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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

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. […]

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Être Là + Where You Are is Who You Are = Solitude & Claudie Hunzinger

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Art, Books, Care, Dance, France, Ideas, Idées, Music, Now, Peace, Sci/Nat, Women |

Another way to be and to think — Une autre manière d’être et de penser: “When we are alone, we lose our identity. We spread out into everything that surrounds us, we become what surrounds us… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass. – Quand on est seul, on perd son identité. On se déploie dans tout ce qui vous entoure, on devient ce qui vous entoure… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass.” […]

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-empyre- This Month on “ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Action, Art, Death, Ego, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Security, Shoah, Spectacle, Theater, Time, Wars, World |

For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]

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“Chicken**** Netanyahu”? Oh No!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Jewish, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Site, Wars |

A lack of vision and of courageous leadership, being held hostage to fear… an extremely volatile situation that reinforces extremism and distrust on both sides; that is the status quo in Israel and why a paper like Haaretz is vital to any possible change. — “There is every reason for the current government to keep peace as far away as possible,” Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston speaks to Aimee Amiga. “It is in their interest because it creates a situation that energizes the right in this country, and drives the rest of the country into a kind of state of permanent despair, which keeps them neutralized and keeps any kind of broad coalition, broad opposition, from forming against them.” Burston said he had no doubt the Israeli public wanted a two-state solution and peace, but said they have been “absolutely convinced that it is impossible… The settlements are the answer to every one of his political prayers. First of all they defuse the right – it’s only the right here that can depose him politically at this point. Second, they cause anger in Washington, and he exploits that to have this kind of macho image which helps him with his own Likud party.” Video Interview […]

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Drones For Fun…

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Afri, Dance, Humor, Peace, Spectacle, Tech, Theater, Video, Wars |

… and neither for war nor for business! A collaboration between the Cirque du Soleil, Verity Studios and ETH Zurich. “Intimacy, wonder, playfulness and grace… Is there a future for this in the performing arts? Absolutely, we’re just getting started.” – Raffaello D’Andrea, Professor at ETH Zurich, Founder of Verity Studios AG – “Each of the quadcopters that you see in the film has a name, a personality and even some element of motivation.” Welby Altidor, Montreal, Canada (Executive Director of Creations/Executive Creative Director/Creative Content at Cirque du Soleil) [Clips Included]

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