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R&D II (Revolution and Democracy, pt.2)

Posted in Art, Behaviour, Crisis, current events, Government, politics, Power, Revolution, Society with tags , , on 19/06/2013 by Living out of Eden

BE REVOLUTIONARY

R&D I (Revolution and Democracy, pt.1)

Posted in Art, Behaviour, Crisis, current events, Government, politics, Power, Society with tags , , on 19/06/2013 by Living out of Eden

KEEP QUIET

Bonsai

Posted in Art, Behaviour, Culture, Education, Government, Philosophy, politics, Society with tags , , , on 29/12/2012 by Living out of Eden

When thinking about “bonsai”, I usually had the image of small scale trees, in small scale containers. However, a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a bonsai museum in Madrid, and I was totally astonished to find out that the reduced size of those beautiful trees was only just a small part of the Art/technique.

The bonsai techniques ranges from the reduction of the tree, to the shaping in the most amazing forms of the plant, by different means. Seems that the final end of this tradition, is the reproduction of natural scenes at small scales, but what drew my attention is the effects of these techniques on the plants. By means of different proceedures, “… like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees.” (source: Wikipedia).

It was also shocking to me, to realize that the same culture that celebrates the accidental killing of insects after the sowing of rice, can “torture” this way a living being, just for aesthetic pleasure (no practical end is intended in bonsai).

Seems to me  that this art/practice/technique is somehow against the natural evolution of the plant, but even then, that’s not what I dislike the most of it: it’s the fact that all these obstacles the plant comes across in its growth, are being put on purpose, so its’ appearance changes according exclusively, to the bonsai executor wishes.

I don’t know whether the plant suffers or not, but seeing branches twisted by wires, sticks, threads, and all kind of elements put there to mould the small tree, looks quite like a struggle for survival to me. In any case, it’s definitely not the way the plant would grow if left alone. In the end, this shaping of the plant, is ironically a distortion from its’ own natural shape.

So, if you visit a bonsai museum next time, pay attention.

You might feel you are stepping in a Hall of Mirrors.

No, it’s not.

Posted in Art, Culture, current events, Government, politics, Revolution, Society with tags , , , on 08/12/2012 by Living out of Eden

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

Optical illusions

Posted in Art, Culture, Democracy, Revolution, Society with tags , , , , on 16/02/2012 by Living out of Eden

1st Test:

1. Look at the picture
2. Shake Your Head
3. You will see John Lennon

2nd Test:

1. Look at the picture
2. Shake Your Head
3. You’ll see Occident democracies as being true.

LA TABACALERA Self-managed Social Centre.

Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, self-managed, Society with tags , , , , on 13/02/2012 by Living out of Eden

This afternoon was specially revealing for me, considering I’ve been in a social centre in Madrid, which most attractive feature to me is  that it’s self-managed.

It currently occupies a third of a huge abandoned building of around 300.000 sq. ft. There is no reception desk, no information point, there are no plans, no guides. You are on your own, to discover every corner, every work of art waiting to be seen.

I cannot assert to which extent it is actually “self-managed”, but I will find out.

It could well be the hub for a couple of interesting social-political projects.

Below, there are some images.

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Have a nice working week.

Guilt

Posted in Art, Behaviour, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Ethics, News, Philosophy, politics, Revolution, Society with tags , , , on 22/11/2011 by Living out of Eden

The accuracy, precision and pulchritude with which, any democratic election is carried out in the world, is inversely proportional to the strength of the binding between the platform of the winning party and the final execution of their acts of government.

That expectable strictness in the process only goes to show how ”transparent” the system is, when handling people’s will, although that transparency starts to blur only hours after the cast of the result.

Like mistresses of the powerful, we resign ourselves to play this cheap ”role”, of being carefully listened to, or at least carefully allowed to speak once a while, and with hardly any effect on reality.

The second alibi for this consulting mechanism is for politicians and ruling govs to have a cover for their acts by making people accountable, even for the most unforeseen measures and decisions.

That  supposed accountability, is what turns your abstention into guilt, if you don’t have your two feet firmly standing on the ground of conviction.