Luna

Pic by Diego Ibarra Meda

Pic by Diego Ibarra Meda

Por Daphne Martin

 

Esa luna que besas y preguntas por ella como si fuera tuya, mientras despierto entre tus brazos. Esa luna que bañas y me reprochas porque sigo diciendo que no es tuya. Es de septiembre, dicen que está bien.

Septiembre: Nunca pensé en decirte mis deseos ocultos y negados por años. Pero te bese una vez, no fueron mis tragos, quería ser parte de ti. No me importó que vieran, pero hubo un regaño.

Lo dejé en el olvido, deje que la mentira creciera. Deje que fuera parte de una realidad. Las veces que me pedías quedarme a dormir, miles de excusas te juraba, no quería dormir y estar contigo de esa manera y solo ignoraba.

Miedo a sucumbir y decirte lo cuánto te deseaba. Quería tocar, besar y admirar. Siempre serás la niña de los ojos grandes. La que me dejaba besar sus manos, sin saber lo cuando te amaba.

CURATED BY GIRLS- WHEN YOU CURATE WITH YOUR GUT

Laetitia Duveau aka Little Voice 

Laetitia Duveau aka Little Voice 

By Sonia Alcaina Gallardo.

Curated By Girls is an online platform that aims to promote diversity, equality and respect with a high dose of heart and optimism. Ingrained in a philanthropical vision of humanity, the project is all-inclusive; any gender, color, generation, or ideology is featured. Waving the flag of freedom, CBG is taking over Berlin, spreading beauty and openness. 

Over a cappuccino in her favorite café in the vibrant Berliner neighborhood of Neukölln, we spoke with co-founder Laetitia Duveau, also known as Little Voice. We talked about her projects, her dreams, about love and freedom, and about her purple jacket. 

 

Born in France, Laetitia moved to Berlin only six months ago where she is now based working on her music and curating the Curated By Girls’ 2nd IRL show, "POSTER BOYS".  This second IRL show will take place in Neukölln in the same studio as the previous show, “freer in Berlin,” at Blender & Co., on November 12 & 13, 2016. This time, the show features unreleased works by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, a 25 year old analog photographer who plays with portraits of gender ambiguous men. His 1st book “Gender As A Spectrum” is a stunning released example of his work.   

'Poster Boys' by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Second IRL Show by CBG

'Poster Boys' by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Second IRL Show by CBG

Kinofilia: Probably nobody asked you this before, What was your initial motivation when you decided to found CBG?

LD: It’s the first time somebody asks me this! I became a curator by accident in a way because my friend Ophelie Rondeau, photographer, came up with this idea to put up a website about diversity together. She asked me “do you want to get on board with me?”, and I immediately said YES. For me as a musician, the whole idea sounded very interesting. I was kind of focused on my music all the time and struggling with my own projects so I thought “why not try something different and put myself outside of the box that is my musical career?”

Our aim was to promote art that we liked without checking if the artist behind it was a young or old person, a boy, a girl, or a transgender person, famous or not. The idea was to create a platform where everyone could be represented, no matter who they are. 

Kinofilia: I like about your project that you go far beyond the limiting traditional idea of feminism by choosing to exhibit all gender’s art, and not only female artwork as it happened in the late 60’s with feminist art. How do you think that this ‘New Femininity’ story should develop in the future?

LD: I think we need to restructure the traditional pattern we followed until now where the alpha male was the one in control and owned the power to decide. I considered we needed to get rid of those old ideas and start to promote a new kind of feminism where both men and women are included, where men are allowed to be as masculine or feminine as they like, and vice-versa. I’m open to human beings; I welcome humanity as it comes and as it fancies to be. I work for diversity, for acceptance. New femininity must be more than words or debate. It has to be a bigger project than just a philosophy. I have decided not to focus on what's wrong in our society, just because we can't be well adjusted in a profoundly sick society like ours that is fostered by ego, money and power. There is a long way to go if we want to change this, but we need to stay positive. I am a positive person and I believe we have to support everyone and stop fighting between us. What I see is more & more communities fighting each other more and more. I prefer to see the beauty in every one of us. Just stop a second what you are doing and just enjoy whatever is around you! Just observe. That is new femininity to me.

Kinofilia: Trends have the power to influence the future of femininity. As an anecdote, before World War II boys wore pink as a lighter version of red and its connotations of power, and girls blue. It was only when the American newspaper The Sunday Sentinel advised mothers in 1914 to “use pink for the boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention” that the whole game changed to what we know now.  Considering that even gender is cultural, do you believe that we are actually changing the way we look at sexual orientation and gender socialization? 

LD: Ha, ha, ha, this is so funny! I decided to avoid the pink for our logo and go for the blue instead and now I just found out I am actually being conventional. Everything is so relative if you think about it. Answering your question, I truly believe we are indeed changing things by being more open to different categories of gender, accepting gender fluidity. But we are still so late! We need to learn a lot about acceptance and deconstruct what has been imposed before.

Kinofilia: This part becomes personal now, on a scale from 1 to 10, how dangerous would you consider the effect of Barbie dolls on the perpetuation of these distorted gender roles? 

LD: Danger! I would say the main problem here has to do not with Barbie dolls but with the parents of those children who are being given the toys. I would blame Barbie with a five. I remember once that I was working on a Teddy Bear shop with beautiful vintage stuffed animals and this two year old boy came with his parents and had a crush on a pink Chihuahua. The mother was shocked of embarrassment and tried to persuade him to take another animal, apparently more boyish. I though certain kind of parents are sometimes the ones to blame by trying to turn their children into whatever ideal they have in mind. The reality is that these children are individuals with their own feelings and personalities, and these character threats might not be what the parents expect them to be. 

Kinofilia: You are a musician who decided to curate art. What is the most challenging part of curating this project?

LD: It’s definitely the time managing. These days I spend so much time on the curating that I barely have time for my music. I’m trying to manage with both but the reality is that I am a perfectionist and I want to do things right, that means that sometimes you have to make some sacrifices. Another challenge about curating is having to deal with some artist’s ego. It can be tiring.

Kinofilia: What are your main criteria when you pick up the artists to exhibit? 

LD: I could say I curate with my heart and with my guts. I’m not denying that quality is for me an important issue but I mainly take honest and authentic proposals. Sometimes I receive series from some artists who are still a bit naïve in their conception but if I perceive that there is something genuine and pure in their works, I would definitely wanna feature it. I wanna share art that touches my soul.

Kinofilia: Somebody quite smart told me in art school that there are three stages in art: provocation, surprise and emotion. Most artists remain in the first two, limiting themselves to merely provoke or surprise with their art; few go further and try to create an emotion in the viewer. Do you think that is important for an artist, to connect with their audience? What are the parameters by which you distinguish good art from the pile of junk out there?

LD: I would say the precious feeling of being in front of a sincere piece of art is everything. It is hard to tell, I am not an art critic myself but I consider an artist has to create from the depth of his/her guts in order to be true to oneself. That he/she/they have something to say, whatever it is but has something inside tryin’ to say something. No just ego stuff and self-masturbation. I agree there's a bit of provocation, surprise and emotion in the work process. But art is not about making money or recognition in the first place. It is a therapy. We made it a business and that's when things went wrong. Good art is sincere. Have you noticed that some music doesn't get old? It's just because it is sincere, coming from the bottom of your heart.

I don’t judge imitation; I think it’s cute. It shows that this person is getting through. That is almost there. Most of the times you need to imitate in order to find yourself and anyway. Nowadays almost nothing is original. 

CBG first IRL Show 'Freer in Berlin'

CBG first IRL Show 'Freer in Berlin'

Kinofilia: Have you ever thought about making art yourself? Do you think that there are feelings or states of mind that only music can translate? 

LD: I’ve been a bit forced to do some videos, some editing here, some artwork there… When you don't have a team working for/with you, you have to do everything yourself from songs to videos, logos, artwork. So I am touching a bit of this too. 

Since I was very little I was involved in arts, maybe because of the fact that I am very shy I loved spending time drawing and doing stuff just for fun. 

Art is for me very susceptible to create emotions, which are the real purpose of it. Music would be more like a trip from one emotion to another, and transports you easily from happiness to gloom in about seconds. But it really depends on how the receiver gets touched by it, whether it is music or art.

Laetitia Duveau by Sonia Alcaina Gallardo

Laetitia Duveau by Sonia Alcaina Gallardo

Kinofilia: I read in another interview that the article, “Arriving at the Berlin State of mind,” from I Heart Berlin, made you name your first exhibition “Freer in Berlin.” What do you think that Berlin has that other cities lack? 

'Freer in Berlin' first IRL show by CBG 

'Freer in Berlin' first IRL show by CBG 

LD: I came across that article by Keith Telfeyan about Berlin and I thought it really described what I felt about this city and its freedom.  I contacted Keith and asked him if I could use his article for my first IRL Show “Freer in Berlin” and he agreed, which was great. Berlin is a capital city like New York, Paris or London, but what makes it different it’s his approach to money. There is not too much money in Berlin. Berlin is poor but sexy, but this is not an issue. It is exactly the opposite, the lack of money, of this commodity, it’s precisely what makes it such a creative city. Very often, money kills inspiration; it makes you take things for granted. In Berlin people come and experience and share with others, they take time to find themselves. It’s a very international and multicultural city. It’s a shame that is starting to grow so fast already like every other city. You can feel that is happening here too what happened with NY, and people try hard not to succumb to the monster of capitalism and keep the “Berliner vibe” as long as possible. 

Kinofilia: In that interview for I Heart Berlin, you also talked about two philosophical matters:  love and freedom. “Love is freedom” were your words. It is a curiosity that in both our mother tongues, French and Spanish, “liberté,” or “libertad,” respectively, come from the latin, “libertas-atis,” but the English word, “freedom,” comes from an Indo-European root meaning, “love.” What it is even more paradoxical, is that the same root is at the same time used for the word “afraid.” Now, somehow that makes sense to me, how scary being in love can be! How do you think that our society can overcome this fear of love that limits us so much, and become “freer” in Berlin, in Paris, in Shanghai…?

LD: This is so curious! Language can be sometimes so surprising! What I believe is that we are most times too focused on our own egos, on ourselves, and we should stop being so selfish and have a look around. I think we are afraid of falling in love because we thing people have to love us back. We fear rejection and abandonment when we should overcome this fear and be the one who loves instead. We shouldn’t wait for others to love us to be able to love.  That is the real freedom I would say.

Kinofilia: Tell me about your purple jacket. I heard many stories already, but I want to know what it means for you. Did this jacket become your freedom jacket? Your fear-free jacket? 

LD: Oh! My purple jacket! Yes! I had to leave it back in France. I wore it way too much! It became in fact a symbol for me. It represents a state of mind. I refuse to wear black all the time, which in Berlin is a must, but I just love colors. I don’t do things to please others; I want to be myself. That is what this jacket is about. The story is that I was enjoying my night with some friends in France and this girl came and said to me, “I have to tell you, your jacket is disgusting.” I could tell she was a bit drunk, but that was no excuse. I felt bad, not for myself, but for her. She might have been very sad to say something like that to another person. I was a very shy person by then, I am still am, but I somehow arrived to this peaceful place where I feel free to be myself and wear whatever I fancy. I have been a unicorn for a year, almost, and it is amazing. 

It is great satisfaction to be able to do what you want to do without caring of what other people think. That is what many people fight for, to be respected, but who cares! The most important thing is to respect yourself!

Kinofilia: Visiting the show “Freer in Berlin” the past 8th and 9th of October, I enjoyed seeing how many artists actually sold some pieces.  I thought that you did a good job as a curator because the affordable prices of the pieces were coherent with the kind of audience attending the exhibition. In that sense, it was indeed, as your entire project claims to be, very honest. Are you gonna keep on working in this line? 

'Puta' by  Julia de la Torre  

'Puta' by Julia de la Torre 

LD: What I am trying to do is make art more accessible. The artist is always the one who sets the prices, the one in control. I always give them my advice though, and that is how we created this line of work. I work with emerging artist and we try to keep it as I mentioned, affordable and honest for everyone. 

My vision is to give access to Art to everyone in the most pleasant way possible. 

Kinofilia: Is there any future dream you want to share with us? 

LD: I have many of them! I would love to go with CBG around the world. I would also love to keep on working on my music and eventually touring worldwide too. It is all about work and dreams. For now, I will try to keep on helping artists to get more exposure. 

Sueños lúcidos

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

Por Daphne Martin

Eres parte de mis sueños más lúcidos, caminamos entre piedras y te invito a conocer mi mente. Aférrate a ese sabor, pues nunca conocerás otro fervor.

Alíneo mi cuerpo con el tuyo, avanzamos en un camino lejos de luz. Pasos guiados por tu aliento, más yo no poseo ese "don"  cuando tú analizas mis pensamientos.

Colores rojizos sin rastro alguno. Eres para mí ese deseo interior, creo que perderme contigo sería algo bueno. Me imagino estrellas al pensar en eso.

Pienso en tus manos, en las mías. Son historias ajenas, con marcas disciplinadas con el paso del tiempo. Me alegro al ver cierto parecido, aunque finalmente solo es sugestión mía.

Me he equivocado tanto, pero ya no me analizo, espero y tú tampoco corrobores con esos sentimientos que ya son míos.

¿Si sigo soñando y te sigo invitando? ¿Seguirás caminando conmigo? Dejarás tu mente entrar y soñar algo que es más que un capricho.

Starstruck

Image by  Sabina Espinoza

By Tom Spiegel

Something happened today, it was swift and sudden, somewhat unexpected. I met a truly connected human, someone who knows exactly what life is all about. It's about listening to your gut, going against all kinds of specified preconceptions of the world, doing what you think is best not just for you but to your surroundings as well. That someone will remain as a mark I won't be able to shake off my mind even if I wanted to, I'm blessed for being able to breathe the same kind of air this person does and I've never been starstruck in the past. That's not something I usually do, but I have a feeling in my gut, that this person will be one of the greats. 

She is boldness, she is greatness personified, she will be a personality for the ages, she is the muse every artist craves during their lifetime, and yet she is an artist filled with grandeur herself. She does what she wants, when she wants and doesn't take shit from anyone, that's what makes her one of a kind with no regrets. She struck me good tonight, hoping I can remain close to her for as long as she has me. This is not a declaration of anything, these are just facts. I've been starstruck today, that never happens to me, my ego never allows it but today I made an exception. Thank you for this.

LAPSUS

Texto y fotos por Marcela Manuel

 

El olvido de los olvidados

Casas del olvido

En donde el olvido vive

En donde el olvido recuerda, evoca, alude, permanece, invoca, rememora

Abandonarse al olvido

Trozos de olvido

 

Lapsus

Espacial

Arquitectónico

Estructural

Temporal

Dimensional

Animado

Errata

Omisión

Espacio fallido

 

Lapsus

Equivocación que se comete por olvido o falta de atención

Espacio frustrado

He estado en esos lugares en donde antes las bardas y paredes no estaban

derrumbadas, colapsadas ni grafiteadas.

He estado en esos lugares en donde antes el suelo no estaba cagado ni orinado.

He estado en algunos de esos lugares en donde antes olía frescura y ahora se

respira pura peste.

Solo sé que antes, ahí pasaron muchas y tantas cosas, seguro hubo vida, y

mucha. Seguro. Ahora aún hay vida, pero de esa vida que apesta, que duele y

enferma.

Son espacios que persisten, pero necesitan ayuda, así como las personas que de

repente acuden a refugiarse dentro.

Son espacios ignorados por la mayoría y habitados por la minoría.

Son espacios de grandes dimensiones, que alguna vez fueron suntuosas

estructuras, y ahora son refugio de la muerte que quiere seguir viviendo en algún

lugar antes de morir. Sí, porque la muerte también muere….O si tiene suerte, ¡que

alguien la rescate y se acuerde de que existe!

¡Que alguien se acuerde de ella y la redima!

Alejandra Uzárraga: El dedo índice más rápido de la frontera.

Por Pavel Ibarra Meda

Aquí en Kinofilia, nos jactamos de ser amantes de cualquier tipo de movimiento que provoque una expresión artística o cultural que tenga un significado profundo. Puede ser el movimiento de las cuerdas bucales cuando una persona canta o declama, puede ser el movimiento de de una mano al pintar, de los ojos al imaginar un encuadre, una pieza de danza ritualística que provoca al ejecutor perderse consigo mismo. En el caso del día de hoy, es el movimiento de un dedo, que como yo disfruto moviendo mis dedos al escribir, esta persona disfruta utilizando su dedo índice  y aventurarlo a capturar momentos que se inmortalizan para la eternidad. 

Ella dice que le gustan mucho los paisajes y en verdad son hermosos, pero el talento que ha desarrollado para capturar personas en retratos, es uno de los más detallados que me ha tocado ver en mis limitadas aventuras por este mundo tan extenso de la fotografía. A ella tengo la fortuna de conocerla desde hace varios años y siempre he sabido lo talentosa que es. Su dedo salvaje la ha llevado a las frías montañas de Alaska, e incluso a formar parte de un equipo de trabajo que retrató a uno de los mejores cineastas del momento que por casualidad, también es mexicano.

Ella nos ha dado la oportunidad de explorar un poco más de su trabajo y nos ha dado la gran oportunidad de conocer un poco de su gran trabajo. En esta entrevista, podremos conocer un poco mejor a la persona, sus gustos y aficiones que están relacionadas con las artes visuales en general. Ella se llama Alejandra Uzárraga. Aquí la entrevista, disfruten. 

Kinofilia: Primero que nada me gustaría saber cómo es que te enamoraste de la fotografía, cuáles fueron tus primeras experiencias con una cámara.

Ale UzárragaDesde que era niña me llamaba mucho la atención los sentimientos que te puede ocasionar o transportar a un lugar con tan solo ver una imagen. Mi tío tenia una colección muy grande de National Geographic, él me sentaba por horas a ver los paisajes, retratos, historias, etc. Fue desde entonces que mi curiosidad por la fotografía despertó.

Kinofilia: ¿Qué influencias tienes dentro de la carrera que has decidido llevar?

AU: Ansel Adams, desde que comencé con fotografía análoga, siempre fue una inspiración para hacer fotografía en blanco y negro y paisajes. A pesar de tantos fotógrafos dedicados a paisajes y blanco y negro, su técnica y composición en lo personal, sigue siendo única.

 

Kinofilia: ¿Qué concepto tienes sobre la expresión artística?

AUUna manera de expresar emociones, pensamientos, sensaciones e ideas para mi y compartirlo con los demás. En mi caso plasmadas visualmente. 

Kinofilia¿Cuáles son tus tipos de expresiones artísticas favoritas?

AUFotografía, pintura y cine.

Kinofilia: Cómo fue tu experiencia en Alaska cuando viajaste?

AUIncreíble e inolvidable. No fue fácil tomar la decisión de dejar familia, amigos, especialmente salir de tu zona de confort. Lo que me llevo ahí principalmente fue para seguir creciendo como fotógrafa y mi portafolio en paisajes. Cuando estoy en una rutina marcada y en el mismo lugar por mucho tiempo dejo de ver la diferente belleza que tengo a mi alrededor y por lo tanto muere la inspiración. 

 

Aquí la página web de Ale Uzárraga

Aquí su página de Tumblr

Aquí su perfil de Facebook

 

No tengo palabras para describir lo que sentí en tener tanta naturaleza alrededor, ver tantos animales en su hábitat natural, poder haber estado en lugares que solo veía a través de blogs y/o revistas, conocer tanta diversidad de paisajes y capturarlos para después compartir no solo el lugar, el sentimiento de paz y tranquilidad que esto puede llegar a ocasionar. Me siento muy agradecida y orgullosa a la vez por haber tomado esa decisión y es algo que totalmente recomiendo.

Kinofilia: ¿Cierto que trabajaste para la revista Gatopardo? ¿Cómo estuvo esa experiencia?

AUSí, fui asistente de Luis Garcia, un gran fotógrafo de Tijuana y San Diego que gracias a él mi experiencia en estudio ha crecido bastante desde que terminé mi formación. Nunca había estado en una sesión teniendo de modelo a un artista y director que admiro mucho  que en este caso fue Alejandro Iñárritu. Estaba muy nerviosa al principio, pensando en que la podia regar o tropezarme con algo y tirar todas las luces (risas). Pero conforme fue pasando el tiempo, la sesión fue como cualquier otra, me enfoqué en lo que tenía que hacer y también ayudó mucho la humildad y cooperación de Alejandro con nosotros. Estuvo muy divertida y me ayudó mucho esa experiencia para mi curriculum. 

Kinofilia¿Qué prefieres fotografiar, personas, animales, paisajes, qué estilo de fotografía es tu preferido?

AUDefinitivamente paisajes, siempre lo ha sido.

Kinofilia¿Cómo consideras que se encuentra el trabajo para un fotógrafo en el país? ¿Hay buenas oportunidades?

AUEn mi opinión, siento que es difícil tener un trabajo fijo como fotógrafo o freelance donde estés, cada vez hay mas competencia ya que el equipo es mas económico y fácil de conseguir. No es necesario estudiar la carrera para tener hacer trabajo y a veces los clientes no aprecian el talento, conocimiento y habilidad de poder tomar una foto, por lo tanto es difícil cobrar lo justo (sobre todo en ciudades que no son metropolitanas). Oportunidades siempre hay, todo depende a quién conozcas que te pueda guiar o presentar una buena y muchas (al menos hablando sobre mi experiencia). 

Kinofilia: ¿Dónde te ves en un futuro? ¿Cuáles son las metas relacionadas con tu carrera?

AUUna de mis metas siempre ha sido viajar y vivir de eso. Quiero seguir inspirando a gente a hacer lo mismo, que viajen, que salgan de su zona de confort y tomen decisiones espontáneas, riesgos, no tener miedo de fracasar a través de mi lente con paisajes e ir compartiendo el camino que me lleve a cada lugar. 

Esperamos que hayan disfrutado tanto de la galería que nos pudo proporcionar Ale, como de lo que nos pudo compartir de sus experiencia en esta rama de las artes visuales. En Kinofilia deseamos que tenga todo el éxito que ella busca, también nos encantaría poder colaborar con ella en cobertura de eventos al norte de México y sur de California. En la parte de abajo, les compartimos sus páginas web y página de Facebook donde podrán ver más de su trabajo y contratarla para cualquier tipo de evento. La mera crema con esta muchachita. Gracias por la entrevista Ale!

Una foto no se toma, se hace.” - Ansel Adams

Lo que espero que sientas por mi.

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

By Daphne Martin

Te tuve y te maté a besos. Mordidas y besos de esos donde se bajan y bajan más. Te hice temblar en mi cuarto, en el tuyo, en la calle y demás. 

Te limpié la boca después de darte de comer de mi, te hice sonreír y aún si te dije que me tenía que ir. Me fui y te reclamaba por poco hombre que me convertía al saber que serías libre por fin.

No me debes nada y aún así te reprochaba, sigo siendo un niño a su vez. Me confundo y te quiero para mí. Me despido y ya no quiero saber de ti. 

Te mando fotos aunque me dices que no quieres saber de mí. Me gusta lo que me haces sentir cuando dices que me extrañas, aunque eso involucre lastimarte un poco. Al final soy hombre y me escondo detrás de la fachada de no ser machista, cuando lo soy hasta cierto punto. 

Llevamos días sin hablar y espero que siga igual, por que ya por fin te deje ir. Aunque me escudo con que somos amigos y sé, que si te hablo me vas a contestar. 

Untitled

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

Photo by Diego Ibarra Meda

By Daphne Martin

I've sucked, fucked and been drugged  since you said we were just friends. I just can't bare the idea of not touching you again. 

The feeling that comes when you find a rose, not any rose and set it aside, to later place it in your home and then just discard it like trash. 

Perish... 

Use cocaine as a new ally, it makes me feel welcome. Going out and just saying hi to unwanted sighs. Bless my night so I can dine another hitman on the side.

About racism, that awful habit

Photo credit:  Black Lives Matter

Photo credit: Black Lives Matter

By Tom Spiegel

It's hard to say what is worse, the fact that we are still living here or the fact that most of the population of the world just acts indifferent to what's going on out there. The most indisputable fact in everything that goes on in this plane is this: peace seems like a far away sweet treat to a person that has diabetes. You may have it at some moment, but you can't have it for a long time because somehow it seems that if you abuse it, it will seem like too much and that can't be good can it?

I didn't come here to criticize the American way of life, for starters calling the United States, “America,” seems a little bit narcissistic of you ask me. The whole continent composed by the US, Canada, Mexico, all the Central American Countries and all of South America are called “America” in the first place. Why would you make something your own if it doesn't even belong to you in the first place? Because that's how the people from the United States inherently act. It’s in their nature. Racism is a whole different thing from what I'm talking about. Actually, I think that my topic right here is the very essence of discrimination in general. 

It's that uncontrollable need to quickly call something yours right after you glance at it. It's that inevitable human condition which has taken us to the messy world we all are in right now. Forget all the problems with religion and xenophobia we are all going through on a daily basis. If we don't modify this human condition it will take us to that end we all fear faster than you think about a flatulence right after it left your butthole. We need to understand that all these labels that society has invested so much time in making us believe that exist, are just tools for them to round us up and bend us to their will. 

We all bleed the same color, we are not white, brown, yellow or black. We are all just people, individuals who have the capacity to converse about ideas and create situations that help them coexist as a whole. To keep thinking that it's a race thing especially in the US, it's to keep giving them the power over us at all times. There are people who are still blinded by all those social constructs of reality who are too self-absorbed into the whole collage of things they make us consume on a day to day basis. But the truth is way more simple than just that, but saying all this doesn't give me the key to what the actual truth is because I'm not even from the US and I don't really know what it is to understand the whole historic impact of a movement that's been here from the beginning. 

 

But as I said before, I can't even begin to understand what people from the African American community are going through because of the historic background you have with your government and the white race in general. One thing I can tell you, is that white privilege has existed forever but it's way more notorious in the United States and other countries in Europe such as England or Germany where slavery was a much bigger issue in the past. In other countries where mixing races hasn't been as demonized as there, white privilege presents itself in different and milder ways. In Mexico, when a baby is born with white-skinned he gets treated differently than a baby with a darker skin, this is just how things work in third world countries.

So when it comes to all those movements of Black Lives Matter and that race issue you as a nation can't seem to shake off, I worry because regardless of how much you brag about being the land of the free and a first world country, I see that you are going backwards as a nation due to all these stupid issues that still have an effect in your everyday lives. Please realize that we are all supposed to be past all that racial tension for decades, you are the ones who are still trying to make a big deal out of it. I truly believe that ignoring the most vocal individuals when it comes to this topic will help you get past the problem quicker.

When you say a certain color of lives matter, you got to realize that in reality lives don't really matter. The universe is such a vast place, that it doesn't really give a fuck about any of us anyway. 

 But then again I say. Peace and love are all that matters.   

 

Photo credit: Jean Jullien

Photo credit: Jean Jullien

Chris Ryan- Tangetially Speaking

 

http://chrisryanphd.com/

 

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El PaisLa Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, Big Think, and Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish. 

A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.

Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships, with his partner-in-crime (and wife), Cacilda Jethá, MD, Chris was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology.

Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Chris' research focused on distinguishing the human from the cultural, first by focusing on shamanism and ethnobotony—studying how various societies interact with altered states of consciousness and the sacred plants that provoke them—and later, by looking at similarly diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality. His doctoral dissertation was a multi-disciplinary investigation of prehistoric human sexual behavior, guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner, at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA.

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Meet Ethics.... the new sound of Baja.

By Pavel Ibarra Meda

The memory of a scruffy-looking kid that always keeps his cool is still fresh for me. I always imagined that this skinny dude from Tijuana would share a piece of his mind with the world, and eventually he did. With a kind of dance indy vibe and a lot of feeling for his first music project, Producer Elías Carranco, A.K.A. Ethics, brings us an introductory E.P. that will surely become one of Tijuana's most-played tunes for this generation. 

 

It is safe to say that the time he has dedicated to the craft of making music has finally payed off, with a mature sound that makes us wonder just how far Ethics can go. The combination of lyrics that make you think about life and the ups and downs it has, and an electronic vibe that gets the hips moving, tells us that this artist has tasted all kinds of music, but is looking to define his sound and signature as one of the most eclectic and versatile producers of the Millennial generation. It's not a matter of liking the material or not, it's a matter of sending a message that stands still between peace and serenity.

 

But enough of my ranting. Hear it directly from the mind of Ethics instead, just for y'all...

 

Kinofilia.-Why Ethics?

Ethics.- When I was a kid I feared world war three and the mayan apocalypse, so they took me to a psychologist. After the session they told my parents that I lack criteria and I would never really have any. So I always ask myself about ethics and morality. I don't really know if anything is right or wrong, but now I know that psychologist was a dumb ass because I think I'm pretty conscious. 

 

Kinofilia.- How would you define your music genre?

Ethics.- Genres are for movies. I think music is always evolving and people are complex and in constant change. I don't want to stay stuck to a genre because I like to listen to various types of music, and it would be narrow-minded to force myself to listen to one type of music all my life... like eating tuna everyday, it gets boring.
 

Kinofilia.- Name the main influences you've had in your music life.

Ethics.- I'd say I started listening to disco and funk at a very early age and then started descending into punk and hardcore for my teenage years. After that I started to *grow up* and be more open to everything. 

 

Kinofilia.- What is the impact that independent musicians have had in your upbringing as an artist?

Ethics.-  Well, I like the chaos it can bring, and the intimacy an independent artist can provide to the listeners or participants. You can get a sense of the band's personality, instead of just dropping the coin and getting your music from the vending machine. 
 

Kinofilia.- Tell us a little bit about your early years and the process of becoming the concept of Ethics as a whole.

Ethics.- It's been a long process. It started at 12 when my best friend decided to leave skateboarding and start a band, just because. I guess that's what you do when you're 12, so I raised money for a cheap electric guitar and sucked at it. 

 

I didn't expect to need classes so my friend along with the others cut me out of the band, even though the practice space was in my house. I just sat there listening to shitty Nirvana covers. One day the drummer quit, and they told me to get some drums and play so I did. After that I was a drummer most of my teenage years. I started trying to sing but every band I was in kicked me out. It's alright though because everyone had some sort of idea of what they wanted and I always wanted to go in a different direction. 


I got fed up, and started making music by myself. I really got lost in that DJ phase, which I'm glad is over. I was really young when I got my first LA label deal and tour in Europe. While I was in that scene I realized old DJ´s aren´t cool and music gets annoying after a while, like a zombie pace machine, everybody just bobbing they're head in a synchronized motion. 

 

Soon after that I dropped out and wanted to do comedy and film for a while. It's been 6 years since I stopped making music, but now I know that life is not meant for one thing, it's meant to do whatever makes you happy, and music makes me happy because it's the ultimate way I can express how I feel and think in a nutshell. 

 

Kinofilia.- What other artistic hobbies and abilities does Ethics posses as a band?

Ethics.- I make dark humor stuff, cartoons and films. 


Kinofilia.- Tell us about your favorite art forms in general and how you combine or use them to make your music.

Ethics.- I want Ethics to be a multimedia artist, not only music but everything. I want no limitations. Right now I've only been doing video, photography and music, but who knows. I just love creating. 

 

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In his new E.P. called Instincts, Ethics explores this indy dance vibe with the nostalgia of the places and surely the individuals that have surrounded him throughout his life. Reaching this sound after years of hard work and dedication, Ethic's music tells us that we may have the newest fresh big artist and performer on our hands. The sky is the limit. Here at Kinofilia we thank you for the exclusive interview, wish you the best of luck, and salute your body of art.

For more info on Ethics visit his Facebook page and his Soundcloud profile.