February 14, 2017

GCHQ, Apple Campus

The Doughnut, UK's Government Communications Headquarters

Apple Campus 2

February 12, 2017

Eisenstein in Oaxaca

In 1931, an earthquake partly destroyed Oaxaca, in Mexico. By chance, Eisenstein was in the country and promptly flew to Oaxaca to document the situation. This silent documentary film is the result of his trip.

It is impressive to see Mexicans almost 85 years ago: so poor and so thin, before the arrival of popular American culture and clothes.

February 11, 2017

Fast food art: Casper Braat, Gabriel Orozco

Casper Braat bought 1,000 hamburgers from McDonalds and put them in an art gallery. Boring.

Gabriel Orozco built a Mexican convenience store, Oxxo, in an art gallery and redesigned some of the products presentation. This is a great concept and, obviously, he asked Oxxo to support the project, which they did. This is about daily goods you buy and art you consume. Obviously, the average Mexican public hasn't understood this and have criticized the show. Read the NYTimes review.

© Oroxxo's pics by Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

The letter Camus wrote to his school teacher

Upon receiving the Nobel Prize in 1957, Albert Camus wrote a touching letter to his school teacher. Here is the text and a clip of Benedict Cumberbatch reading it.

Dear Monsieur Germain,

I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart. I have just been given far too great an honour, one I neither sought nor solicited.

But when I heard the news, my first thought, after my mother, was of you. Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was, without your teaching and example, none of all this would have happened.

I don’t make too much of this sort of honor. But at least it gives me the opportunity to tell you what you have been and still are for me, and to assure you that your efforts, your work, and the generous heart you put into it still live in one of your little schoolboys who, despite the years, has never stopped being your grateful pupil.

I embrace you with all my heart.

Albert Camus