Multimedia History Friday, Feb 19 2010 

O echipa pasionata a “Prezentului” reunind specialisti ai “Trecutului” – istorici si arheologi si specialisti ai “Viitorului” – ingineri si informaticieni, va invita sa faceti cu totii o incursiune in timp, pornind de la cele mai indepartate manifestari ale fiintei umane, intr-o calatorie de milenii… de la primele scrieri, la multimedia !

Pentru prima oara in Romania, codul de bare 2D va fi utilizat pentru o expozitie si pentru toate materialele de suport. Codul ofera o interfata usoara telefonul mobil-internet si permite asadar sa se asigure o punte intre lumea reala si informatiile din site-urile WAP sau WEB.

Vizitatorii isi vor putea folosi telefonul mobil ca sa afle mai multe informatii despre fiecare exponat, fiecare vitrina, fiecare tema: audioguide, fisa exponatelor etc.
Aceasta tehnologie permite muzeografilor sa rezolve una dintre cele mai mari probleme – cea a esteticii unei expozitii unde abundenta si lipsa de frumusete a textelor (mai ales cand vorbim de o expozitie bilingva) strica adesea armonia vitrinelor si a panourilor.

Expozitia poate fi vizitata si pe site-ul l care contine toate panourile, toate ilustratiile, pozele si explicatiile pentru fiecare dintre cele 300 de comori aduse din toate muzeele din Ardeal si Banat.

Cum a reusit acest proiect? Cu  colaborarea exceptionala a specialistilor romani si elvetieni intr-o plina si adevarata interdisciplinalitate. Expozitia reuneste un corpus de obiecte apartinand a mai mult de 12.000 de ani de istorie umana si poate fi vizionata la Muzeul Civilizatiei Dacice si Romane din Deva.


From panopticon to panspectron Friday, Feb 19 2010 

  • In the emergent “panspectric” order, human society is seen in terms of “information traffic”. It is not the actions of individuals that are observed, as in the Foulcauldian panopticon, rather those of the mass. Degrees of corporate and state surveillance are unprecedented; yet panspectric subjectivity also brings new forms of resistance.
  • Sweden Defence minister Sten  Tolgfors’ reasoning avoids a crucial point: more and more actors – the security services and large companies, but also academics and activists – have started to see human society as nothing more than “flows” of influences. The more information channel flows are logged in detail, the better insight we gain into people’s psyches.
  • The echelon -known as the  “panspectron”, because it gathers information across the spectrum of electromagnetic signals: the computer’s “gaze” registers more than just visible light, the frequencies that the human eye can perceive. Just as the panopticon was emblematic of Foucauldian panopticism, today the panspectron symbolizes the emerging order of “panspectrocism”. It is no longer a human being that “watches” your behaviour, but a computer that predicts your behaviour by searching for patterns across a much broader register of information.
  • According to Deleuze, in emergent societies of control, we are dispersed individuals: “We no longer find ourselves dealing with the ‘mass-individual’ dyad. Individuals have become dividuals and masses, samples, data, markets, or banks.”
  • The panspectric paradox is that we can say more about individuals’ behaviour if we stop seeing them as individuals. This idea – that we are “configured” by our context – is hardly new. But what distinguishes the current era is our ability to record and analyse the impressions made on our minds: what we have read and consumed, where we have been, who we are communicating with.

Read full article on Eurozine

A new kind of beauty Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 

A portrait series of people who have undergone extreme plastic surgery. Mr. Toledano is in search of the proper definition for the  modern idea of beauty:

“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.

Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?

Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?

When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?

Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”

Visit his site.

The shoe gene Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 

There must be a gene for Christian Louboutin shoes that activates in the presence of double X chromosomes.

Full article

Clisee in reportajele de stiri Sunday, Feb 14 2010 

si as mai adauga cateva din peisajul media autohton: expresiile “chipurile” (apartinand reportajelor de stiri ProTv) si “efectiv” (Antena1), dar si minunata grafica realizata fara pic de simt estetic pentru a exeplifica situatiile prezentate.

From chocolate bars to toothpaste… Sunday, Feb 14 2010 

…it’s a man’s world.

Little Miss Perfect Pageant Monday, Feb 8 2010 

These photographs of child beauty pageant participants, taken by Susan Anderson and published in her book High Glitz, illustrate how much of feminine sexual allure is put on and performed.  These kids are adultified with make-up and they also often wear false teeth and hair extensions.

Now, some say that anyone who is uncomfortable with Little Miss Perfect is ethically obliged to be just as uncomfortable with femininity in general. I disagree on that. They are not playing with femininity, they are playing with sexuality by using a whole range of beauty products women usually use in order to be more sexually attractive, not (only) feminine. It’s the same arsenal transvestites use in order to resemble a sexual active woman, not a fair chaste lady.

The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough Sunday, Feb 7 2010 

Although we still call ourselves feminists and insist—vehemently, even—that we’re independent and self-sufficient and don’t believe in any of that damsel-in-distress stuff, but in reality, we aren’t fish who can do without a bicycle, we’re women who want a traditional family. And despite growing up in an era when the centuries-old mantra to get married young was finally (and, it seemed, refreshingly) replaced by encouragement to postpone that milestone in pursuit of high ideals (education! career! but also true love!), every woman I know—no matter how successful and ambitious, how financially and emotionally secure—feels panic, occasionally coupled with desperation, if she hits 30 and finds herself unmarried.

Whether you acknowledge it or not, there’s good reason to worry. By the time 35th-birthday-brunch celebrations roll around for still-single women, serious, irreversible life issues masquerading as “jokes” creep into public conversation: Well, I don’t feel old, but my eggs sure do! or Maybe this year I’ll marry Todd. I’m not getting any younger! At their core, they pose one of the most complicated, painful, and pervasive dilemmas many single women are forced to grapple with nowadays: Is it better to be alone, or to settle?

When we’re holding out for deep romantic love, we have the fantasy that this level of passionate intensity will make us happier. But marrying Mr. Good Enough might be an equally viable option, especially if you’re looking for a stable, reliable life companion. Madame Bovary might not see it that way, but if she’d remained single, I’ll bet she would have been even more depressed than she was while living with her tedious but caring husband.

Read the full post on The Atlantic