Archive for November, 2010

Just face it: The Face is fading away….

November 29, 2010

What? Will Facebook trademark the word ‘face’? This is extremely interesting for the intellectual property researchers. Does it mean that the word ‘face’ will become a ‘property’ of the largest social network? What about the word ‘book’? ???

Gauguin @ Tate Modern

November 29, 2010

I recommend Gauguin: Maker of Myth at Tate Modern Gallery to those ones who can enjoy and exhibition without questioning its feminist boundaries. For me Gauguin represents not only the movement to Primitivism but a deeper political break-up with the modern life, the Western culture and the conventional post-colonian pragmatism. Gauguin knows how to transform the ‘different’ into ‘exotic’, the ‘other’ into part of ‘us’, the ‘local’ into ‘global’.

One of my favourite paintings by him:

Two Tahitian Women

 

 

Book of Dead @ The British Museum

November 22, 2010

What happens to us after we pass away? How order in the cosmos of the afterlife is maintained?

For the ancient Egyptians the constant quest for immortality raises the need for creating written documents, paintings and sculptures to assist the Dead throughout his passage from death to afterlife. (While for the ancient Greeks the quest for mortality, the Now and Present places the Man towards the God, face to face with the human fate – the mystery of Life is what is expressed in the Greek Art rather than the mystery of Death).

Travelling the paths to the hereafter, the rite of passage from Life to Death is exhibited at the British Museum. What I found extremely interesting was the variety of the funerary papyri –the Book of the Dead- on display, papyri rolls that contain astonishing illustrations and sacred texts accompanying and guiding the dead in the afterlife. The longest one ever found and for the first time on public display is 37 meters long, the Greenfield Papyrus!

An Englishman in New York @ National Portrait Gallery

November 21, 2010

I didn’t know that over 120.000 British men and women lived in New York City. Neither did Jason Bell who was inspired by this and produced a series of photos currently exhibited at National Portrait Gallery.

Justice and the just Internet

November 20, 2010

The Lord Chief Justice called the jurors not to use Internet material that may be ‘inaccurate and false’ when they try their cases. He also mentioned Twitter as likely to cause risks to the fairness of the trial.

Can the social media threaten the jury system? Definitely they can support raising funds for charities and mobilize concern as another story suggests….

 

Ireland: echo of the Greek story?

November 20, 2010

Talks between the Dublin, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF are continuing regarding a bail-out that will help the Irish government to deal with public finances and stabilise economy. Another sovereign crisis in EU? Another trauma for the Union? Let’s hope that this is all about lessons to be learnt so that the Union gradually emerges stronger than ever…

Royal and Loyal

November 20, 2010

David Cameron announced that there would be a bank holiday to celebrate the royal wedding next year, even if it is held at the weekend. Of course the announcement was welcomed by St Jame’s Palace….

I am about to experience a tsunami of information on the happy royal couple  by the British –and not only- media.  I am just hoping that another tsunami, the one of data will also attract media’s attention. The coalition government has promised to bring a new era of transparency by revealing detailed information on spending data for its first 5 months. Hmmmm, which story to choose? The one on Royalty or the one on Loyalty?

 

 

Krapp’s Last Tape @ Duchess Theatre

November 20, 2010

Such a joy to see Michael Gambon on stage! Krapp’s Last Tape, one of the longest short plays by Samuel Beckett tells the story of Krapp, who listens to the tapes he has recorded over the years, thinks and laughs at himself, with himself….The play is a dialogue between Krapp and his younger self in a way, full of irony and pathos, a kind of lyrical sarcasm, all the ingredients of a retrospective account of your life when you go back and realise how pompous you can be once young….

A part from the play:

Krapp:        Just been listening to that stupid bastard I took myself for thirty years ago, hard to believe I was ever as bad as that. Thank God that’s all done with anyway…………….[long after]……..Perhaps my best years have gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.