Thursday, 27 August 2009

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

sobre a conservação da energia

A minha palavra preferida costumava ser "rebarbativo". É uma palavra-maremoto que se estabelece em linha recta. Sem embargo, tomei-lhe posse e quis mudar-lhe a essência: logrei chamar-lhe um sorvedouro de arquétipos. Achei piada à imagem de um movimento em espiral de forças marítimas, correntes, ondas. Tinha algo de Lagrangiano que me recordava as leis elementares.

Mas entretanto apareceu a palavra "adiabático", revolucionando a termodinâmica da poesia.

Escreveram-se tratados sobre a nova revolução. Contrataram-se peritos para analisar os tratados. Condecoraram-se os analistas e mataram-se os poetas. A revolução morria por dentro e eu consultava o dicionário.

Foi aí que descobri "fluctígero". E por agora basta-me.

(Texto de: O Coxo)

Koon and the Lobster

I was at the Jeff Koons exhibition in the Serpentine gallery, London, this saturday. Even if intentional, I must confess that his depiction of kitsch, banality and consumerism didn't impress me.

As an engineer what really impressed me was the realism of the cast aluminium models . In the present case children’s pool toys like the lobster in the picture above. Believe it or not it is an aluminium model. The thing really looks like plastic ! Just extremely well done.

Monday, 17 August 2009

La Bâtie

Had enough of August ? In desperate need to get away from the horde of tourists that queue up for a place in the kitschiest carousel rides ? Had your share of torticolis from watching forever-lasting fireworks ?

If not, then you're an optimist and I can only say: lucky you. However, do remember that you still have another couple of weeks to go before the end of the month.

If yes, then this post is for you. "La Bâtie" festival welcomes you into September, reminding you that the cultural scene in Geneva changes faster than the weather...

If not for the Theatre , the Music, the Danse then let it be for a drink in Manitoba, the usual meeting place for Batie's late nighters at Palladium...

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

two minutes ago

That was two minutes ago.

Now I really see things differently. Let me tell you

- I need to tell you -

that there's no present.

The present time is no time until we're past it. The moment doesn't exist until it's behind us.

Eternal is a nice word but that was before we learnt ephemeral. Grasping the moment is losing the moment. The present is no more.

It's a relativistic question: nothing travels faster than light, so when we think the present (thought being transmitted by electrical impulses), it has already become the past.

I guess this explains my leaning towards nostalgia.

Or it might just be the whole "fado" thing that is taking the best out of me...

But anyway, Einstein is a much nicer scapegoat.

(text by O Coxo)


One thing I regret is to have slept past uhuru.

Or did I ?

Anyway, I have the feeling I will sleep past 2009 as well...

Or will I ?

(photo taken on the kilimanjaro summit, 2004)

Friday, 7 August 2009


(texto de O Coxo)

Todas as noites são uma viagem pela loucura. Agarramo-nos ao nosso bilhete de volta com ardor mas a maior atrocidade é acordar: o quotidiano que se insinua com despudor nas pálpebras fechadas, o doce desenrolar das horas matinais, a inocência do sono desfazendo-se em vulgaridades.

Tudo isto é apenas previsível.

Além disso há as insónias. As insónias em que o tédio nos consome pelo interior da loucura.

As insónias ou melhor

esse delírio febril em que pensamos estar acordados e afinal estamos. Em que pensamos estar loucos e afinal estamos.

As paredes do quarto, os sapatos debaixo da cama, o cabide: tudo se torna um imperativo. Os objectos revestem-se duma arrogância suspeita.

Há um gigantismo imprevisto na escuridão que eu nunca consegui decifrar. Por isso fecho os olhos.

Por enquanto vou fechando os olhos e finjo dormir.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The three dancers

I was quite impressed by this surrealistic painting by Picasso. I saw it in a visit to Tate Modern this weekend. It is part of the permanent exhibition, which you can visit for free.

Apparently this is one of Picasso's only surrealistic paintings. I was even more impressed when I read the interpretation given to the painting, which got me thinking how important is the context of any artwork to fully appreciate it.

Have a first look at the painting below without reading my explanation. Unfortunately I could not find a good quality picture on the web, so this one will have to do.

Do you make something of it ? I didn't think so.

Apparently Picasso started painting The Three Dancers in a period where the relation with his wife, Olga, who was a dancer, was degrading and soon after the death of a friend: Ramon Pichot. This death coincided with the anniversary of the suicide of another friend Carlos Casagemas. The two men were linked to each other by a woman: Germaine Gargallo, who was Pichot's wife, but also had been Casagemas' girlfriend and was the reason why Casagemas commited suicide, having failed to kill her after being rejected.

The picture is said to be all about this love triangle: the dancer on the right casts the shadow of Ramon Pichot, giving hands with the dancer on the left: his wife Germaine Gargallo. The red dot that the figure on the left seems to try to avoid by bending in an impossible way is thought to be the bullet with which Casagemas had tried to kill her. This makes the central dancer, with arms outstretched as if crucified, the ghost of the doomed Casagemas projected on the feminine figure of Picasso's wife, Olga.