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The Brief Idyll of Late-Nineties Wong Kar-Wai
"In the summer of 1997 I was living in London, trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’d left college and had been in the city for a year, trying, like so many other twentysomethings, to write a novel. I’d given myself a year, but as the chapters took shape so did a curious tension about the way my life was playing out. Part of me was exhilarated and determined: I was writing about a country and people—my people—that did not exist in the pages of formal literature; I was exploring sexual and emotional boundaries, forming relationships with people who seemed mostly wrong for me, but whose unsuitability seemed so right; I was starting, I thought, to untangle the various strands of my cultural identity: Chinese, Malaysian, and above all, what it meant to be foreign, an outsider.

But the increasing clarity of all this was troubled by a growing unsettledness: I had imagined that the act of writing my country and people into existence would make me feel closer to them, but instead I felt more distant. The physical separation between me and my family in Malaysia, which had, up to then, been a source of liberation, now created a deep anxiety. All of a sudden I saw the huge gulf between the person I had been and the one I now was. In the space of just five or six years, university education had given me a different view of life, a different appreciation of its choices. My tastes had evolved, the way I used language had changed—not just in terms of syntax and grammar but the very fact that standard English was now my daily language, rather than the rich mixture of Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Malaysian slang that I had used exclusively until the age of eighteen. I was writing about the place I was from, about the people I loved (and hated), but felt a million miles from them.

All around me, the world seemed to be repositioning itself in ways that seemed to mirror this exciting/confusing tension within me. Britain was in the grip of Cool Britannia fever, and London—multicultural, newly confident after the Labour Party’s victory in the elections—seemed to be the most exciting place on the planet, a city where minority groups of all kinds suddenly found their voice and artistic expression flourished alongside capitalism. On the other side of the world, where my family and friends lived, however, the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis had just erupted, bringing the previously buoyant economies of Southeast Asia to their knees. On the phone with my parents, I heard news of one friend after another who’d lost their job or business. A new anxiety lurked in the voices of all those I spoke to in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region: an unspoken fear of civil unrest, of anti-Chinese violence that inhabited the passages of our histories in times of crisis. These fears were not unfounded: less than a year later, in Jakarta, where my father worked at the time, widespread anti-Chinese riots led to the murders of over a thousand people and hundreds of incidents of rape and burning of Chinese-owned property and businesses. Stay where you are, don’t come back, various friends cautioned.

On TV, I watched the handover of Hong Kong to China after one hundred years of British colonial rule, a transition that felt at once thrilling and scary: the passing of a country from one regime to another, with no one able to predict how the future would pan out. My sister, who had recently moved to Hong Kong to find work, decided that it would change nothing for her, and that she would stay.

I sank deeper into the world of my novel. I sought refuge in a place where I was in control—but even there, things weren’t working out. My characters were all divorced from their surroundings, trying to figure out how to live in a world on the cusp of change. They fell in love with all the wrong people. They didn’t belong to the country they lived in. I wanted the novel to be an antidote to the confusion around me but it wanted to be part of that mess. I was exhausted by it and by the end of that year, abandoned the manuscript.

It was exactly at that time that Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together found its way into the art house movie theaters of Europe. That summer he had won the Best Director prize at Cannes for the film—the first non-Japanese Asian to do so—and I’d seen the movie posters in magazines: Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung sitting dreamily in the back of a car, their faces bathed in a hypnotic yellow light. I’d grown up with these actors, iconic figures in Asian pop culture. I’d seen all their movies, and like so many of my contemporaries, knew the words to all the Leslie Cheung songs, which still take up several gigabytes of memory on my iPhone. I’d seen and swooned over Wong Kar-Wai’s previous films, Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, as well as a curious early work called Days of Being Wild, set partly in the Philippines and also starring Leslie Cheung. I thought I knew what to expect from Happy Together. It turned out that I had no idea at all.

It’s impossible to describe the intense rush of blood to the head that I felt on seeing these two leading actors—young, handsome, but somehow old beyond their years—in the opening scene. They are in a small bed in a boarding house in Buenos Aires. They are far from home, wondering what to do with their lives, how to make their relationship work again. Within seconds they are making love—a boyish tussle with playful ass-slapping that morphs quickly into the kind of rough, quick sex that usually happens between strangers, not long-term partners.

It was the end of the twentieth century; I had watched countless European movies where explicit sex was so much a part of the moviemaking vocabulary that it had long since lost the ability to shock me. But the people in this film were not random French or German actors, they were familiar figures of my childhood, spitting into their hands to lubricate their fucking.

The two men are partners in a turbulent relationship with extreme highs and lows. They travel to Argentina—as far away from home as possible—to try and salvage what they can of their love. Their dream is to travel to see the Iguaçu Falls, a journey which takes on totemic qualities as the movie progresses and their relationship once again falters. They break up. Tony Leung takes a lousy job as a doorman at a tango bar; Leslie Cheung—promiscuous, volatile—becomes a sort of rent boy, though the precise nature of his relationships with other men is never clearly defined. (Over the years I’ve developed a resistance to remembering the characters’ names, wanting, I guess, to imagine that Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung were actually in a relationship.) Leslie drifts in and out of Tony Leung’s life, sometimes bringing his tricks to the bar where Tony works. From time to time they appear ready to get back together again, but they always miss their chance to connect—often in a literal sense, for example when one goes looking for the other, but goes into one door just as the other emerges from an adjacent one.

Their relationship is a series of missed connections, but it is more tragic than two people simply being in the wrong frame of mind at the wrong time. It is impossible for the men to achieve intimacy because they are unable to carve out their place in the world—neither in Buenos Aires nor in Hong Kong, which is referred to often but never in comforting or nostalgic terms. Their new city is not welcoming, and neither is their home country. The same set of problems they escaped from home to avoid follow them to this strange foreign place. The Buenos Aires they inhabit is at once real and unreal, sometimes gritty, other times so dreamy it seems like an imagined city. The mesmerizing visuals that Christopher Doyle created for that film (and would carry into Wong Kar-Wai’s future works) make us feel as if the characters are floating through the city, incapable of affixing themselves to it.

Late in the film, a major new character is introduced—an innocent, uncomplicated young man from Taiwan played by Chang Chen, who works in the Chinese restaurant where Tony Leung has found employment. They form a close friendship, one that seems nourishing and stable. But Tony Leung is still preoccupied by Leslie Cheung, even though they are no longer together. Does Chang Chen feel more for Tony Leung than mere friendship? Almost certainly, he does. He goes to Ushuaia, the farthest point of the Americas, but Tony Leung chooses to remain in Buenos Aires. Those missed connections again: that impossibility, for Tony Leung at least, to figure out how he truly feels because he is too far from home, cut off from his points of reference. That intense separation should have brought him objectivity; he should have gained clarity of thought and emotion. Instead his feelings remain trapped in a place he wants to leave behind, but is unable to forget.

In the closing scenes, Tony Leung finally manages to leave Buenos Aires and travels not to Hong Kong but Taipei. He goes to the night market where Chang Chen’s family runs a food store. Chang Chen isn’t there, he is still traveling the world. “I finally understood how he could be happy running around so free,” Tony Leung says in his low, sad, matter-of-fact voice-over. “It’s because he has a place he can always return to.”

When I think of that period in 1997, when I couldn’t walk down the street or fall asleep without seeing Tony and Leslie dancing the tango in a squalid kitchen, or hearing Caetano Veloso’s featherlight voice hovering over ravishing images of the Iguaçu Falls—I can’t help but think that we were in a short era of innocence before the complicated decades that lay ahead. The Hong Kong that Wong Kar-Wai refers to in that movie no longer exists. The film’s original title is 春光乍洩, which means the first emergence of spring sunshine—or, more idiomatically, a glimpse of something intimate. But perhaps it refers also to that brief moment of openness and… [more]
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7 days ago by robertogreco
Jorge Luis Borges, "Borges and I"
"The other one, the one called Borges, is the one things happen to. I walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and stop for a moment, perhaps mechanically now, to look at the arch of an entrance hall and the grillwork on the gate; I know of Borges from the mail and see his name on a list of professors or in a biographical dictionary. I like hourglasses, maps, eighteenth-century typography, the taste of coffee and the prose of Stevenson; he shares these preferences, but in a vain way that turns them into the attributes of an actor. It would be an exaggeration to say that ours is a hostile relationship; I live, let myself go on living, so that Borges may contrive his literature, and this literature justifies me. It is no effort for me to confess that he has achieved some valid pages, but those pages cannot save me, perhaps because what is good belongs to no one, not even to him, but rather to the language and to tradition. Besides, I am destined to perish, definitively, and only some instant of myself can survive in him. Little by little, I am giving over everything to him, though I am quite aware of his perverse custom of falsifying and magnifying things.

Spinoza knew that all things long to persist in their being; the stone eternally wants to be a stone and the tiger a tiger. I shall remain in Borges, not in myself (if it is true that I am someone), but I recognize myself less in his books than in many others or in the laborious strumming of a guitar. Years ago I tried to free myself from him and went from the mythologies of the suburbs to the games with time and infinity, but those games belong to Borges now and I shall have to imagine other things. Thus my life is a flight and I lose everything and everything belongs to oblivion, or to him.

I do not know which of us has written this page."
borges  stories  buenosaires  identity  presentationofself  icontainmultitudes  spinoza  being  self 
may 2017 by robertogreco
How do greenhouse gas emissions compare in cities around the world? — Hopes&Fears
"On the week of the COP21 climate summit, we ranked 13 urban metropolises with regard to their carbon footprints."
greenhousegasses  environment  emissions  sydney  losangeles  toronto  beijing  bangkok  london  nyc  capetown  madrid  tokyo  buenosaires  oslo  kathmandu  cities 
december 2015 by robertogreco
Martin Roemers - Metropolis | LensCulture
"Dutch photographer Martin Roemers won the 1st prize in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2015 for his series, Metropolis, which documents street life in "mega-cities", defined as urban areas that are home to more than 10 million inhabitants. Here we present an extended slideshow of this project, as well as an interview with the photographer."

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martinroemers  photography  streetphotography  2015  cities  urban  urbanism  global  kolkata  lagos  pakistan  bangladesh  cairo  nigeria  egypt  karachi  dhaka  mumbai  india  guangzhou  china  istanbul  turkey  jakarta  indonesia  buenosaires  argentina  manila  philippines  basil  brazil  riodejaneiro  mexicocity  mexicodf  mexico  nyc  sãopaulo  london  tokyo  japan  df 
november 2015 by robertogreco
Where Roads Collide — re:form — Medium
"Like an organic art form growing from commuter demands, local politics, and the brains of engineering teams, traffic interchanges are mesmerizing in their complexity. With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, car use is growing in countries once dominated by bicycles, motorbikes, and overcrowded buses.

Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the bizarre of global traffic management."
freeways  transportation  cars  losangeles  milwaukee  dallas  buenosaires  hongkong  bangkok  tokyo  shanghai 
july 2014 by robertogreco
César Aira: My ideal is the fairy tale - YouTube
"Interview with Argentinian César Aira who has been called the Marcel Duchamp of Latin America because of his experimental and unpredictable books, heralded by e.g. Roberto Bolaño and Patti Smith. Here Aira talks about his writing and why his books end up like they do.

"You will have to travel to the south of Argentina to find the most original, the most shocking, the most exciting and subversive Spanish-speaking author of our time: César Aira" as put by Spanish newspaper El País. Carlos Fuentes has said that he thinks César Aira will be the first Argentinian to receive the Nobel Prize.

In this interview the Argentine writer César Aira talks about literature in general and his own writing in particular. Specifically he talks of the stories "Ghosts" (1990) and "An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter" (2000).

César Aira (b.1949) has published over eighty books of stories, novels and essays, half of which contain less than twenty pages. Since 1993 Aira has written two to four books each year. In this video Aira talks about his writing techniques and opinions and why he prefers writing shorter books. Writing should be story telling in an old fashioned way, much like a fairy tale, a story of something which happened once, to someone else, i.e. not told in the first person or present tense. Airas books may be short, but they are full of layers, he explains, starting perhaps with an experiment or some philosophical idea.

Aira has taught at the University of Buenos Aires (about Copi and Rimbaud) and at the University of Rosario (Constructivism and Mallarmé), and has translated and edited books from France, England, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela.

César Aira was interviewed by the Danish writer Peter Adolphsen at the Louisiana Literature festival 2012. Adolphsen also translated Aira's words into English in this video."
césaraira  argentina  literature  art  books  robertobolaño  pattismith  writing  carlosfuentes  mallarmé  constructivism  rimbaud  copi  fairytales  firstperson  layering  experimentalbooks  thisisnotabook  presenttense  howwewrite  storytelling  novels  shortstories  everyday  buenosaires  argenchino 
december 2013 by robertogreco
"Somos un estudio independiente que busca dar soluciones simples a problemáticas de comunicación visual complejas.

Desarrollamos de esta manera proyectos de identidad corporativa, branding, packaging, tipografía, editorial, web, ilustración y fotografía.

Para esto optamos por resoluciones con economía de recursos encontrando la inspiración fuera del pixel, asumiendo a los avances tecnológicos como una mera herramienta.

Diseñamos basandonos en una marcada aplicación de las formas, buen uso de las familias tipograficas, las paletas de color, la geometría y las estructuras como indispensables para la creación de una pieza gráfica de diseño.

Así mismo nos interesamos en la selección de soportes y materialidades, como en la exploración de técnicas de impresión y post impresión; claves para el acabado de una pieza.

En definitiva, aplicar al diseño contemporáneo nuestra preferencia por la simpleza y la estética vintage."

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photography  webdesign  packaging  illustration  typography  visualcommunication  visual  graphicdesign  garphics  design  argentina  palermo  buenosaires  webdev 
november 2012 by robertogreco
buenos aires: collective memory | line of sight
"That’s where Argentina seems to have failed. The collective memory of the oligarchy did not adapt to include immigrants. And those immigrants held tight to memories they could not pass on. Their children were caught in an identity crisis that is still visible today. Official attempts to revise history & demonization of anyone who disagrees with their cause are two recent examples of that conflict. Such unhealthy policies continue to prevent the formation of any type of collective bond."
buenosaires  assimilation  immigrants  nationalism  collectivememory  monuments  2012  robertwright  argentina 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Mixtapes - Domus
[via quoted here]

"I have been curating a series of mixtapes called Sound of the City for Domus Magazine. First online, it is now part of the print version as well.

The series is based on a simple principle. Pick a city. Pair a writer, designer or artist from that city with a dj or band from that city. Make a mixtape. All legal, all local, the task of meta curating is mine, and the fun parts come after you stick people together who might not normally hang out or work with each other. Cities featured so far have been Melbourne’s Architecture in Helsinki, New York’s dj /rupture and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Buenos Aires’ Leandro Erlich and ZZK records, Mexico City’s Daniel Hernandez with some help from Toy Selectah and DJ N-RON."
danielperlin  df  mexicodf  mexico  nyc  harlem  buenosaires  beijing  telaviv  lasvegas  moscow  johannesburg  london  milan  melbourne  cities  mixtapes  domus  mexicocity 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Eye on Buenos Aires - Places - Dwell
"In this new feature, we present an architectural insider’s guide to a great design destination. This issue: Buenos Aires, Argentina."
architecture  travel  buenosaires  design  argentina  2005 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 39, Jorge Luis Borges
Too much to choose, but here's one interesting bit: "Now as for the color yellow, there is a physical explanation of that. When I began to lose my sight, the last color I saw, or the last color, rather, that stood out, because of course now I know that your coat is not the same color as this table or of the woodwork behind you—the last color to stand out was yellow because it is the most vivid of colors. That's why you have the Yellow Cab Company in the United States. At first they thought of making the cars scarlet. Then somebody found out that at night or when there was a fog that yellow stood out in a more vivid way than scarlet. So you have yellow cabs because anybody can pick them out. Now when I began to lose my eyesight, when the world began to fade away from me, there was a time among my friends . . . well they made, they poked fun at me because I was always wearing yellow neckties. Then they thought I really liked yellow, although it really was too glaring."
borges  interview  literature  writing  fiction  parisreview  1966  film  language  books  numbers  religion  colors  words  languages  oldnorse  metaphor  georgeeliot  childhood  robertlouisstevenson  treasureisland  marktwain  tomsawyer  huckleberryfinn  milongas  adolfobioycásares  rudyardkipling  kafka  henryjames  waltwhitman  carlsandburg  poetry  josephconrad  argentina  buenosaires  tseliot 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Mapped historical photos, film, and audio | SepiaTown
"SepiaTown lets you view and share thousands of mapped historical images from around the globe. Search the map to view images or...

We welcome historical images from collections of all sizes, from libraries and historical societies to individuals with a boxful of cool old photos."
via:javierarbona  archive  photography  geography  mapping  maps  history  images  cities  moscow  boston  london  sanfrancisco  paris  amsterdam  losangeles  buenosaires  valparaíso  sandiego  local  portland  oregon  googlemaps 
october 2010 by robertogreco
a m l - tres bibliotecas de borges
"en cierto sentido, claro, borges tuvo muchas bibliotecas—pero en este post me voy a limitar a tres."
borges  anamaríaleón  libraries  fiction  argentina  buenosaires  books 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Chris Moss on Psychoanalysing Argentina | FiveBooks
"all about Buenos Aires & feature duals, mythical figures, places w/ patios & grilled windows, & are full of a sense of his native Palermo. He sets ‘The Gospel According to St Mark’ out in the province, another region he loved to imagine. Borges’s fiction amounts to a metaphorical universe & he evokes a place I dream of visiting when I’m homesick for BA…Infinity beguiled him & the metaphor of the labyrinth expresses that. Of course, that comes from Greek classical literature but I think it might also be a simple way of articulating the grid-like layout of Buenos Aires, a city surrounded by the infinity of the Pampas, an urban labyrinth. He doesn’t write strictly topographically about BA but distils it into a metaphoric landscape."

"You have to remember that Argentina is one of the biggest meatpacking nations in the world & the sense of that goes beyond cows to the humans too. It’s a carnal nation with a history based on slaughter – that’s why the theme is so important."
argentina  chrismoss  borges  estebanecheverría  marianoplotkin  robertfarristhompson  tango  exequielmartínezestrada  history  culture  psychology  psychoanalysis  meat  palermo  violence  cities  buenosaires  fiction  music  nonfiction  elmatadero  literature  labyrinths  classics  urban  urbanism  landscapes 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Mejor en Bici - Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
"El Programa Bicicletas de Buenos Aires tiene como objetivo fomentar el uso de la bicicleta como medio de transporte ecológico, saludable y rápido. Este programa está en línea con las tendencias mundiales. Las grandes capitales del mundo, como París, Nueva York, Barcelona y Bogotá, han adoptado ya a la bicicleta como aliada estratégica para alivianar el problema del tránsito y para promover una Ciudad con prácticas sustentables."
buenosaires  argentina  bikes  biking  transit  transportation  activism  sustainability 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Down Argentine Way
"“I saw a really bad knockoff of one of my characters painted on a kiosk, and I felt like ‘Yes! I’ve finally made it!’  ” says Argentina’s Ricardo Siri Liniers, known by his nom de comics, Liniers. The artist is referring to one of the newsstands that line the streets of Buenos Aires and that sell an eclectic mix of magazines, comics, and high-brow literature. Homemade paintings of well-known comics characters often adorn the city’s kiosks: Homer Simpson is a favorite. For Liniers, the newsstand homage was proof of his growing influence in the Argentine comics scene, and of a movement from obscurity to cult status."
liniers  macanudo  buenosaires  argentina  comics  illustration 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Wooster Collective: “Paredes que hablan” (Talking Walls) - An Introduction to 16 Street Artists in Latin America
"Produced by INJAUS for I SAT, “Paredes que hablan” (Talking Walls) its a series of sixteen short films showcasing street artist in three cities of Latin America: Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico City,

Included in the series. From Brazil Boleta, Orion, Speto, Titi Freak, Nunca. From Argentina Gualicho, Nerf, Jaz, Pum Pum. From México Seher, Sego, Neuzz, Saner, Watchavato.
Here's the first set, from Sao Paulo:"
streetart  buenosaires  argentina  mexico  mexicodf  df  brasil  sãopaulo  brazil  mexicocity 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Change We Can’t Believe In: Financial Page: The New Yorker
"It’s no coincidence that this kind of panic has taken hold in Argentina: the country’s history of financial crises has made people there profoundly skeptical of the way markets work. The sharp spike in inflation in the past couple of years, for instance, was almost certainly exacerbated by Argentina’s previous experience with hyperinflation. Businesses that have gone through an episode of hyperinflation become understandably alert to the threat of it: at the first hint of inflation, they’re likely to increase prices, since they’ve learned that if they don’t, and inflation hits, their businesses will be wrecked. In the same way, when it comes to holding onto coins, people hoard first and ask questions later."
money  coins  argentina  economics  change  risk  psychology  currency  buenosaires 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Buenos Aires Is a So-So Food City | Serious Eats [refers to:]
"According to Terrence Henry of The Atlantic Food Channel, Buenos Aires leaves much to be desired in terms of food and flavor. He notes that most restaurants use wood-fired grills, which he thinks blanket all foods with similar flavors. He also comments on the lack of variety in the street food available, saying that it is limited to empanadas."

[Counter-opinion here: See also: ]
buenosaires  food  argentina  grilling 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Africa en Buenos Aires -
"Cada año, cientos de jóvenes del continente negro llegan a la Argentina escapando de guerras y miseria; de dónde vienen, con qué sueñan y qué piensan del país los vendedores de bijouterie que coparon el centro"
argentina  buenosaires  migration  immigration  africa  senegal  assylum 
april 2009 by robertogreco
The Soccer Project: Buenos Aires - A Love/Hate Relationship
"Instead of dance floors, Buenos Aires restaurants have futbol courts (except for the tango restaurants, which have both). There are clubs throughout the city and we wander into them. In Club Eros, the court is a checkerboard and the tables in front of it have white and green tablecloths, candlelight and bife de chorizo. Unlike Brazil, where you play for your right to stay on the court, in Argentina you need a hundred pesos to rent it out for an hour."
buenosaires  futbol  culture  soccer  sports  argentina  football 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Rob Forbes on ways of seeing | Video on
"Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns -- this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you."
design  observation  cities  photography  ted  designwithinreach  robforbes  travel  urban  urbanism  chicago  buenosaires  seeing  us  future  planning 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Un mapa de la inseguridad, versión 2.0 - FayerWayer
"Desgraciadamente, en Argentina es tema de todos los días la inseguridad: es uno de los principales asuntos que más preocupan a los habitantes de este país. Cualquier persona, en cualquier lugar es una potencial víctima de la inseguridad. Es aquí, donde Mapa de la Inseguridad entra en juego. ¿Qué hace básicamente? Bajo el lema “Saber nos da Seguridad”, el sitio pretende ser una especie de registro visual, donde los usuarios puede notificar vía web o telefónicamente cuando y donde han sido víctimas de un delito."
argentina  buenosaires  maps  mapping  googlemaps  crime  security 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Remember the Present « Continental Drift
"This is an inquiry into the representations of crisis and the enactments of counter-memory in Argentina. The aim is to provide a discursive frame for some of the most impressive experiments in political art to have emerged around the turn of the millennium."

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argentina  crisis  2001  finance  art  history  economics  politics  protest  imf  buenosaires  collapse  mapping  money  society  activism 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Ex Argentina: mapping the visual and political in Argentina
"La Normalidad (normalisation) was the theme for the third exhibition component of the Ex Argentina project which opened in Buenos Aries at the Palais de Glace on February 14th 2006. Ex Argentina was initiated by Andreas Siekmann and Alice Creischer after the dramatic economic collapse in Argentina in December 2001. They travelled to Buenos Aries in November 2002 to begin an investigation, through artistic methods, of the global and local power relations which precipitated this collapse and its aftermath. Through the exhibition program, and its associated discussions and publications, they hoped to create a geneology of the crisis in Argentina which would help foster a minoritarian and local critique capable of challenging the production of global knowledge on the collapse in Argentina, situating this within a global context."
argentina  crisis  2001  finance  art  history  economics  politics  protest  imf  buenosaires  collapse  mapping  money  society  activism 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Información Buenos aires Argentina Gastronomia [worth a look if you can get past the eye burning web design]
"Uno de los mejores resultados de toda esta mezcla étnica, es que paseando por la Reina del Plata, se puede encontrar en el rubro gastronómico con lo autóctono: una parrilla-restaurante que le sirven unos "asados" con las excelentes carnes argentinas acompañadas de su impresionante parrillada criolla o unas empanadas criollas y también un calórico " locro". También restaurantes árabes, las mejores pastas italianas, una paella a la valenciana espectacular, por citar sólo algunos ejemplos. Que indudablemente reflejan a las multitudinarias culturas y costumbres."
food  argentina  buenosaires  meat  asado  recipes  gastronomy 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Southern Cone Travel: Mismarketing Argentina - the Disaster of Discriminatory Pricing
""differential prices" which, over the last several years have become a plague and an excuse to rip off foreign tourists even as Argentine prices return to their pre-crisis levels, when the dollar and peso were one to one (at present, the dollar is slowly regaining strength against the Argentine currency). In March, the federal government finally acknowledged the problem by passing a Defensa del Consumidor (Defense of the Consumer) law that prohibits differential rates in hotels and other services, but the problem has not gone away. According to the Buenos Aires daily Clarín, in hotels, restaurants and taxis, services often continue to cost more to the client who's obviously foreign. In some cases, advertised peso prices are claimed to be dollars or even euros - three or four times the true cost."
argentina  pricing  prices  tourism  discrimination  opportunism  buenosaires  travel 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Buenos Aires sigue entre las ciudades más baratas del mundo -
"Se ubica en el puesto 138 sobre 143 urbes; subió una posición respecto del año último; Moscú encabeza la lista de las más caras y Asunción ocupa el último lugar"
buenosaires  travel  cities  affordability  argentina 
august 2008 by robertogreco
The Argentine Post: 15 Rules For Stress-Free Driving In Argentina
"Argentines have a remarkably interesting capacity to curse and yell without actually taking themselves too seriously. The angry yelling seems to be fleeting and does not - at least in many cases - seem to represent a deep, lingering anger. The same trait seems to be common in Italy which, of course, supplied much of Argentina's immigration. My experience is that Argentines curse and yell in traffic in part just for show. In part, they enjoy it. The verbal onslaughts are almost part of of an odd cultural ritual."
argentina  buenosaires  driving  traffic  culture  society  swearing  language 
august 2008 by robertogreco
YouTube - Orquesta Tipica: The Tango Fight in San Telmo
"The Tango Orchestra Fernandez Fierro, is going to start their show on the streets of San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. But the police try to abort it, and the audience begin a fight with the autority. This is Tango. This is Buenos Aires."

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film  buenosaires  argentina  culture  debate  humor  law 
august 2008 by robertogreco
The Argentine Post: Bicycle Theft Galore In Buenos Aires
"So just how honest are Porteños these days? To answer the question, the ad people came up with a brilliant idea. Why not place unlocked bikes around the city and see how long it takes for people to rob them? And that is exactly what they did. The results are documented in a series of videos that you can see here, and here."
video  bikes  argentina  buenosaires  society  security  crime 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Rirkrit Tiravanija - Wikipedia
"early installations involved cooking meals for gallery-goers...explores social role of artist...described by Bourriaud as having "relational aesthetics."...installations often take form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading, playing music. Architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work."
art  artists  buenosaires  argentina  via:migurski  cooking  architecture 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Por los sucesivos robos, estudiantes y turistas extranjeros tomaron un hostel en San Telmo
"Se quejan por la falta de seguridad y el maltrato que reciben de los administradores. "Pedimos hablar con el dueño, pero jamás dio la cara", dijo uno de los jóvenes que residen en el lugar. "
argentina  buenosaires  tourism  travel  culture  service  students  business  protest 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Fearful rich in Argentina keep poor at bay with gated homes and razor wire | World news | The Guardian
"Uneven economic recovery is polarising society, and Buenos Aires' well-off are seeking peace outside the city"
buenosaires  argentina  cities  wealth  poverty  housing  crime  fear 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Telecom: todos los reclamos serán a través del teléfono
"En la empresa dicen que el 90% de la gente va a las sucursales sólo a pagar Y que eso lo puede hacer en los bancos # Telefónica, por el contrario, relanza sus oficinas # El Gobierno plantea dudas sobre el anuncio"
buenosaires  argentina  telecom  service  law  consumer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Teléfonos: los usuarios dicen que faltan oficinas de atención al público
"Por orden judicial, las telefónicas no pueden cerrar oficinas comerciales y deben garantizar la atención personalizada de los reclamos. Pero según entidades de defensa del consumidor, la medida no se cumple. Clarín visitó dos oficinas."
buenosaires  argentina  telecom  service  law  consumer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
The Fall and Rise of Buenos Aires -
"after the crash in 2001, “there was an explosion of art, of people innovating with whatever was at hand, and as a result we have the diversity and creativity that we see among young artists today.” He adds, “People were left with nothing, and so ar
art  buenosaires  argentina  economics  crisis  creativity 
april 2008 by robertogreco
What crisis? Buenos Aires is a world leader by design - Americas, Travel - The Independent
"The period of need, introspection and experimentation that followed the currency crisis was to trigger a phenomenal creative impulse in the capital, and an army of restless designers began to manipulate the materials available to them in new and exciting
buenosaires  design  crisis  reinvention  reuse  materials  via:cityofsound 
april 2008 by robertogreco
"revista de ciencia ficción y fantasía que se publica desde 1984 en Buenos Aires, Argentina. En sus páginas se pueden encontrar cuentos, ensayos, informaciones y comentarios bibliográficos, inéditos en español, de los grandes maestros del género y
argentina  literature  sciencefiction  fantasy  books  magazines  film  scifi  history  future  buenosaires 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Página/12 Web :: futuro :: Argentina Potencia: como la ciencia ficcion imagino a la buenos aires del futuro.
"Adornado por el brillo del optimismo científico-tecnológico y la nostalgia de los tiempos aún por venir, el retrato de la Buenos Aires futura discurre por las páginas de la ciencia ficción argentina."
argentina  buenosaires  sciencefiction  scifi  history  future  cities  literature 
april 2008 by robertogreco
futuratronics: Buenos Aires bajo humo: un pequeño simulacro apocalíptico
"Demostró, encima, cuan rápido puede cambiar la realidad de una ciudad. Es como una prueba en miniatura de una catástrofe climática a nivel global. Un pequeño Apocalipsis pintoresco. Después vendrá el de verdad. Vayamos practicando."
buenosaires  argentina  sciencefiction  scifi  yearoff  smoke  air  pollution  fire  glvo  comics 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Página/12 Web :: las12 :: Espiritual y salvaje: Guadalupe Fernández
"Guadalupe da clases desde hace años –en la Casa de Oficios da un taller de pintura para niños y niñas de entre 6 y 12–, en gran parte por una cuestión vocacional, pero también por haber conocido a Marcia Schwartz, que enseguida la adoptó como asistente. “A ella la conocí a través de Liliana Maresca, y aunque no fui nunca su alumna la verdad es que aprendí mucho.”"
art  buenosaires  glvo  argentina  yearoff 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Buscador de Árboles
"Este buscador brinda la posibilidad de obtener información sobre cualquier árbol de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires."
trees  buenosaires  argentina  reference  location  biology  geotagging 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Cómo cambió la cara el Mercado de Liniers, tras 20 días de paro |
"El predio de 34 hectáreas del barrio de Mataderos está completamente inactivo desde hace 9 días; se dejaron de comercializar animales por unos 99 millones de pesos"
argentina  crisis  food  meat  markets  paro  buenosaires  politics 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Palermo Valley — Información, novedades y eventos de la comunidad web 2.0 en Argentina
"En su forma básica, sería el nombre que se le da a la movida de Internet web 2.0 en Buenos Aires… donde la mayoría de las empresas web 2.0 están en la zona de Palermo."
entrepreneurship  argentina  buenosaires  palermo  internet  web2.0  technology  blogs 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Global Voices Online » Argentina: Web Entrepreneurs in Palermo Valley
"The third edition of Palermo Valley is currently in the works [es] where some of the projects will be presented for this gathering. The Argentine example has motivated other Latin American countries to hold their own “Valley gatherings.”"
argentina  buenosaires  barcamp  unconferences  microblogging  web2.0  technology  vc 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Luis D´Elía: "Lo único que me mueve es el odio hacia la oligarquía" |
"Lo único que me mueve es el odio contra la puta oligarquía"..."Piensan que nosotros somos inmundicia, escoria, barbarie. Tengo el mismo odio que nos tienen ustedes a nosotros los del norte" “No tengo problemas en matarlos a todos”
argentina  crisis  food  government  protests  violence  luisdelia  economics  money  buenosaires 
march 2008 by robertogreco Latin America - Argentina Suffers Beef Shortages as Strike Continues (Update3)
All true. We'll see how this develops. Just back from market with Enzo...saw a lot of empty space in meat department, one section was covered over. They're also limiting milk purchases to three liters of the incomplete selection that is still available.
argentina  buenosaires  crisis  food  markets  money  taxes  politics  government 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Envíe sus fotos de los cacerolazos
"Si tiene imágenes de los cacerolazos en Capital y también en otras localidades del interior del país, por favor, envíe sus fotos y videos a la siguiente casilla" Clarín crowdsources the cacerolazo coverage
crowdsourcing  buenosaires  argentina  web  online  citizenjournalism  yearoff  politics  protest  photography  participatory  media 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Se organizaron cacerolazos en algunas esquinas de Capital Federal contra la postura del Gobierno
"contra el discurso de Cristina Kirchner y la disputa con los productores rurales en paro desde hace casi dos semanas"

[ progress now here in Palermo...another item to cross off our list of the full Argentine experience]
argentina  buenosaires  yearoff  government  politics  protest 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Southern Cone Travel
"This blog began in November 2007 as a supplement to my Moon Handbooks on Argentina, Buenos Aires (plus coastal Uruguay), Chile (plus Easter Island), and Patagonia (plus the Falkland/Malvinas Islands)"
argentina  buenosaires  chile  patagonia  travel  uruguay  blogs 
march 2008 by robertogreco
"base de datos de recursos para las Artes Electrónicas. En esta etapa pone al alcance de la comunidad profesional y académica interesada en las Artes Electrónicas, información especializada sobre recursos técnicos y tecnológicos de interés potencia
catalog  resources  argentina  buenosaires  electronics 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Micromuseo - Bitácora: NEOCRIOLLO: Mónica Giron en el MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
"título remite a elucubraciones lingüísticas de Xul Solar concebidas para resolución utópica de tensiones babélicas surgidas en Río de la Plata por mareas inmigratorias del siglo XX...más específica...Leo Marechal en "Adán Buenosayres"
neocriollo  art  xulsolar  buenosaires  immigration  history  glvo  leomarechal  malba  latinamerica  argentina  mónicagiron 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Borges Center - Beatriz Sarlo: Fantastic invention and cultural nationality - The University of Iowa
"form was completely naked; trunk & abdomen were transparent as illuminated with X rays and subtle design of organs could be easily seen; stood on one of his huge legs & bent other...head surrounded by radiant mist, phosphorescent eyes revolved like spots
borges  xulsolar  buenosaires  argentina  literatura  neocriollo  leomarechal  glvo  myth  identity  immigration  art 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Architects of Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires, City of Faded Elegance
"The architects of Buenos Aires have left some of the most vivid impressions on the surface of this city. Stunning facades and architectural details are among the primary characteristics that create the beauty of Buenos Aires."
architects  architecture  buenosaires  argentina  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Pitch Invasion » Features » Argentinian Football: A Primer
"history of Argentine football has been dominated from outset by Buenos Aires club....address couple of historical errors that have tended to creep into English-language writing about those clubs...allowing for that place of capital in game’s developmen
football  argentina  buenosaires  maps  via:cityofsound  sports 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PuertoBaires | design+branding
"estudio creativo ubicado en Buenos Aires (Argentina), especializado en diseño multimedia: diseño web, diseño gráfico y motion graphics. Hoy, este estudio es el portfolio personal de Fernando Maclen el cual dirije desde sus comienzos como diseñador f
argentina  buenosaires  webdesign  coworking  webdev 
march 2008 by robertogreco
darwin in buenos aires
"Thankfully Charles Darwin was a prodigious writer because his correspondence provides an invaluable snapshot of Buenos Aires during one of its most difficult periods."
darwin  buenosaires  history  argentina  charlesdarwin 
february 2008 by robertogreco
""I try to picture in my mind one of those big magazine advertisements from the forties, with the cursive lettering, where a smiling woman's face is telling me "Relax... You're on Argentime!" And immediately I feel better."
argentina  customs  holidays  christmas  buenosaires  time  society  maciejceglowski  maciejcegłowski 
january 2008 by robertogreco
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