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Thursday, Feb 12, 2015
by Audrey Burns
A red metronome on the site of a former monument of Stalin often lies still, as if the weight of Prague’s history has given it too much baggage to continue the heartbeat.

Looming mournfully over the mismatched medieval roofs of Prague is a red metronome. Some think of the metronome as the slow tick of growing democracy in the Czech Republic, as it was erected in 1991 after the fall of communism over the ruins of a giant monument of Stalin. Ironically, the metronome often lies still, as if the weight of Prague’s history has given it too much baggage to continue the heartbeat. This is a source of constant amusement to the pessimistic Czechs. The story of the red metronome in Prague is the building of a new future that can’t possibly escape the old.


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Monday, Sep 15, 2014
by Jakub Mejer
Dokufest is nine days, 237 films, six cinemas, and 13 thousand participants in a country I know almost nothing about.

While sitting in a cinema waiting for the start of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portait, a film about the Syrian Civil War, two Austrian soldiers in camo uniforms sit next to me. This is not an ordinary thing to see in the cinema, but then, this is not an ordinary cinema. We are in a movie theater located in Europe’s youngest nation, Kosovo.


There are still more than 4,500 troops from around the world (739 from the United States) participating in a NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) peace-support operation. Camp Bondsteel, the biggest US foreign military base built since the end of Vietnam War, is just about 40 miles from this cinema.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
So it turns out that Facebook has been emotionally manipulating users as part of a scientific experiment. And it's partly our fault.
Above: Suspecting emoticon from Shutterstock.com.


At the end of June, several news outlets ran the story that Facebook, the social networking giant which now commands about $2.91 billion in profits, ran a bizarre—and probably unethical—experiment on hundreds of thousands of its users back in 2012. According to reports, the company manipulated the newsfeed of 689,003 users with a view to provoking shifts in psychological and emotional dispositions.


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Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013
by Alex Lohninger
Will pre-crime technology keep us safe? Or will it persecute us?

More than 50 days after former NSA employee Edward Snowden introduced the general public to a secretly flourishing surveillance culture, some Facebook accounts may have been cancelled or email providers changed, but a vast majority seems busy getting used to the omnipresence of global surveillance. Apparently, we don‘t realise that by putting up with it, we pave the way for dystopian scenarios resembling the ones fiction confronted us with for the last 50 years.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
The red trees with white dots in front of the museum were just an introduction of what was awaiting us inside: the extraordinary mind of Yayoi Kusama.

It’s not usual to see a one block-long line to get in a museum, but it shouldn’t be surprising for how well Obsesión infinita, the first exhibition in Latin America of Yayoi Kusama, the princess of the Polka Dots, is being promoted. From 30 June to 16 September, her works from 1950 until 2013 are being exhibited in Buenos Aires, at the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamerico de Buenos Aires or Museum of Latinamerican Art of Buenos Aires), and next, they will be available to see in several cities of Brazil and in Mexico City.


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