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Category Archives: The Arts
The Pope’s visit to the Holy Land (today’s Jordan, Palestine and Israel) has been the focus of many activists hoping to get the Catholic pontiff to speak out in favor of the Palestinian cause. One such symbolic act was done through an artistic lens. The Palestinian Museum, a new museum set to open in the…more »
Flow Chello players, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, remind us what it means to be alive, to create, to live in flow, as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj.] AC/DC’s rock cover of ‘Thunderstruck Tribute to Michael Jackson Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [ˈtʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj] Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for developing the notion of flow, the psychology…more »
Secret State In this talk, artist Trevor Paglen discusses his work attempting to see the various aspects of the secret state. In examples ranging from tracking spy satellites to foraging through the bureaucratic refuse of CIA front companies, Paglen will discuss methods used to identify a… Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary…more »
Maybe it was the sight of a television crew filming tuxedo-clad waiters as they maneuvered around the gallery with alcoholic drinks. Maybe it was the glimpse of the fashionable young woman in designer jeans and the ostentatious Fendi handbag. Or maybe it was simply the impressive canvases of colorful abstract paintings and the throng of…more »
If You Have To Tell Your Kids This Stuff, Then You Probably Aren’t A White Person According to the U.S. Census, 63% of Americans are white. Which means 37% of our country probably at some point has to deal with this horrifying fact. At two minutes in, he nails it. Please help spread the word.
Normalize This! Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American performance poet and human rights activist based in New York City. His work is launched from a platform of humanism not nationalism. According to Remi,”I’m not a nationalist, I’m not an ethnocentrist. This isn’t about me being a Palestinian or me being an Arab. It’s about a system…more »
Z the People and El-Far3i Jam Session in Amman, Jordan It is an election year. In the name of patriotism, candidates sponsored by weapons manufacturers leverage our fears to justify controlling the media, assassinating foreign leaders and civilians, suspending the right to free speech, eroding civil liberties and funding more prison* and border walls. Musicians…more »
Brief Lives, Violently Extinguished New York Times Critics’ Choice A brutally uncompromising blast of outrage, Vibeke Lokkeberg’s “Tears of Gaza” is less a documentary than a collage of suffering. Dropping us smack in the middle of the Israeli attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9, the film tramples politics beneath the raw weight of…more »
Arab Spring Shot Wins World Press Photo Award “A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqa-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall,” Kerri McDonald writes on the New York Times Lens blog. “The expression on her face can’t be seen. But her body language–right arm wrapped tightly around his…more »