“On the train: staring hypnotized at the blackness outside the window, feeling the incomparable rhythmic language of the wheels, clacking out nursery rhymes, summing up moments of the mind like the chant of a broken record: god is dead, god is dead. going, going, going. and the pure bliss of this, the erotic rocking of the coach. France splits open like a ripe fig in the mind; we are raping the land, we are not stopping.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
This fascinating documentary tracks the evolution of the world’s largest participatory art project, the wildly popular “Inside Out.” Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates communities to define their most important causes by pasting giant portraits in the street, testing the limits of what they thought possible. In capturing the process, Alastair Siddons creates a glowing testament to the power of the image and the role that art can play in transforming lives.
Watch “INSIDE OUT: The People’s Art Project” on HBO tonight, 9pm!
Blind Melon - Mouthful Of Cavities (Capitol, 1995)
This track brings up so many memories from my youth. Lean back & listen.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!” ― Auguste Rodin
This is the place where Sigmund Freud had his psychoanalytical practice. This house in the Alsergrund district, at Berggasse 19, was newly built when Freud moved here in 1891. The previous building on the site, once the home of Austrian politician Victor Adler (founder of the Social Democratic Workers’ Party - SDAP), had been torn down. In 1938, the same year this photograph was taken, Freud was forced to leave German-annexed Austria due to his Jewish ancestry, and fled to London.
I recently walked by that place with my Indian friend Priyanka who visited Vienna for a few days. She’s leaving Austrian sky right now: It was good seeing you! Say hello to Delhi from me, and greets to your family & the taxi driver of course, I forgot his name AGAIN… one day I’ll tell my followers the story of that one helluva night, be prepared!
Thanks to my friend Priyanka for this amazing quote! I met Priyanka when I visited India in 2010. She was a wonderful host for me and four of my friends for more than a week in Delhi. She was here in Austria this week, our first get-together after more than 3 years. Right now she’s sitting on her plain back to India.
Priyanka, it was great seeing you again, you’ll be missed! Have a nice trip!
The Kon Tiki was named after a legendary seafaring sun-king common to both the old Inca kingdom and the islands of Polynesia.
In this photograph, a lone figure, possibly Thor Heyerdahl, perches on the mast of the Kon Tiki. He sailed the balsa wood raft with five fellow adventurers from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, in an attempt to prove that prehistoric South American seafarers could have made the same journey.
The image was taken during Operation Windmill (1947-1948) , an expedition established by the Chief of Naval Operations to train personnel, test equipment, and reaffirm American interests in Antarctica.
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