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Month: April, 2012

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan @ Tate Modern

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イタリア人コンセプチュアル・アーティスト、アリギエロ・ボエッティの回顧展「Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan」が、テート・モダンで5月27日まで開催されている。ボエッティは、1960年代後半に既成の芸術に反抗し、工業素材や石や木など単純素材を用いた、イタリアの前衛的美術運動・アルテ・ポーヴェラ(「貧しい芸術」)の一員として活躍。この展覧会が、テート・モダンで開催される、アルテ・ポーヴェラ系アーティストの初の個展となる。

トリノ出身のボエッティは、フィアットを中心とする自動車産業の中心であるトリノと関連する工業用素材を使用、後に切手やボールペン、雑誌の表紙などを使って作品を創っている。この展覧会では、建築素材を使用した建造物、ボールペンを使ったドローイング、飛行機を描いた水彩画、世界の河川のリスト、アフガン人の手で作られた、数値システムをベースにしたパターンが織り込まれたキリム、そして彼の代表作である、各国の上に国旗の織りを入れた世界地図シリーズ「Mappa」等、様々な作品を展示している。ボエッティは遠方の地に興味を持ち、エチオピア、グアテマラ、アフガニスタンといった国を旅した。1971年にカブールを訪れた後、71〜79年の間、アートプロジェクトとしてカブールでホテルを設立、そこで「Mappa」等カラフルで大きな刺繍作品を創っていた。また秘儀や神秘的なものへの関心や、60年代〜70年代のイタリアの日常や政治に呼応した作品など、その作風はバラエティに富んでいる。

ボエッティのことは全く知らずに観に行ったのだが、派手派手しさはないものの、彼の几帳面さ、細部へのこだわりが伺える展覧会で、中々面白かった。

Italian conceptual artist, Alighiero E Boetti‘s retrospective, “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” is currently running at Tate Modern until May 27th. Boetti is a key member of Arte Povera group of young Italian artists in the late 1960s, which was working in radically new ways using simple materials. This is the first solo show by an Arte Povera artist at Tate Modern.

Turin-born Boetti used industrial materials associated with Turin, Italy’s automotive manufacturer centre, and later made works using postage stamps, ballpoint pens, and magazine covers. His work in the exhibition includes constructions made with building materials, biro drawings, watercolour paintings of aeroplanes, lists of rivers,and woven kilims made by Afghans with patterns based on numeric systems, as well as a series of embroidered world maps in which each country features…

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The end of Rome is near!

We will be done our unit on Wednesday just in time for our trip to the ROM, and next week we will have a test (mark this in your calendars – MONDAY!!) For now we are still exploring the new era of the Roman Empire. Today we will look at five emperors who reigned during the first century of the Empire – Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero and Vespasian. Let’s do things differently though.

It’s time for the Battle of Rome’s Emperors. One group has been designated as judges for today’s event, and they will decide whether an emperor should be allowed to enter the HALL OF GREATNESS!   This is how today is going to look:

The first half of the class you will do the following: in your group you will be given a biography of a certain emperor. Pick one person…

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Archaeologists Uncover Statues of the Children of Antony & Cleopatra

Indiana Jen

One of the most famous love stories of history, that of Antony and Kleopatra, has had a new piece to the puzzle added with the discovery of a new statue that archaeologists believe depict their children: Alexander Helios (the Sun) and Kleopatra Selene II (the Moon). The children, twins, were Kleopatra’s second and third child (having already given birth to Caesarion, the son of Julius Caesar). They would have a third child later, Ptolemy Philadelphus.

Caesarion, a potential and dangerous heir to rival Augustus, was put to death. However, the children of Antony and Kleopatra were actually given to Augustus’s sister, Octavia  (the Roman legal wife of Mark Antony) to raise and educate. Reportedly, she loved them deeply and grieved the loss of her adopted sons. Years later, the sons of Antony would disappear from history, but the daughter, Kleopatra Selene, was married off…

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Reading the Romans

British Museum blog


Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge

If you want to find some really vivid stories about ordinary ancient Romans – not just about the toffs, the generals, and the emperors – some of the very best places to look are their tombstones. These give some amazing insights into the lives of real Romans – not those right at the very bottom of the social heap (people down there couldn’t afford a memorial) but those not all that far from the bottom.

OK, the epitaphs are written in Latin – but it’s often very easy Latin. And even if you don’t know a single word of the language, you can get quite a lot out of them with only a very little help.

In the BBC Two series Meet the Romans, we have looked at some really memorable – and quirky – epitaphs. I’m particularly keen on one…

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Russ Hickman Photography

At least the road that I was on led me there and it was unbelievable! Rome…I love that you will forever be the first stamp in my passport (even if the customs guy stamped my passport on the 3rd page). We rented this amazing little apartment near Campo de’ Fiori, one of the many famous squares in the heart of Rome. During the day it was home to an Italian Market (Just plain Market if you’re yourself Italian) where you could buy anything from pasta to espresso pots. The neighborhood itself had everything you’d want. Tons of shopping, cafes and restaurants to choose from. I think I ate pizza at least once everyday and the wine, OH The Wine! I know I wrote this before but this would be such an amazing place to shoot a wedding or just any couple session really. Every angle looks like it’s right out…

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Ministry of Planning: High indicators of inflation during the March past rate (1.7%) And annual rate (3.8%)

The Currency Newshound

Date: Friday, 13-04-2012 03: 52 pm

Baghdad (newsletter) …The planning Ministry has revealed high indicators of inflation during the March past rate (1.7%) Compared to the previous month, while annual inflation index for the period from March 2011 until March 2012 markedly arrived (3.8%).

He attributed a statement from the information Office of the Ministry received (Agency for the newsletter News) copy: causes of high quality indicators of inflation monthly, yearly vegetable prices which led to higher prices for food section and non-alcoholic beverages by (13.2%) Compared to prices in March last year reflected on the 2011 inflation indices around the year in Iraq

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The downfall of Bedrkhan and the end of Botan

Kurdish Musings

Bedrkhan (also written as Badrkhan, Badirkhan, Bader Khan, Baderxan, and so many other ways), a name which elicits different responses from people. For most people in the world it is virtually unknown. Among Kurds though, the name is more well-known, one shrouded in myth though rooted in history, and among others a name of evil and hatred.

Who was Badrkhan? Wikipedia is not too helpful in this regard, only telling the reader that he was a lord of the Botan Emirate, and then pointing to an article going in depth about his massacres of the Christians. This is problematic of many Kurdish-related articles due to there being few ‘neutral’ sources on the Kurdish matter (and those few that are around are discounted as being too pro-Kurdish), while more ‘neutral’ sources tend to derive from uneven treatments of the region that is wholly sympathetic to the christian experience in the…

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Conference: On the Way to a New Constitution

KURDISTAN COMMENTARY

The organisers of this conference have asked us to announce this on Kurdistan Commentary. The overview and programme are below. The programme concept (in .pdf format) can be downloaded here (Turkish & English). The conference will be livestreamed at this site: http://www.anayasayolunda.com. Looks as though there will be lots of room for discussion about the Kurds given the topic of the conference and the line-up of speakers.

Conference Overview:

The events of the Arab Spring brought tremendous change for all Arab countries. Old dictatorships had collapsed, governments had to introduce reforms; the whole process is still ongoing and the results of the events are yet to be seen. In many countries a process of replacing or at least reforming the constitution started. Different models of participation of society and various forms of demands from the people are to be observed.

This conference wants to bring together the various…

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Turkey’s Alevis: An Intro

A Crazy Nation

There’s been attention on the Alawite sect of late. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad comes from the sect, and the sectarian implications of the violence in Syria is huge. I recently posted about members of the religion who live in the Turkish-Syrian border area and how their emotions could complicate Turkish intervention in Syria.

Another group weighs even more heavily on Turkish politics: the Alevis. Their name has a similar origin to the Alawis’, but there are few similarities after that, religiously. Both groups are outgrowths of mainstream Shi’a Islam. Politically, the two groups have been traditionally marginalized and faced discrimination for their unorthodox beliefs. But the ambiguity of both groups’ religious beliefs has caused a lot of confusion. Religion and Middle East scholars often mix the two groups up unintentionally, making studying the two minorities unnecessarily difficult. That confusion even runs through the groups themselves. Since Alawites kept many particulars…

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The Iraqi Boy