The Man That Walks Against the Tide of Time

Reverse the tide. If you were born old and getting younger, would it change things, would it reverse the time. If the time is running backwards for you, would it run so for the others as well?

The movie, first of all, needs serious editing. In contrary to Benjamin, our lives, the audience, who paid for the tickets, are not experiencing a time as he does. For this story to consume 2 hours and 47 minutes from our lives is a little too much.

More to come later…

Actually, I don’t think I can say more about this movie. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was not that curious but he was really “born under unusual circumstances.” That we can apply to every extraordinary person, who lived their lives against the tide, suffered through those unusual circumstances. We can apply this flow of time to Jean Genet, Bukowsky, Kafka and so many others. It’s not the case of Benjamin Button, which is curious in this regard, it is the case of Benjamin Button that is interesting.

I would recommend you to watch it, but take something that would help you pass the time at certain stages of the movie.

Vocal Migrations

Vocal Migrations
Vocal Migrations

Vocal Migrations is a multimedia local culture promoting show based on the language, culture, dance and music of Totonac region in Mexico. The show was very impressive. Especially the self-duet that the piano virtuoso played against himself, which was pre-recorded and screened to the big screen next to him. They, while playing, looked at each other and waved several times. Then the show goes between the modern oratorical theater, traditional Totonac dances and a series of recorded phone calls between New York city performance artists and Totonac healers, who do not speak the same language, but still trying to understand each other on the phone from their tonations and voice levels, etc. The message of the show, apart from promoting the local culture of Totonac to the cosmopolitan exotic culture consumers, is to state that understanding is not based on lingual communication, but an understanding that is rooted in the heart. It was interesting and worth to see. If you ever have a chance to see it, don’t miss it.

But what I would like to state in this regard is with the effect of globalization and cultural integration,  foreign traditional cultures, beliefs and such became exotic consumer goods for the developed, urban cosmopolitan cultural market. In this context, most of the endangered or almost forgotten cultures and traditions found it feasible to use the chance to use this opportunity to remind of their evaporating tradition. On the other hand, that is also, in a way, using the culture as a commodity to make some profit out of it. It does not matter what the profit will be used for, for example, a portion of the profits from this show will go to foundations that provide scholarships to Totonac youth. Still, this is a way of utilizing a cultural capital and turning into a product, which is immediately cashed out and it, even though is used to promote a culture and prevent it become extinct, becomes a consumer good for the people, who don’t even know or understand that culture. Therefore, there is no point in promoting a culture, for it not to be forgotten and to continue living, to the Occidental consumer, as they would enjoy the show and immediately forget about it in a few days. They will go to another show next week and then enjoy it, too. Adding another local exotic endangered culture to their list.