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di Avgustina Vasilieva*

European brotherhood

@fraternite_2020 aims to increase the funds for #UE exchange programs. What is working and what needs an improvement

Since 1st April 2012, the European citizens can directly influence the EU decision-making process. By introducing the European Citizens Initiative (ECI), the Lisbon Treaty aims to increase participation and direct democracy in Europe and to bring the Union closer to its citizens. The European Citizens’ initiative by definition is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. The implementation of the ECI allows one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states, to make their voices heard by proposing changes in the existing legislation and to become a key player in the decision-making process. Read More

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di Hristo Shterev*

United colors of Malacca

a short reportage from Malacca, Malaysia, a city that can be taken as an example of interculturalism

Malaysia is a true multicultural country that consist of various ethnic groups (55-60% Malays, 24% Chinese, 7% Indians and the rest  European and Asian expats or local indigenous people). There’s a city in Malaysia called Malacca. It’s one of the oldest towns in the country and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a street in Malacca called ‘Harmony Street’. It’s a very short street on which you can find the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia, one of the oldest mosques, the oldest Buddhist temple and on the other side of the street across the river are the  oldest churches in the country. The Hindu temple and the mosque even share common wall. Read More

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Janet Li Hoi Yan

Feng Shui: a matter of identity

debate about #feng shui raised in #HongKong: an anti-colonial tool, a key element of a population or a cultural intimacy?

Recently in Hong Kong a debate exploded about the role of feng shui masters. Actually, how does feng shui affect our society? What is the relationship between feng shui and the identity of the population of Hong Kong? Cheung Chi-Kong, Executive Director of One Country Two Systems Research Institute Limited said “feng shui is an essential component of the Chinese secular culture. It is not entirely supernatural and it cannot be explained rationally. feng shui’s connotation is something wider than an environmental friendly furnishing. It is important for Hong Kong inhabitants in order to affirm their  identity as Chinese people. For the feng shui, Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Chinese have the same  roots.” Read More

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by Ambra Gattiglia*

Sehgal: immaterial boy

Which issues are raised by the purchase of a Tino Sehgal’s performance as in the case of @Tate of #London?

In a system that will eventually transform into commodity any artwork initially conceived to fight the materiality of the art market, many artists have directed their practise towards pushing the boundaries of the contemporary structure, forcing institutions to develop new solutions for the acquisition of artworks. As a matter of fact, parallel to the artist’s conceptual experimentations, museums have invested much time and energy into developing a structure which, based on the recognition of an exhaustive system of documentation, allows for the preservation of the immaterial. Is it then possible to continue pushing the boundaries of materiality in contemporary art? And, if so, what reaction has this triggered within the art world?

Tino Sehgal, the German based author of the Turbine Hall commission ended the 28th of October at London’s Tate Modern, focuses his practice on live installations that are sold, transferred, and ‘conserved’ without the use of material conditions. Read More

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by Ankit Khandelwal*

A brief history of loyalty

@jntribolo, starting from Romans: to what extent loyalty conditions #wars, #nationalism and self-sacrifice? Can we speak about #commons?

The word loyalty encapsulates a variety of meanings rooted in different generations, religions and human experiences. As a concept, it has been responsible for setting up empires, having  shaped gigantic monuments, sparked war and, sometimes, even threatening the existence of Mankind.

The Ancient Romans can be considered fore-runners in architectural developments. In the year 55 B.C. Julius Caesar was on the Rhine River, on the border with Germania. He wanted to become the first Roman General to lead his army in the conquest of Germania. Though it was possible to cross the natural barrier constituted by the Rhine River using boats, Caesar preferred to show off the strength of his Empire. He ordered his 40,000 soldiers to build a bridge. The bridge was ready in only 10 days, and it is still an example of what 40,000 loyal people can do in handful of days. Without even questioning their leader, soldiers destroyed the same bridge after 3 weeks on their way back to Rome. A loyal soldier never questions his leader, he just does what he has been asked to. The bridge is still considered a marvel in engineering. Nowadays someone affirms that it would be almost impossible to build something similar in 10 days. Read More