A satirical dig at society

first_imgIntrospective and satirical works that question a farmer’s diminishing importance in society form the crux of artist Akshay Raj Singh Rathore’s first solo show that he has titled Impotent Rage.In the exhibition of mixed media installations at Gallery Espace art gallery here, the 36-year-old visual artist who hails from a landed zamindari family of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh turns his gaze inwards.“I grew up in an atmosphere dominated by upper caste politics and witnessed deterioration of rural social structure. Also, many other influences made me aware of forces and issues at stake within contemporary societies,” says Rathore who holds a bachelors in Applied Arts from Baroda University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the year 2009 the artist was part of Soil Bite, a Khoj International Artists’ Association workshop held in Patna, which explored ties between nature and humans.In the year 2010, Rathore attended the Sandarbh Residency in Partapur in Rajasthan, where his performative work asked people to leave their footprints on a disputed street being claimed by two religious communities. His work questioned land ownership and its ramifications.In his next residency in El Salavador in 2011, he witnessed a struggle over ‘fertile land’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This show is a culmination, in a way, of all those experiences. It is a not a single-themed show. It delves into the hidden angst in rural India, which is invisible, even impotent,” says Rathore, now based in Paris.An installation in clay titled Civil/Uncivil sequenced into three stages – the origin – a lump of raw clay; the moulding – a functional brick; and the third, the brick’s broken down form, metaphorically questions the implementation of a system that forces people into following a rigid and edgy structure, whereas the original, organic counters are lost. “It’s a debate between what is civil and uncivil. It’s textural – it’s about the earth we inhabit and how we consider poor farmers to be uncivilized though they are the ones who are reason of the land’s fertility,” says Rathore. Obituary is a portrait of farmer Tikaram, standing alone, staring at a wall of seeds from his farm.“Tikaram, a 70-year-old belongs to a group of farmers who had mastered the best technique of utilising land fertility. He still does all his farming alone and maintains an ethos of bio-diversity and organic produce on his farm. The work is a tribute to the death of this sort of wise farming,” says Rathore. Accompanying the drawing of the farmer are sets of photos of seeds taken at Tikaram’s garden and the unique metamorphosis processes, following natural rhythms.“Now there is no control of a farmer over seeds, diversity and fertility, more so with the advent of new innovative trends, genetically modified seeds and the entire concept of scientific control over life,” says the artist.Food In Hand is a series of photographs of scooping out food grains taken at various local mandis and regional haats.The collection is a visual journey through weekly markets in rural India exploring the diversity of food they offer.“With the rise in packaged food, we have lost sensation of touching, smelling and ‘feeling’ what we eat. Packaging has rendered our diversity meaningless,” says the artist.His work Impotent Range is an installation of paintings, drawings, photographs, text and found material.last_img read more

Mamata to leave for Germany Italy tour on Sept 16

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will set out for her tour to Germany and Italy on September 16, to bring more investments to Bengal.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “We don’tprefer to tour abroad much, unlike some other Chief Ministers who go out of thecountry 15 to 20 times a year. Some even have their own aircraft. But we need to go abroad once a year for the sake of Bengal and to bring in more business.””We organise Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) every year. Representatives from around 40 countries attend the BGBS. They also request us to visit their countries. They might also not take it in a right way if we do not accept their invitation,” Banerjee said, adding that she will be holding one meeting at Frankfurt in Germany and another at Milan in Italy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe further said that Italy is famous for its leather goods manufacturing industry. Bengal is also coming up as the number one state in the same sector in the country and now, many factories from Lucknow are shifting to Bengal.She said that there was an investment proposal of Rs 9.5 lakh crore in the BGBS and investment of Rs 3.60 lakh crore is already getting implemented.”A big team from Germany attended the BGBS and they had also invited us to visit their country,” Banerjee said, adding that there was also requests for visiting Poland. The state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay had gone there. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDebashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary of the state IT and Electronics department, will be going to Silicon Valley. Banerjee, who will set out for her tour on September 16, will return to Kolkata on September 28.She further said that a group of ministers (GoM) and a committee of officers are being constituted to deal with any emergency situation and natural calamity in the state, during her visit to Frankfurt and Milan.She said: “We will always be available over phone. But the GoM will be able to tackle the situation here with proper coordination with the committee of officers, in case there is any emergency.” There are eleven ministers in the GoM, including state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and Irrigation minister Saumen Mahapatra. Meanwhile, there are 15 senior officials of different departments in the Committee of Officers.In connection with natural calamities like flood, she said that there has been heavy rainfall in China and the water is entering Bhutan and then Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri. Similarly, water flows into the state from neighbouring states like Jharkhand as well.last_img read more

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If this trend continues, Doug’s prediction of a Canadian housing crash could come true. — Editor’s Note: We have something special to share with you today. Instead of our usual commentary, we have a brand-new essay from Casey Research founder Doug Casey. In it, Doug explains why Canada is headed for a self-inflicted disaster. This coming crisis could do serious damage to Canada’s economy. But it will be a “sideshow” compared to what’s about to hit the U.S. Fair warning: this essay will offend some readers. At least on first glance, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse in Canada in general, and Alberta in particular. Commodity prices are all down—some near historic lows in real terms—and Canada is all about commodities. Then, last year, Canadians elected Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, who can be counted on to promote absolutely every politically correct Big Government notion that crosses his mind and make the wrong decision at every opportunity. “Bold new programs” are always fun at the beginning. And since the Canadian government is in better shape than that of the U.S., it will be fun squandering whatever is in the piggy bank. Not to be outdone, the Albertans elected the NDP for their provincial government; Canada’s NDP is best compared to the Bernie Sanders wing of the U.S. Democrats. They’re doing their best to bedevil oil, agriculture, and business in general, even trying to unionize family farms. Before last year’s election, Alberta had, by far, Canada’s lowest taxes. It was the only province without a sales tax, which averages 7% in the other provinces. It had a flat 10% income tax; in other provinces, it averages 15% and up to 25% in Quebec. Alberta’s per-capita GDP was higher than that of the U.S., and typically 20% higher than the rest of Canada. It had the freest economy, and no provincial debt. Now, they’re about to get a 7% sales tax, the income tax is graduated up to 15%, the province is taking on debt, and the legislature is active with lots of new regulations. And my read is that their real estate market is about to crash. Way too many people own multiple dwellings suffering negative cash flow. Still, I suspect the average Canadian, or Albertan, is about a standard deviation better educated than his counterpart south of the border. Of course, that’s not saying much, especially when it comes to politics, which, in any event, is mainly an indicator of psychological aberration. Churchill was right when he said that the best argument against democracy was a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Why did the poor fools vote in Trudeau nationally, and the NDP provincially? The best answers I could get were things like “It seemed like a good idea at the time…” or “I guess it was time for a change.” Maybe it’s understandable; the ruling party they evicted is called—believe it or not—the Progressive Conservatives. A name like that, which is a contradiction in terms, is proof of how degraded political discussion has become. The Progressive Conservatives should adopt this for a motto: “We’re very confused about what, if anything, we stand for.” Anyway, I’ll wager the Albertans kick out the NDP in 2019 because the economy will be very bad. But you can be assured the new taxes and regulations will stay in place. But whatever happens in Canada is a sideshow compared to the main event in the U.S. As you know, I’ve been on record for a year saying that Trump will win. I still think so, despite the fact that every pundit in existence rails against him daily, spewing visceral hate. They call him a racist, which is actually a lie. Racism has become such a hot “no-go” topic that no one even dares discuss what it is—forget about its pros and cons. It will be the subject of a future End Note. They call Trump a sexist, which is another lie. I’ll cover sexism in the same essay. That will also provide an opportunity to discuss immigration (perhaps more accurately called migration) policy today. The average middle-class, middle-aged American doesn’t give a damn about racism or sexism, however, because they basically only exist in the imaginations of the Politically Correct. But it doesn’t really matter any more what the average white male American thinks; he’s become the laughing stock of the rest of the world. He’s gone from being the King of the World to a bumbling, overweight, uneducated, bigoted, near-bankrupt parody of himself. What we once thought of as the “average guy” in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even the 80s is on his way out. The PCs and the migrants have pretty well transformed the U.S. Trump is the desperate “last hurrah” of the old order. An FYI: I don’t support Trump per se, even though, given the alternative, I hope he wins. It’s clear he has all kinds of dangerous authoritarian tendencies. And has all kinds of really silly economic notions. But the good news is that he may—to at least a degree—upset the Deep State’s apple cart, at least until he’s co-opted into the Deep State. No matter who wins, this election is going to be ugly. So try not to take it very seriously. Put the Stone’s “Street Fighting Man” on continuous loop instead of your TV’s regular audio, and enjoy. Before you rush to cancel your subscription, I hasten to add that, like any right-thinking person, I actively despise Hillary.last_img read more

Magnetic liquids improve energy efficiency of buildings

Explore further Citation: Magnetic liquids improve energy efficiency of buildings (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-magnetic-liquids-energy-efficiency.html Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes. Apart from particularly energy-intensive sectors of the industry, the building sector in particular is among the biggest CO2-emitters: From residential homes, manufacturing facilities and storage depots to big commercial buildings, about 40 percent of the energy consumption within the EU are due to the heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting of buildings. Considering next-generation smart windows and façade devices, one aspect of this problem is addressed in the research project Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin) which has been coordinated at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, since 2015. A new type of such smart windows was now presented in the upcoming issue of ‘Advanced Sustainable Systems’. In their paper ‘Large-Area Smart Window with Tunable Shading and Solar-Thermal Harvesting Ability Based on Remote Switching of a Magneto-Active Liquid’ the Jena materials researchers introduce prototypes of a window that changes its light permeability at the touch of a button, and, at the same time, can be used for solar-thermal energy harvesting.Liquids in windows and façades”Our project’s key feature is the use of liquids in windows and façades, for example, as heat carriers or to enable additional functions,” explains Lothar Wondraczek, the project’s coordinator. “To this end we develop new glass materials, into which large-area channel structures are integrated. These are used for circulating functional fluids.”In latest prototypes, the liquid is loaded with the nanoscale magnetic iron particles. These can be extracted from the liquid with the help of a magnet. Vice versa, they can be re-suspended by simply switching-off the magnet. “Depending on the number of the iron particles in the liquid, the liquid itself takes on different shades of grey, or it will even turn completely black,” Wondraczek explains. “Then, it becomes possible to automatically adjust the incidence of light, or to harvest solar heat which can then be put to further use within the building.” The efficiency in terms of heat gain per area is comparable with that of state-of-the-art solar thermal facilities. But unlike those, the present system can be readily integrated in a vertical façade. Switching between on and off – the release or capture of particles – happens in a separate tank. An electrical connection at the windows is not necessary.Indoor air conditioning, tunable shading and harvesting of solar heat”The greatest advantage of large-scale fluidic windows is that they can substitute air conditioning systems, daylight regulation systems and for instance warm water processing,” stresses Wondraczek, who holds the chair of Glass Chemistry at the University of Jena. Developing cost-effective large-size window glass modules is key. On the one hand the glass elements need to include the channels, on the other hand they maintain their performance over the whole lifespan of the building. Finally, they have to provide the ability for integration with standard window manufacture technologies in frames of double or triple glazings. With the present prototypes which were manufactured on a scale of around 200 square meters, the research consortium demonstrated that those requirements can be fulfilled.Over the period of 2015-2017, the project received a grant of 5.9 million Euros from the European Union within the framework of the Horizon-2020-Programme for Industrial Leadership. A further 2.2 million Euro have been added by eleven industry partners who have been members of the consortium. After the end of the first funding period, commercialisation of first applications is planned for this year. Provided by Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Intelligent façades generating electricity, heat and algae biomass More information: Benjamin P. V. Heiz et al. A Large-Area Smart Window with Tunable Shading and Solar-Thermal Harvesting Ability Based on Remote Switching of a Magneto-Active Liquid, Advanced Sustainable Systems (2017). DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700140 A prototype of the innovative smart windows for controlled shading and solar thermal energy harvesting is presented by PhD student Benjamin Heiz from the research group of Lothar Wondraczek. Credit: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU Jena This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more