A video montage featuring a parade of various military aircraft, accompanied by a live reading of Work for Peace, by the late, great, poet-bluesologist Gil Scott-Heron.
Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative efforts
with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content oncerning the social and political issues of the time. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues."
An excerpt from the article "An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron: There is Joy in the Struggle" by Kevin Gosztola
"You can't teach the value of creative expression in school. You can't tell someone they have to use their art or media for the greater good. But, you can envelope someone in events with people like Gil Scott-Heron who
believe in what they do and show them an alternative to the art and media we consume on a regular basis that seems to be far removed from the issues we experience and the lives we live every single day.
What Gil Scott-Heron shows is that people can find a voice in art (especially music). Movements need people like Gil Scott-Heron to open people's minds so that people who are not creative, not humorous, or not
artistic can then present people with some truths that might compel them to act.
Yes, we've got to work for peace. There ain't gonna be no peace unless we go to work. But, peace isn't just taking down the military or breaking up the monetary and the military. It isn't just finding confidence in fighting for what some deem a lost cause, something unrealistic.
Peace is having soul. Peace is unleashing that soul in the company of others. And, peace is having the fortitude to push on and do what you believe needs to be done so that the next day you can have high spirits and maintain high hopes for a brighter day."
Volumen habitable de prestaciones básicas; plegable, hinchable, reversible (Prototipo experimental en poliéster metalizado). Colección del museo MoMA de Nueva York.
Nuestro hábitat se ha convertido en un escenario para el consumo, en el que un ilimitado número de productos satisfacen una serie de necesidades creadas a partir de unas relaciones complejas y difícilmente controlables. Culturas que guardan una relación más directa con su entorno nos demuestran que el hábitat puede ser entendido de una manera más esencial y razonable. Aprendiendo de estas actitudes y utilizando la más avanzada tecnología, propongo una casa casi inmaterial que se hincha a partir del calor de nuestro propio cuerpo o del sol, tan versátil que dándole la vuelta nos protege del frío o del calor, tan ligera que flota y que, además, se puede plegar y llevar en un bolsillo. Una vida en tránsito sin ataduras materiales. Tenerlo todo sin tener apenas nada. Martín Azúa 1999, Fotografías Daniel Riera.
Exposiciones: Safe (MOMA, Nueva York 2005), Living in Motion (Vitra Design Museum, Alemania 2002), Futur compost (Palau Virreina, Barcelona, 1999)
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A basic inhabitable volume; foldable, inflatable and reversible. (Experimental prototype made from metalized polyester). MoMA collection New York.
Our habitat has turned into a space of consumption in which an unlimited number of products satisfy a series of needs created by complex systems and relations that are difficult to control. Cultures that maintain a more direct interaction with their environment show us that the idea of habitat can be understood in more essential and reasonable terms. Influenced by these ideas and using the most advanced technology, I came up with an almost immaterial house that self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun; so simple and versatile that it protects us from the cold and from the heat when reversed; so light that it floats; and moreover, it folds up and fits into your pocket. Ideal for a life on the move without material ties. Having everything without having almost anything. Martín Azúa 1999 / Photographs Daniel Riera.
Exhibitions: Safe (MoMA, New York 2005), Living in Motion (Vitra Design Museum, Germany 2002), Futur compost (Palau Virreina, Barcelona, 1999)
In conversation with Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, U.C. Irvine
Slavoj Žižek, renowned Slovenian critical theorist, dissects and reconstructs three major faith-based systems of belief in the world today, showing how each faith understands humanity and divinity—and how the differences between the faiths may be far stranger than they at first seem.