HampArte: Arco Madrid y el Arte en el Perù

He descubierto la cadena Youtube de  Antonio Garcia Villaran  gracias a un Comentario de Miguel Det  sobre  la nota que salio en Lima Gris dedicada a  Arco Madrid  y el Hamparte

Respecto a la critica de Garcia Villaran hacia los artistas que representan a Peru en Arco no sé si « occidentalizado » sea el término correcto . Podriamos tener una discusion larga respecto al arte y las influencias e intercambios culturales entre América Latina y Europa durante mas de cinco siglos. Pero lo que se puede utilizar con toda justeza es arte mainstream y , por qué no, Hamparte: Recuerdan la escena de Fight Club e Ikea? : « Lo tenía todo. Incluso los platos de vidrio con pequeñas burbujas e imperfecciones, prueba de que fueron creados por los pueblos indígenas honestos, sencillos y trabajadores de todas partes » Pero ni siquiera eso, artistas que tratan de copiar con un discurso de autenticidad e identidad , los trabajos de verdaderos artistas locales. Arco o el Hamparte en masa y eso es lo que , aunque no estuve, observé de lo que presento nuestro pais en Arco. Ah si, y las intervenciones performanticas de muros reapropiados con « temas amazonicos, empoderadores de género e interseccionalidades simbolicas » Si, claro. 

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Antonio Garcia Villaran  

Manifiesto HampArte

Definicion HampArte

Une journée avec/One day with Donna Haraway – 29/03/2017

GECo - Groupe d'études constructivistes


[English version below]

Ce mercredi 29 mars 2017, de 10h à 17h, le GECo aura le plaisir de recevoir Donna Haraway (UC Santa Cruz) pour une journée d’étude autour de son dernier livre, Staying with the Trouble (Duke University Press, 2016). En matinée, Donna Haraway donnera une conférence sur son livre, tandis que l’après-midi sera consacrée à des échanges entre Haraway, les membres du GECo et le public. Rendez-vous à la Salle Darwin (ULB, campus de la Plaine); téléchargez ici l’affiche-programme de la journée.

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 10:00am to 05:00pm, the GECo is honored to welcome Donna Haraway (UC Santa Cruz) for a one-day symposium around her last book, Staying with the Trouble (Duke University Press, 2016). In the morning, Pr. Haraway will give a keynote speech about her book, while the afternoon will be a time of exchanges between Haraway, members of the GECo, and…

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Literary Brussels / Bruselas literaria

Bruselas, esta increible ciudad, que muchos describen como « insipida », « aburrida », « caotica », « triste, Gris y humeda » ha sido , y es, un punto de cruce multicultural y por ello un punto de cruce literario.
Es por ello que Ezelstad ha creado un mapa literario interactivo de Bruselas basado en la informacion de dos libros : « Sur les pas des écrivains à Bruxelles », Goffin, 2012 y « Bruxelles vue par les grands écrivains »,Lebouc,2011.

Pueden visitar el mapa aqui ( Francés)

Literary Brussels 

Anthropology in the digital worlds

Y for Yenndetta

A few months ago, BBC did a news series on AI and robotics. Part of the series was a list of jobs ranked according to their ‘automation risks’, on the basis of a paper by two Oxford researchers titled The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to automation. Social and humanities scientists (ranked 279th of 366) and higher education teaching professionals (327th of 366), the jobs to which I related most closely among others on the list, were both in the ‘quite unlikely’ category with a very small risk of being replaced by robots (10% and 3% respectively). Er … a sigh of relief?

In this context, I would imagine that anthropology would be one of the last disciplines to be affected by technology. I believe I am not the only one with such a perception, and I suspect the perception has something to do with the…

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What is Web Science?

Ramblings of a Web Scientist

The World Wide Web has changed the course of human history forever, the Web has empowered individuals, invigorated collaboration and unleashed social creativity. To understand what Web Science is, we need a retrospective glance at how Web Science came to be a recognised interdisciplinary field, covering one of the most important ongoing inventions of the last 25 years.

Back in 2006, a call to arms for a new discipline was offered in the form of an online 130-page monograph by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and collaborators. In this, Web Science is introduced and described as the science of decentralised information systems which needs to be studied, understood, and also need to be engineered. Berners-Lee called for a new approach of analysing the Web through the collaboration of researchers from fields such as mathematics, physics, biology and economics with engineers and computer scientists; with the hope of enriching our understanding of…

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Cybernetics: the vital notions of entropy and information (I)

My STS Sketchbook

In 1948 Norbert Wiener published his book « Cybernetics or Control and Communication in animals and machines, » a treatise in which he postulated the creation of science Cybernetics. On the basis of Gibbs’ statistical mechanics, to which he attributes the revolution over Newtonian physics long before Einstein and quantum mechanics, Wiener compares the performance of self-regulating machines to that of living beings through the fundamental notions of information, feedback, homeostasis and freuquency correlation (or resonance), among others. Many of his results arise from the application of his knowledge of electrical circuits to the animal nervous system, others from the understanding of organic processes as schemes of self-regulation, translatable to automata. A number of technical challenges and the subsequent proposal of a new agenda of scientific problems were made possible through intensive collaboration between Wiener and experts from many different fields (biologists, engineers, computer scientists, anthropologists …), whose landmark were the conferences…

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« Fifty shades of green »: Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

by Bruno Latour*

Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue, Sausalito, June 2015

Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene, not in the Holocene, nor are we to ever reside in the enchanted dream of futurism. Down to earth is the message I hear, but unfortunately not in the ecomodernist manifesto.

There is one thing more difficult than to tell good from evil, it is to decide which time we are in, which epoch, and which land we have our feet on. I was reminded of that difficulty Saturday at the border when the police officer, after having asked me what research I was doing, and on learning that I work on environment with a special interest in the drought, retorted:  “Drought, which drought? Have you not read the Bible, it is all there, 7 years dry, 7 years wet. I have been in California for forty years, it’s always like this, it never fails…

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Identity and The Need to be Needed

Steve Rose PhD

The need to be needed is one of our fundamental desires. We want to feel significant in the eyes of others, even if it is only one other person. We want to feel like we play an important role, whether in an organization, family, or life of another. The need to be needed is rooted in our need for a sense of contribution to something beyond ourselves. When this need is unfulfilled in the case of job loss, divorce, or life-transitions, we may find ourselves beginning to doubt our sense of contribution that gives us a sense of purpose and direction. It is the ability to feel needed through our specific method of contribution that gives us our sense of identity.

As described in my last post, an identity crisis can result from a lack of identity when role confusion occurs, as discussed by Erik Erikson. Building on Erikson’s conception…

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Par amour pour Bruxelles


Ce mardi 22 mars, on nous a enlevé des vies. Des navetteurs et voyageurs, des amis et proches, des frères et soeurs font maintenant la pluie et le beau temps, là haut. On nous a frappé en plein coeur en ciblant deux des plus fabuleuses infrastructures de transport que l’Homme ait inventé.

L’aéroport et ses petits et gros oiseaux nous emmènent partout. C’est l’endroit où l’humanité entière se croise. C’est un outil formidable pour nos relations internationales diplomatiques, économiques, culturelles. C’est là où nos vacances commencent. C’est le lieu des au revoir, des retrouvailles, des rires et des larmes.

Le métro, une ville dans la ville. Une vie souterraine qui ne s’arrête que quelques heures par nuit. C’est la liberté, les déplacements faciles et rapides du nord au sud et d’est en ouest, toute la ville s’y croise. C’est là que commencent et se finissent les sorties entre amis. Là que des regards se…

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The (Fake) Geek Girl Project / 1: The How-to

The Geek Anthropologist

You may read the foreword to this series, As Always, it Started With Star Trek: A Study On Geek Girls.

For a little over two years now, geek culture has been tormented with a raging debate, that of the  »fake » geek girl. This debate has divided geeks between those who reinforce the notion that some women pretend to be geeks in order to attract the attention of men, and those who contest it.

Since late 2012, I have been analysing this debate and following the changes it brought forth in geek culture.

I was curious to know why the debate had gained such intensity and visibility at the moment when it did. But, as I express in the foreword to this series, I was also puzzled by several of the arguments put forth in  »rants », for lack of a better word, against alleged fake geek girls: that women were rare in…

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Star Wars and Anthropology

Anthropology Now

Happy Halloween!  I’ll be wearing a simple Darth Vader t-shirt for a costume.  Did you know that Star Wars was inspired by anthropology?

As you’ve probably heard, Lucasfilm, production company of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, was purchased yesterday by Disney.  They have plans to release multiple new Star Wars films, beginning with Episode VII (set after Return of the Jedi) in 2015.  Nothing could have surprised me more, since George Lucas has always suggested that Episodes VII, VIII, and IX would never be made.  I’ve written before about the relationship between Indiana Jones and real-life archaeology, but Star Wars was also shaped by anthropology, though I certainly didn’t realize this as a child.

Like many kids who grew up in the 1980’s, it’s hard to overstate the influence of Star Wars on my childhood.  I played with Star Wars toys, slept on Star…

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econ nobel prize cliches: collect them all


Every October when the Nobel prize in economics is announced, you hear the same trite and hackneyed things. Already, the Guardian has one of those tedious « economics is not a science » articles just to prepare for tomorrow. To help you save time, I’ve collected the following cliches so you can just clip and paste them into your tweets, Facebook messages, and blog posts:

  • Economics is not a science.
  • Actually, there is no Nobel Prize in economics.
  • The so-called Economics Nobel prize.
  • This prize refutes the policies of [insert politician you hate].
  • This prize supports the policies of [insert politician you love].
  • This prize is long overdue.
  • This prize rewards [my favorite field].
  • This prize rewards free-market fundamentalists.
  • This prize proves that free-market fundamentalists are wrong.
  • This person did not deserve the prize.
  • This person deserved the prize.
  • This is a rather mathematical/statistical prize for a technical point that…

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Atheist Pseudoscience

Shadow To Light

Atheist Zoltan Istvan writes:

‘Sometime in the next decade, the number of worldwide godless people — atheists, agnostics, and those unaffiliated with religion — is likely to break through the billion-person mark. Many in this massive group already champion reason, defend science, welcome radical technologies, and implicitly trust and embrace modern medicine. They are, indeed, already transhumanists. Yet many of them don’t know it because they haven’t thought much about it. However, that is about to change. A transformative cultural storm comprised of radical life improving technologies is set to blow in soon.

Whenever atheists start artificially inflating their numbers and start promising revolutionary changes, my skeptic-o-meter starts to go off. Perhaps Zoltan can better explain to the agnostics and unaffiliated what they believe:

Broadly defined, the word transhuman means beyond human.

Oh, oh. I think I know where this is going.

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“Who speaks for Nature?”: Political representation and the challenge of non-human entities

Non human entities: cosmopolitics and modern politics

“Who speaks for Nature?”: Political representation and the challenge of non-human entities

       “Animals should be represented in human parliaments”, “political representation should not exclude nonhumans”. Here are some of the claims we might hear from ecologist activists, environmental thinkers, or just people who consider indeed that non-human entities should be granted the possibility to be represented. But what does representation mean here? What is political representation? How could it be applied to nonhumans? In other words, “who speaks for nature” (1) , and how can they do it?

Speech and politics

Politics is speech

       The idea that politics is speaking is present since Aristotle, who wrote in his Book 1 of his Politics that “Man is a political animal, in a sense in which a bee is not”. The core difference between men and animals lies in the fact that the latter cannot speak…

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How Am I ‘Culture’?

The Rockstar Anthropologist

Anthropology has many goals. When we really begin to deconstruct and think about what those goals and aims are, the scope of those goals actually seem a bit absurd. However, I’m going to try and simplify a couple of them for the purposes of presenting a point. Anthropology is chiefly concerned with what is means to be human. What does it mean to be human to you?

If you immediately started thinking about that question, I want you to add a bit of self-awareness to it. What I mean by that, is to consider that no matter what you answer, it is correct because you are human and you are thinking about your humanness from your point of view.

I’m going to make this really complex now. Think about what it is to be a man or woman.    Are your answers the same as your answers regarding what it…

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