25/06/2012

An ocean of little fires

Eduardo Galeano is a Uruguayan journalist and writer. Considered as one of the most prominent authors of Latin American literature, his most known books are ‘Memory of Fire’ and ‘Open Veins of Latin America’, which have been translated to more than 20 languages. His works transcends genres, combining documentary, fiction, journalism, political analysis and history.

In this video, introduction to his interview at Brazilian television program ‘Sangue Latino’ (Latin Blood), he tells us a story about how equal and different are human beings.

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Pero esta terca repetición de una lógica de conceptos y relaciones de ideas no hace sino poner de manifiesto lo ilógico de la situación de los humanos y empieza a dolernos lo que vemos, la ironía nos abofetea y el tinglado queda desvelado. Ya no hay razones para la risa, a partir de ahora veremos todo aquello que se ocultaba debajo de las retóricas explicaciones y que revela el destino del hombre, aquél que no conquistó sus derechos como ciudadano y por eso debe disputar la basura con los cerdos. Jorge Furtado dirigió en 1989 este corto documental utilizando el itinerario que hace un tomate como base para formular una crítica de la miseria humana, haciendo patente la cadena de relaciones que la construyen y la hacen invisible, que la sitúan como una parte lógica del orden social y económico en el que vivimos y que debido a su permanencia en el tiempo ya nos parece esencial y no accidental.The irony appears from the beginning and over a black background and with stark cynicism we can read 'This is not a fiction film', 'There is a place called the Island of Flowers' and 'God does not exist'. The rhetoric continues to parody and laughter is installed with a repetitive sequence of images and concepts that seem be explained to an alien. From tomato to the tower of Babel, from a perfume seller to the global economy, from barter to Capitalism, from Da Vinci to the atomic bomb, everything is rational, explanatory, looking a place for each element and a site for each phenomenon within the apparent human logic, with its highly developed brain and its opposable thumbs. But this stubborn repetition of a logic of concepts and relations of ideas merely highlight the illogic of the situation of human being and what we see begins to hurt, irony slaps us and plot is revealed. There is no more reason for laughter, from now we will see all that is hidden beneath the rhetorical explanations and reveals the destiny of man, a man who did not win their rights as a citizen and therefore should dispute the garbage to pigs. Jorge Furtado directed this short documentary in 1989 using the route that makes a tomato as a basis to formulate a critique of human misery, making clear the chain of relationships that construct and make it invisible, place it as a logical part of the social and economic order in which we live and that because its continuance in time it already seems essential and not accidental." 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Compositor y músico afincado en la ciudad de Nueva York, su trabajo se centra principalmente en medios audiovisuales, como los últimos trabajos del artista de vídeo Marco Bambrilla o el cortometraje 'The Kook', dirigido por el dúo de directores Pekín. En su día a día, Víctor se dedica a componer y producir música para anuncios de televisión a través de Future Perfect, la compañía que fundó en 2008.'The future is the result of imagination'. Spanish composer and musician based in New York City, his work focuses mainly on audiovisual media, as the latest works of videoartist Marco Bambrilla or the short film 'The Kook', directed by directing duo Pekin. In their daily life, Víctor is dedicated to compose and produce music for TV commercials through Future Perfect, the company he founded in 2008. 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Compositor de rock y escritor, comienza su trayectoria musical en la Barcelona de finales de los setenta. Con el bajista Teo Serrano forma varios grupos, como Los Pintalabios y Los Rompecorazones. En 1980 forma Los Intocables junto a Teo Serrano y José María Sanz Beltrán, 'Loquillo', y en 1982 Los Trogoditas ya sólo con Loquillo, con quien es responsable de éxitos como 'La mataré', 'Todo el mundo ama a Isabel', 'Carne para Linda', 'Cadillac solitario', 'El rompeolas', 'Autopista', 'El ritmo del garaje' o 'Rock'n'roll star', entre otros. En 2000 se licencia en Filología Hispánica por la Universidad de Barcelona y ese mismo año se integra en el equipo responsable de los cuatro tomos de 'La vida escrita por las mujeres', de la Editorial Lumen, sobre las mujeres escritoras pioneras en España. Paralelamente ha publicado cuatro libros: 'Corre, rocker: crónica personal de los ochenta' (2000), 'Limusinas y estrellas: medio siglo de rock (1954–2004)' (2004), 'Hotel Tierra' (2006) e 'Historia del hambre y la sed' (2006). También ha colaborado con diversos medios periodísticos españoles como El País, El Mundo, ABC, La Razón, Diario 16, El Periódico de Catalunya y La Vanguardia.'Artists are like the old watchmen who warn of what threatens the tribe'. Rock composer and writer, began his musical career in Barcelona in the late seventies. With bassist Teo Serrano form several groups, including Los Pintalabios and Los Rompecorazones. In 1980 form Los Intocables with Teo Serrano and José María Sanz Beltrán, 'Loquillo', and in 1982 Los Trogoditas just with Loquillo, with whom is responsible for hits like 'La mataré', 'Todo el mundo ama a Isabel', 'Carne para Linda', 'Cadillac solitario', 'El rompeolas', 'Autopista', 'El ritmo del garaje' o 'Rock'n'roll star', among others. In 2000 he graduated in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona and the same year is integrated into the team responsible for the four volumes of 'Life written by women' by the Editorial Lumen, on pioneering women writers in Spain. In parallel has published four books: 'Run, rocker: personal chronicle of the eighties' (2000), 'Limousines and Stars: half a century of rock (1954-2004)' (2004), 'Hotel Earth' (2006) and 'History of hunger and thirst' (2006). He has also collaborated with various Spanish media as El País, El Mundo, ABC, La Razón, Diario 16, El Periódico de Catalunya and La Vanguardia." 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Periodista, escritor, editor y profesor de periodismo cultural en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona y en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra, desde el año 2010 dirige Ediciones La Llave, proyecto editorial de la Fundación Claudio Naranjo, y es director literario de Getafe Negro, festival de novela policiaca de Madrid.'I think the money will end up disappearing'. Journalist, writer, editor and cultural journalism professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, since 2010 is the director at Ediciones La Llave, editorial project of the Claudio Naranjo Foundation and literary director of Getafe Negro, festival Madrid crime novel." 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