Swissnex: Swiss Startup Lunch Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Monday, 23 June 2014 | Post Comment |

I had the pleasure and privilege of talking about my startup experiences in Switzerland in the 90s and more recently at Artsy in New York at a lunch organized by Swissnex. The amount of companies solving real problems in that room was quite impressive, ranging from biotech to robotics. Not a single social network, mostly serious entrepreneurs, the real deal. I talked mostly about people, including a reference to T-Shaped skills.

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The Life and Death of Marina Abramović Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | Post Comment |

I saw Anthony’s Swanlights, from the Anthony and the Johnsons fame a couple years ago. When the performance ended, I saw many people in tears. Then the crowd, in a mounting 15 minute standing ovation begged Anthony to come back on stage and failed.  Anthony is a unique music legend and a familiar face to many New Yorkers. I first heard of him about 10 years ago from a friend. She pointed me to a shy and slightly awkward character sitting at Think Coffee on Bleecker and Bowery and told me his name. Despite having a song on the Hunger Games soundtrack, Anthony is not widely known or identifiable by the general public.

Marina Abramović doesn’t seem to need an introduction. Nevertheless, her performance and, to an even larger extent, her life, are completely unknown to the general population. Many have heard about her for the first time during The Artist is Present. There’s also a documentary by the same name.

My favorite Willem Dafoe performance is in Boondock Saints. It’s a cult movie, yet somewhat niche. Dafoe is a brilliant actor and he puts immense efforts into being his characters.

These three individuals came together in a performance entitled The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at the Park Avenue Armory. The critics wrote that “its performers are excellent, the production is stunning, and the play itself is awful”. They complained that “if you were to go see this show, and you didn’t know much about Abramović, you would walk away without the least idea of why her death matters”. I think that the idea that you can watch such a show without any background or research is sad. We’ve become so accustomed to consuming media without any preparation, much like television. We don’t read. We don’t learn. It quickly becomes obvious that we have nothing to talk about, either. And it’s no wonder that we compare contemporary paintings to works of children.

Me? I loved the show. I’ve followed of all these individuals and their art for years. Same probably goes for everyone sitting around me, including Lady Gaga who was a mere 10 seats away in a glittery white dress. We all stood together and applauded in the end a magnificent Dafoe. He delivered a continuous and intense narrative and was incredible. He looked like a wreck and carried the entire show on his frail shoulders. Marina and Anthony appeared occasionally, and created unique and complex feelings. The Serbian chants penetrated your body. Robert Wilson’s adaptation of the artist’s life was sometimes heavy and, of course, always beautiful.

Marina’s life and death matters, but it doesn’t have to matter to everyone.

 

Thanksgiving 2013 in Baltimore Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Friday, 13 December 2013 | 43 Images | Post Comment |
 

Botanical Gardens Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Tuesday, 05 November 2013 | 26 Images | Post Comment |
 

Diego Donati and Franco Amato feat Kelly Malbasa - Turning Point Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Sunday, 20 October 2013 | Post Comment |

This track has been looping today on repeat in my headphones, start at 2:00.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJWDLQ26OBw

 

Covers Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Sunday, 20 October 2013 | Post Comment |

Saw an awesome off-Broadway show a couple of weeks ago.

“An engaging psychological work of theater, COVERS paints a revealing portrait of an unusual family, while exploring the difficult choices made that have defined their pasts and are destined to influence their futures.”

http://www.nationalyiddishtheatre.org/productions/covers

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Governors Island Rides Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Sunday, 29 September 2013 | 54 Images | Post Comment |
 

EVCS Fiesta Fundraiser 2013 Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Sunday, 05 May 2013 | 122 Images | Post Comment |
 

Away from Snow in St-Croix USVI Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Saturday, 04 May 2013 | Post Comment |

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St-Croix USVI 2013 Draft Hidden Sticky

Posted Saturday, 04 May 2013 | 78 Images | Post Comment |
 
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