Diogenes also known as the Socrates gone mad (Platone called him so) wwas a greek philosopher that lived between 400 and 300 b.c,his theories were not always welcomed at his times, his approach to society and moral were criticized and his behavior was unconventional. He was one of the founder of the cynical philosophy and first person ever to call himself citizen of the world or cosmopolitan. his work was highly critical towards political order, public decency and society of consume. His curious behavior was somehow reminding the dog’s. The philosopher was in fact admiring dog’s integrity, naivety, ability in quickly recognize friends and foes, flexibility in eating habits and adaptability in finding places where to rest. This admiration towards canine went far to the point of living in a barrel, relieving himself and masturbating in public, pointing at people with the middle finger and insulting openly his interlocutors. He basically did not have shame. His extreme theories are similar to Platone’s where they seek for a social improvement. In a way he can be considered an archetype for freedom of speech and anarchism.
“I do not have an house or slaves, I sleep on the land but I do not need anything more than this”
Socrates and Alcibiades at Aspasias’s . Jean-Leon Gérome (1861)
History often refers to Aspasia as one of the first person (4 hundreds years before Christ ca.) ever processed for crimes related to economic exploitation of prostitution. However the trial was started only for political reasons since she was well regarded, respected and maybe too powerful and influent for a woman in first place, and a woman not from Athens in second place. Eventually she was not executed or exiled.
This painting somehow reminds the composition and the poses of the typical Roman bas-reliefs, but several triangles can be drown between the figures as in the classic painting. Everyone is listening to Socrates stories with attention, pet included. Interesting.
Today the Time was introducing the work of Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi whose recent work is a sort of pictorial chronicle of the SYrian civil war. Most part of the pictures are taken in Aleppo a city torn by the fights last month, its Great Mosque is turned in a place where the rebels camp. Now the minaret of the Mosque has been destroyed and with it all the essence of a building dating back the 11th century.
The Photographer: Alessio Romenzi (1974) graduated in 2009 with a master’s degree in photojournalism, after that he started working in Palestine and Israel and then he covered the Arab spring in particular in Egypt and Libya. His works appeared on Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, El Mundo, The Guardian because he was of of the first photographer that could enter in Syria. Alessio regularly works among the others with UNESCO, UNICEF, Save the Children.
This photo is part of series of photographs created for an Italian refuse management company. The requirement of the client, in this case, was to educate the public about the use of domestic compost as a fertilizer for their own land. The core idea was to present organic refuse as a work of art and not as something repugnant.
Intersections by Alessandro Puccinelli
This set was featured on Kuvva.
That mysterious point where sea and sky collide, Alessandro describe this project concept as capturing that brief moment of time when the water of the sea blurs with the clouds of a stormy sky and creates a unique and abstract fleeting moment.
These images reminds me of disaster of biblical proportions such as the Deluge, all the shots is vigorous, but one second after the water explosion would be probably gone. Again the water touched the sky when Moses opened the sea and walked between the tall colums of raging waves that were rising to the sky. After the passage of Moses the water would stand and then fall on and kill the egyptian army following Moses and his people.
In these amazing shots Alessandro imagines an inexorable and inevitable war against the sky, bu happening in the the sea. Each attack lasting seconds before the next one.
It is not hard to get that the first passion of Alessandro is the sea, that he sees as source of knowledge and element vital to find himself when lost.