Another Japanese title for my post: it’s the popular opening song for Neon Genesis Evangelion, A Cruel Angel’s Thesis. In fact, I watched a bit of the new movie, You Are (Not) Alone, yesterday evening while I was trying not to fall asleep because of the jet-lag. I didn’t notice any big changes from the anime series and the previous movies, beside the early introduction of Kaworu and some improved redesign of the angels (especially Ramiel).
As you know I’ve been in New York City last week and visited ilGrisa. I had a very good time: the weather was probably too hot for my standards but the Americans aren’t really environment-friendly and they have a freezing air-con almost everywhere… Now I understand the exact meaning of George W. Bush’s words
We are not giving up our living standards
while refusing to sign for the Kyoto protocol.
New York firmly confirmed the first impression I had of it: chaotic, dirty, decadent, unorganized, untidy, polluted. On the other side, New York is so diverse and international that I could enjoy the best meals and the best shopping time ever 🙂 Yummy!
For all these reasons I would say that New York is definitively unsustainable: either by the environment or by people.
Among the most freezing places I visited, the MoMA and the P.S.1 – Contemporary Art Center, were alone worth the trip. I didn’t see the Starry Night by Van Gogh, currently in Amsterdam (bad timing 😕 ), but I enjoyed the Take your Time exhibition by Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist who works in Berlin. He is the same guy who has been commissioned to build 4 waterfalls which can be seen as of mid-July in the New Yorker harbor. One of them, under the Brooklyn Bridge, was already working when I was there but I was strictly forbidden to take pictures of.
In the P.S.1 (alone the location is worth a visit) there was also a big exposition of Finnish works, most of them definitively astonishing. One was particularly funny: a series of Complaints Choirs, such as this one in Helsinki