“The World we know…”

Mercure Hotel Berlin_Basia Satchira 25.02.2018Mercure Hotel, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, 25.02.2018)

This world we know is dying on our eyes…

There is no time – we have to act!

Between here and now,
The abyss hides
I’m closing this theater now,
I’m running off anywhere.

Actors were chosen by fate,
The cast was bad,
And the role of the sufler here
He’s not responding to us.
The next day, and the art
It’s the same title,
Who is there to fool tonight?
And what’s this game about?

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Mural “Books”

Mural Utrecht Marta Piatkowska marzec 2019.jpgArtist: Jan Is De Man, Deef Feed Utrecht, Netherlanden (Photo: Jan Is De Man, March, 2019)

 Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed have asked people from the neighborhood to hand in their most precious book so that he can process it in this mural.
After a week of hard work they have finished an interactive wall painting, on which many nationalities and different tastes regarding literature are shown in a closet.

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On 31.03.2019 Catholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, various trinkets and a Hello Kitty umbrella were also visible in the pictures of the makeshift bonfire.

more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/harry-potter-among-books-burned-by-priests-in-poland?

“Where books burn, soon people will also burn.”

-Heinrich Heine-

Books are a source of knowledge. Knowledge gives power. I express my loud protest against any attempts to discourage the society from asking questions and having own independent unindoctrinated worldview. Knowledge rescues life – imbecility deprives it.

 

“Couple in love”

WP_20160716_16_45_33_ProRosengarten, Werda, Germany (photo: Gosia Sachse vel.Głowacka, 16.07.2016)

On the occasion of today’s Valentin’s day for all lucky people even more happiness, and those less lucky ones I tap on a glass of wine and let go of a cheerful eye 😉

Love is a real chemical-biological chain reaction! In order for the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes to “sparkle” between two people, the whole system of external stimuli and internal biochemical processes must work in the right order.
Visionaries? Students? No, smokers

It all starts with the smell. And it’s not about perfume or a gym shower. What is important is the natural scent and, probably, the odourless pheromones hidden in it. Their existence in humans is not yet exhaustively researched by science. In any case, the smell reaches the nose, where it encounters a very sensitive blade and nose organ. This, in turn, activates the hypothalamus, a small area in the brain. If everything “fits together”, we start to be interested in our partner and our grey cells start to shine (this can be seen during positron emission tomography (PET) examination). The hypothalamus begins to produce phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a neurotransmitter. Its elevated concentration in the brain on the one hand manifests itself in states of unjustified joy, self-confidence, excitement or excessive activity alternately with a lack of concentration.
On the other hand, it causes insomnia, anorexia, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. This is how often drug addicts feel – phenylethylamine is a substance belonging to the group of amphetamines. No wonder that it is commonly called “a drug of love”. The increase in the level of PEA entails further changes. The secretion of noradrenalin – a hormone called “love substance” – increases. It works similarly to adrenaline – at the sight of a loved one our blood pressure increases, heartbeat accelerates, blood glucose levels rise and appetite decreases. As a result of shrinkage of blood vessels, we cover ourselves with a blush and become sensitive to touch.
The secret of happiness
 
As the level of noradrenaline increases, another compound, the “happiness hormone”, or dopamine, begins to release.  It completely masters the rest of the senses and the body. It is responsible for chemical processes taking place in the brain, which control the movement and activity of the body and the ability to feel pleasure.  We know dopamine from everyday life, because its level grows rapidly when we admire a new gadget, a spectacular dress or an unpacked gift. It is dopamine that is co-responsible for the fact that we love “to death and life”. The second molecule in this duo is serotonin. When the level of dopamine increases, the amount of serotonin decreases rapidly at the same time. It is responsible for a healthy sleep and a sense of peace, and its deficiencies cause a general discomfort and lack of concentration. A person in love gets confused and falls into extreme moods, while at the same time waiting for the next meeting with their other half.
Love has an expiry date

So we have phenylethylamine (PEA), noroadrenaline, dopamine and serotonin -neuroprogens that make us go crazy out of love. The most important of them is the former because it controls the others. Unfortunately, the body becomes immune to phenylethylamine. Research shows that usually between 18 and 48 months (4 years) of the relationship, the whole raging fire of love slowly burns out and dies out. Then the lovers can even part! Fortunately, this is not the rule. As a result of dopamine, all the time our body produces oxytocin and vasopressin – hormones of similar structure, but different effects. These compounds work in very important moments for man. There are more oxytocin receptors in women. This hormone relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, has an analgesic and relaxing effect. In men, vasopressin, released by testosterone and acting like adrenaline, dominates. Increased levels of these two hormones evoke a feeling of relaxation, peace, feeling of bond and mutual acceptance.  Thanks to their presence it is possible for mature love between partners to flourish.

(source: http://www.national-geographic.pl/nauka)

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Let peoplelove each other: who they want and how they want, because love brings goodness

“Tempodrom”

edfedfArchitectural projekt:  Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, Berlin, Germany (Photo: Barbara Stachira, 15.09.2018)

The Tempodrom is a Berlin venue that was first established in 1980 by heiress and former nurse Irene Moessinger as an alternative venue on the west side of Potsdamer Platz in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin Wall.

With private donations, a compensation payment and state subsidies, a concrete building in the form of a circus tent was erected on the site of the former Anhalter railway station and reopened as the New Tempodrom in 2001.

The new Tempodrom building was designed by Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz, employees of the Hamburg architectural office Gerkan, Marg und Partner. The roof, reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília Cathedral, is based on the shape of a circus tent and with its futuristic, white forms forms a contrast to the remains of the former railway station. The foundation stone was laid on 21 May 2000. It was ceremoniously opened with the presentation of the European Film Prize on 1 December 2001.

 The massive overrun of the planned construction costs (32 million euros instead of 16 million euros) led to the resignation of Peter Strieder (SPD), Senator for Urban Development, on 7 April 2004. Since August 2005, the Tempodrom has been managed by a management consultancy company appointed by the insolvency administrator. Irene Moessinger withdrew from Tempodrom in July 2005.[3] In the course of the insolvency, court proceedings were instituted against the former managing directors, Irene Moessinger and Norbert Waehl, for breach of trust. The proceedings ended with acquittals.

On 23 April 2010, the Bremen-based KPS Group took over Tempodrom It thus escaped the threat of a foreclosure auction that the lender, Landesbank Berlin, had requested.

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I wonder if anyone will bear any political and possibly criminal responsibility for the investments of the current governmant, spending or planning to spend tens of billions of zlotys on investments such as the Central Communication Port or the bridge in Przytoczna, which would connect the Notecka Forest with floodplain areas, fields and forests – no needed investment   by anyone.

“Schreitender Genesender”

Sculptor Richard Scheibe, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, May 2018)

The bronze figure was created in 1935 by Richard Scheibe. After several changes of location, the sculpture was located in 1989 in the newly designed park at Park am Karlsbad
Richard Scheibe was born on 19 April 1879 in Chemnitz (Saxony) and died on 6 October 1964 in Berlin. He is buried in the cemetery Schmargendorf.

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On the occasion of the Children’s Day a lot of joy and cheerfulness for big children and as little as possible contact with the cruelty of the adult world for the smallest ones 🙂

“A harper”

DSCF8579.JPGSalzburg, Austria (photo: Gosia Glowacka, 28.06.2014)

The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BCE. The instrument had great popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it evolved into a wide range of variants with new technologies, and was disseminated to Europe’s colonies, finding particular popularity in Latin America. Although some ancient members of the harp family died out in the Near East and South Asia, descendants of early harps are still played in Myanmar and parts of Africa, and other defunct variants in Europe and Asia have been utilized by musicians in the modern era.

Harps vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, whereas larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgut, nylon, metal, or some combination. While all harps have a neck, resonator, and strings, frame harps have a pillar at their long end to support the strings, while open harps, such as arch harps and bow harps, do not. Modern harps also vary in techniques used to extend the range and chromaticism (e.g., adding sharps and flats) of the strings, such as adjusting a string’s note mid-performance with levers or pedals which modify the pitch. The pedal harp is a standard instrument in the orchestra of the Romantic music era (ca. 1800–1910) and the contemporary music era.

(Source: Wikipedia)

“Belle”

 

Sculptor: Els Rijerse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (photo: Jolanta Kruszka, May 2017)

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is home to a bronze statue in honor of prostitutes around the world. It is the first and only such monument anywhere.

The statue was unveiled during the Red Light District’s 2nd Annual Open Day, March 31, 2007.

Titled Belle, the statue depicts a full-breasted woman who, feet apart and standing in a doorway at the top of small set of steps, looks self-assuredly into the world. It was created by artist Els Rijerse from ‘s-Graveland, Netherlands.

The bronze sculpture — which stands on Oudekerksplein in front of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church — was designed at the initiative of Mariska Majoor. Majoor, herself a former prostitute, runs the Prostitution Information Center which is located at the same square.

According to Majoor the statue is meant to show respect to the millions of people around the world who earn their money in prostitution work. In order to prevent vandalism, the statue is fortified with steel. Belle is perched atop a high, granite pedestal meant to deter those who engage in so-called ‘wildplassen’ (urinating in public).

(source: http://www.dutchamsterdam.nl)

The “Belle” monument was the witness of many marriage proposals, wedding ceremonies or show of wedding dresses from one of the fashion designers.

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So how is with this love, free choice, respect for the other person and his sexuality, the right to decide about herself/himself and her/his body regardless of sex, color of skin, religion or profession she/he performs? One Europe and seems like two worlds. February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day 😉

“The bas relief of breasts”

23798748_2168406453185467_950321182_oArtist: Unknown Sculptor (US), Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo: Jolanta Kruszka, May 2017)

The bas relief of breasts was made by the famous Amsterdam sculptor, the Unknown Sculptor (US). It has been built into a sidewalk at one night in 1993. Made of bronze, it is one of the remarkable Amsterdam works made by the Unknown Sculptor (US).

It has been speculated for years about US’s identity. Some thought him to be one of the old masters, but he – after many years of gossip – denied it. The City office once said US was a doctor. Still, the strongest path leads to queen Beatrix (a duchess now, after stepping down from the throne in favour of her son, Willem Alexander). Her talents are well known. Offering such important objects of art to the city (not only artistic but also very expensive, probably the reason why US could keep hers/his anonymity) requires not only experts and permissions, but also a lot of infrastructure for the installation.

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Why does the “rotten West” see in women a human being, mother, daughter, wife, lover? Who are not only due respect but also require protection under the law, since they are usually physically weaker than men and are more often victims of physical violence.

Unfortunately, according to the pseudo- catholics of Poland, a woman is a live incubator, without any rights and any self-determination.  Is it perhaps a set of very deeply set complexes which makes it so hard for some men to understand that they may perhaps rule over socks, but not shape the family life of another human being? When someone accuses me of supporting the murder of unborn – I say: When you don’t know what to do, occupy yourself with your yard.

“Rainbow”

DSC04845 Project: Julita Wojcik, Brussels, Belgium / Warsaw, Poland (fot. Monika Saczyńska, September 23, 2012)

The installation is a multi-coloured arc (height. 9 m., Width. 26 m.) inspired by the optical phenomenon of a rainbow. It originally consisted of 16 thousand artificial flowers in different colours, fixed on a metal frame. The flowers were made in 2011 by Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego „Tęcza”. The installation was made by Julita Wójcik on commission from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

In 2011-2012 it was presented as one of the three artistic works of Polish artists within the project “Fossils and Gardens”, which was part of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2011 in Brussels (Belgium). In 2012-2015 it was relocated to Warsaw (Poland).

The artist emphasized the multiple symbolism of the rainbow and its aesthetic qualities. However, she did not want the work to have a social or political context or meaning but that it was simply just beautiful. Part of the Polish catholic clergy also emphasized the biblical symbolism of the rainbow (a sign of God’s covenant with the people). However, conservative associations perceived the “Rainbow” as an shocking object and symbol of immorality connecting it to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. In 2014, opponents of the “Rainbow” organized a picket prayer on Zbawiciela Square in Warsaw.  The “Rainbow” became an object of strong controversy  and had been burned seven times.

For her work Julita Wójcik was nominated as the Person of Culture of the Year 2012, sponsored by Polish Radio Program III; in January 2013, she was awarded the “Passport of Policy” in the category of visual arts sponsored by the weekly magazine “Polityka”.

From 24. September to 2. December 2011 the “Rainbow” was exposed in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels. 8. June 2012 the installation was moved to Warsaw – on Zbawiciel Square, where it remained for over 3 years. It was dismantled during the night from 26. to 27. August 2015. The removed piece is to be forwarded to the Centre for Contemporary Art, and set again as part of its collection.

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Every storm will have its end and the world is becoming again beautiful and colorful,
Let’s hope that dark political cloud will move away soon and  nice weather with the beautiful rainbow will show up again.

 

“Monument of Wikipedia”

Wikipedia.JPGMade by: Mihran Hakobayn (2014), Słubice, Polska (Photo: Alicja Molenda, March 6,  2016)

The Wikipedia Monument (Polish: Pomnik Wikipedii), located in Słubice, Poland, is a statue designed by Armenian sculptor Mihran Hakobyan honoring Wikipedia contributors. The fiber and resin sculpture cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately US$14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities. It was unveiled in Frankfurt Square (Plac Frankfurcki) on 22 October 2014 in a ceremony that included representatives from both local Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation The monument depicts four figures holding aloft a lobe based on the Wikipedia logo, reaching over two meters up. The fiber and resin statue was designed by Armenian-born artist Mihran Hakobyan, who graduated from Collegium Polonicum. It cost about 50,000 złotys (approximately $14,000; 12,000 euros) and was funded by Słubice regional authorities.

History
The monument was suggested around 2010 by Krzysztof Wojciechowski, a university professor and director of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. Wojciechowski said, “I’m ready to drop to my knees before Wikipedia, that’s why I thought of a monument where I could do it.” Polish Wikipedia is a popular website in Poland and, with over a million articles, the 12th-largest Wikipedia in the world. According to Piotr Łuczynski, deputy mayor, the memorial “will highlight the town’s importance as an academic centre”. A Wikimedia Polska representative stated that the organization hopes that this project will “raise awareness of the website and encourage people to contribute.”

It was unveiled on 22 October 2014, on the Plac Frankfurcki, becoming the world’s first monument to the online encyclopedia. Representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation as well as from the Wikimedia chapters for Poland and Germany (Wikimedia Polska and Wikimedia Deutschland, respectively) attended the dedication ceremony. Dariusz Jemielniak, a professor of management, Wikimedia activist, and an author of Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia, delivered an opening ceremony address.

[Statement from Jimmy Wales

When Wikipedia started back in 2001 I have to say that I never imagined a day when Wikipedia would be honored with a monument – we write about them, we photograph them with our Wiki Loves Monuments competition, and now we have a monument of our own. It is a truly special and exciting day, and one that I hope shines the spotlight on the thousands of Wikimedians who edit Wikipedia and make it the source of free knowledge it has come to be. I look forward to visiting Słubice one day to see the monument for myself and perhaps meeting some of those involved in the project.

— Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, on the occasion of the unveiling

Inscription:

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Wikipedia

With this monument the citizens of Słubice would like to pay homage to thousands of anonymous editors all over the world, who have contributed voluntarily to the creation of Wikipedia, the greatest project co-created by people regardless of political, religious or cultural borders. In the year this monument is unveiled Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages and contains about 30 million articles. The benefactors behind this monument feel certain that with Wikipedia as one of its pillars the knowledge society will be able to contribute to the sustainable development of our civilization, social justice and peace among
nations.

22.10.2014