FIRST KISS: a film by Tatia Pilieva
What a weirdly beautiful concept: pairs of strangers meeting for the first time, and then sharing a passionate kiss. It’s a moment that should be quite awkward for an outside viewer, and yet there is something about the sweet introductory conversations that makes this video highly compelling to watch. Anyone else really want to kiss a stranger right now?!
The one who begins this poem won’t be the same
As the one who will end it. Already
Fifteen minutes have passed since I wrote those lines.
I take my shirt off. The day is getting warm.
Yesterday I learned two words: Geheim, which is German
For secret. Temem, which is Arabic
For plenitude. In a few hours a hundred million people
Who do not speak the same language
Will gaze at the last eclipse of the millennium. Bonheur,
what a beautiful word when formed by the mouth
Of a French Buddhist. Didn’t I tell you words
Should be emptied like a vessel, didn’t I tell you I loved
Schroedinger’s cat. Kept for days in a closed box
The cat can either live or die, but until we look
It is neither dead nor alive. Next question. Ask me what light
Feels like, at the instant when it falls. The one
Who ends this poem is not the same as the one
Who will stand accused and be forced to deny it.
Can sorrow be weighed in gravitons? Is fear genetic?
Does the soul know it exists? Does it echolocate its way
In this world, looking for an exit? The inferno that we form
by being together. ’ Calvino. I use these words
To keep from looking away, ensorcelled by the radiantly
Mortal, but with zero yearning. X = wonder,
Vivid under the spell’s recurring question: Peut-on
Naitre-mourir? Lust kills joy
Instantly: half glass fully empty. Diamond cusp,
Be beautiful, brief, and blinding.
— "Schroedinger’s Cat and the Last Eclipse of the Millenium," Eric Gamalinda (via chazkeats)
Tony Oursler - Long Line of Phobos, 2013
chromed steel, mixed media, iPad, iPod touch, video, sound
64 × 44 × 5 in / 162.6 × 111.8 × 12.7 cm
"I know I can be beaten, I know I can be raped, I know I can be killed. But I am not going to leave. We are stronger as a community." — Kasha. (First Image) Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the anti-homosexuality bill into law, giving official backing to the daily harassment that affects the country’s LGBT community. And Uganda’s LGBT activists are now in more danger than ever. Their very existence is illegal. For many, the only way to survive, short of fleeing the country, will be to go back into the closet and reinvent their public identities. Any allies who might have provided support in the past—public health workers, lawyers, landlords, taxi drivers—have just been criminalized as well.
When the only way to stay safe is to stay secret, even the most defiant activists have to keep a part of themselves hidden to survive. Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman snapped these double exposures with an iPhone as a reflection on the need to lead a double life. This is what it means to be gay and illegal.
View Daniella’s whole project: Kuchus in Uganda
1 & 2. Figure on Bed with Camera and Weapons, 2013.
3 & 4. Beretta M92, 2011.
5 & 6. Isabelle Schiltz as Crawling Figure (for Valeria), 2010
7 & 8. M. T. with Pistol, 2008
Crochet-covered Lion installations
for the 2012 summer exhibition at the Palace of Versailles
by Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos
Contamination is the process which joins crocheted medallions used to cover porcelain faience animals, etc.
Alphonse Mucha Photograph Postcard
— Louisa May Alcott (via observando)
- “We have to remember that what we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”— Werner Heisenberg - German...
- “I somehow see what’s beautiful
In things that are ephemeral.
I’m my only friend of mine,
And love is just a piece of time
In the world