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The Human Library lends people and renews understanding | Art Threat
"Are you curious what goes on in the mind of a queer Islamaphobe? Or perhaps you’d rather pick the brain of a polyamorous lover?

No, I’m not suggesting you call up your cable provider and subscribe to TLC. Rather, you should step away from the screen and hit up the Human Library, which provides an unscripted opportunity to learn more about real people who may not share the same values or culture as you."

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humanlibrary  libraries  humans  2013  via:regine  perspective  canada  prejudice  prejudices  culture  understanding 
january 2013 by robertogreco
Chickens are capable of feeling empathy, scientists believe - Telegraph
"Domestic chickens display signs of empathy, the ability to ''feel another's pain'' that is at the heart of compassion, a study has found."
animals  compassion  pain  chicken  empathy  via:regine 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Coleccionistas de sonidos · ELPAÍ
"Los especialistas de grabaciones de campo catalogan los sones en peligro de extinción y los cuelgan en la Red"
maps  mapping  archives  archival  archiving  nature  web  music  community  environment  via:regine  fieldrecording  online 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Nano Supermarket «
"The NANO Supermarket presents speculative nanotech products that may hit the shelves within the next ten years: medicinal candy, interactive wall paint, a wine which taste can be altered with microwaves, a twitter implant, invisible security spray and much more. Visit the shop, taste & test our products and experience the impact of nanotechnology on our everyday lives."
nanotechnology  nano  nanotech  scifi  via:regine  designfiction  consumerism  technology 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Amexica: on the frontline of the Mexican drugs trade | book extract | World news | The Observer
"Nuevo Laredo: the border town on the frontline of the drugs trade

The US-Mexico border runs for nearly 2,000 miles. Last year Observer writer Ed Vulliamy travelled its entire length. In this extract from his new book, Amexica, he tells the incredible story of the town that doubles as the world's largest transport hub for narcotics"
us  mexico  borders  drugs  narcotraficantes  edvulliamy  laredo  nuevolaredo  texas  amexica  via:regine 
september 2010 by robertogreco
The Fence - The Film
"In October 2006, the United States government decided to build a fence along its troubled border with Mexico. 3 years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, thousands of construction workers, tens of thousands of tons of metal and more than $3 billion later – was it all worth it? That's the question posed in Rory Kennedy's latest HBO Documentary THE FENCE (LA BARDA) as it investigates the impact of the project, revealing how the fence's stated goals – containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking and protecting America from terrorists – have given way to unforeseen consequences."
via:regine  sandiego  borders  mexico  us  minutemen  documentary  labarda  drugs  immigration  terrorism  narcotraficantes  2006  georgewbush  fences  rorykennedy  classideas  politics  policy 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Young, urban professional seeks home – vacant premises will do - Home News, UK - The Independent
"The number of people living in squats in England and Wales has risen by 25 per cent in the last seven years, according to new figures. But contrary to popular belief, greater numbers of squatters are now professional, middle class and upwardly mobile."
via:regine  squatting  squatters  property  trends  money  uk  housing  gapyears 
august 2010 by robertogreco
LAX parking lot is home away from home for airline workers - Los Angeles Times
"Buffeted by their industry's turbulence, airline employees save money by living part time in a motor home colony at LAX. ... Lancaster's 2001 Tradewinds sits among 100 trailers and motor homes that form a colony of pilots, mechanics and other airline workers at LAX, the third-busiest airport in the nation. They are citizens of one of the most unusual communities in the United States.

Their turf, just east of the Proud Bird restaurant off Aviation Boulevard, is less than 3,500 feet from the south runway. It is a drab expanse of crumbling gray asphalt, approach lights, chain-link fencing and rows of beige and white RVs -- some battered, others grand. A splash of color comes from the red and white blooms of about a dozen rose bushes along the colony's northern edge.

Many of the residents are separated from spouses, children and significant others for days -- even weeks -- at a time in order to keep their jobs or move up the pyramid of the airline industry."
losangeles  lax  airports  work  neo-nomads  nomads  motorhomes  airlines  via:regine 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Detroit UnReal Estate Agency
"Detroit Unreal Estate Agency will produce, collect and inventory information on the ‘unreal estate’ of Detroit: that is, on the remarkable, distinct, characteristic or subjectively significant sites of urban culture. The project is aimed at new types of urban practices (architecturally, artistically, institutionally, everyday life, etc) that came into existence, creating a new value system in Detroit."
detroit  via:regine  art  architecture  realestate  urban  cities  urbanism  activism  homes  housing 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Artworld Salon » Blog Archive » What’s wrong with ‘professionalization’?
"What are we really criticizing when we deride the graduates of MFA and PhD programs for nothing more than simply having done what one would expect them to do, which is to go and learn about the enterprise in which they are interested? I suspect that lurking behind such statements lies a romanticized and outmoded notion of the artistic subject—which is to say, of the kind of subjectivity (autodidactic, at odds with decorum and the status quo, sometimes tortured, often difficult, always independent—i.e. an ideal of bourgeois bohemianism) that continues to cling to the definition of the “artist” today like some itchy fungus." + response in comments which begins: "Just as the marriage of poststructuralism and the invasion of academe by the baby-boomer generation produced political correctness and decades of right thinking by a neutered liberal establishment, many MFA programs...often promote less a canon of critical ideas than an effective art world catechism..."
via:regine  art  academia  mfa  professionalism  autodidacts  autodidactism  academics  glvo  autodidacticism 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Gone (Art) Hunting -
"Now that the artificial inflation is over and the newcomers who played with art as they did with futures have gone home, those who truly love and know art have the field all to themselves."
art  crisis  inflation  collecting  via:regine 
march 2009 by robertogreco
The war we gave Mexico - Los Angeles Times
"Thus, America's political decisions to treat drug addiction as a crime rather than a public health problem, and to legalize AK-47s but not pot, fuel an incipient civil war in Mexico." ... "If Americans really are concerned about the horrific toll inflicted by Mexico's narco-gangsters, we need to ask some tough questions about our own cultural and political delusions."
us  mexico  policy  drugs  guns  weapons  war  politics  law  failure  future  2009  via:regine 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Small is beautiful in this age of austerity - News, Art - The Independent
"But now a leading director is urging galleries to rethink the way in which major shows are staged by offering up a single work of art rather than the usual rooms crammed full of gilt-framed Monets, Turners and Caravaggios.
art  small  simplicity  austerity  galleries  museums  exhibitions  via:regine  recession 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Nick Cave’s Soundsuits : Bad at Sports
"Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are fabulous creations made of thrift store finds, twigs, plastic bags, discarded thcotchkes, and just about anything else that strikes his fancy. Children loved seeing his work and guessing the materials they were made from, and seeing a video presentation of people inhabiting them. They enjoyed learning about his process, too. Often, Cave’s Soundsuits are assembled by a multigenerational, multicultural group of volunteers in his Chicago neighborhood.”

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nickcave  children  art  glvo  wearable  via:regine  sound  dance  performance  recycling  costumes  design  sculpture  soundsuits  sewing  classideas  tcsnmy  fabric  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  performanceart  wearables 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Charlotte Higgins says one of the most interesting aspects of Barack Obama's speeches is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans | World news | The Guardian
"Here's the thing: to understand the next four years of American politics, you are going to need to understand something of the politics of ancient Greece and Rome.
via:regine  barackobama  rhetoric  speech  oratory  elections  2008  ancientgreece  ancientrome  communication  cicero 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Mutant fish develops a taste for human flesh in India - Telegraph
"The enormous goonch, a type of catfish, is said to have developed a taste for human flesh after feeding on corpses thrown into the river after funeral ceremonies. Locals rumours have held for years that a mysterious monster lurks in the water. But they think it has moved on from scavenging to targeting live bathers who swim in the Great Kali, which flows along the India-Nepal borde"
fish  animals  india  monsters  food  oddities  via:regine 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Rhizome - Exploring the Concept of Democracy in Latin America: Carlos Motta's "The Good Life"
"Commissioned by Art in General, Carlos Motta's new Internet archive, The Good Life, is the latest part of a project the artist has developed since 2005, comprising 360 video interviews with pedestrians in twelve Latin American cities. In his essay, "Postscript: Civilization or Barbarity," the Colombian artist outlines the shift from politicized, creative practices, like those of Argentina's Third Cinema and Brazil's Paulo Freire, to increasing U.S. incursions, since the 1970s, into Latin American governments and economies. Attempting to close the divide "between democratic theory and practice" and reclaim, according to essayist Stamatina Gregory, an older conception of participatory politics, explored by Aristotle and revived by Hannah Arendt, Motta asks his interviewees about their own conceptions of democracy, democratization, and U.S. interventions in the region."
carlosmotta  latinamerica  intervention  democracy  interviews  public  video  internet  archive  argentina  thirdcinema  brasil  colombia  politics  policy  us  via:regine  paulofreire  brazil 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Why don't art and science mix? | Art & architecture |
"The Darwin's Canopy commission was a chance for artists to engage with science. What a shame they turned their backs on this challenge"
art  science  darwin  exhibits  via:regine  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  evolution  glvo  charlesdarwin 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Art MoCo: Boring boring boring boring boring boring boring
"Boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague is anything but. This first novel is a fanstastic satire of youth in the art world that spoofs artists, art schools, collectors, gallerists, art terrorists and just about everyone else. In addition to being a good read into the world of 19 year olds with attitude to spare, Boring Boring is a visual treat. The typography and graphic design are an integral part of the plot."
books  art  via:regine  education  artschools  satire  novels  literature  unschooling  deschooling  artschool 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Shanghaiist: Video: The growing divide
"Kaiser Kuo, digital guru of Ogilvy China and the man behind the Ogilvy China Digital Watch, throws an interesting light on the growing divide between the anglophone and the Chinese internets." Direct link to video:
via:regine  china  chinese  internet  web  online  censorship  freedom  anglophone  divide  digitalwatch  culture  culturaldivide  disconnect  westernworld 
august 2008 by robertogreco News | Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power
"Salon has uncovered new evidence of post-9/11 spying on Americans. Obtained documents point to a potential investigation of the White House that could rival Watergate."
via:regine  politics  law  surveillance  power  crime  database  corruption  datamining  abuse  georgewbush  panopticon  NSA 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Mao Crazy
"We are witnessing a globalized political whitewash job, with artists and assorted collectors, dealers, and sycophants pouring a thick layer of avant-garde double-talk over the infernal decade of suffering, destruction, and death that Mao unleashed on his
via:regine  art  china 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Off Center » The Arts and the President
"War, energy, humanitarian intervention, public education, women’s reproductive rights, the death penalty … somewhere on the long list of policy positions among the presidential candidates is the arts. Or at least for one of them."
elections  2008  politics  us  barackobama  johnmccain  art  via:regine 
july 2008 by robertogreco
posturban transformation | - "Urbanism as a Way of Life, had traditionally been places of difference, places in which individuals from rural backgrounds were deterritorialized (to use Deleuzean terms) to become new, urban beings...
"...But something strange has happened over the last two decades...As the global city becomes increasingly homogeneous, today's advocates of the creative city may seem as backwards to us as Corbusier did to Jane Jacobs."
cities  suburbs  trends  urban  via:regine  creativeclass  suburbia  urbanism  demographics  janejacobs  kazysvarnelis 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Why bananas are a parable for our times
"Below the headlines about rocketing food prices and rocking governments, there lays a largely unnoticed fact: Bananas are dying. The foodstuff, more heavily consumed even than rice or potatoes, has its own form of cancer. It is a fungus called Panama Dis
bananas  food  history  disease  fruit  via:regine 
may 2008 by robertogreco
The Lost Art of Writing About Art -
"It was Marcel Duchamp who unwittingly launched art criticism on its current path of willful obscurantism...If the Whitney continues to snub this public -- its core audience -- by "explaining" art with incomprehensible drivel, it shouldn't be surprised if
art  language  writing  criticism  trends  history  marcelduchamp  via:regine  gibberish  critics  books  whitneybiennial 
april 2008 by robertogreco
UN Education Outreach | The Unlearning Intolerance Seminar Series
"demonstrates that the fusion of art and environment is a powerful synergistic tool for positive social change. By utilizing the universal language of art as a catalyst to unite people in action and thought, we empower individuals, communities, and leader
green  nyc  via:regine  art  environment  activism  society  exhibits  community 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Self Catching Fish
"If it works, the system could eventually allow black sea bass to be released into the open ocean, where they would grow to market size, then swim into an underwater cage to be harvested when they hear the signal."
animals  fish  food  oceans  via:regine 
april 2008 by robertogreco » CHILE: 1997-2007 OBRAS PÚBLICAS / 0300.TV
"En dos entregas nos cuentan las obras públicas más destacadas en el panorama chileno, contempla obras de Elemental, Smiljan Radic, Mathias Klotz, etc. Este es el trailer, pero en el link puedes verlo completo por cortesía de"
via:regine  architecture  chile  documentary  video  film  design  mathiasklotz  elemental  smiljanradic  elementalchile  alejandroaravena 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The Taxidermy World Championships: Finding Life in Dead Animals - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
"first time the event has ever been staged in Europe. It offered an unusual glimpse of a world as unsettling as it is fascinating -- one where the greatest joy comes from pulling the pelt off an alpine marmot or a white-tailed deer."
animals  taxidermy  glvo  craft  via:regine 
march 2008 by robertogreco
border camping
"Attracted by proximity to cheap pharmacies, clothing and dental service the full time Rvers flock to the Arizona desert where they can live without the burdern of a fixed site or property taxes. These full time Rvers have redefined the ideas of communiti
camping  housing  mexico  us  urban  trends  via:regine  borders  arizona 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Rhizome - Art Games: Digital artists are using game technologies to create bold new works
"All use technologies of game development to investigate status of traditional media in digital consider how digital medium has changed nature of representation, erasing boundaries between established categories such as painting, photography,
art  games  media  videogames  digital  painting  photography  cinema  film  sculpture  via:regine 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art: The death of the cultural elite
regine puts it well: "when the comments on a blog post tell you more about the topic than the article itself"
art  culture  elite  uk  via:regine 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Impossible Is Nothing, Except Understanding Ads in English | Culture & Lifestyle | Deutsche Welle | 16.11.2007
"After years peddling anglicisms, German advertisers have rediscovered their own language. If the advertising industry is a barometer of the zeitgeist, what does this say about the state of the nation?"
advertising  germany  language  trends  culture  communication  english  german  via:regine 
november 2007 by robertogreco
L'ami K-Way se fait lifter -
"QUATRE DESIGNERS belges de renom revisitent un mythe de notre jeunesse. Le Waïka de Dany Boon devient trendy."
fashion  via:regine  glvo  clothing  design  children  childhood  littleredridinghood  nostalgia 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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