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Opis - 'Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist'. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In a study that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations. It is both a sustained meditation on the mosaic of peoples and practises we call 'Africa', and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft. The Beginning: Collision, Ghana 1958 More than anything, one is struck by the light. Light everywhere. Brightness everywhere. Everywhere, the sun. Just yesterday, an autumnal London was drenched in rain. The airplane drenched in rain. A cold, wind, darkness. But here, from the morning's earliest moments, the airport is ablaze with sunlight, all of us in sunlight. In times past, when people wandered the world on foot, rode on horseback, or sailed in ships, the journey itself accustomed them to the change. Images of the earth passed ever so slowly before their eyes, the stage revolved in a barely perceptible way. The voyage lasted weeks, months. The traveller had time to grow used to another environment, a different landscape. The climate too, changed gradually. Before the traveller arrived from a cool Europe to the burning Equator, he already had left behind the pleasant warmth of Las Palmas, the heat of Al-Mahara, and the hell of the Cape Verde islands. Today, nothing remains of these gradations. Air travel tears us violently out of snow and cold and hurls us that very same day into the blaze of the tropics. Suddenly, still rubbing our eyes, we find ourselves in a humid inferno. We immediately start to sweat. If we've come from Europe in the wintertime, we discard overcoats, peel off sweaters. It's the first gesture of initiation we, the people of the North, perform upon arrival in Africa. People of the North. Have we sufficiently considered the fact that northerners constitute a distinct minority on our planet? Canadians and Poles, Lithuanians and Scandinavians, some Americans and Germans, Russians and Scots. Laplanders and Eskimos, Evenkis and Yakuts - the list is not very long. It may amount to o more than 500 million people: less than 10 per cent of the earth's population. The overwhelming majority live in hot climates, their days spent in the warmth of the sun. Mankind first came into being in the sun, the oldest traces of his existence have been found in warm climes. What was the weather like in the biblical paradise? It was eternally warm, hot even, so that Adam and Eve could go about naked and not feel chilled even in the shade of a tree. Something else strikes the new arrival even as he descends the steps of the airplane: the smell of the tropics. Perhaps he's had intimations of it. It is the scent that permeated Mr Kanzman's little shop, Colonial and Other Goods, on Perec Street in my hometown of Pinsk. Almonds, cloves, dates, and cocoa. Vanilla and laurel leaves, oranges and bananas, cardamom and saffron. And Drohobych. The interiors of Bruno Schulz's cinnamon shops. Didn't their
Art and Democracy in Post-communist Europe REAKTION BOOKS
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
The conclusion of the Cold War in 1989 signalled the beginning of a new era in Eastern Europe, and this widespread change was felt no less strongly in the world of art. In Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe, Piotr Piotrowski examines the art made after 1989 in Eastern Europe in light of the profound political, social, economic and cultural transformations in the region. As well as discussing these transformations, Piotrowski describes the changing nature of artworks themselves - from work moulded by the cultural imperatives of the communist state, used as a tool of political propaganda, to autonomous work protesting against and resisting the ruling powers. He describes the rich tradition of anarchistic motifs and themes of protest in Eastern European art, and the emergence of a utopian vision in more recent times. The discussion includes themes of communist memory; the critique of nationalism; issues of gender after 1989; and the representation of historic trauma in contemporary museology, going on to discuss the recent foundation of museums of contemporary art in Bucharest, Tallinn and Warsaw. The function of art in post-communist Europe is assessed, and above all its restrictions and hidden censorship mechanisms. Throughout the book the author provides close readings of many artists, some new to a Western audience, such as Ilya Kabakov and Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Marina Abramovic's work responding to the atrocities of the Balkans. This cogent investigation of the artistic reorientation of the former Eastern Bloc breaks important new ground, and fills a major gap in contemporary artistic and political discourse.
Thinking in Place Paradigm
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
Carol Becker, preeminent arts educator and contributor to leading art magazines, offers a beautifully poignant meditation on the role of place in artistic creativity. She focuses on place as a historical, physical entity and a conceptual site where ideas come into meaning. The book explores places from the coal-mining towns of western Pennsylvania, to the Birla House where Gandhi was shot, to the sinking city of Venice. A cross between theory, memoir, and history, her writing creates the experiential effect of being in specific places as well as imagining the evolution of ideas as they are manifested in museums and often become agents for social change.
New New Distanz Publishing
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
International key personalities explain how the new originates. The urge for the new has shaped the life of humans ever since primeval times. It is the driving force behind development and creativity, pushing on, revealing what was hitherto undiscovered, and engendering enthusiasm and longing. Yet in the history of society, it has never been as necessary as today, at the beginning of the 21st century, to venture into something new. In face of a worldwide economic crisis, along with ecological, social, ethnic, and cultural problems, it is absolutely essential to change structures of thought and action on all levels. However, it is not easy on people who create something new, for they must overcome obstacles and convince others. In this book, international key personalities-pragmatic thought leaders who are at the same time hands-on doers-explain how the new emerges, in conversations with the entrepreneur Ulrich Dietz. Interview partners: Anousheh Ansari (Entrepreneur and spaceflight participant) Antonella Battaglini (scientist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Josh Bernstein (US American explorer and educator), Amar Bhidé (economist, Harvard University), Murat Günak (former head designer with Volkswagen, now developer of hybrid cars), Graham Hawkes (constructor of a deep-sea underwater plane), Edwin Kohl (largest German importer of pharmaceuticals), Claudia Llosa (Peruvian film director, scriptwriter, and producer), Wayne McGregor (numerously awarded British choreographer), Paulus Neef (founder of the German internet agency Pixelpark), Susan Neiman (US American philosopher, director of the Einstein Forum, Potsdam), Lisa Randall (professor of theoretical physics, Harvard University), René Redzepi (award-winning chef at the Copenhagen restaurant Noma), Tobias Rehberger (artist, professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt/M.), Roberto Stern (jeweler and heir of the jewelry firm H. Stern), Peter Weibel (artist, professor and director of the Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe), Alasdhair Willis (British designer, gallerist for exclusive furniture), Ken Yeang (eco-designer, "green" architect) Portrait photographer: Michael Dannenmann Studied painting as well as photography at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart. Since 1984 exhibitions in galleries and museums and since 1986 publications and commissioned works for magazines and agencies in Germany and abroad. Editor: Ulrich Dietz Studied mechanical engineering and product engineering. In 1987, he founded the now internationally operating IT group, GFT Technologies AG. Since its IPO in 1999, he has been the company's Chairman of the Board.
Shadow of the Sun Penguin
'Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist'. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In a study that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations. It is both a sustained meditation on the mosaic of peoples and practises we call 'Africa', and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft. The Beginning: Collision, Ghana 1958 More than anything, one is struck by the light. Light everywhere. Brightness everywhere. Everywhere, the sun. Just yesterday, an autumnal London was drenched in rain. The airplane drenched in rain. A cold, wind, darkness. But here, from the morning
Książki Obcojęzyczne>Angielskie>Reference, information & interdisciplinary sub.>Museology & heritage studies
Explores The Ways In Which Museums Are Shaped And Configured And How They Themselves Attempt To Shape And Change The World Around Them. This Volume Includes Topics Such As: Disciplinary Practices, Ethnic Representation, Postcolonial Politics, Economic Aspiration, Social Reform, Indigenous Models, Conceptions Of History And Urban Regeneration.
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