Archive for June, 2012

Image of the Self & the Other

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 30 June 2012 by delclem
PS on the EURO 2012: During the match Germany vs Italy yesterday, Europe seemed to be haunted again not only by a sort of nationalist catharsis, but also by its colonial past: closet racist images of the Self and the Other, creating a strange (soccer) aesthetics of fear & desire. Did the black Italian player Mario Barwuah Balotelli re-affirm or undermine those stereotypes with his historic gesture – and what happened in the eye of the beholder when the image got viral?

The Long History of the Espresso Machine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 29 June 2012 by delclem

“For many coffee drinkers, espresso is coffee. It is the purest distillation of the coffee bean, the literal essence of a bean. In another sense, it is also the first instant coffee. Before espresso, it could take up to five minutes –five minutes!– for a cup of coffee to brew. But what exactly is espresso and how did it come to dominate our morning routines? Although many people are familiar with espresso these days thanks to the Starbucksification of the world, there is often still some confusion over what it actually is – largely due to “espresso roasts” available on supermarket shelves everywhere. First, and most importantly, espresso is not a roasting method. It is neither a bean nor a blend. It is a method of preparation.” >read more (c) Smithsonian.com, 2012

On the Tip of Mahler’s Tongue

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 26 June 2012 by delclem
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“Today marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. On 26 June 1912, this extraordinary, of ten febrile work was first performed in the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein. It was played by the Wiener Philharmoniker and conducted by Bruno Walter. Despite the significance of the occasion, old habits died hard and the local press reported that Mahler’s final completed symphony was not a patch on the trumpeted glories of the Eighth.”
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(c) Entartete Musik, 2012 >read more 

Schrödinger’s Cat in Dublin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 25 June 2012 by delclem

“The Austrian Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel laureate in Physics & famous
for his theory about the feline in the box, spent his happiest years in Dublin.

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“And Europe Will Be Stunned”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 23 June 2012 by delclem

“And Europe Will Be Stunned is a deeply stirring and contentious film trilogy by the Dutch-Israeli artist Yael Bartana, soon to open in Britain on its European tour. Each film is enough to disturb; together they are peculiarly subversive. I do not know exactly what they might mean to Jewish, Israeli or Palestinian viewers, still less to a Polish audience watching some of the scenes unfolding on the site of the Warsaw Ghettoitself. But my sense is that an anxious concern for other people’s reactions is at least part of the trilogy’s content.” >full review (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2012

Photo (c) Yael Bartana/Marcin Kalinski

“The War is Dead, Long Live the War”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 20 June 2012 by delclem

Ed Vulliamy’s account of the Bosnian War (1992-95) and its aftermath shows why the conflict stirred a special anger. >Review (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2012

Photo: elderly Muslim women grieve in a refugee centre sheltering Muslim families after they fled the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 (c) Tom Stoddart/Getty

 

Mostar, 20 years ago

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 15 June 2012 by delclem

A sad document about life & death in Mostar during the fighting in 1992