Portia Placino

teaching, blogging and researching on art and culture, viewing the world through the camera's eyes, continually contemplating on the world of aesthetics and art theory and expressing it in art criticism and discourse…

Walking the Wall, Looking Back and Forward

My first day in Berlin, I wanted to find the East Side Gallery, a kilometer or so of what is left of the former Berlin Wall. It was March 17, … Continue reading

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June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Break of Spring, Remembering Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia led me to Barcelona. As I would later learn, there is a whole world out there to discover. Its a comparatively small city, but is full of … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is Happenning in Istanbul?

Originally posted on İnsanlik Hali:
To my friends who live outside of Turkey: I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five…

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

YCC names Qiyamah best film of 2012; Nora Aunor bags fifth performance award

Originally posted on Young Critics Circle Film Desk:
The Young Critics Circle chose Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s poetic depiction of a rural village haunted by the specter of the apocalypse (Qiyamah in Islam)…

June 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dreams, adventures, and my first snow

I haven’t blogged in a really long time. I would like to say that I’ve been busy with real life, but that is not necessarily the case. It is more … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on Interlacements:
The Center for International Law (Centerlaw)  said yesterday the dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman of administrative and criminal charges against artist Mideo Cruz and…

March 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Of cute and sweet stuff

  I love my blog and I love blogging. Simple as that. I love to share stories about life, experiences, places, events, food, and of course–ART! I’d sit in a … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lighter side, on random coffee, cakes and cookies

Thinking about too much stuff just makes you hungry and sleepy sometimes. When conference food just isn’t enough, there are times that you just step out and see what else … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Memories of Painful Pasts: Human Rights Museum

One of the most thought-provoking things that I have witnessed in Taipei is their National Human Rights Museum. Albeit all the sensitive issues that this may provoke, at the very essence, … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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Real and Theoretical: Portia’s Art Blog

This blog is the extension of my classroom and of myself. I teach art, aesthetics and art history. I study, research, write and blog various aspects of the art world--real or theoretical. I look at the world through my camera's eyes and share such views to those who care to look. I hope you, who stumbled into this blog, would stop being a passive voyeur and engage in art criticism and discourse with me and the public...

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