Third Thoughts Exhibition at CCA Andratx / e-flux

Third Thoughts at CCA Andratx / e-flux.

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Blogging the Periodic Table / by Sam Kean — Slate

THE MAN’YŌSHŪ

The MAN’YŌSHŪ (万葉集),  or Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves, is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry, having been compiled around 759 C.E. It consists mainly of 4,500 short poems or tanka, written and collected from every class of society,  many by women, over a period of 440 years. Tanka traditionally consist of 31 syllables in 5 lines of a
5-7-5-7-7 pattern — easy to count on the hand and so to memorize.  The MAN’YŌSHŪ poets experienced interconnection with all life forms, organic and inorganic, as an  inherent quality of their daily spiritual and cultural lives and expressed in Shintoism as well as poetry. When they spoke-wrote poetry it was experienced as naturally akin to a clap of thunder, a raindrop, the cry of the hototogisu, or an in- and out-breath. I like to think that poetry is an as yet undiscovered element for the ever-expanding Periodic Table. So, let’s begin with Sam Kean’s ‘A’ for antimony in Slate\’s Periodic Table .  – Donna Fleischer



Nassim Nicholas Taleb — Beware those Black Swans / New Statesman

New Statesman – Beware those Black Swans.

Mstislav Rostropovich / Weinberg Cello Concerto OP. 43 1 of 4, Adagio (1964)

Here Rostropovitch plays the cello concerto of Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

As reported by signandsight.com (7.20.10): “The new [German] Osteuropa magazine is entirely dedicated to remembering the Jewish composer  Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who left Poland for the Soviet Union after the German invasion, and became a protege of Dmitri Shostakovich. ‘It is a mystery that one of the most creative composers of the 20th century could have been ignored for so long,’ wrote Manfred Sapper and Voker Weichsel in the editorial. Weinberg’s first symphony was dedicated to the Red Army, later his works were performed by Mstislav Rostropovich and David Oistrach. He eventually fell out of favour with Stalin and was thrown into prison.

The British musicologist David Fanning argues that Weinberg’s work should not be smothered by his Soviet past: “Weinberg’s works often refer directly to the outside world, particularly in reaction to the Second World War and its consequences. And just as many of his works deal with love, desire, mortality and the quest for meaning. It is as hard to capture in words as it is uplifting in the concert hall. However tempting it might be to present Weinberg as a sort of moral lodestar, his message had nothing to do with communism or political engagement of any sort. The only label he he would have been comfortable with is anti-fascist’. His message, if you can call it that, is about what it means to be a human and an artist among the turbulences of the 20th century.”

faithful they come

with eyes of birds fixed sure

summer blackberries

Merrill Ann Gonzales

UK Feminista / Men still on top in the arts

Was John Szarkowski the most influential person in 20th-century photography? / Sean O’Hagan | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Was John Szarkowski the most influential person in 20th-century photography? | Sean O’Hagan | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.

Szarkowski had “a willingness to take risks with his own reputation” which is perhaps how  “he taught America how to look at photographs.” – Sean O’Hagan (and Donna Fleischer)

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