Category Archives: The Arts

Opening Your Eyes

The Mind Unleashed

Neo asked: Why do my eyes hurt? Morpheus: Because you’ve never used them before. Please help spread the word.

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PHOTOS: One Palestinian Museum’s Artistic Message To The Pope

Artwork: The Deposition (c. 1507) by Raphaello Sanzio da Urbino.
“In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem,“ Zechariah 12:11.
Photo: Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian and detain others in downtown Ramallah. 31 March, 2002, by Alexandra Boulat.

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 »

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Two Men With Cellos Flow


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 »

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Six Landscapes: “Look Up” To See The Secret State

The Other Night Sky

“The Other Night Sky” is a project to track and photograph classified American satellites, space debris, and other obscure objects in Earth orbit. The project uses observational data produced by an international network of amateur “satellite observers to calculate the position and timing of overhead transits which are photographed with telescopes and large-format cameras and other imaging devices.

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 »

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Damascus Evolves Into A Hub Of Mideast Art

Painting by Hala al-Faisal

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 »

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Defining The BattleField, Wherever It Is: Counterinsurgency Against Black Boys

Photo by stefanolunardi/

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.

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Nothing Is Normal About An Occupation, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing…

Spoken word poet, Remi Kanazi.

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 »

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A No-Party System, The No-State Solution


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 »

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‘Tears’ Of Gaza,’ A Documentary Of Human Misery

Rhizome Intermedia
A scene from the documentary "Tears of Gaza."

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 »

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Humanity Embraced

Woman holds wounded relative during Yemen protests.

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 »

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