Monthly Archives: September 2010

How to divert attention

The French Government is carrying out an expulsion of Roma (Gypsy) of its territory. Legally, these people are European citizens, which makes the manoeuver illegal according to EU law.

Earlier this week, the EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, allegedly compared the actions fiercely defended by Nicolas Sarkozy to Germany’s policies of expulsion during World War II.

Right served him.

Not so many people are aware of the fact that other ethnic, religious and political minorities were also persecuted during the third Reich: gypsies, Africans, homosexuals, Jehovah Witnesses, communists and even people with mental illnesses suffered during the regime.

The French government is going through a major political crisis linking the president with illegal moves involving obscure campaign money donations and power influence. Not to mention the economic crisis, also rather clumsily handled.

Creating an outrageous scandal based on right-wing populist measures with racistic ideals is quite an effective way of distracting the people’s attention, is it not?

No matter how big our prejudices might be, we must not repeat the errors of the past, even if they seem like the easiest way out of a crisis.

We must be smarter than that.

Der Eintänzer (2009), by Rebecca Horn

Isolation has never solved anything.

Normality

I’m quite tired to post anything that is slightly relevant at this point. Inspiration has left me for the day, so here are the things that I’ve done today:

  1. woke up late;
  2. went all the way to the university campus to get something I should have gotten before;
  3. met a friend for lunch at one of my favorite places on Earth (a Taiwanese vegetarian place);
  4. had coffee in an incredibly cozy new café close to my home;
  5. tried to solve my cell phone problem;
  6. went to the gym;
  7. grabbed a bite;
  8. taught another class;
  9. talked to another dear friend about Yom Kippur plans;
  10. searched for easy but smart laughter online.

A productive day? I’m not so sure.

Musically, today was devoted to The Knife:

and The Gossip:

I love it when I go back to an album I’ve listened to a lot in the past and still find new aspects to like.

Novelty doesn’t always lie in the new.

Signs, silence, Zola

(I bit my lip thrice. A heavenly sign to remain silent?)

Being slightly inattentive has almost always been an endearing trait of my personality. Many people think it’s cute (not most of my roommates, though).

Today I was careless enough to leave my cell phone on a wet sink for a couple of hours and then, when I needed to use it, I realized it was no longer working. Now I’m not only unable to make or receive calls but I’m also deprived of all its wonderfully addictive features.

To be honest, I’m perfectly well without constant communication – I love it, actually. Whenever I travel I make a big deal out of not taking any phone with me – there is so much liberty in not being reachable at all times.

Anyway, this completely changed my mood because I hate having to deal with this sort of errand – I guess I pretty much dislike all errands for that matter, so I won’t be writing about anything else.

Then rather than speaking, I’m reading and listening.

So here’s a video by Zola Jesus (don’t you just love that name?):

Although I’m not very fond of the Goth label, I truly appreciate her dark tone. A more recent one:

I need to calm down.

NY S2011: Looks I Love

Very self-centeredly, I only like fashion either that I can wear or that I would wear, were I a bit bolder (and richer).

Having said that, I must say that I found a new love in the fashion industry after the last New York Spring 2011 shows: Band of Outsiders.

I loved the colors, the lengths, the weirdness and the accessories.

My favorite looks:

the Shorts, the Shirt, the Shoes

the Shorts, the Boots, the Shirt

the Boots, the Top, the Combination

the Shirt, the Shorts, the Shoes, the Cap, the Look

Is it too much to desire an entire collection?

The American brand  and its California meets the Riviera flavor are perfect for both Brazil and my wardrobe.

Twice as nice

Don’t you just love electronic duos?

Air, Daft Punk (pioneers) The Knife, Röyksopp, Cosmetics, Air France are a few of my older and more recent favorites. And now there’s Phantogram:

Ok, the visuals aren’t that great for this particular video but the music is fantastic. Mouthful of Diamonds is the first single from their first record, so they definitely deserve a lot of credit.

Apparently, two heads think, produce, create and execute electronic music better than one.

Delightful.

PS: Happy birthday to my great friend Adriano, my divine inspiration.

Typical Beauty from B

Brazilians are known for being a very racially mixed crowd. According to the 2006 Census, 33% of the population consider themselves to be of mixed race. This is quite easy to see just by walking down any street of a major city here.

Rael Costa is a fine example of this:

It is really refreshing to see this kind of looks represented.

With so many types of beauty in the world, it is about time we started appreciating different kinds of prettiness.

(Via TheFashionisto)

And before I forget:

!שנה טובה ומתוקה לכולנו

!ושבת שלום

Psychotherapy is the new pilates

Many are those who experience the power of producing art in improving one’s sentimental and mental conditions.

Lygia Clark (1920-1988), one of Brazil’s most reputed artists, was one of those. A key player in the creation of the Neo-Concrete art movement back in the mid 20th century, Clark turned to art therapy as a means of helping others towards the end of her life.

The Neo-concretists believed that the art is subjective as it is organic, meaning that the spectators (or participants) should be able to explore it and eventually merge with the artist himself through the manipulation of the art object.

An interesting point in her work is that she took elements of both Constructivism and Performance art and combined them in a unique way that encourages interaction with very abstract works.

Her choice of materials  is quite extraordinary (especially metal) with regards to audience participation. One would think that hard objects in geometrical shapes would hardly be inviting but yet she managed to make her art work quite approachable.

It is truly wonderful when you can really experience the work of an artist. It is not only life-changing but also quite healing.

Like therapy, like sports, like art.