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Una nueva Babel (2001), de Cildo Meireles no. 2 (Jane Alexander, African Adventure 1999–2002) "The first figure encountered when approaching the installation is Harbinger, an anthropomorphic character with a human body and monkey face, made from oil-painted reinforced Cretestone with found shoes and standing on an orange barrel. (...) Alexander said: ‘Much of what I consider while producing my work is globally pervasive, such as segregation, economic polarities, trade, migration, discrimination, conflict, faith etc’ " "Nuestro mundo muerto" es una colección de cuentos de Liliana Colanzi, escritora boliviana, e incluye los textos ganadores del certamen Aura Estrada 2015. Dice Martín Cristal en una reseña para La Voz: "Por su cohesión temática, su incorporación de ciertos rasgos regionales (¿nostalgia del boom latinoamericano?) y por un estilo trabajado como una masa liviana y refinada —con algunos localismos, frutos abrillantados dispersos que le dan a la prosa su sabor particular—, Nuestro mundo muerto es un libro disfrutable, plantado en la triple frontera entre lo verdadero, lo percibido y lo sobrenatural: “eso” que sólo aceptamos cerca de nosotros cuando su contacto se nos vuelve innegable." Lo que me interesa más es el universo íntimo de sus personajes, criaturas a las que la autora trata con la compasión de quien observa a "seres luchar a ciegas" (Colanzi dixit). De lo que somos testigos, entonces, es del mundo privado de seres que buscan "un asidero para no caer" ante la inminencia del derrumbe final de todas las cosas, la respuesta personal ante situaciones límite donde el mundo parece despedazarse por completo. Jane Alexander, African Adventure 1999-2002 "is a comment on colonialism, identity, democracy and the residues of apartheid. The silent, tensely arranged forms speak of human failure, our inability to relate to each other, and a segregated and fragile society. The hybrid characters, neither human nor animal, are simultaneously emblems of monstrosity and oddly beautiful."
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#art #tatemodern #southafrica Swedenborg Este ensayo de Andrés Barba es un acercamiento interesante a la risa y el poder. Dice Barba en un inicio: "cada vez que un hombre abre la boca para reír está devorando a otro hombre". La risa es, entonces, el encuentro con el otro. En el campo político, apunta Barba, la risa ha sido deslegitimada en pro del sentimiento —donde lo políticamente correcto es, tal vez, el bastión desde que el que se luchan las batallas más encarnizadas. Barba parece esgrimir una defensa ante la risa a partir de su rol contra el fascismo (Chaplin y El Gran Dictador), la sexualidad (Deepthroat) y el conformismo, pero acota, al mismo tiempo, dos fronteras en las que el humor siempre se mete en problemas: el horror —por ejemplo, antes las víctimas de 9-11— y lo sacro —con el caso de Charlie Hebdo y el Islam. La tesis última es que, como apunta Foucault, todo es un ejercicio de poder: el que ríe y el que no ríe están en bandos opuestos en los que la idea (y el debate) se minimiza ante la supuesta ofensa —la carcajada como ejercicio de dominación del otro. .
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Los cuentos de Ernest Hemingway son de lo mejor que hay. La entrevista completa acá (se le nota incómodo en la mayoría de la conversación).

INTERVIEWER

So when you’re not writing, you remain constantly the observer, looking for something which can be of use.

HEMINGWAY

Surely. If a writer stops observing he is finished. But he does not have to observe consciously nor think how it will be useful. Perhaps that would be true at the beginning. But later everything he sees goes into the great reserve of things he knows or has seen. If it is any use to know it, I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg. It is the part that doesn’t show. If a writer omits something because he does not know it then there is a hole in the story.

The Old Man and the Sea could have been over a thousand pages long and had every character in the village in it and all the processes of how they made their living, were born, educated, bore children, et cetera. That is done excellently and well by other writers. In writing you are limited by what has already been done satisfactorily. So I have tried to learn to do something else. First I have tried to eliminate everything unnecessary to conveying experience to the reader so that after he or she has read something it will become a part of his or her experience and seem actually to have happened. This is very hard to do and I’ve worked at it very hard.

Anyway, to skip how it is done, I had unbelievable luck this time and could convey the experience completely and have it be one that no one had ever conveyed. The luck was that I had a good man and a good boy and lately writers have forgotten there still are such things. Then the ocean is worth writing about just as man is. So I was lucky there. I’ve seen the marlin mate and know about that. So I leave that out. I’ve seen a school (or pod) of more than fifty sperm whales in that same stretch of water and once harpooned one nearly sixty feet in length and lost him. So I left that out. All the stories I know from the fishing village I leave out. But the knowledge is what makes the underwater part of the iceberg.

INTERVIEWER

Archibald MacLeish has spoken of a method of conveying experience to a reader which he said you developed while covering baseball games back in those Kansas City Star days. It was simply that experience is communicated by small details, intimately preserved, which have the effect of indicating the whole by making the reader conscious of what he had been aware of only subconsciously . . .

HEMINGWAY

The anecdote is apocryphal. I never wrote baseball for the Star. What Archie was trying to remember was how I was trying to learn in Chicago in around 1920 and was searching for the unnoticed things that made emotions, such as the way an outfielder tossed his glove without looking back to where it fell, the squeak of resin on canvas under a fighter’s flat-soled gym shoes, the gray color of Jack Blackburn’s skin when he had just come out of stir, and other things I noted as a painter sketches. You saw Blackburn’s strange color and the old razor cuts and the way he spun a man before you knew his history. These were the things which moved you before you knew the story.

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