Sunday, January 29, 2012

Supreme Court Building Covered in Giant Dollar Signs
To mark the second Citizens United anniversary, we lit up the Supreme Court with giant dollar signs to send a message: rights are for PEOPLE, not corporate "persons."

Why is a Monsanto lobbyist serving as the FDA's Food Safety Czar?
Why is a former Monsanto lobbyist currently serving as the FDA's food safety czar waging war on small dairy farms that produce fresh milk? Join Food Democracy Now! and CREDO in asking President Obama to fire FDA Food Safety Czar and former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Masks from Bali!

Finally was able to put up and arrange my masks from Tony in Bali!  
All authentic old masks from Bali and Java that have been used and danced.

Chinese Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters Again...

These sure look like Stormtroppers or the soldiers-for-hire in Avatar (ironically the highest grossing movie in Chinese movie history). Image from  with the caption: Today, Tibet’s streets are filled with troops, maintaining a state of fear.  
Deadly Clashes Spread in Tibetan Areas of China
Deadly showdowns between Chinese security forces and Tibetans in a restive region of western China spread to a second town on Tuesday, outside advocacy groups reported. 

The latest episode was the third of its kind this week, activist groups say.

Far from the eyes of Beijing technocrats, students learn to write Tibetan and get their first formal introduction to a history, culture and religion that many call embattled. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Position at AUK

Here is the link on the AUK website:

and in the CAA website:

and the text:

Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design (Position Code No. 11-201- AUKWEB12): The Graphic Design Program at AUK, Division of Arts and Humanities is seeking candidates for full time Assistant Professor of Graphic Design positions to begin August 2012. The successful candidates will be expected to teach graphic design core and foundation courses at all levels in a developing undergraduate BA degree program. They will also be expected to contribute in their area of specialization in one or more of the following areas: digital media, graphic design history and/or photography. Candidates should be comfortable teaching undergraduates in a multi-cultural context with a focus in foundations. Other responsibilities include: engage in research, serve as an academic advisor to Graphic Design majors, contribute to curriculum and program assessment and development. Candidates must have a graduate degree in graphic design (MFA), teaching experience as well as a demonstrated record of professional design practice recognized through publications, exhibitions or equivalent. Interested candidates should submit a completed application as stated above in addition to 10-20 examples of personal work and 10-20 examples of student work.

Application Instructions:

Application packages are to be submitted electronically to (attachments must not exceed 10 MB per e-mail). The package should contain the following:

1) Cover letter, detailing the candidate's specific interest in AUK, and how the candidate's past experience provides a suitable basis for performance in the position for which they are applying;
2) A current CV;
3) Statement on research and service and statement of teaching methodology, including curricular development that the individual has initiated and executed;
4.) Copies of teaching evaluations;
5) The names and addresses, both electronic and postal, of three referees;
6) Two recent publications /two writing samples;

(For large items such as books, please send hardcopies to the Academic Dean's Office)
Academic Dean's Office,
American University of Kuwait,
Salem Al Mubarak Street,
Opposite Salmiya Palace Hotel,
Salmiya, Kuwait ).

In completing your application, please quote position code number. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for receiving applications is February 1, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Wednesday, January 25, 7-9pm

Mendeel Um A7mad (NxIxSxM) is a film and sculpture installation by New York-based artists Fatima Al Qadiri and Khalid al Gharaballi. The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) grant-winning project presents the tissue box as unlikely Kuwaiti national icon. A film will be projected inside a monumental tissue box–created in collaboration with Kuwait-based designers Aziz Alqatami and Nanu Al-Hamad. The film aims to create a representation of the Chai Dhaha ritual, a traditional female forum, using an all-male cast in homage to Abdul Aziz Al-Nimish–who pioneered gender role reversal in Kuwaiti theatre.

In Mendeel Um A7mad (NxIxSxM), the Chai Dhaha ritual is set out-of-context, in a wedding ballroom to illustrate the absurd spatial conditions of post-oil boom Kuwaiti interior aesthetics, where designing to human scale took a backseat to supersized ostentation. The tissue box sculpture acts as a displaced, large-scale replica of an actual box featured in the film–a sixth “character,” performance instigator and voyeur/witness.

Exhibition Date: January 25 - February 9th 2012

Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters, killing at least one...

Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters, killing at least one. 
Police officers opened fire on Tibetan protesters in western China on Monday in the largest violent confrontation in ethnic Tibetan areas of China since 2008.