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?”

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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.

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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.

Sfarsitul orelor Tuesday, Jun 2 2009 

“As vrea, in acest moment al povestirii, sa lamuresc un echivoc prezicand ca sentimentul meru despre singuratate nu a cochetat niciodata cu mizerabilismul postmodern asociat deseori cu moartea. Aceasta conditie nu reprezenta, dupa parerea mea, o stare durereroasa caci ma adusese adesea in situatia de a fi mai putin distant fata de suferintele celorlalti. Puteam foarte bine sa raman in camera mea pana la moarte, dar, in masura posibilului, evitasem intotdeauna acest mod de a gandi negativ si pornit din esecuri, din zadarnicie si disperare. Uneori mi se intampla sa cedez, sa-mi imaginez o existenta solitara la varsta adulta, mese luate de pe o tava in fata televizorului intr-o sufragerie in care duhneste a sosete murdare si a carpe imbibate cu sperma si intarite. Dar inca mai voiam sa vorbesc cu oamenii” (Christophe Dufosse, 2002,  Sfarsitul orelor).

Relatie de 8 mm, dublu click Monday, Jun 1 2009 

Scena in He’s just not that  into you – Janine Gunders (Jennifer Connelly) are de ales intre parchet masiv si parchet laminat pentru noua casa in care se va muta cu sotul ei.  Decizie banala aparent, insa comparatia pe care o face este excelenta – parchetul laminat, doar o imitatie estetica a celui masiv este ca o relatie intre doi oameni lipsita de esenta si de trainicie.  Parchetul laminat reprezinta decizia de a alege ceva temporar, care sa arate bine la exterior, dar care despre care stii ca nu va rezista mult.

Cine ar putea spune daca nu cumva mobilierul pe care il alegem nu  reflecta cumva  modul in care ne comportam in relatiile noastre? Care sunt implicatiile pe care facilitatea de a beneficia de un mobilier ieftin, usor de transportat, de montat, aruncat si schimbat le are?

Ne  mutam cu chirie, ne cumparam mobilier, ne schimbam din nou locuinta, plimbam mobilierul dupa noi si il  mai schimbam inca o data si in tot procesul asta incepem sa apreciem mobilierul usor, care nu ne incurca, care nu ne trage in urma si nici nu ne ancoreaza in timp.

O legatura exista si a existat dintotdeauna intre casa in care locuim si relatia pe care o avem. Nu degeaba, unii se refera la casnicie ca fiind casa – casa de piatra (casnicie solida), a da din casa,  amanta le-a spart casa etc. Asadar, oamenilor le place sa identifice casnicia pe care o au cu locuinta in care traiesc. De aceea Janine uraste parchetul laminat, pentru ca stie ce semnificatie are si, poate, ce influenta poate avea asupra casniciei ei. Relatia pe care personajul o are are neaparata nevoie de parchet masiv, nu isi permite sa se mai joace cu suprafetele superficiale.