a blog with cultural bulimia.

Friday, January 09, 2004

the friday times

"This suggests a neurological basis for how people can actually shove something out of mind"
Brain May Be Able to Bury Unwanted Memories, Study Shows: Unwanted memories can be driven from awareness, according to a team of researchers who say they have identified a brain circuit that springs into action when people deliberately try to forget something.

say what????
Subatomic Tracking Finds Clues to the Unseen Universe: "An experiment that tracks subtle motions of subatomic particles called muons has found tantalizing evidence for a vast shadow universe of normally unseen matter existing side by side with ours, scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory said yesterday."

New Jersey to Recognize Gay Couples

Brazil's Happy Dance Party
After the predominating samba, forro is the 20th-century popular music from Brazil that won't subside. You hear it all over the country, and despite its age and earthiness, that's not embarrassing; it remains genuinely popular. It may have taken 60 years, but now it's cool in the East Village, too. At Nublu, a bar on Avenue C, a band called Forro in the Dark has been playing this music almost every week for more than a year, and the movement and the feeling in the room are almost as important as the genre itself. Forro is a loose concept: it really means a kind of happy dance party in close quarters, in which musicians and dancers are both taking part in the same ritual.

'I still feel I have this precious career, a supersophisticated audience, and they respect me for what I do. For that, I don't do the compromise for the commercial world. I present it with a strong grip of anarchy and truthfulness and I don't get sucked into the commercial thing. I'm very free. I'm as free as I've ever been.'

In the photograph, the 11-year-old girl stands stiffly before a plain wall in her sleeveless, white crocheted dress, arms leaden, mouth shut. Her grave face is tightly framed by long hair and bangs, which almost conceal her eyes. She stares back at us from the shadow cast by the bangs, with a look that I might register as fear, although who is to say for sure? The heavy formality of the transaction between photographer and subject announces itself. The girl is clearly responding to the person making this portrait, whose presence we sense. By its nature the picture tells us who this photographer is. She makes sure that we know: Diane Arbus

Getting Caravaggio From Video, With Several Hearts of Darkness
A video installation about the making of a real film about a real life, 'Set' throws a fistful of themes at us as we move from screen to screen, watching a young actor and film crew at work on a movie set. These include masquerade and illusion, social difference and conflict, religious art and ritual, artistic collaboration and individual expression.
The work revolves around the magnetically androgynous face and considerable stage presence of Lazaro Ramos, a handsome young actor, as he stars in 'Madame Sata,' the award-winning film debut of the Brazilian director Karim Aonouz. Mr. Ramos plays the role of Joao Francisco dos Santos (1900-76), a legendary inhabitant of the Lapa, the impoverished bohemian quarter of Rio de Janeiro.