Masqua's Art


Written in 1964, during the Cold War, Jung makes some spectacular statements which resonate with the current state of affairs in this world. Whether we are talking about radical Islam, Iran or North Korea, the facts which litter history weakens the argument the West has against them.

Radical Islam is nothing new and has been around since its birth as a religion. Even in its formative centuries it has been seen as both beneficial (in sciences and arts) as well as destructive (iconoclasts, militancy). Any moral high ground other religions may think they have can quickly be removed when historical facts, both old and new, are thrown up against them. I doubt anyone needs to get those facts detailed as I think they are quite commonly known but fastidiously ignored by the majority.

Iran, buggaboo du jour, is incessantly villified by the West, much of it for good reason, but…

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Nilofar Haja

By turning ‘numbers into words,’ statistics and data science companies are inventing creative algorithms that can program a bot to write seemingly original stories on sports, finance and food. Is our collective careers as story tellers in danger from a helix of code?

Let’s begin at the beginning. In the beginning, the Neanderthal man discovered that he could mix animal fat, earth minerals, pigments from soil, rock, plants and bind it all together with egg to have the first form of paint. He took pains to fill the walls of his cave home with crude, fantasy drawings of the animals running wild in the hot Savannah. It was a ritual way of portraying the hunt, to depict his mastery over the natural scenes over which he had no control, and as a means to glorify the hunts of yesterday. That’s how man began narrating stories. It was considered a uniquely human ability:…

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Continental Drift

The Articulation of Political Speech


Four_Fields-smClockwise from upper right: Anonymous; Occupy;
Global Revolution TV; Critical Art Ensemble


“Every way in is a way out.”
– Öyvind Fahlström


Let’s start by defining things very simply. An event is a break in a normalized flow of experience. When you have to ask what’s happening, and why, and whether it’s dangerous or exciting or if it means something to you, then your day has been eventful. Events can be collective, and they can occur at different scales: urban, national, global. Deliberately breaking the normalized flow of collective experience, with the intent to provoke political debate and action, is what I call eventwork.1

It’s clear this doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The generation, communication, interpretation and historicization of events is a burning issue in control societies where our body rhythms and affective tones are increasingly impacted by so-called…

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“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

― Jim Jarmusch

from MADDBLUNTZ site