Namaste, y’all!

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Really happy you are here  I do hope you will let yourself inspired by this place where you landed. I love inspiring you, I think it’s an awesome way to spread love and cure the world. Maybe it’s nothing in the realm of trumps, fights, poor health and immigration camps… but let me let you...

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Oscilații: ideologia transparenței și reflectivității în arhitectură

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 Ce a anume din structura noastră ne face atât de atrași de suprafețe-oglindă? Ce a determinat ca arhitectura contemporană să favorizeze atât de mult astfel de expresii arhitecturale? Lucrarea de față își propune să ofere câteva răspunsuri la aceste întrebări, fără a avea pretenția exhaustivității. Vom porni pe acest drum privind întâi succint la câteva...

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Mă văd peste tot (și mă-ntreb de ce?!)

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Într-o seară practica mea vizuală a reflexiilor mi-a dat această poezie. Habar n-am care-i treaba, a venit așa, deodată 🤷‍♀️   Mă văd în ecranul telefonului În capacul de la laptop Propria-mi fantomă mă spionează din vitrinele pe lângă care trec Mă uit la mine în oglindă, în spatele tău pe motocicletă Sunt un autocolant când...

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Face Shifts in Alain Resnais’s “Providence”

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This is my academic paper for “Question d’iconographie” at Lettres, Arts et Cinema, Paris Diderot (7) submitted in April 2019, with the prof. appreciation 🙂 “The dream is my only real level of my existence” Alain Resnais’s “Providence”, 1977, explores the theme of artistic creation in its profound facets, as the author slides from being...

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Kate’s Cooper “Symptom Machine” at Hayward Gallery

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  🔊 Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre (HENI Project Space) welcomed a solo exhibition by #KateCooper – Symptom Machine 👀 Its video and sound design and overall experience really touched me so I decided to share it with you. No words, sound on to appreciate the impecable sound design Androgynised female CGI representations are brutalised in their attempts to embody...

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Kanal Centre Pompidou: thoughts on the exhibitions of May 2019

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Current exhibitions at Kanal Centre Pompidou got me thinking: how far should we go with exhibiting human pain, sufferance? What’s an appropriate context to do that and what not? Can the contemporary art establishment actually DO something to support our collective issues, such as homelessness? I would hope so! Thank you for watching!

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I went to see the “latest” Caravaggio: “Judith and Holopherne” and it was pretty amazing

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A couple of years ago, in 2014 to be precise, a medieval painting was found in an attic and Toulouse, and after specialists in medieval paintings (most notably Éric Turpin) have analysed it in depth they decided: it’s a Caravaggio, one of the few (around 60 in the entire world), painted around 1607. It will be...

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Gherasim Luca și depășirea suprarealismului

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„Poezia fără limbă, revoluția fără persoane, iubirea fără sfârșit” (Gherasim Luca, înscris pe „Cuba Colectiva” Havana, 1967) Gherasim Luca este inventatorul unui limbaj poetic și, în același timp program existențial, inseparabil de opera sa. Adesea s-a vorbit de ontopoezie, pentru că pentru Luca poezia, arta și viața au fost una, au format un tot inseparabil. A...

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I mirror with Vivian Maier: thoughts on the exhibition at Les Douches La Galerie

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Les Douches La Galerie is currently hosting a  Vivian Maier Exhibition “The Color Works”, which also includes many black & white photographs. Of course, her work is great but the exhibition concept is quite simplistic, the work is not at all contextualised and it’s presented a bit cramped. It all has an air of a desire...

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Jean-Michel Basquiat at Fondation Louis Vuitton

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I often accumulate vast amounts of content waiting for me to process it, to bring it out in an orderly manner, ideally accompanied by a profound, well-researched text. Well, this time I figured the exhibition of Basquiat does not deserve such an absurd treatment. I feel I’d be doing you, however is reading this, as...

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The Super Yarza Twins: an interview

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I met Eva & Marta Yarza at the D&AD Awards in London, 2018, where they also won a Wooden Pencil with their cool Smirnoff campaign. I interviewed them and really enjoyed their optimistic and super hard working, applied mindset. Keep up the awesome GAL POWEH!!! I prepared the following material for the IAA Global Conference...

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The eyes, chico, the eyes of Egon Schiele – Exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris

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In image theory studies we often talk about “what do images want?”, about a secret life of an image, about how a detail can overturn an entire painting or how the punctum grabs our gaze and arrests it, binds it to a certain “je ne sais quoi” of the image. Such phenomenological and image theories fascinate...

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Dinspre prezentul fără un domiciliu fix privesc înspre trecut. Notițe despre Sezonul Franța-România în ianuarie.

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Contextualizare? În tranziție, nomazi digitali, fără domiciliu fix, globe trotteri, pasageri. În sens larg, metafizic, toți suntem trecători prin viață, prin locuri, prin situații și tot în trecere mă aflu și eu la Paris, cu o bursă Erasmus la Paris Diderot. Întorcându-ne către cotidian, acest lucru îmi oferă un domiciliu fix, în sens administrativ și...

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An interview with the Chief Reinvention Officer: Nadya Zhexembayeva

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Nadya Zhexembayeva, super empowering business woman with a warm presence, was one of the keynote speakears at TEDxBucharest 2018. I talked to her on few of the concepts she developed with her team. Read below or watch the interview at the end of the article. Nadya developed the „Overfished Ocean Strategy” and I was curious...

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A gaze towards the future of consumerism: talking to David Mattin, TrendWatching

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David Mattin is the Global Head of Trends and Insights at TrendWatching, a company that follows the evolution of trends in business, innovation and consumption. We talked about consumerism, technology and interconnectedness after David’s speech at TEDxBucharest, the 10th edition (2018). I wanted to understand how the current mindsets and new technologies will impact the way...

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[KARAMAZOVII] Adevăr, scump adevăr !

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Sunt minciună din cap până-n picioare. Pe 13 și 14 decembrie Karamazovii se joacă la Teatrul Mic. Este una dintre punerile în scenă dificile și realizate cu succes, din punctul meu de vedere, de către Nona Ciobanu și echipa ei și eu zic să ne bucurăm de prețurile prietenoase pe care le avem la teatru...

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FREIHEIT! A good November to visit the Novembergruppe retrospective exhibition at Berlinische Galerie

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‘ve just visited the Berlinische Galerie, especially for the FREEDOM: THE ART OF THE NOVEMBER GROUP 1918-1935 Exhibition and I really must say it is very well curated and it portrays a vivid and in depth (yet succinct) scenary of the Berlin avangardes of the time.  I will do my best to re-curate it here...

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[FITS2018] Mutatio Mutandis. Metamorfoze, ad infinitum.

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Metamorfoze, etern ludic al senzorialului epurat de lingvistic, se joacă deja de peste 10 ani, în spații din toată lumea și a revenit la cea de-a 25-a ediție a FITS. Pleiadă vizuală și sonoră de transformări și deveniri, spectacolul s-a transformat cu fiecare nou spațiu de desfășurare și probabil chiar cu fiecare montare. Catharsisul a...

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[FITS2018] Bine ați venit pe Planeta Transsexuală din Galaxia Transilvania!

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Dacă multe spectacole includ referiri, directe sau indirecte, la relațiile dintre persoane de același sex, Rocky Horror Show e, poate, singura care vorbește plenar, asumat, deschis despre transsexualitate. Piesa este o adaptare a musicalului scris și pus în scenă de Richard O’Brien în anii ’70, un tribut pentru science fiction și film horror low-budget. Încă...

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[FITS2018] Expresii de democrație, educație și cultură : Tommy Kriegsmann în dialog cu Octavian Saiu

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Educație. Criminalitate. Cultură. Violență. Democrație. Libertate și încălcarea ei. Acces restricționat. Artă. Stradă. Dreptate. Încredere. Putere. Așteptări. Politici. Investiții. Experimente. Cum se intersectează ele astăzi și cum sperăm să se întâmple mâine? Reușim, ca societate, să educăm prin intermediul culturii? Uneori da, și în acele cazuri reușim sublim. E suficient să privim chiar aici, pe...

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[FITS 2018] Suspendarea esteticii pe Peron și în Ziar : de vorbă cu Dan Perjovschi

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Dan Perjovschi, un personaj-artist-activist greu de prins efectiv în cuvinte, a umplut Peronul Teatrului Național Radu Stanca de magneți, a mai pus file în Ziarul Orizontal și a desenat performativ pe lateralul zidului, în cadrul proiectului Vocile Solidarității. Perjovschi a vernisat luni, alături de Constantin Chiriac, Cerul de Magneți și a oferit publicului câțiva muguri...

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[FITS 2018] Minimalism și emoție în jurul unei roți. Cercul pasiunii, un spectacol de dans contemporan în Piața Habermann

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„Cercul Pasiunii” (Frentic) reușește ceea ce puține opere artistice reușesc: să reducă la esență, să comprime într-un tur de forță de 20 de minute, viața cu problemele și emoțiile ei. Spectacolul (UK, regia Jeni Barnard) e gândit pentru spații urbane, deschise, dar se integrează cu ușurință în orice tip de estetică urbană. Și motivul e...

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Amintire, fantezie, reflexie: perspective fenomenologice asupra fotografiei lui Saul Leiter

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*RO version only. Written within the Master programme “The theory and practice of image” at the Centre for Excellence in the Study of Image. Abstract Lucrarea de față își propune să discute opera fotografului american Saul Leiter, dintr-o perspectivă fenomenologică. Voi începe prin a contextualiza fotografia lui Leiter, oferind câteva note biografice și câteva considerații...

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Blockchain? Distributed Ledger? Thoughts from less-of-a-n00b (p2)

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It did take me a while to get back with the part 2 of this article. That’s because I jumped quite deep into the blockchain topic (for a person that didn’t know virtually anything about it until 2 months ago) and I’ve compiled some additional resources to crack this shell. Cryptocurrencies? Distributed Ledger Technologies? Blockchain?...

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Golden Hour in Sintra

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One afternoon after finishing off my volunteering shifts at Websummit I took myself and went on an afternoon trip in Sintra. Now, my close friends know I am not the biggest fan of solo activities but, actually, sometimes they can be truly mind-liberating. So, to get to Sintra, you just need to get yourself to...

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[WebSummit] A noob’s thoughts on blockchain technology [p1]

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I must confess: I went to WebSummit knowing virtually nothing about blockchain technology. But it was one of the key ideas of the WebSummit, and actually for a pretty good reason. In case there are other people around here who also know next to nothing about this technology, have this brief intro to blockchain: A...

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[WebSummit Key Take-outs] Top Favourite Speaker: Lars Silberbauer, from Lego

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WebSummit is a humangous conference and you definitely need a clear agenda for going there – will it be for certain key notes? Will it be to find a job? Will it be to get new business partners? I’ve tried to surf a bit on each of these waves and I’ll get back with an...

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[IAA]: Talking to Saul Betmead: from the ad business to brand coins to politics and more

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*Piece developed for IAA Romania| the Effie Awards. Originally published here. Saul Betmead, Chief Strategy Officer Young & Rubicam EMEA is one of the strategic minds behind the Vodafone Red Light campaign, awarded  Grand Prix in Media at Cannes 2016 and Warc Innovation Prize, and the McWhopper campaign, awarded Grand Prix in Cannes 2016. Check...

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Brasov, Sibiu, Zenith and us

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At the begging of September Vlad and I went on a 3 days trip to Brasov, for the Amural visual festival, which we both absolutely recommend, and Silviu Purcarete’s Faust play, in Sibiu. Armed with our hammocks for the night in Brasov, a Russian Zenith 11 and curiosity for the new adventure, we were so...

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The Power of NO – Adobe | D&AD New Blood

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This year I was super excited to participate in D&AD’s New Blood Awards, on the Adobe brief. It was an amazing learning experience and I highly recommend it to all students and recent graduates. And even to teachers (hinting here at my dear Mrs Madalina Moraru) – the real briefs are an amazing practice material....

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#DANDAD17: Nick Eagleton on IDEAS, IDEAS, IDEAS

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DANDAD17 had a lot of micro-events targeted to emerging talent, the new blood as they like to call it. Most of them took place in Hub10, a 80+ people seminar room that was (almost) always packed. People waited for half an hour or more to make sure they got a seat, and often they still...

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#DANDAD17: inspirations from DAY 1

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After my first 2 days of volunteering before the festival it wad finally time for excitement: inspiring speakers and seminars time! I would soon discover the busy schedule of the day, hopping from stage to stage to see & hear the speeches, just like at a music festival. How do you like them EGGS – at...

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Volunteering at #DANDAD17 – judging days

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After 1.5 months of creative entrepreneurship fidgeting, drifting, navigating unfamiliar waters… here I am at the awe-inspiring D&AD Festival. I decided to volunteer while I was still working at a local Romanian agency, in the rush of the moment. I was then contacted by Ian Lowe, the volunteer manager and a super skilled, hands-on event...

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STAY RAD! London street art

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In Shoreditch   triiipppy In Soho  

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Coventry: discover the beauty of a British industrial city

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Coventry used to be one of Britain’s most important industrial hubs, today being a valuable University town. Second largest city in West Midlands, after Birmingham, and 12th in the entire United Kingdom, it’s not a big city, but a pleasant one to study in. Check more info about it here. A lot of pigeons in...

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Patterns & textures of Bucharest

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Isn’t it fascinating to discover patterns in everything around us? Our minds are organised around patterns, and the lack of pattern recognition will cause unrest, uncertainty. Here are some patterns in which I see Bucharest, my hometown. Bucharest is this weird, intriguing mix of old and new, of modernity and decay. Beautiful architectures are lost...

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3 bookmarks of inspiration when working with webdesigners

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I always believe in the power of two: not two working simultaneously on the same task but consulting each other, completing each other, improving the work together. I developed on this here. Working closely with web designers and developers I gathered up a list of inspiring resources to help us in brainstormings & briefings, when...

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