Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hannah Arendt On Totalitarianism

'It is true that totalitarian domination tried to establish these holes of oblivion into which all deeds, good and evil, would disappear; but just as the Nazis' feverish attempts, from June, 1942, on, to erase all traces of the massacres - through cremation, through burning in open pits, through the use of explosives and flame-throwers and bone-crushing machinery - were doomed to failure, so all efforts to let their opponents "disappear in silent anonymity" were in vain. The holes of oblivion do not exist. Nothing human is that perfect, and there are simply too many people in the world to make oblivion possible. One man will always be left alive to tell the story.'
 * Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
* Under tyranny it is much easier to act than to think.
* The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

"Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized."

* The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time, the terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
Albert Einstein

On loneliness, pursuit of inner self and power of logic 
Hannah Arendt by Jean-Luc Godard.

Friday, 24 April 2015

GILBERT GARCIN - His Life Was Saved By Lines

( Artist reserch by K. shiuka)
 His Life Was Saved By Lines
Gilbert Garcin was born in La Ciotat, near Marseille, in 1929. he devoted himself to the business of selling lamps
until he retired at the age of 65.  He then wins a photography award and is invited to take a workshop at Arles with Pascal Dolémieux, with whom he learns all the
tricks of his new “trade”. It is then when the new Gilbert
Garcin is born: a surprising photographer for the sharpness
with which he decides to create and develop a character out
of himself pursuing one of the most thrilling and agile
works of photography of the last decades.
The Marseilles-based artist got his start in photography at age 65. In the black-and-white photographs of Gilbert Garcin, a solitary figure navigates spare-yet-fantastical landscapes populated with towering sea-urchin shells, puppet strings, and oversized flowers. To create his images, Garcin crafts a tiny model world in his studio, which he artificially illuminates “to make more real” and then photographs.
The images of Gilbert Garcin have the strange perspicuousity and intensity of a short story.
They have a naive touch,
esceptical, ironic and  funny. They are not dramatic but efficient, nor closed symbols but pieces of an open story, evocations of the emotion caused by a surprise. Choosing the black and
white austerity weighs in his favour: it allows him to
master the medium skillfully and puts his images within the
heritage of films that tell stories and are based on a
gesture, or a scape, a silence, a light effect, a stopped
scene. He managed to give his
character the autonomy, made him timeless, and the
apparently absent-minded paternal figure reforce the
proposal means.
P. s  So, His Life Was Saved By Lines :)) ( K. S)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

You exist when you are in love. (K. S)

LoVe LiNe, By Khatia Shiuka 
Life is both a reality and a fantasy. Love happens based our dreams and fantasy.
Why do we dream?  
Or what love is, actually?
After when I recorded this film I started to think because love makes you think;   
True love has wings?;)
- No,love can't fly. Often you are down, but generally  love is ups and down, just like a life, and love is  life. You can't live and breathe without love. Love is water, love is air, and love is real, just like pain.
You exist when you are in love. Love is the proof of your existence.
Love's not a virus. Love isn't everywhere, it' happens rarely, But happens without a reason, love needs no reason.  
Love is responsibility, bitter - sweet burden. Love is a freedom. Freedom is responsibility, too.
True love sets you really, really free.
Love is personal religion. Love hates mask. 
Love kills, slowly. There is no cure for love and that's fine.
Love makes you stupid, but only in eyes of stupids.
Love is evolution - revolution in your head.
Love controls you, Love is the great conqueror. I have ever met.  Love is so strong, makes you very weak.
When you are in love, everything is you, and you are all, because no body is enough for true love.
When love begins? 
I think that; Love has no beginning and the end, love is endless. 
Love is more deeper than any ocean. More infinite than universe. More greater than god...
Love has no birth place or motherland. Love has no age, no face, no finite, no limit, no border, no religion, no race, no skin colour, no gender, no orientation. Love without boundaries :)
 Love is infinite ♡  a White ♡ space :))
( My hand and hat, photo by me :))
 Never seek love out, find inside you.
So,   If Archimedes needed a lever to move the world, Human need a love to turn things upside down, to move the world.
Khatia Shiuka

Monday, 20 April 2015

Jean Baudrillard - Ideas & Concepts

We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.
Jean Baudrillard

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Wassily Kandinsky;The Artist Must Train Not Only His Eye But Also His Soul.”

Wassily Kandinsky
“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”
W. K

Wassily Kandinsky born in Moscow in 1866 to musical parents Lidia Ticheeva and Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky, a tea merchant. He took up the study of art in earnest at age 30, moving to Munich to study drawing and painting. A trained musician, Kandinsky approached color with a musician’s sensibility. Kandinsky emerged as a respected leader of the abstract art movement in the early 20th century.

In Munich, Kandinsky was accepted into a prestigious private painting school, moving on to the Munich Academy of Arts. But much of his study was self-directed. He began with conventional themes and art forms, but all the while he was forming theories derived from devoted spiritual study and informed by an intense relationship between music and color. Color became more an expression of emotion rather than a faithful description of nature or subject matter. He formed friendships and artist groups with other painters of the time, such as Paul Klee.
He had already formed the New Artists Association in Munich; the Blue Rider group was founded with fellow artist Franz Marc, and he was a member of the Bauhaus movement alongside Klee and composer Arnold Schoenberg.

When he and his wife Münter separated, Kandinsky suffered a nervous breakdown. World War I took him back to Russia, where his artistic eye was influenced by the constructivist movement, based on hard lines, dots and geometry. While there, the 50-year-old Kandinsky met and married Nina Andreevskaya, a 17-year-old art student. They had a son together, but the boy lived for only three years and the subject of children became taboo. The couple stayed on in Russia after the revolution, with Kandinsky applying his restless and comprehensive energies to the administration of educational and government-run art programs, helping to create Moscow’s Institute of Artistic Culture and Museum of Pictorial Culture.
Back in Germany after clashing theoretically with other artists, he taught at the Bauhaus school in Berlin and wrote plays and poems. In 1933, when the Nazis seized power, storm troopers shut down the Bauhaus school. Although Kandinsky had achieved German citizenship, World War II made it impossible for him to stay there. In July 1937, he and other artists were featured in the “Degenerate Art Exhibition” in Munich. It was widely attended, but 57 of his works were confiscated by the Nazis.
Kandinsky with his wife Nina had moved to the suburb of Paris in the late 1930s, when Marcel Duchamp had found a little apartment for them. When the Germans invaded France in 1940, Kandinsky fled to the Pyrenees, but returned to Neuilly afterward, where he lived a rather secluded life, depressed that his paintings weren’t selling.

From 1927 to 1933, Kandinsky's paintings were characterized by abundant use of pictorial (like real pictures) signs and softer color. This is called his romantic or concrete period. It led to the last phase of his art, spent in France, which was a synthesis (blending) of his previous periods. In 1939 Kandinsky became a French citizen. He died on December 13, 1944, in France.
Kandinsky is still greatly admired today for his own paintings and for being the originator of abstract art. He wanted to mirror the universe in his own visionary world. He felt that painting possessed the same power as music and that sign, line, and color ought to correspond to the vibrations of the human soul.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Arthur Pinajian - Bio & Artworks

Arthur Pinajian
( Artist research part of my major project. K. S)
Arthur Pinajian, an unknown Armenian-American painter whose death would prompt little more than the rental of a Dumpster. The Dumpster was to be filled with decades' worth of his writings and pencil sketches and a garage-full of paintings that numbered close to 6,000. Today leading art historians say that, at his best, he ranks among the United States' finest abstract expressionists.
Pinajian was known as a comic book artist in his lifetime but devoted his later years to abstract work. Rarely do we discover a worthy artist who works alone and unheralded. Arthur Pinajian was one of them. He drew and painted in obscurity until his death in 1999 at the age of 85. Sharing a modest one-story cottage in the village in Bellport, New York, with his sister Armen (d.2005), Pinajian depended on her totally for financial and moral support.
The majority of his work was found after his death stacked up in the one-car garage and attic of his sister’s property. Along with the art were found his journals, many letters, and sketch books that spanned the 50 years of his creative life.
Arthur Pinajian, the son of Armenian holocaust survivors, was a native of Union City, New Jersey. He started as a cartoonist in the 1930s and found considerable success fashioning comic strips for Quality, Marvel, and Centaur Comics. After World War II, during which he earned the Bronze Star for valor, he rejected commercial art, attended the Art Students League in New York,  he rented a studio in Woodstock, New York, and there and in West New York, New Jersey, he began to wrestle with the challenges of being a modern abstract artist. He worked in the manner of Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, and Cubism before turning to Surrealism and various modes of abstraction, including Abstract Expressionism. He became a veritable master of structural color.  Pinajian's ability to balance colour including tone and tint, shape and mood is extraordinary and a key defining talent in great abstract art. He pursued his goals in isolation with the single-minded focus of a Gauguin or Cezanne, refusing to give up in the face of public indifference.  Pinajian’s work is uneven, but when he hits the mark, especially in his abstractions, he can be ranked among the best artists of his era.
After his death, the majority of his work was found stacked up in the one-car garage and attic of the Bellport cottage he shared with his sister, the first twist came with a real estate venture by a man named Thomas Schultz. It was 2005 when Schultz stumbled upon the cottage in Bellport, New York that was the longtime home of Pinajian and his sister. She had recently died. The artist had died six years prior, at age 85.
Thomas Schultz said "I came into the house to look at it with the purpose of figuring out if it was a good house to flip [to buy and resell for profit] and I walked among all of this art. I was intrigued by it because it was so vast,"
 During his lifetime, even when his works were passed over by critics and the public, he steadfastly forged ahead. When all is said and done, this oeuvre is important both because it represents an artist’s life in its totality and because within it is found a prize legacy that will endure for posterity. Thomas is to be commended for sensing that he stood before an important but hidden legacy, and for he dedicated efforts to preserve this artist’s work. The art world is richer for it.
Art historian William Innes Homer has called Pinajian one of the best abstract painters of his era.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Losing my religion for equality

Losing my religion for equality
Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.
(Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He is a peacemaker and human rights advocate. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. )
I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.
At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.
The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.
It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices - as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.
I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive areas to challenge. But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy - and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.
The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: "The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable."
We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world's major faiths share.
The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.
I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.
The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views. (Observer)
The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth.
 Jimmy Carter

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The 'Sexist' Billboard 'Your husband wants me'

College students protest 'sexist' billboard ad for a kitchen that features the phrase, 'your husband wants me'.
 A 'sexist' billboard advertising a kitchen along with the words, 'your husband wants me,' compelled  College students to protest last week. 
A billboard advertising a kitchen along with the words, 'your husband wants me,' has New York college students urging the building and renovation company who posted the message to throw in the towel.
Student girls said; you see "Discrimination against men, now!"
So, please, please, please help us to stop that sexism in our area and everywhere!:)))
Student boys said; "Don't worry girls, we can cooking a sandwiches for you, no worries."
 'No, no' said girls 'It could say, 'You know you want me,' and that could include men and women. Because in today's world, men and women are the ones in the kitchen doing the cooking - not just men.'

Percy Bysshe Shelley- The Mask of Anarchy

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mask of Anarchy
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)  English poet of nature and human liberty whose whole life was a cry for beauty and freedom. Born on 4 August 1792 in England.
Shelley is one of the epic poets of the 19th century, and is best known for his classic anthology verse works such as Ode to the West Wind and The Masque of Anarchy.
The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair.
In the fall of 1810, Shelly entered University College, Oxford. It seemed a better academic environment for him than Eton, but after a few months, a dean demanded that Shelley visit his office. Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg had co-authored a pamphlet titled The Necessity of Atheism. Its premise shocked and appalled the faculty (“…The mind cannot believe in the existence of a God.”), and the university demanded that both boys either acknowledge or deny authorship. Shelley did neither and was expelled. They called 'Mad Shelley” and “Shelley the atheist.'
Shelley’s parents were so exasperated by their son’s actions that they demanded he forsake his beliefs, including vegetarianism, political radicalism and sexual freedom. In August of 1811, Shelley eloped with Harriet Westbrook, a 16-year-old woman his parents had explicitly forbidden him to see. His love for her was centered on a hope that he could save her from committing suicide. They eloped, but Shelley was soon annoyed with her and became interested in a woman named Elizabeth Hitchener, a schoolteacher who inspired his first major poem, Queen Mab. The poem’s title character, a fairy originally invented by Shakespeare and described in Romeo and Juliet, describes what a utopian society on earth would be like.
In addition to long-form poetry, Shelley also began writing political pamphlets, which he distributed by way of hot air balloons, glass bottles and paper boats. In 1812 he met his hero, the radical political philosopher William Godwin, author of Political Justice.
He died in obloquy and neglect, and today is known as “the Poets’ Poet”.
(Photo; Monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Onslow Ford. University College, Oxford.)
 Here's Shelley's one of my favourite poem 'The Mask of Anarchy', a call for freedom & nonviolent Resistance.
So, Enjoy!:))))))
The Mask of Anarchy

Saturday, 4 April 2015

A Historical Day - May Day!

Thousands of striking women gather in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1975.
Originally sparked by the Haymarket Massacre of 1886, when police cracked down on peaceful protesters rallying for an eight-hour work day in Chicago, International Workers’ Day has enjoyed a bit of a revival in the last several years. In 2006, activists organized “a day without an immigrant,” and immigrants’ rights actions have been a big focus of the day ever since. A couple years ago, Occupy activists attempted a nationwide general strike.
 On october. 24, 1975, 90% of Icelandic women went on strike, refusing to do any work outside or inside the home — taking “the day off” from paid labor, housework, and child care. It was the largest demonstration in the nation's history and shut down the entire country. Airports were closed, schools were closed, and hospitals couldn't function. The country was basically shut down. An estimated 90 percent of Icelandic women participated and 25,000 — a tenth of the population — gathered at a rally in Reykjavik.  The strike had an immediate and lasting impact. The following year, Iceland's Parliament (now half women) passed a law guaranteeing women equal pay and paid maternity leave. Four years later, Iceland elected the world's first female President. And today, Iceland has the highest gender equality in the world. The day was later remembered as “the long Friday.”
More than a century after the Haymarket Massacre, many American workers still don’t even have an eight-hour (paid) work day. And almost four decades after Iceland’s women proved how indispensable their under- and unpaid labor was, the second shift still falls mainly to women — and still isn’t valued as the real and vital work it is.

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Rolling Stones - The Living Legends

I think The Rolling stones' fucking awesome still and we'll see what we'll look like when we will be that age (70s). They're still rocking! And generally the Rolling Stones never sold albums or a tickets based on their boyish good looks. They are part of world culture and part of world music history. They are the founder fathers. And who the fuck you're I've no idea. I can't pay for you 50 cent. But I can pay for The Rolling Stones concerts ticket 500 pound, despite that I am a poor student!  I can pay, because they are part of the real culture and I can pay for culture, not for the rubbish. So, you can see your Justin Bieber and One direction and others are really the living dead because their albums and photos are for sell just 1 pound or 50p, but nobody want it.. .  But Daily Mail is very busy doing racism, sexism, ageism, Face-ism etc.
 "Hey hey hey, that's what I say'. You can see/hear The Rolling Stones - Glastonbury 2013.  So here is our Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and our Mick Jagger, he's almost 72 -73 years old. So when you will be 72 I hope you will be not in the dust - in "underground'!
They are the living legends, not 'the living dead'! But when you was born idiot, you will die idiot, I suppose!...
Oh, Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! That's what I say! :))))
Khatia Shiuka

Mick Jagger in flight again onstage-wow! 
I mean who else can jump that high who isn't say, an olympian?


Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Peace Sculpture & The Yellow Submarine and The Dazzle Ship, Liverpool

John Lennon Peace Sculpture entitled ‘Peace & Harmony’– Liverpool, England, UK. Sculpture was created by American Artist Lauren Voiers.
The sculpture, also known as the European Peace Monument,   The guitar and the Dove is holding a white feather in it's mouth represents peace and harmony. Sculpture is very close with The Beatles Story and front of the Echo Arena.

P.s  IMAGINE, people who had a weak imagination killed John Lennon. ( K. Shiuka)
                 The Peace Sculpture, photo by K. S

      Fab 4 - The Yellow Submarine and The Titanic Ship 

Ferry dazzled Ship
♡✌️ ❤️ ✌️♡  Lovely Ferry dazzled by Peter Blake unveiled Liverpool, England, UK. Seven ship painters spent 10 days covering a Mersey ferry, carefully specified by Sir Peter Blake and the one obvious thing now is that no one’s going to miss it.
They’ve done it so beautifully and it looks fantastic. It is very exciting to see it.✌️♡ 8 million people haveseen two contemporary dazzle ships that were unveiled last year on the Thames in London and on Liverpool waterfront. Artist was chosen in part because of his long association with Liverpool, one that extends beyond his design for the Beatles album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band in 1967.
In 1961 Peter Blake won the prestigious Liverpool-based John Moores Painting Prize – “junior section”, he stressed – ahead of artists including other british artists such as David Hockney and Lucian Freud. 
The dazzle ship project shines light on a story largely forgotten today. During the WW1, professional artists would paint wild patterns on British ships to confuse the enemy.  The project was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial- Contemporary Art festival, and Tate Liverpool.  (British Ships Of The First World War HMS Kildangan in dazzle camouflage )

The Dazzle Ship
The giant artwork  "Dazzle ship’ has been designed by Venezuelan born, Paris-based artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. 
MR Diez said "I want people to feel happiness, because color produces happiness
 and i want them to associate that with this ship, happiness,  not war!' 
That's cool!