Portia Placino

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Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bach in the Subways

We spent Saturday evening celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday. It’s been a while since I listened to orchestra music, so I knew I really wanted to go when I … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Costs of Technology, Updating the OS

I decided to give in and update my Lion to Yosemite. I’ve tried upgrading to Mavericks before but downloading about 5GB is near impossible in the connection that I have … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Snow in Berlin

(I worked on this post some time ago. It went to my blog folder and I wasn’t able to work on it since then. Now, it’s St. Patricks’s Day, the … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sleep and immaterial labor

On sleep and translations. #formerwest #hkw #berlin A post shared by Portia (@portiaplacino) on Mar 21, 2013 at 4:04am PDT Being online is a very distracting process. Years before, we … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Going Back

I’ve been out of the writing and blogging loop for quite some time. There were highs and lows and everything in between. One thing’s for sure, I felt stuck. I … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Former West Propositions

Former west brown bag from Portia Placino The Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, and Prospects was participated in by around 150 students form all over the world. The levels of … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

SONA 2013: Stories, lessons, and questions

Today, I was in my very first official mobilization. I don’t know exactly why it took me this long to actually join. But now, I finally did. I do not … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn’t join the walk in the city with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

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