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Experts. National Museum of China in Beijing. Photo by Gerhard Guffler
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The german Masterpainter Philipp Weber in New York City
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Spectacular location: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain
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Preparing for the photoshooting - young model in Seoul, South Korea
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Art that lives. Spanish children in front of a work of the master Antonio Castello Avilleira. Photo by Martin Llamedo
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Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings - David Zwirner Gallery, New York City
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Art, well-dosed. Devotional items at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
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Contemporary Art at the National Museum of China in Beijing
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Street Art. Bordeaux/France. New harbour area. Photo by Nyx
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Fantastic multi-media presentation by TeamLab (Japan) at Pace Gallery in Beijing · Photo by Erik Olsson
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The triple Helnwein. Discovered at Modernism, San Francisco · Photo by Jon Kim
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Hidden view to North Korea? Youngeun Museum - Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Photo by Takashi Moto
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Exciting neighborhood: street art and commerce - discovered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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Escape · Fondation Maeght · Photo by Takashi Moto
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Discovery in a gallery in Stockholm: The daughter of the famous ceramist Leo Grilli from Gubbio, Umbria.
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Impressive typography in Seoul-Jikhalsi, South Korea · Photo by Takashi Moto
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In search of identity. Detail of Alexander Timofeev "Beginning" · Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2015.
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What does Marylin think? Impression from the Halcyon Gallery, London
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A wedge? Outstanding architecture! The new area in the Hermitage. Photo by Takashi Moto.
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Grandiose swing: Church of St. Michael, Hamburg. Photo by Gerhard Guffler.
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Sculpture of sitting men, France. Photo by Anja Helmchen.
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Lively streets in New York City. Photo by Mick Rogers.
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Accord. Städel-Museum, Frankfurt/Germany · Photo by Takashi Moto
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The truck. Christmas. New York City. Photo by Vince Ryan
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Currently out of Malaga/Spain: masterful sensitive drawing of the artist Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez.
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West meets east. Shopping in Guangdong, South Korea. Photo by Kwon KyungYep
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A touristic reminiscent of a great artist. Discovered at Central Park in New York City. Photo by Danielle Lemond
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Re-use: Work aid for the German painter Philipp Weber. Photo: Johannes Mencke
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Art project with refugees in Munich: motif from "Peace of paper".
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Hollywood. Noon. Break. Fashion. Photo by Larry Baugh
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Artists as Shamans in Contemporary Society

In ancient lore shamans were magic practitioners that helped shape the first human societies.
As wise as they were feared, the shaman mystics were a high-rank figure in the
human society, capable of winning battles, de-cursing allies, they could heal physical
wounds and the soul, and also communicate with animal spirits and even shape shift.
In 2012, archaeologists uncovered an unusual site near Lake Świdwie, in north-western
Poland. After meticulously analyzing the settlement using modern techniques, the team
of researchers concluded that it dated back more than 9,000 years.
Yew blades were found near the lake Swidwie in POLAND…This discovery is unique, as
found in other shaman settlements in Siberia and Mongolia only. It apparently served as
a sanctuary from where the spirit practitioners engaged into rituals and out-of-body experiences
which are now out of reach for modern science or written history. It demonstrates
that ancient Europeans had knowledgeable advisors who could read the stars,
use advanced remedies from nature, and who knows what other ancient techniques that
are now forever lost.
Artists-as-shamans are needed in these warring times. Art heals and reveals that which
science cannot. These artists are people in a quest for life’s deeper meaning. Shamanism
is universally concerned with the well-being of both nature and human nature, and
the relationship between them. How can modernity know so little for knowing so much?
In making art, the artist breathes herself out to allow the breathing in of universal air, intelligent
with many minds, alive with energy. Artist, shape-shifter, shaman or poet, all are
lovers of metamorphosis, all are capable of visions, insights and dreams.
Real artists have taken up the role of the shaman in our times. Possibly because both
art and shamanism use the realm of metaphor where feeling is expressed and where
healing happens. With metaphoric vision, empathy flows, knowing no borders. Both
artist and shaman create harmony within an individual, and between the individual and
the wider environment, a way of thinking essential for life, which we have almost forgotten
about in our pursuit of money and technology and power.
I saw the video „Marina Abramovic, The Artist is Present“ yesterday, showing all her
monumental exhibits and previous performance pieces…that woman is a true artistshaman!
Marina Abramovic, born in Yugoslavia in 1946, has a career that spans approximately
fifty works over four decades of interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations,
photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances.
„The Artist is Present“ is the longest solo performance ever undertaken by an artist in a
museum setting, MOMA. For 3 months everyday for 8 hours a day, Marina sat still in a
chair inviting the audience to take turns sitting in a chair opposite her in silence with
locked eye contact. It turns out that if you can empty your mind each time before, you
can connect with the other stranger’s essence and many many people were so moved
by this connection with Marina that tears rolled down their faces in joy.
Now this is an example of how art can be transformative, just as a shaman in ancient
societies transformed people with their spells.
Marina’s earlier performance pieces were also dramatic, pointing to hidden aspects of
human nature, which is what art should really be about. Since her early days in Serbia,
Marina has put herself under extreme physical and mental duress to jolt viewers out of
ordinary patterns of thinking. When she cut herself with a knife, or slammed her body
into a wall, it was done with such purity, the viewer was lifted temporarily out of themselves.
It is the opposite of sensationalism or exhibitionism, it is pure magic to behold.
Artists often suffer in their youth, according to Joseph Campbell, as if ‘the whole unconscious
has opened up and they’ve fallen into it’. Shamanism, like art, is a calling, and a
young person may be ‘doomed to inspiration’ as the anthropologist Waldemar Bogoras
wrote of the Siberian shamanic vocation. In a painful transformation lasting months or
years, the young shaman loses interest in life, eats little, is withdrawn or mute, sleeping
most of the time. It reads like a portrait of the young artist in a devastating depression.
The young shaman overcomes the illness through the practice of shamanism, just as
many artists know that their own best medicine is found in their work, like Van Gogh,
who was guided by the sun from the dark side of the mind, to the ecstasy of being.

Algorithms of Oppression. How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Algorithms of Oppression. How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute and assistant professor at the faculty of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.

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Publisher NYU Press writes: Run a Google search for “black girls”—what will you find? “Big Booty” and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in “white girls,” the results are radically different. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about “why black women are so sassy” or “why black women are so angry” presents a disturbing portrait of black womanhood in modern society. In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.

UN Women campaign, 2013. Credit: Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai

UN Women campaign, 2013. Credit: Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai

Back in 2009, Safiya Umoja Noble googled the words “black girls.” To her horror, the search yielded mostly pornographic results. A similar quest for “white girls” gave out far less demeaning content. The lewd results from that google search are far less prominent nowadays but this doesn’t mean that Noble’s inquiry into how race and gender are embedded into google’s search engine has lost its purpose. Google, her book demonstrates, is still a world in which the white male gaze prevails.

The author sets the stage for her critique of corporate information control by debunking the many myths and illusions that surround internet. She explains that, no, the Google search engine is neither neutral nor objective; yes, Google does bear some responsibility in its search results, they are not purely computer-generated; and no, Google is not a service, a public information resource, like a library or a school.

Google is not the ideal candidate for the title of ‘greatest purveyor of critical information infused with a historical and contextual meaning.’ First, Google might claim that it is an inclusive company, but its diversity scorecard proves otherwise. While it is slowly improving, it’s still nothing worth shouting over the rooftops about. And it’s not just Google, a similar lack of diversity can be observed all over Silicon Valley.

The Washington Post, November 14, 2016

Another reason why we shouldn’t trust Google to provide us with credible, accurate and neutral information is that its main concern is advertising, not informing. That’s why we should be very worried. While public institutions such as universities, schools, libraries, archive and other memory spaces are loosing state funding (the book focuses on the USA but Europe isn’t a paradise either in that respect), private corporations and their black-boxed information-sorting tools are taking over and gaining greater control over information and thus over the representation of cultural groups or individuals.

Noble ties in these concerns about technology with a few observations regarding the sociopolitical atmosphere in her country: disingenuous ideologies of ‘colourblindness’, the rise of “journalism” that courts clicks and advertising traffic rather than quality in its reporting, a head of state known for his affinities with white supremacy and disinformation and a climate characterized by hostility towards unions, movements such as Black Lives Matter.

What makes Algorithms of Oppression. How Search Engines Reinforce Racism particularly interesting is that its author doesn’t stop at criticism, she also suggests a few steps that we (the internet users), Google, its Sili Valley ilk and the government should take in order to achieve an information system that doesn’t reinforce current systems of domination over vulnerable communities.

Noble strongly calls for public policies that protect the rights to fair representation online. This would start with a regulation of techno giants like Google that would prevent it from holding a monopoly over information.

She also urges tech companies to hire more women, more black people or more Latinos to diversify their tech workforce, but also to bring in critically-minded people who are experts in black studies, ethnic studies, American Indian studies, gender and women’s studies and Asian American studies as well as other graduates who have a deep understanding of history and critical theory.

Noble also encourages internet users to ask themselves more often how the information they have found has emerged and what its social and historical context might be.

Finally, the author suggests that non profit and public research funding should be dedicated to explore alternatives to commercial information platforms. These services wouldn’t be dependent on advertising and would pay closer attention to the circulation of patently false or harmful information.

Algorithms of Oppression is a powerful, passionate and thought-provoking publication. It build on previous research (such as Cathy O’Neil’s book Weapons of Math Destruction) but it also asks new questions informed by a black feminist lens. And while Noble’s book focuses on Google, much of her observations and lessons could be applied to many of the tech corporations that mediate our everyday hyper-connected life.

Featured Artist Brigitte Polemis

Reminiscent of pure iconic forms of pop art, artist Brigitte Polemis’ 3D digital prints address humanity, conformity and standardization.


“Who In the World am I? Ah, That’s the Great Puzzle” Mixed Media, 3D Synthesis of Multiple Layers of Cardboard, Oil Paint and Ink Print on Cardboard, Framed in a Box of Perspex, 60cm x 60cm x 7cm by artist Brigitte Polemis. See her portfolio by visiting

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