Headline August 30, 2017/ ''' ALTERNATE WORLDS AMBIENCE '''



''THE BUTTERFLY COUNTS NOT MONTHS BUT MOMENTS....... And Yet has time enough !.''     *Philosopher Rabindernath Tagore*.

Yee   -students of the world?  Yee  -students from Latin America?   You  -the first conceptual, temporary hosts of the World Students Society,  Proud Pakistan?  You  -the World at Large?   And lastly..... 

Students : Merium? Rabo? Haleema? Saima? Dee? Seher/Kings College?  
Ambassador Malala/Oxford [Nobel Prize]? Saima? Aqsa? Lakshmi/India? Dantini/Malaysia?   

Eman? Sameen? Areesha?  Bina/Bangldesh?  Zara? Armeen?  Paras? MahnnorSorat? Tooba? Sanyia? ....................

*Where are the footsteps and contributions of  Humanists?! 

Hussain? Ali? Shahzaib? Jordan? Salar? Bilal? Haider?  Vishnu/India? Faraz? Ali? Mustafa? Ali Hassan? Umer? Wajhat? Furqan? Zaeem? Reza/Canada? Toby/China? Danyial/UK?  Hammad? 

Where else, but the World Students Society can you Students  escape the paralyzing borders and inertia  and  anti immigrant sentiment? Injustice? zero opportunities? sufferings? and  Pain? *


The shiny steel capsule, a 12-sided metal contraption, looked more like a theatrical prop than anything truly orbit-worthy.

And it was getting crowded inside, A heavy desk, bookshelf and fireplace -all made out of steel   -lined one wall, Still to come was a metal trunk.

''If I had to go in a space capsule because I couldn't live on earth anymore, I'd want to feel like a home,'' said the capsule's creator, the EI Salvador-born Los Angeles artist Beatriz Cortez who spot-welded the futuristic spacecraft and its furniture, giving them unexpected texture.

Her steel panels have visible bumps that evoke the repujado metalwork Spanish colonial artists. Elsewhere she added steel lumps that resemble river rocks  -a basic construction material used by native cultures.

''We always imagine indigenous people being part of our past,'' she said, on a break from installation. ''I wanted to imagine indigenous people as part of our future.''  

Starting Sept 16, Ms. Cortez's  ''Memory Insertion Capsule''  will greet visitors to  ''Mundos Alternos'' : Art and Science Fiction in the Americas.'' an exhibition at the  University of California, River Side, that shows Latin American and  Latin-heritage  artists mining the tropes of science fiction.

Some, like Ms. Cortez's  have created startling objects that offer portals into alternative worlds or mimic time machines. Others use the imagery of extra terrestrials to express something of the immigrant's alienating experience.

Most engage in the speculative thinking long associated with science-fiction literature and film to explore social issues. 

''A Latino science-fiction art project allows us to imagine otherwise and escape the paralyzing borders and anti immigrant sentiment in this country,'' said  Robb Hernandez, an English professor at the university who organized the show with two in-house creators.

''Rather than being bound to our punishing gravity and our horizontal understanding of border-crossing, these artists are looking upward to imagine new nations of citizenship, boundaries, who belongs and who doesn't.''

''Remember, in space we are all essentially aliens.'' he added.

With  $350,000 in funding from the J. Paul Getty Trust, ''Mundos Alternos'' [''Alternate Worlds''] is the most expensive and research-intensive show that  U.C. Riverside's art center has produced to date.

It is also a good example of a show that might not exist without the Getty's underwriting of the sprawling transcultural art initiative known as  Pacific Standard Time : LA/LA, short for  Latin America / Los Angeles, opening next month.

A way to support scholarship in underdeveloped fields, PST : LA/LA, as the project is known, began in 2011 with the  Getty funding 50 Museums in Southern California to develop shows about the region's art history from 1940 to 1985.

With $16 million in Getty financing, the new initiative on Latin American and Latino art involves about 70 nonprofit institutions in the area: nearly as many commercial art galleries will be offering self-funded shows on the theme.   

This year's survey was inspired by the demographics of  Los Angeles, where nearly half the population has Hispanic roots, making the area a cultural nexus.

Nearby, in Riverside County,  47 percent of the population and  29 percent of the  university's students are Chicano or  Latino. 

Several museum curators took PST : LA/LA as a rare opportunity to integrate  Latin American  and  Latin-diaspora art works. Like  ''Mundos Alternos,'' the much praised ''Home,''  which opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the forthcoming ''Radical Women'' at the Hammer-

Also mix artists from Latin America countries and the United States to explore economic, social or political transformations.

E. Carmen Ramos, the Latin art curator and deputy curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, called the rise of thematic shows noteworthy:

''What's critically important is about these group exhibitions is that they use a strong conceptual lens,'' unlike, ''the wave of general surveys we associate with the multicultural era,'' she said, where ethnicity itself was often the organizing rubric.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of Latin America and then the World. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Mundos Alternos '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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