3rd annual Berlin Thanksgiving involving representatives from the resident Germans, French, Russians, Croats, Canadians, Austrians, and of course, the Americans. For all, this instructive video on how to make one’s TG not too erotic.
Just How Much Neighborhood Transformation Can You Get From An Art Project?
A new take on urban renewal: Dutch art duo Haas and Hahn do large-scale art projects in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro in an effort to help revitalize struggling neighborhoods.
Here they painted the facades of 34 homes in Santa Marta (above). They hope to expand to other favelas, subscribing to the belief that the vibrancy will stimulate the economy and create a sense of neighborhood pride.
Haas and Hahn teamed up with Philadelphia's Mural Arts program and implemented their colorful ideology in North Philly here.
One of the artists, Dre Urhahn says, “The point is not to change the neighborhood, we don’t bring answers, we have to define questions and to start the conversation.”
“The point is not to change the neighborhood, we don’t bring answers, we have to define questions and to start the conversation.”
I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school.
Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate.
I’d like to think I’m more open now.
The last place you ever live is not really a place. It’s a compromise.
In Berlin this week, I’ll be trying to better understand how Germans are thinking about the surveillance debate that has roiled the free world in recent months. Conventional wisdom has it that citizens of this country are particularly attuned to the importance of privacy due to Stasi excesses during Communist rule. Has the resonance of the issue been overstated, as some observers suggested after the recent parliamentary election, when Chancellor Angela Merkel triumphed even as privacy advocates in the Pirate Party seemed to lose ground?
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