Friday, October 16, 2009

glass man

Alive in Joburg

Alive in Joburg is a short movie by Neill Blomkamp. District 9 is a 2009 feature length movie based on this short movie. While scifi genre movies, they deal with xenophobia and racism (or specie-ism).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

nature morte

is He Him?

Mark Wallinger's statue Ecce Homo at Trafalgar Square, London. Adrian Searle wrote about this artwork in the Guardian.

celebration of the impractical

"It’s easy to think that college classes are mainly about preparing you for a job. But remember: this may be the one time in your life when you have a chance to think about the whole of your life, not just your job. Courses in the humanities, in particular, often seem impractical, but they are vital, because they stretch your imagination and challenge your mind to become more responsive, more critical, bigger. You need resources to prevent your mind from becoming narrower and more routinized in later life. This is your chance to get them."
- Martha Nussbaum

Saturday, October 3, 2009

blue in the face

Skeletal memento mori

It's murder out there

Saying, as Albert Camus, does, that suicide is the only real philosophical question amounts to a paradox. After all, the answer to this question cannot be suicide. Or as Arthur Schopenhauer writes: “Suicide may also be regarded as an experiment – a question which man puts to Nature, trying to force her to answer. The question is this: What change will death produce in a man's existence and in his insight into the nature of things? It is a clumsy experiment to make; for it involves the destruction of the very consciousness which puts the question and awaits the answer.”