Santiago York

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Santiago is a very big city (not compare with the New York city but is nice) with a lot of places to visit. The tourist can go to many places depending on their tastes. If they like the cultural tours, the first place go to visiting is the Cathedral next to the “plaza de armas”, after the Government PalaceLa Moneda” and its cultural centre that offers the public many exhibitions of varied content. The next place to visit is the “Bellas Artes” museum with a large collection of paintings and sculptures or the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art). Well, one of is my favourite tours is the “San Cristobal” hill. In this place the tourist can find many places of interest like a Zoo with many types of animals or a Japanese Garden. Also are cable cars with which you can climb the hill or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground can also be walking. In the Hill’s summit is a statue of the “Virgen Del Carmen” patron of Chile.

Santiago may seem a Gray city, but the tourists can find a lot of activities and places to see and visiting. However we must consider certain things:

1. Plan your travel whit time to avoid the problems

2. Always keep a map handy, you never know when you lose (I say this from my experience )

3. Always be careful with things like your camera or your money.

4. always fun all you can ^.^

The avant-garde: surrealism

Thursday, 3 September 2009

My favourite Avant-Garde is the surrealism, the last of the avant-garde.
The surrealism is an avant-garde movement began in the early 1920s. The surrealist ideas and his theories published in the “Surrealist Manifesto” in 1924. Surrealism searching to revived the “repressed” for occupy the same place in the world that the “real” for showing the “Total Reality”. For the surrealist movement the model should be an interior model like a dream.

Well, my favourite surrealist artist is René Magritte. He doesn’t work with the unconscious. He thinks he can be found the disturbing in the reality. Magritte use of ordinary objects in unfamiliar spaces is joined to his desire to create poetic imagery.
In 1960s the Magritte’s works is frequently used in publicity like books or music albums covers. As an example of this, the album “Beck-Ola” by the Jeff Beck group (reproducing Magritte's “The Listening Room”), Jackson Browne's 1974 album, “Late for the Sky”, with artwork inspired by Magritte's “L'Empire des Lumières”, and the Firesign Theatre's album “Just Folks” . . . A Firesign Chat based on “The Mysteries of the Horizon”.

I like so much the Magritte’s paintings, I love his “this is not a pipe” this picture seems to be a contradiction, but is a true: the painting is not a pipe; it is an image of a pipe. Magritte points out the reality can not be found by the realism-art itself, because the image of thing will be always an image of it, but not the thing itself.