Yoani Sanchez, a University of Havana graduate in philology, emigrated to Switzerland in 2002, to build a new life for herself and her family. Two years later, she decided to return Cuba, promising herself to live there as a free person. Her blog Generation Y is an expression of this promise. Yoani calls her blog ‘an exercise in cowardice’ that allows her to say what is forbidden in the public square. It reaches readers around the world in over twenty languages. Yoani's book in English, Havana Real is available on Amazon.
In November 2009, U.S. President Obama, wrote that her blog "provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba" and applauded her efforts to "empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology." Time magazine listed her as one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2008, stating that "under the nose of a regime that has never tolerated dissent, Sánchez has practiced what paper-bound journalists in her country cannot; freedom of speech."
Yoani lives with her husband, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, and their teenage son Teo, in a high rise apartment in Havana, overlooking Revolution Square. There they host the “Blogger Academy” to help grow the Cuban blogosphere; some of the results of this work are available in English at Translating Cuba. She blogs about daily life in the Castros' Cuba at Generation Y.
This is not Photoshop. The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. It requires meticulous planning: the temperature, humidity and lighting all have to be just so. Once everything is ready, Smilde summons the cloud out of the air using a fog machine. It lasts only moments, but the effect is dramatic and strangely moving. It evokes both the surrealism of Magritte and the classical beauty of the old masters while reminding us of the ephemerality of art and nature...
Rock history — human history, really — is full of evidence that we’re not here long, that we should get our houses in order and do something of value with our time. The lesson of Adam Yauch’s life was that it is possible to make that happen.
"You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief- but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound."
"The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all we must dare to fail." John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands editing at home for JANE PUBLIC
The quote above made me miss of one of my favorite filmmakers, John Cassavetes, and his wife, Gena Rowlands. These two are huge icons in the indie film world, and together they made ten movies—two of which earned Gena Oscar nominations (Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence). Married for 35 years, they are believed by many to have revolutionalized the direction of independent American cinema.
John Cassavetes died in 1989, but Gena Rowlands still supports and remains very involved in indie film and supports Jane Public's work.
What I think is so romantic about these two is that they obviously adored working together and were incredibly dedicated to their art. They met and fell in love when both of them were struggling actors, they were always making films at any cost, and they loved doing it. When studios rejected their films, they would use their own money out of pocket to fund their work, often using friends as actors and doing their own hair and makeup. When they ran out of money, John would go find acting jobs until they could afford another project. “When we [would get some more money, John] would say, ‘Time to go to work,’ and we’d make something [else],” Gena says. “Each picture took about three months, and they were unbelievably fun and exciting. We didn’t think about whether it was going to be a success or a flop. We’d go on to the next one. But we were doing what we wanted to do, and happy to be doing it. We had an enormous freedom, and God knows we enjoyed it. We didn’t think or talk about anything else when we were making something, it was obsessive, and we both loved it. I think people having something that they’re both crazy about keeps marriage exciting.”
Gena fought hard for John’s art even after his death, protesting the release and screenings of his movies that had been re-edited by others, rightfully believing that it compromised his work
— a loyal partner to the very end. what a rare animal. bye.
p.s. (post script) Jane is reading , "VERMEER IN BOSNIA" and loving it. Author is Lawrence Weschler. Amazing surprise gift hand delivered to me at a factory of cheesecakes and gumbo (seriously). bye? Not yet. Here.
Writer's block may have many or several causes (or could actually be a bunch of bunk). Some are essentially creative problems that originate within an author's work itself (like when the work is BORING). A writer may run out of inspiration. Jane says that the answer to that is simple, just keep busy. If you don't want to keep busy, talk to a complete simpleton idiot. Your lightbulb will glow within minutes...trust me... bye.
Kathleen Hanna looks back on two decades of the riot grrrl movement following the re-release of her band Bikini Kill's first EP, and explains why writers and musicians are looking to Bikini Kill for inspiration today. LoFi and DIY aesthetic with an unvarnished edge that was beautiful. here is a good interview... http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2012/12/12/riot-grrrl-pioneer-kathleen-hanna/ and live broadcast interview with Yoani Sanchez...
Yoani Sanchez is remarkable in that she blogs from her home in Havana, Cuba. She has received awards from organizations the world over but has not been granted an exit visa to leave Cuba to receive her awards. She was awarded a prestigious award by the U.S. State Department.
"Expanded Cinema" is an eclectic name for many sorts of film, drama, dance and projection events. The term was first used in the 1960's in the context of multimedia performances. Essentially this form of art means glancing sideways at the "multiple screens and multiple images linked to handheld projectors, multi-screens and live theatrical performance. "Spiritualization of the image," expanded cinema instantiates the primacy of the dream as an analogy for film, into which it might be finally absorbed by virtue of shared hypnogogic imagery and the dissolution of the senses.
Expanded cinema echoes the late-Romantic sensibility of the fusion of all of the senses, and the symbolist origins of the first European avant-gardes...
"The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated." -- Oscar Wilde
"If it's not funny, it's not true." -Bertolt Brecht
p.s. Amid all the bad news surrounding Kodak, including the planned sale of its digital patents and online photo services, it seemed like the company’s film business would endure. But Kodak announced recently that they are discontinuing three EKTACHROME (color reversal) films: EKTACHROMEE100G, EKTACHROME E100VS, and ELITE Chrome Extra Color 100.
They estimate that you’ll still be able to find them on shelves for the next six months or so (but that’s based on current sales trends).
Kodak Professional Color Negative Films and Kodak Professional Black and White Films are still profitable for the company and are still being manufactured.
Considered among the most influential figures in the evolution of modern drama theory, Antonin Artaud associated himself with Surrealist writers, artists, and experimental theater groups in Paris during the 1920s. When political differences resulted in his break from the Surrealists, he founded the Theatre Alfred Jarry with Roger Vitrac and Robert Aron. Together they hoped to create a forum for works that would radically change French theater. Artaud, especially, expressed disdain for Western theater of the day, panning the ordered plot and scripted language his contemporaries typically employed to convey ideas, and he recorded his ideas in such works asLe Theatre de la cruauteandThe Theater and Its Double.
Most critics believe that Artaud's most noted contribution to drama theory is his "theater of cruelty," an intense theatrical experience that combined elaborate props, magic tricks, special lighting, primitive gestures and articulations, and themes designed to shock the audience into confronting the base elements of life.Les Cenciwas produced in Paris in 1935 but was closed after seventeen dismal performances. Another example of Artaud's work isThe Fountain of Blood,a farce about the creation of the world and its destruction by humans. Like many of Artaud's other plays, scenarios, and prose,Les CenciandThe Fountain of Bloodwere designed to challenge conventional, civilized values and bring out the natural, barbaric instincts Artaud felt lurked beneath the refined, human facade. OfThe Fountain of Blood,Albert Bermel wrote inArtaud's Theater of Cruelty:"All in all,The Fountain of Bloodis a tragic, repulsive, impassioned farce, a marvelous wellspring for speculation, and a unique contribution to the history of the drama."
Although Artaud's theater of cruelty was not widely embraced, his ideas have been the subject of many essays on modern theater, and many writers continue to study Artaud's concepts. Author George E. Wellwarth, for example, inDrama Survey,explained the theater of cruelty as "the impersonal, mindless—and therefore implacable—cruelty to which all men are subject. The universe with its violent natural forces was cruel in Artaud's eyes, and this cruelty, he felt, was the one single most important fact of which man must be aware. . . . Artaud's theater must beecstatic.It must crush and hypnotize the onlooker's sense." Another description of the theater of cruelty was offered by Wallace Fowlie in an essay published in Sewanee Review.Fowlie wrote: "A dramatic presentation should be an act of initiation during which the spectator will be awed and even terrified. . . . During that experience of terror or frenzy . . . the spectator will be in a position to understand a new set of truths, superhuman in quality."
Artaud's creative abilities were developed, in part, as a means of therapy and healing .bye.