batistart

Hello People, I am doing a retrospective of Pedro Batista’s work, a very talented young Portuguese artist, preceding his solo exhibition in Lisbon on the 29th march. Please follow it here: http://batistart.tumblr.com/

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It was this newfound focus on portraits, of people close to him, that granted him a trip to São Paulo in 2005, as the winner of an art contest for Mercado Mundo Mix — a cultural marketplace event showcasing new talent.

Banksy on Advertising:
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
- Banksy

Banksy on Advertising:

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

- Banksy

This powerful TED Wish asks us all to build the city that the future needs. Visit theCity2.Org to join in. Here’s the full text of this inspiring wish:

I am the crucible of the future.

I am where humanity will either flourish or fade.

I am being built and rebuilt every day.

I am inevitable. But I am not yet determined.

I wish to be inclusive, innovative, healthy, soulful, thriving. But my potential can only be reached through you.

You can forge a new urban outlook. Begin by connecting. Imagine a platform that brings you together, locally and globally. Combine the reach of the cloud with the power of the crowd. Connect leaders, experts, companies, organizations and citizens. Share your tools, data, designs, successes, and ideas. Turn them into action.

Together you can:
Bridge the gap between poor and rich communities.
Spectacularly reduce your carbon footprint.
Make nature part of daily life.
Empower entrepreneurship.
Re-imagine education.
Nurture health.

I am the City 2.0. Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

The potential of our own creativity is rapidly being compromised by the era we live in. I believe that genius in the 21st century will be attributed to people who are able to unplug from the constant state of reactionary workflow, reduce their amount of insecurity work, and allow their minds to solve the great challenges of our era. Brilliance is so rare because it is always obstructed, often by the very stuff that keeps us so busy.

Catarse is the Brazilian version of Kickstarter. I have recently supported a project by 2 friends that deserves attention. 

São Paulo is a major graffiti capital on the rise. WALL.K is a collaborative project that believes street art belongs to the streets and its interaction with the urban space makes it such a unique form of expression. As such, WALL.K will work as an audio guide or iPhone app touring across the city’s walls, contextualizing street art for enthusiasts interested in a deeper immersion. Furthermore, online navigation will be available for anyone who can’t make it physically to SP. Facebook here. Support here

First video of The Revolution Road, recording a trip from Istambul to Lisbon via Revolution. 

Transmedia series Road to Revolution will follow three Portuguese journalists, Tiago Carrasco, Joầo Henriques and Joầo Fontes, as they embark on a journey through the Mahgreb and Middle Eastern region following the path of a revolution, latterly known as the Arab Spring, which has swept across that part of the world.

The team will travel more than 9000 miles by land and sea across 10 countries – Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco – to find out more about the lifestyle, culture and beliefs of the local people and learn about the causes of discontentment that led to ethnic and religious conflicts. The documentary looks to compare revolutions in the Arab world with uprisings in the West, from the counterculture movement of the 1960s through to the Occupy protest movement currently taking root in cities across the US and Europe.

Produced by beActive with the support of Portuguese weekly Sol and retail chain Sportzone, Road to Revolution will initially consist of a series of online video blogs posted on an official website as well as Sol’s site. Two video blogs will be uploaded every week over 10 to 12 weeks starting at the end of January. Further updates will be made available in real time on Facebook and Twitter. beActive will then edit the blogs into a feature-length documentary, which will be available for film release and television broadcast by the end of the year.

Facebook here. 

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iiilife:

Beautiful Kickstarter project: Love Ever After 

Love Ever After will share the love stories of couples who have been married for at least 50 years. Inspired by a letter my grandfather wrote to my grandmother during World War II (and rediscovered after he passed away in 2007), I began photographing and interviewing couples in the New York area as a way to preserve their stories and to illuminate our universal experience of love. 

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