Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

About

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

I will post my writings and musings on art, culture, history, philosophy, aesthetics, literature, and life, among other things, in this blog. It’s a liberating feeling, to be able to write outside the confines of book articles and journals. This is the best part of blog writing for me.

My partner said that it is my love letter to the world and that I should say what I want here. I couldn’t agree more. I put my words out there, and I hope that even a small speck of the world would listen.

This blog is almost six years old now. It started as a repository of my notes, powerpoint presentations, and class records. It evolved so much that it is hardly recognisable from its origin. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.

My personal photographs are almost always present in my posts, and I don’t see that part changing any time soon. I’ve stood behind the lens since I was a teenager. Though I’ve stopped lugging around a professional camera, as I want to participate in the moment more, I still take a lot of snapshots.

I’ve also posted my writings for my master’s classes here. At one point, I intended for this to be a portfolio. But I felt that it is too limiting, and there are already too many limitations that we have to live with. It’s about time to break barriers instead.

Writing in a blog is not necessarily something that goes against academic writing. Umberto Eco once wrote in Travels in Hyperreality that there should be no conflict, instead it is our responsibility to respond to social and political issues of the world thru popular channels. And I agree completely.

So now, I will post what I want. I will try to write it well, as best as I can. If I’m sending out a voice out there, it might as well be a meaningful one.

Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

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3 comments on “About

  1. Carla Saunders
    September 3, 2012

    Hi there! I am nominating you for One Lovely Blog Award. You have a very good blog and I want others to know about you!
    Carla

    • Portia Placino
      September 3, 2012

      Oh my, thank you so much! I really am just trying to get a message out there. It makes me happy to meet people like you who appreciates what I write 🙂 That sounds exciting.

  2. finkelstein
    May 6, 2015

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Love talking about modern art. We started with theoretical essays, now we're discussing the -isms. The story of art that eventually lead to The Fountain is very interesting--world wars, development of capitalism, institutionalization, and rise of market industry. This class takes me on a journey, from the classroom to New York and Paris. I still remember seeing these works in the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Pomidou. Building the student's canonical knowledge of art, at the same time teaching them to challenge the canon and canon-building, is difficult. I don't know if I will ever strike the right balance. Rewards of being in the teaching profession despite of all the challenges it presents. #art #artstud #modernart Let me lead the story with baby and I are just fine. But it didn't feel like it when I felt sharp pains at 2 am today. I woke my doctor and #gamerchef up, to ask and decide if we should go to the ER. Then the pain started subsiding. Doctor said I can just have a regular check-up later, as I was scheduled to have a check-up in a few days anyway. But if the pain returns, I should call. Everything was ok, except I felt exhausted. My weight and blood pressure are fine. Doctor listened to baby's heartbeat and it is strong. Apparently, baby is horizontal right now and probably jammed her feet on my rib cage, thus the sharp pains. As I am small and baby is getting bigger and stronger, kicks and movements are bound to cause me pain, lots of it. As long as the pain subsides, it is fine. One of those false alarms that rather scared me. To cap things off, we shopped for some necessities, saw some friends, and had a nice dinner. The coming weeks are gonna be challenging. Rest is essential. #babynarratives Sleepy baby girl keeping me company this Sunday afternoon. Been feeling exhausted the entire day, I think she shares the sentiment. Cute baby Bunny really loves the comforter. #bunny #toypoodle #dogsofinstagram Baby shower and house warming. We missed you Raquel! Next time just bring Alex. Catching up over pizza, donuts, and our first tikoy gift. Lol. Can't believe we've been friends for about two decades! Part 2 should definitely happen. #shower If there was any doubt to a new phase in our lives, there isn't anymore. We received brown tikoy for Lunar New Year. Lol. Singing 'we are family'.... #cny #newyear #2018 #gamerchef One of the awesome things we bought in Myanmar. Love it. Hope we can find this here also. #lentils #travel #myanmar
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