“De bedoeling van kunst is onze geest te bevrijden, en de taak van de recensent is om uit te zoeken…”

“De bedoeling van kunst is onze geest te bevrijden, en de taak van de recensent is om uit te zoeken wat we met die vrijheid kunnen doen. Dat we allemaal recensent zijn, betekent dat we allemaal in staat zijn om onze eigen vooroordelen te heroverwegen, om scepticisme te compenseren met een onbevooroordeelde houding, om onze afgestompte en overvoerde zintuigen aan te scherpen en te vechten tegen de intellectuele matheid die ons omringt. We moeten onze bijzondere hersens gaan gebruiken en onze eigen ervaring serieus gaan nemen.”

A.O. Scott is de filmcriticus van The New York Times en auteur van het boek Better Living Through Criticism

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Dutch designer Joris Laarman has created an incredible…

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has created an incredible living lamp made out of (get this) bioluminescent, living, glowing hamster cells. Called the “Half Life” his lamp produces a soft, ambient glow using cells from a Chinese hamster enriched with firefly genes (which are what make it light up). Biochemistry, meet interior design. (via)

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“The conversation around urbanism these days is like the Latin mass, laden with jargon, reinforcing…”

“The conversation around urbanism these days is like the Latin mass, laden with jargon, reinforcing the barriers around a professional guild. The debates of the planners sound like buildings talking to buildings.[…] I know of very few writers or journalists who really understand the workings of cities. And the ones that do don’t know how to translate it into a story that will grab ordinary readers leafing through the gossip pages. Meanwhile the real-estate developers invest in professional storytellers to sell their sugared dreams of swimming pools and towers in the park to an uninformed populace.”

Suketu Mehta about why inequality and gentrification in cities is booming. 

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