Archives for category: cultureducing [intro]

In October with friends we went to Barcelona and passed really cool weekend. Firstly it was still nice weather (to compare with North France) and all the city was moving. Also it was interesting the start of this journey: how I and Kamilė hitch-hiked to the airport (although it was raining and although between Rouen and airport is ~80km and  it took maybe 6hours for us to come there). Also that we girls hardly remembered our coming back stage. To sum up, I can only say that I liked it very much.  Because I liked it, I still remember it ((:

Live music, happiness, colors, sangria, the Mediterranean sea, palms, paella, Gaudi (whose architecture impressed a lot). It’s really a city to go with friends. It’s really the city of parties,  adventures, questions (how or who remembers)… Thank you girls for super cool company, laugh, good memories and better photos (especially for Milda and Kamilė whose photos I share). Hope we will repeat our journey !!! ((:

Sometimes it’s strange how the life changes: one has inspiration , later it disappears and comes back.. during summer I really caught quite good vague of inspiration and during Autumn.. It was gone. For those, who missed my posts I can say, that I had really interesting and rich period in my life: studies abroad gave me more than I have ever expected !!! It’s a pity that I didn’t share my experiences  at that time but I believe it’s better to give more objective view of everything without grumblings and complaining.  ((: What I feel now what was what I got as experience:

  • one learn how to accept different cultural codes;
  • being alone becomes being an exception of the rule. Being the exception doesn’t mean one needs changes;
  • one can learn how to love it’s nation and country, how to be proud of oneself;
  •  one learn how to be polite whether one want it or not, it’s like a river which one can cross;
  • personally I learned a lot about national character… And I understood better only when I came home..
  • Smile and be polite- no matter how unhappy one is.

Before my abroad studies I had really closed point of view and I only understood it when I had gone abroad. Reading articles is different than meeting people and searching ways how to get along. If at first I wasn’t very happy by living in very cosmopolitan place but  finally I appreciated that. For example, after 5 days of my arrival one guy knocks on my door 2 a.m. I didn’t open my door so next day when we met in the kitchen I heard that I’m a racist because I wasn’t polite with him. If at first it was shocking or really strange finally I understood that it was only a difference between cultural codes: people from ”very south of France” or actually people from Maghreb and more south of  Africa after studies spend their day part by sleeping and during night time they are active (celebrate, cook, study and so on). so this was how little innocent movement in addition to be self- presented (as they are really more sociable than people from the north of Europe) made a little misunderstanding between two youngsters.

Another cultural difference was understanding how clean kitchen looks like. Nothing personal, but all the time seeing dirty kitchen after somebody’s (possibility of my floor’s neighbourhood)  really upset my cooking mood. Sanctions made by residence’s administration  ”lock the door for a period of 3-4 days” or ”turn of electricity” really didn’t help as next day it looked the same as before making one of these sanctions. One can ask ”why this still happens? ” or “why do people leave their rubbish after they do their cook? ”. Waiting in a row is what one can accept or still face up but not a disrespect to others. Finally I changed my eating and cooking habits and my view of living became  ”take it easy” if you can change it. But the most surprising was disrespect to students from the administration (both from residence and university).

Spending hours by asking and searching a person who could sign the last document (and finally discovering that we searched a wrong person), receiving wrong letters (for example that my friend didn’t pay for her room) was a normal phenomenon. When we saw our exams graphic and we had few double exams, the answer which we heard after ask for a help was ”it’s your own problem, you had to inform us at the beginning of this semester”. I think everybody would be frustrated in such conditions but the lesson which we learned was ”il faut s’adapter”.

Anyway, these experiences changed my view of life, my understandings and I appreciate that a lot. Still I like France, it’s a very beautiful country to visit, good cuisine (I’m talking about traditional cooking of which usually people are proud of (but this doesn’t mean that many people really tasted it)), good wine, nature… And before my next abroad studies or decision to move I’ll have to think better, maybe read more about what I could expect and what not; relations between locals and foreigners and immigrants..

So beautiful morning and day… Since very early childhood I knew that this day is special- it’s spirit, all traditions, games which we played. I remember how with brothers, cousins and friends we went asking ‘gifts’ in neighbourhood, games with eggs, all cuisine and that feeling of already come in spring (((:

Today we celebrated quite calm, only as always my parents made a revolution in the kitchen: prepared too many dishes ((: Here are few pictures from today’s table (which was really big): mom baked 2 pies, I like them very much, every time she uses different ingredients (berries, fruits, apples, etc..). Also we painted traditionally eggs with herbs. And I really wanted to try to make something new, so.. made tiramisu (really love it !!)  

 

  

I found it’s recipe here, it’s a pity here it’s in Lithuanian but as it’s really traditional, surely in net there are plenty of them ((:

Hope you also enjoy your Easter, time which you can spend with very important persons ((:

Je n’en finirai pas d’écrire ta chanson
Ma France

There are many people who love to eat well, who enjoy eating tasty food and the aesthetic view of it. Food is a very important part of hole life, it’s not only used for humans being, it keeps the movement of creativity.

Clothes

One is to imitate food by making clothes and it’ll look original. Another is to make clothes using food. I found this great post and liked it as it’s well classified and very informative. Funny was that I discovered it after I started writing about ways how food is connected with fashion and clothes and.. Voila ! This shortened my writing as it talks more by itself  ((: Another great artist and little of his works here .

Art

Ju Duoqi is an amazing artist who recreate famous paintings by using vegetables and fruits:

Food crafts

I can watch and watch photos of food, catch ideas or inspiration.I liked this post with sandwiches as I love them. Another photo just to add:

Furniture

I’m sure there are plenty of items but these items made me smile- what’s better than sleeping in your favorite meal’s bed ?  ((:

Transport


Every year comes the time when shops are full of candies, chocolates, pluchies (toys) and all that sweet stuff reduces, red color becomes so popular and the heart shape appears almost everywhere. I think it’s very great that this fest is celebrated- ‘official permission to show your feelings’- as even the biggest stranger can seem normal. Also, this fest help people not to be afraid of showing their feelings, it encourages. It was quite interesting to know, when my Norwegian lecturer told us that when she was at school (now she’s 37) they didn’t celebrate Valentine, it’s new fest. In Lithuania it came also as pop culture’s influence as Halloween did, but this last-mentioned gets it’s popularity very slow…

About encouraging, it’s known that north people a considered as ‘more shy’, more ‘conservative’ people to compare with  south countries (Italy, Spain, France).  It’s true, till now many of my friends, people who I know are too shy to start talking with someone else who really likes, and there are many people who maybe ‘lost’ their true love only of a fear that ‘he/she doesn’t love/like me’ and etc in addition of such a shyness. I always remember my grandma’s youth stories how one lady told her in the street with very silence voice ‘Miss, your socks are in the wrong side’ as it was something ‘pervert’ or how boys of her university ‘checked’ girls locks as ‘making them instead of having naturally’ was something also called ‘incorrect behaviour ‘.  Of course, during my mom’s youth there was normal to have make-up, locks, they had their fashion ‘standard’ , but to speak loudly about deep feelings, love, experiences was something that almost everybody kept for himself. As now it’s my youth, to compare with my relatives, I can see that now girls have very big rule in common life, it became normal be more active, to show first some signs instead of waiting boy’s attention. And of course- all tv’s influence, movies, pop culture.. I really don’t like what is shown on tv , ‘too opened’ lives, perversity, ways how are showed crimes and social differences (I don’t think this is a means to entertain people, kids)  but I have to admit that I like that way how people changed, mentality about woman and man, perception of rights and duties, education.

Well, as st. Valentine’s day  is coming and surely tomorrow I won’t have free time to write (thanks to my busy busy Monday’s schedule), and this is such a special day for so many people, I would like to share few photos which are cute and which I like time to time to watch, which inspire ((:

So, happy Valentine’s day for those, who are in love, who dream about it, who wait it or maybe who remember good past times, lovely eyes, smile and joy… It’s really better when be angry or feel lonely ((;

Music is an art form whose medium is sound. It has common elements (rhythm, dynamics, pitch), common reasons (expression, performance, creation, traditions, etc..), can be divided into genres and subgenres, and also has connection with other ranges (history, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, etc.). To many people in many cultures music is an important part of their way of life. And still is discussed what constitutes music.

I’m pretty sure there are many people who think that in music creation is already limited: one melody has another’s inserts, words, harmony. Despite that, where are many ways how music can be created. The Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998. It performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. The utilization of various ever refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe.

Another interesting band, non-traditional dance troupe (originating in Brighton, UK) that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance is Stomp. It’s a group of people, with very strong personalities, who work together using simple building blocks to create something complex , something everyone can identify with; it’s about rhythm, which is common to all cultures. Everyone knows rhythm, if only from the beating of their own heart – it is the basis of all music. There are several STOMP companies currently performing around the world: up to three working from the UK and two in North America. Each company has its own style, its own feel.

To say that crazy is only now days world is the same as to say that a wheel was created after a  bicycle. How Igor Stravinsky (famous Russian composer) said: ” A good composer does not imitate; he steals. ” One idea replaces another. All nowadays crazy creations have some base predecessors through history, f. ex: shamisen (the Japanese traditional music instrument) originally was made from cat’s skin (maybe the Greens fought  against this successfully). For more, 4′33″ is a three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments) and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements (the first being thirty seconds, the second being two minutes and twenty-three seconds, and the third being one minute and forty seconds).

That’s really strange, that John Cage wasn’t a crazy American who wanted to joke. He was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist and mushroom collector (hobbies also requiring some knowledge). His issue was to have a musical compromise: people could imagine that music which they would like to hear.

Yes, music can be created with very original instruments, amplified to big effecting performances and shows. Maybe the biggest impression does human’s imagine, all human’s creation. One of the most beautiful things is a cappella- music is solo or group vocal or singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way.
The Voca People, how they say, are friendly aliens from the planet Voca, somewhere behind the sun…where all communication is made by music and vocal expressions. All live and all performed by 8 people on the stage.

And to finish one of my favorite bands is The Swingle Singers. They are mostly a cappella vocal group formed in 1962 in Paris, France. The current group is based in London, England. There are a total of eight members in the group: two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two basses. They produce covers ranging from modern classics to classical music, to Contemporary Music. Their arrangements are often informed by jazz harmonies and stylings.

Usually people say that art is beauty, emotion, and a snapshot in time. Something that expresses you, and you made it with your own touch. It’s like music and food, you can’t tell someone what to like and what not to like. I won’t talk about little kids’ paintings or some snapshots on walls. I think that art, the great art, which is made by people who call themselves ‘artists’ , for money, for another people can be criticized and has to be.

I appreciate people who start new style, whose idea it is.

Ex: Black square

By the pioneer of the avant-garde Suprematist movement, Black Square may by Kzimir Malevich’s most famous piece.  Malevich had discovered the art notion of “zaum”, a state where experience occurs outside the naturally perceived world. This led to Suprematism: a movement focused on geometric forms. Malevich would a sequel of sorts 5 years later, “Suprematist Composition: White on White”: a square canvas painted entirely white.

Interesting is that this painting was created 1913. That year born American Abstract painter Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967), who was the most known for works in different shades of the same color (all red, all blue, all white) in the 1950s.
Reinhardt is best known for his so-called “black” paintings of the 1960s. They were different, made from smaller squares, different color’s shadings. But maybe the most shocking was this one- plain black’s. Also this painter claimed : “Art is too serious to be taken seriously.”

Another American painter, minimalist, conceptual artist Robert Ryman, who born 1930, differently loved white color.

Ryman’s most famous quote is “There is never any question of what to paint only how to paint.”  Maybe only white color wasn’t the new idea, but having ‘white painting style’ or exposing ‘white canvas’ were.

Also it’s understandable why many people don’t understand such an art. Things what can be created by yourself maybe are less respected.  Sometimes I only think another people thought that these creations are too simple to be exposed and called ‘examples of the great art’. Or maybe they didn’t see the reason to expose it as this doesn’t require very big imagination. But earlier or later there is someone who does something very elementary and enters to history.

Not aesthetic  art

Art has various functions: educational,  aesthetic, historical, emotional, psychological and etc. I personally think that art has to be along with aesthetics. Maybe because I prefer  art’s function to give a pleasure to enjoy it. Still I think it’s good that such an art exists: it gives a possibility to look differently, it  introduces with subjects or imaginary aspects which people aren’t susceptible to think about.
Francis Bacon (1909- 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s painterly but abstract figures typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Since his death, Bacon’s reputation has steadily grown.

I believe that one artist inspires another. Of course, from one style is born another one. From less shocking we can see more shocking.

Orlan (Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte), French artist, who was born in 1947. She’s best known for her work with plastic surgery in the early to mid nineties.

1990 La Ré-Incarnation de Sainte Orlan ou Image(s), Nouvelle(s) image(s). She is transforming her face, but her aim is not to attain a commonly held standard of beauty. Orlan is the only artist working so radically with her own body, asking questions about the status of the body in society. Since May 1990 she has undergone a series of plastic surgical operations to transform herself into a new being, modelled on Venus, Diana, Europa, Psyche and Mona Lisa. This feminist narcissist used all reliquaries left from operations (blood, bandages, her body) and transformed to art.

2001 showed movie ‘Ornal Carnal Art’. The film chronicals a series of operations performed on Orlan, who intent on completely changing her appearance. These operations however, are not an attempt to change her apperance for purposes of beauty, but is instead an attempt to change her appearance to what beauty was considered at different points in history. Through this she attempts to show how she can manipulate and change the body through science and technology.

IS THIS ART ?

Michael Landy (born 1963) is an English conceptional and installations’ artist. Landy’s most recent project Art Bin was a new installation for the South London Gallery described by the artist as ‘a monument to creative failure’. Artists and collectors were invited to apply to dispose of works of art via a dedicated website Art Bin.

What will be next ?

Maybe when very simple, casual things become art there is no more space to create something and people start looking for talents around themselves. I guess everyone can say that his kid is an artist, but not everyone can say this about his animal or pet.

I guess this woman will be an inspiration for people who already call themselves ‘artists and maybe after few years will appear some installations like white room and cat running with painted claws…

Pastaruoju metu ėmiau domėtis arabų pasauliu, jų tradicijomis, liečiančiomis moterų aprangą. Ir tikrai ne dėl feministinių pažiūrų ar tolerancijos stokos, kad yra gyvenančių kitaip, pagal kitokias taisykles. Paprasčiausiai gal kiek sutrikau visai atsitiktinai atradus tokią nuotrauką:
<— Tai arabės moters maudymosi kostiumėlis- burquini (burkini). Niekada į galvą neateidavo, kaip arabė moteris maudosi. Aišku, toks variantas tikrai geresnis, nei maudymasis apsirėdžius juodomis suknelėmis:

(ir man visada kildavo instinktyvus klausimas, ar tokiame karštyje juodai apsirengusios moterys nesukaista ir ar tikrai tokia apranga tokiomis sąlygomis neprieštarauja higienos reikalavimams; na ir jei tikrai viskas yra dėl moters pomirtinio gyvenimo gerovės, tuomet save gerbiantis vyras galėtų palaikyti žmoną ir nesirengti priešingai šviesiais rūbais, bet… Aš jau žiūriu savo akimis, ne arabo.

Pati musulmonių moterų apranga yra santykinai įvairi. Įdomu tai, kad nors Korane (šv. islamo knyga) yra pasakyta, kad moteris, keliaudama svetur turėtų pabrėžti savo tikėjimą apranga, kad būtų atpažinta; taip pat neturėtų rodyti gundomo nuogumo (turėtų dėvėti galvos apdangalą, taip pat dengiantį krūtinę), kad pasitaiko įvairių atvejų: nors dabar daugelyje pasisakymų ar straipsnių pabrėžiama, kad moters apranga yra jos laisvas pasirinkimas, kurio neturėtų niekas varžyti, tikrovė dažnai prasilenkia su norimomis pateikti vizijomis: dar pasitaiko atvejų, kai Afganistane einančios į mokyklą mergaitės yra apmėtomos akmenimis, o ką ir kalbėti apie ,,nepadorų” nuogumą. Nors Tunisas ir Turkija yra skelbiamos tolerantiškiausiomis šalimis (moteris gali pati pasirinkti), dažnai mažosios bendruomenės įveda norimą turėti tvarką: moteris priversta vilkėti nurodytą apdarą dėl gresiančių didelių baudų ar žiaurių bausmių (Iranas, Afganistanas). Galbūt arabiškas kraujas, nesuvaldomas pavydas ir baimė, kad kaimynas pavilios žmoną, kuri jau yra išrinktojo nuosavybė, o galbūt nenoras turėti moteriškąją konkurenciją šalia lemia tokį elgesį.

Yra sakančiųjų, kad moteris kaip tik demokratiškose šalyse ir ypač vakaruose (kad ir kaip būtų žiūrima) tėra mėsos gabalas: viskas daroma dėl vyro užgaidų patenkinimo. Aišku, galima traktuoti įvairiai, tačiau, tai priklauso iš kurios pusės yra žvelgiama. Nors tiesa, kad didelė dauguma prostitucijos, vergijos aukų yra moterys, kad visa reklamos industrija yra varoma kūniškųjų instinktų skatinimu ir moteris yra naudojama kaip jaukas, ir kad nemažą dalį moteriškojo garderobo sudaro rūbai, padedantys gundyti, atkreipti į save dėmesį, nes toks yra išėjimo į gatvę tikslas (būti pastebėta), tačiau, vyriška liemenėlė (originaliai sugalvota dėl medicininių priežasčių) vis labiau tampa madingu aksesuaru (Japonijoj jau yra viena iš perkamiausių prekių), rankinės (taip pat iš Japonijos į Europą atėjusi mada), sijonai ir kitokie aksesuarai, į kuriuos pažvelgus dar gerai pagalvojama, kam jie iš tikrųjų yra skirti ir, kurie, žinoma, ne – moterų išradimai. Jei į moterį dar žvelgiama kaip į nepilnavertį ar tiesiog pasismaginimams tinkantį objektą,  tai vis daugiau vyrų akivaizdžiai parodo, kad jiems yra malonūs ir reikalingi niuansai (dėl kurių vyrai laiko moteris mėsomis) ir kad tam tikri stereotipai yra seniai atgyvenę.

Dar vienas dalykas, kurį pastebėjau ir kuris pasirodė įdomus:

Iš tikrųjų negalima sakyti, kad laisvė pasirinkti neegzistuoja. Europinis pavyzdys tą puikiai pailiustruoja. Ir  kad ir kokiais puikiais loginiais argumentais būtų besiremiama priimant įvairius sprendimus ar diskutuojant (higiena, saugumas, religinė tolerancija), aiškiai galima įžvelgti politinių, socialinių, religinių konfliktų priežastį: žaidimo savininkui nepatinka, kai dalyviai ima keisti savaip taisykles.

Tiesiog jaučiu, kaip įsitraukiau ir jau nebegaliu sustoti. Taip jau nuo gimtadienio.

Tačiau paradoksalu tai, kad šalis, kurios kultūrą taip mėgstu, nėra mano norimų apkeliauti artimu metu  sąrašuose…

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