disregarding it.”Read More
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]
May 14th – July 3rd, 2015 – Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce ERVIN MARTON – PARIS: THE POSTWAR YEARS, an exhibition of work from internationally celebrated classic photographer Ervin Marton (1912 – 1968). Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1912, Marton was trained in drawing and sculpture as a youth, and taught himself photography. By the mid-1930s, Paris had grown as a haven for artists as well as… […]Read More