Wednesday, February 18, 2015

mes yeux consumés ne voient que des souvenirs de soleils (1) — or to seek the remarkable in the commonplace:




Carloto Cotta (Arena, Tabu et Vogue);
Garrett Hedlund (Details, Interview, Variety);
Iván de Pineda (D-Mode, Estilo, Philippe Cometti);
(My) Eternal Br(e)ad, Bottomless Pit(t) (personal archive Angelina certified: "she has taught him he must sin, if he wishes to grow..."/R.E.);
Montage by A/Z, for more see here);
My Dream with Johnny 5 (video by A/Z, for more see here);
Marina Lima (Grávida); 
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"— Maint joyau dort enseveli
Dans les ténèbres et l'oubli...
Mainte fleur épanche à regret
Son parfum doux comme un secret
Dans les solitudes profondes."
Charles Baudelaire
"It seemed that the only lover she had ever wanted was a lover in a dream."
Scott Fitzgerald

"It is said that when he was young man he was one of the handsomest people of his time and that on Friday when he left his house to go to the mosque, the people used to crowd together in the streets and roads in order to catch a glimpse of his perfection and beauty." 
The Life of Ibn Sina (Willian Gohlman's translation)
"... nous devons nous méfier de ceux qui s'accusent devant ce qui est bon ou beau, prétendant ne pas comprendre, ne pas être dignes: leur modestie fait peur. Quelle haine du beau se cache dans leurs déclarations d'infériorité."
Gilles Deleuze
"The Sixth Sonata, Op. 62 is a netherstar. Scriabin called the Sixth's sweet and harsh harmonies 'nightmarish... fuliginous... murky... dark and hidden... unclean... mischievous...'"
Faubion Bowers

"... only he who can give his love any sort of expression whatever, only he is an artist... the horrors of the adventure!"
"She would be a source of constant anxiety... a sore tooth of which I was aware at every instant."
Constantine Constantius (M. G. Piety translation)
"... they should show the kids how to make love and tell and show them once and for all how nothing it is. But they won't do that, because love and sex are business."
"Everybody has a different idea of love. One girl I know said, 'I knew he loved me when he didn't come in my mouth.'"
The Philosophy fo Andy Warhol
"... l'être photosensible devient la victime consentante d'un progrès qui ampute sa vie privée, l'addiction électro-optique à l'information aliénant de plus en plus souvent son quant-à-soi..."
Paul Virilio

"The carnal interconnection is always found wherever there is betweenness... To feel like seeing a friend is to tend to go physically near him..."
Tetsuro Watsuji
"I’m not handsome... but when the women hear me play they come crawling to my feet."
"The present method which tends to hinder the pupil rather than hasten his progress, will be discarded in favour of mine, which requires only five or six hours a day of steady practicing. It is, however, a great mistake to look for the secret in my method of bowing, or in the way in which I tune my violin. Brains are needed to profit by my secret."
Paganini (Renée de Saussine)

"Plaisir enivrant, comme le tabac ou la drogue, d'être aussi près que possible de la causa sui auto-affective. Naturellement l'auto-affection n'est pas pure. L'autre n'y est jamais pour rien et, dans le temps du détour, au cours du procès, c'est-à-dire en cours de route et de transfert, toutes les catastrophes sont possibles."
"Donner le temps c'est prendre le temps, et le reprendre tout entier, ne laissant, par exemple à Madame de Maintenon, que le temps de soupirer après le reste."
Derrida (Donner le temps: 136)
"...la parole est originairement passive, mais en un sens de la passivité que toute métaphore intramondaine ne saurait que trahir. Cette passivité est aussi le rapport à un passé, à un toujours-déjà-là qu'aucune réactivation de l'origine ne saurait pleinement maîtriser et réveiller à la présence."
Derrida (Grammatologie, 97)

"L'homme riche, oisif, et qui, même blasé, n'a pas d'autre occupation que de courir à la piste du bonheur; l'homme élevé dans le luxe et accoutumé dès sa jeunesse à l'obéissance des autres hommes, celui enfin qui n'a pas d'autre profession que l'élégance, jouira toujours, dans tous les temps, d'une physionomie distincte, tout à fait à part. Le dandysme est une institution vague, aussi bizarre que le duel; très ancienne, puisque César, Catilina, Alcibiade nous en fournissent des types éclatants; très générale, puisque Chateaubriand l'a trouvée dans les forêts et au bord des lacs du Nouveau-Monde... Ces êtres possèdent à leur gré et dans une vaste mesure, le temps et l'argent, sans lesquels la fantaisie, réduite à l'état de rêverie passagère, ne peut guère se traduire en action... Si j'a parlé d'argent, c'est parce que l'argent est indispensable aux gens qui se font un culte de leurs passions; mais le dandy n'aspire pas à l'argent comme à une chose essentielle; un credit indéfini pourrait lui suffire; il abandonne cette grossière passion aux mortels vulgaires. Le dandysme n'est même pas, comme beaucoup de personnes peu réfléchies paraissent le croire, un goût immodéré de la toilette et de l'élégance matérielle. Ces choses ne sont pour le parfait dandy qu'un symbole de la supériorité aristocratique de son esprit. Aussi, à ses yeux, épris avant tout de distinction, la perfection de la toilette consiste-t-elle dans la simplicité absolue, qui est, en effet, la meilleure manière de se distinguer. Qu'est-ce donc que cette passion qui, devenue doctrine, a fait des adeptes dominateurs, cette institution non écrite qui a formé une caste si hautaine? C'est avant tout le besoin ardent de se faire une originalité, contenu dans les limites extérieures des convenances... On voit que, par de certains côtés, le dandysme confine au spiritualisme et au stoïcisme. Que le lecteur ne se scandalise pas de cette gravité dans le frivole, et qu'il se souvienne qu'il y a une grandeur dans toutes les folies, une force dans tous les excès. Étrange spiritualisme! Pour ceux qui en sont à la fois les prêtres et les victimes, toutes les conditions matérielles compliquées auxquelles ils se soumettent, depuis la toilette irréprochable à toute heure du jour et de la nuit jusqu'aux tours le plus périlleux du sport, ne sont qu'une gymnastique propre à fortifier la volonté et à discipliner l'âme. En vérité, je n'avais pas tout à fait tort de considérer le dandysme comme une espèce de religion" ["The rich, idle man, who even if blasé has no other occupation than to run on the track of elation; the man brought up in luxury and familiar, since youth, with the acquiescence of others—in a word: the man whose specialty is nothing but elegance, he will always, at all times, be blessed with unmistakable, unique features. Dandyism is a vague institution, no less bizarre than duelling; age-old, since Cesar, Catilina, Alcibiades are staggering specimens of it; very disseminated, since Chateaubriand was able to find it in the forests and lakes of the New World... Those creatures own time and money to their liking and abundantly, without which their fantasy, degraded into the state of fleeting reveries, cannot be turned into action... I referred to money because it is indispensable to people worshiping their own passions; but a dandy does not seek money as something essential; an unspecific amount of credit might be enough to him; he surrenders the rude passion for money to the vulgar mortals. Dandyism is not even what many unadvised people seems to think of it, some immoderate craze for dressing and material elegance. For the consummate dandy, those things are nothing but symbols of the aristocratic superiority of his soul. Moreover, to his eyes, charmed by distinction rather than by anything else, perfection in dressing consists in absolute simplicity, which is, certainly, the best road to distinctiveness. What is then this passion that, turned into a doctrine, has won such a commanding enthusiasts, this unwritten institution that fostered such a lofty caste? It is above all the passionate urgency of being original within the limits of conventions... We see that, in some respects, dandyism border on spiritualism and stoicism. This earnestness in frivolity should not give way to scandal. The reader must recall that there is greatness in every madness, strength in every excess. What a fantastic kind of spiritualism! To those that are at the same time the priests and the victims, all the intricate material conditions with which they comply (from the impeccable dressing at every hour of day and night to the dangerous sports), are nothing but gymnastics likely to strengthen the will and to improve the soul. I was not on the wrong when I thought that dandyism is a kind of religion].
Baudelaire (Le Peintre de la vie moderne, translation into English by A/Z)

See also:
- faire ce qu'il faut: parler au spectre;
- Audrey Hempburnt Haunted by A/Z;
- Genug! Manifesto;
- Kur-d-t My Ghost;
- Manuel Puig & la cara de Juan Carlos;
- Orlando 06/12: this is not a miracle;
- mes yeux consumés (2);
And also:
- Conversa de etiqueta;
- A/Z SLF;
- Sharp Digital SP;

Friday, February 13, 2015

Montevideo & Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay - South America)



Pictures by A/Z (for more see here).
Below you see pictures of the Teatro Solis, churchs (iglesias de los jesuitas e de los capuchinos) and some museums (Figari, MAPI, Casa de Montero, Casa Rivera, Palacio Taranco). The pictures of the streets were taken mostly in Ciudad Vieja and Centro, some in the Rambla. In Montevideo there are other worth visiting places such as the followings: 
- the Cinemateca Uruguaya with two theaters near the city center; in their boleterías you can get a printed version of their monthly program, in the back of which there is a neat and helpful calendar (I find the information on their website a little confusing); 
- the Museu Torres Garcia***** (next to it there is a big bookstore, nice indeed, but I didn't find the clerks very solicitous); 
- a very nice store to buy books and DVDs is Purpúrea in Plaza del entrevero; 
- Linardi y Risso is an outstanding antiquarian bookshop;
- to buy souvenirs, my choice would be Mercado de los Artesanos; they have a store in the Ciudad Vieja, next to the Mercado del Puerto, and other two in the city center;

"'El cubismo... trajo el valor concreto de la forma, aparte de la representación; y también el principio geométrico. El neoplasticismo depuró el concepto de estructura. Por fin, el superrealismo abrió la puerta a lo subconsciente'... la opción constructivista [de Torres Garcia, que pronunció las palabras citadas] no se planteaba en términos excluyentes, sino como aportación a una síntesis de la que no quedaría en absoluto excluido el surrealismo" (Joaquín Torres García, Polígrafa, 2002).
"... différance... the pure trace... to allow the outside of an event to invade its inside, this mark which cannot be thought outside of the horizon of intersubjective violence... the constitution of a free subject in the violent movement of its own effacement and its own bondage... a condition of the structure of the marker's having been cut away from himself... Kilroy was here" (Rosalind Krauss, The Optical Unconscious).
"Les Wayana ne voient pourtant pas la fabrication des paniers comme le façonnage virtuose d'un matériau brut, mais comme l'actualisation incomplète, et sous une forme légèrement distincte, du corps d'esprits animaux qu'ils reconstituent à partir de fibres végétales assimilées à de la peau humaine... les motifs qui les ornent figurent de façon stylisée ceux que porte l'être dont ils sont la transmutation... il s'agit d'évoquer par ce biais la capacité d'assimilation prédatrice des esprits animaux, mais rendu inoffensive dans l'artefact en raison de son incomplétude... Des objets tressés pour un usage cérémoniel, en revanche, on dit qu'ils matérialisent complètement le corps des esprits animaux, les vanniers, les plus experts étant même crédités par la capacité de restituer à leur ouvrage les caractéristiques non visuelles du prototype, comme les mouvements, les sons et les odeurs" (Philippe Descola, Par-delà nature culture). 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Trondheim (Norway)


Pictures by A/Z (for more see here). 
The pictures were taken somewhere between the hotel I stayed in (Radisson Blu? unfortunately just for a few days!) and Nidaros Cathedral (Nidaros Domkirke), perhaps also on the other side of Nidelva, in the route towards NTNU. This is a very beautiful city. 

"... junkies always beef about The Cold as they call it, turning up their black coat collars and clutching their withered necks... pure junk con. A junky does not want to be warm, he wants to be Cool-Cooler-COLD. But he wants The Cold like he wants His Junk—NOT OUTSIDE where it does him no good but INSIDE so he can sit around with a spine like a frozen hydraulic jack... his metabolism approaching Absolute ZERO... Such is the life in the Old Ice House... Room for One More Inside, Sir... thermodynamic kicks... Fro-Zen Hydraulic... come over HERE and shack up with Charybdis... We have nothing to lose but Our Pushers. And THEY are NOT NECESSARY. "
"Leif The Unlucky was a tall, thin Norwegian with a patch over one eye, his face congealed in a permanent, ingratiating smirk..."
William S. Burroughs

"Negotiations between Hitler and the British and French Prime Ministers, Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier, resulted in the infamous Munich Agreement (September 1938), which allowed the annexation of Sudetenland to Germany. The Allies did not respond either to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia on 15 March 1939 or to Mussolini's invasion of Albania on 7 April... The partition of Poland had been prepared in August, when the German and Soviet Foreign Ministers, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, signed a non-aggression pact... Stalin's opportunistic collaboration [with Hitler] was underlined in the Red Army's simultaneous attack on Finland. The Soviet invasion of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia followed in June 1940. This coincided with the crushing force of German Blitzkrieg in the west. In April [it] swept through Denmark and invaded Norway, where they met their first serious resistance. In May they pushed through the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg; they entered France on 10 May..." 
Matthew Gale

"The reality is that terrorism in modern Norwegian history has overwhelmingly been perpetrated by rightwing extremists... the Conservative party controlled economic policies. Unprecedented income-tax reductions for Norway’s corporate billionaire elite, rising socio-economic inequality and an asylum policy that pushed the limits of the permissible under international law quickly ensued... Norway now found itself with cabinet ministers in important portfolios who had long pushed far-right rhetoric about a “stealth Islamisation” of the country, who had “wondered aloud” on social media about the supposed “need for a crusade” against Muslims and endorsed analogies between Islam and Nazism... The hate against Muslims that motivated both Breivik and Manshaus is to a large extent generated in the online and international netherworld of rightwing extremism and white supremacy... Among the angriest are small groups of young white Norwegian men seemingly unable to cope with their perception of a loss of privilege to women and immigrants."

See also: 

Friday, February 06, 2015

Yes, critics do get the picture sometimes!



Foxcatcher is as keen as its subject is supposed to be low. You might not understand why, but you will feel it.