The town where the authors of this joint project live is divided into two parts and has two names, Valga and Valka. In between: the Estonian – Latvian border.
Latvian Uldis Balga from Valka and Nils Rebane, former border guard in Valga both found that the border is unnecessary and disturbing, to the point of getting Utopian thoughts, as described in one song by John Lennon: “Imagine there’s no borders...”
What they did to bring their divided territory in focus could be a performance or a ritual: Balga walking along the border on “his”, the Latvian side and ten meters next to him Rebane, on Estonian ground. They protocol the same border posts and behind is the foreign land, land from which they are separated. Through picturing the other’s territory while one’s own is being pictured, in a way they regain power over it and seem to overcome the separation.
Sometimes they meet in each other’s viewfinders – but it remains two views from a distance, enlarged at home using one’s own negative frame that creates two different borders on the images [straight black on Rebane’s prints and smooth on Balga’s ]. When displayed, the edges of these images touch, two focuses in one, 180 degrees different – the border is larger than ever.
Uldis Balga and Nils Rebane
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Interior view of one of the five circular buildings of individual cells in a Cuban prison.
Women Prisoners Dancing Around May Pole (West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls, 1938)
The American Prison Society Photographic Archive
Eastern Kentucky University Archives
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"His father had marked his abilities and expected them to raise him to the woolsack."
He was overfond, also, of introducing new words into the language; and few of his inventions have had the success of the term "international," which was used for the first time in the preface to his Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation.Bentham and the Early Utilitarians
...natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts.Natural Rights
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
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The Invisible Children
illustration for the book by Gitta Serenya
link path Fortean Times
illustration Trots in Space
Gitta Sereny vs. David Irving
Child Prostitution and Sex Rings
Alison Arngrim on Larry King Live
link Andrew Vachss
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Until Sadie Plant's talk at Futuresonic, I'd missed one of the most socially significant aspects of mobile phones: that they have a functional bias against the expansion of social networks, and thus a bias towards intimacy. Phone books exist for landlines, and most email addresses are available publicly somewhere. But there is no public way of getting a cell phone number. Hence cell phones become like comfort blankets to people partly because they represent everyone who you already know reasonably well.link path > iSociety
Will Davies May.23.04
Space and Culture
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the fortified place where the plum trees grow
The English word "welsh" was the Old English word for "foreigner" or "outsider". It was, at the time, a very insulting term to use. It survives in place names with a wal- element, such as Walcot ("the cottage of the foreigners") ... Some Latin-sounding name elements were adopted by the Anglo Saxons, after Roman occupation, because they needed words to describe things they found in the British landscape that they had no word of their own for ... In south Wiltshire there's a concentration of -font suffixes (Urchfont, Teffont, etc). We think these were Anglo Saxon attempts to use the Latin word fontana to explain Roman water features, like irrigation systems and aquaducts.link Space and Culture May.23.04
(hurriedly typed and edited) notes from a talk in the public library last night, on the subject of Wiltshire's place names
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