Hasty notes on the Creative Milieu

Expect to see more on this I guess over the coming months.

Theories around the creative milieu increasingly maintain that ‘face-to-face interaction creates new ideas, artefacts, products, services and institutions and, as a consequence, contributes to economic success.’ (Landry, 2000, 133). Some cities around the world also seem to pay increasing attention to the cultural . . . →

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Street Art – Good vs Bad?

Banksy Originally uploaded by Simon Crubellier

There is a dichotomy in the city – between ‘official’ versions of art and ‘unofficial’ version of art – even though these might interact under the radar. Urban art – suffers from a similar duality.

It is being used frequently for . . . →

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A true internet love mystey

American screenwriter and director Josh Olson (see A History of Violence) wrote a gripping [tag]internet love[/tag] mystery with a twist: It’s true 100% even though it has to do with a pack of lies.

Entertaining and witty – marvellously cynical – Olson proves why his writing is amazingly simple yet perceptive once again.

LA Weekly . . . →

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The sexual aspect of surgery?

“Surgical intervention has a sexual aspect as well. Ultimately it can be an expression of hope – the next doctor, the next diagnosis, the next operation, will bring salvation.” [1]

The possibility of viewing surgery as a sexual act seems somewhat disconcerting, especially, I must admit, to me. But to understand the idea one needs . . . →

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The surrealist blog

Apparently this is Breton’s definition of Surrealism: “Pure psychic automatism by which one intends to express verbally, in writing or by other method, the real functioning of the mind. Dictation by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, and beyond any aesthetic or moral preoccupation.” [1] Unsurprisingly this made me think of . . . →

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Upside Down: An update on the Dirty Works Greece media charade

A few days ago I wrote about the arrest of Greek artists Dimitris Fotiou (see post here). He created a funny website, for a fictitious company name Dirty Works Greece (DWG), satirizing the Greek alleged (I don’t want to be arrested as well) common practice of politicians doing favors (or getting paid for it) for . . . →

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How a bit a humour can get you arrested – The chronicle of an exaggeration in the Greek Media

Dimitrios Fotiou is a Greek artist. Inspired by the latest developments in Greece concerning illegal student transfers from one university to the other, people paying to get a job in the civil service and MPs calling in favours to secure a position for their voters he created Dirty Works Greece. Dirty Works Greece (DWG) was . . . →

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