Indonesia is a treasure-chest of art forms. With over 17,000 islands, art is the expression of the archipelago’s hundreds of tribal cultures and the result of centuries of trade, exchanges and colonial presence. The diversity of ethnic groups is reflected in the varied linguistic, religious and costume traditions co-existing within the country and art is no exception. Handicrafts, textiles, ceremonial items as well as forms of theatre and traditional dances exalt the influence of traditional cultures in daily life.
It is no wonder that bamboo is a plant valued worldwide. Traditionally used in Asia and in the Americas as a building material as well as a medical plant, it has recently gained popularity because of its environmental role. In fact, bamboo is a fast-growing plant that grows everywhere and adapts to any climate, this […]
Many are probably familiar with the DNA technology used to solve mysterious crimes or cases of uncertain paternity. DNA tests have nailed more than a few murderers, allowed the release of the wrongly imprisoned and forced celebrities to shell out big bucks to groupies with kids. Terms such as “genetic fingerprinting” and “barcoding” are also […]
“What’s the use of them having names,” the gnat said, “if they won’t answer to them?” “No use to them,” said Alice. “But it’s useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?” “I can’t say” the gnat replied. “Further on, in the wood down there, […]
2010 was year Zero. Over 40 national and international artists met up in Torino for the first edition of the PicTurin — Torino Mural Art Festival, one of the main events within the “2010: European Youth Capital” schedule, and amongst the most important international graffiti art events. The city, form downtown to suburbs, was hit […]
E’ facile sentirsi minuscoli e spiazzati quando si arriva a Singapore, rimpiccioliti da altissimi grattacieli dalle forme più strane e persi negli infiniti corridoi commerciali sotterranei. Non sembra vero che le torri di uffici dalle luci cangianti, simili a imponenti ed enormi robot, distino poche fermate di metropolitana dalla densa foresta tropicale. A prima vista […]
Distrutta, incredula e basita mi siedo al tavolo dopo aver omaggiato il santo protettore degli squatter che tanto mi ha dimostrato la sua protezione nel corso degli anni e che continua, costante, a tenermi sotto la sua buona stella e mi accingo a degustare una bella zuppa di Miso ricavata da bustine di origine dubbia […]