Author: Steinar

Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, ca. 1834–1835, oil on cavas, 36 1/4 x 48 1/2”. Photo: Cleveland Museum of Art. TO VIEW A J. M. W. TURNER sunset in Texas, as I did recently in Fort Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Turner’s Modern World”—an exhibition making its stateside debut after premiering at Tate Britain in London—is to wish Turner might have had the opportunity to paint a Texas sunset. In fact, I came away from the show thinking that in a slightly altered universe, Turner could have been…

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Jan. 11, 2022 — A couple of days shy of New Year’s Day, residents in the suburbs of Boulder, CO, met a shocking site: a massive wildfire, something practically unheard of in the past. Fire season used to be an actual season, but with climate change, no more. It’s a year-round occurrence.Ultimately, about 600 homes burned to the ground, fueled by overly dry conditions and winds hitting 100-plus miles an hour. Few were prepared to grab a bag and evacuate in late December, but that’s exactly what thousands had to do.The same held true a few weeks earlier in Kentucky,…

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Photo courtesy of Body Dada Whether you’re beginning new movement habits or looking to supplement your HIIT with slower, more restorative practices, a good low-impact workout is a valuable thing. Below, the studios and sessions we can’t stop talking about, plus everything you’ll need to tote to class. THE BARRE CODE The Vibe: With a focus on strength-building and radical self-love, this body-positive collective has a motto: “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.” The signature class combines barre work and isometric movements, with tons of routines so you never get bored. The Fit and Props: In a black-legging rut? A…

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Caption: The cover of the “I am Afro-descendant in Costa Rica and this is my story,” online publication. Cedit: UN Costa RicaOpinion by Allegra Maria del Pilar Baiocchi (san josÉ, costa rica)Tuesday, January 11, 2022Inter Press ServiceSAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, Jan 11 (IPS) – Jan André is a cheerful and outgoing young man, a superb dancer, and aspiring schoolteacher. Indeed, he wants to become the best schoolteacher in Costa Rica. Fortified by his own will and the encouragement of his family, he overcame violence and adversity to become an outstanding university student.Yet, in spite of his accomplishments, some people cross the…

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Though she symbolically died from a staple cut at the Whitney Museum in 1978, Colette is alive and well. Resurrected a few days later as Justine, lead singer of a newly formed band, Justine and the Victorian Punks (a collaboration with Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra), Colette recalls in a 2013 BOMB magazine interview with Katie Peyton that her performative death was a critique of artists often having to wait until their passing to be recognized (which is particularly the case for women). And indeed, it is an indisputable fact that the French-Tunisian Colette Lumière is a severely under-recognized…

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Health tech startup MedPiper Technologies has launched its latest online offering to help doctors find jobs and optimise their workflows.  Since 2019, the company has been connecting healthcare professionals with hospitals and healthcare organisations for duty vacancies and assignments and with pharmacies for partnerships. Its membership comprises over 65,000 verified healthcare professionals, providing services to about 35 healthcare organisations. WHAT IT’S ABOUT MConnekt is a web-based platform where doctors can “discover, engage, and connect” with digital health platforms and seek offline work opportunities. It also assists them in optimising their workflow and work hours. Through a dashboard, users can manage…

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  It’s another New Year, which means you may have some new resolutions to conquer. Do you find yourself wanting to get fit every year, but just can’t seem to make it happen? You’re not alone. Studies have shown that while 95% of New Year’s Resolutions are health and fitness related, many of us abandon them as early as mid-January. And a  joint study by location apps Foursquare and Citylab have deemed the second Saturday of February as  “Fall off the Wagon Day,” when visits to fast-food joints conveniently spike as visits to gyms fall to an all-time low.  Here…

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Tensions over Ukraine show no sign of abating as diplomatic talks get under way.Moscow has said that ties between Russia and NATO are approaching a “moment of truth” ahead of high-stakes talks over Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s remarks on Tuesday followed negotiations a day earlier between Russian and American officials in Geneva which launched a week of diplomacy aimed at easing tensions. A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will take place in Brussels on Wednesday. “It’s no exaggeration to say that a moment of truth is coming in our relations with the alliance,” Grushko was quoted as saying…

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“It’s hard for a person to see the entire elephant,” Dineo Seshee Bopape explained during a walkthrough, speaking about the found animal figurines of wood and plastic scattered throughout her exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Referring to the fact that a human might understand a large animal differently than might, say, an eagle or an ant, Bopape’s comment could also describe the way a viewer might experience her installation, which requires that they crouch to inspect these figurines of birds and mammals placed on soil-covered blankets and piles of bricks, or look…

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Humans are inherently social creatures. We know this. Looking at our species through an evolutionary lens, we tend to talk about our need for social connection as it relates to survival. Our ancestors needed to work in teams to hunt, collect water and firewood, build shelters, rear young, keep watch for predators, and all the other business of staying alive. While that’s undoubtedly true, our need for affiliation runs much deeper than those practical concerns. Our health and well-being quite literally depend on having strong social bonds with others.  Even when our survival is assured thanks to safe housing, easy…

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