Look-see

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Mural art from a gallery exhibit here in Mendoza.  My take on the provoking visual permutations:

see no…, hear no…, speak no…”  See= voyeurism.  I would like to think we are all innocent birdwatchers, but I know better.  The fascination with the lives of others (too often the 1%), reality tv, paparrazi, etc.  Hear= plugged in and tuned out.  Life deserves a soundtrack doesn’t it?  Real sounds from the ambient are so…passe.  Pretend I am not here.  Go away, don’t talk to me.  So pervasive is the music of American pop culture that an English-language institute here advertises with the following slogan (using the Argentine form of vos):  “entendá lo que escuchás”, meaning “understand what you are listening to”!  Speak= gosh, so many possibilities- OWS,  endless monologues from talking heads, I am right you’re wrong.  As long as I am talking, I don’t have to listen.  Also, Peter Gabriel’s “We do what we’re told (Milgram’s 37)” comes to mind.

Rodin’s “The Thinker”.  We all trip over the obvious, we all fall down only to get back up, only to repeat the sequence.  But, notice the wings…do we grow, evolve, get enlightened?  What does the diamond represent?  The Platonic ideal?

Creativity and consumerism=  “Creativity is suppressed by consumption.  All art is political.  If you hate art, you hate life, and viceversa.”  (translated from the Spanish.)  Is that Obama with the Mickey ears?

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About jdicus

I am a Spanish and social studies teacher on year-long sabbatical in Mendoza, Argentina. Our family consists of myself, wife Jenny Breen, and daughters Solana and Frances. With this blog we endeavor to chronicle our experience living abroad.
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2 Responses to Look-see

  1. Dan Trockman says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Dicus Breen clan! Can you find turkey in Argentina? Tofurkey?

    • jdicus says:

      Thanksgiving will be two turkeys and side salads with an expat community here at a wine tourism establishment. Should be be good. What wine goes good with turkey? Manischewitz? Probably opt for a merlot, bonarda, cab. sav. etc. Have a good one!

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