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Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and...

Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and Psychology to Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Literature and Visual Art, here is the place to extend the scope of your own knowledge or to share your expert opinion.

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Neo-expressionism: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Credit: American artist, musician and producer of Haitian and Puerto Rican origins Jean-Michel Basquiat, in front of one of his paintings, during an exhibition at the Yvon Lambert gallery. (Photo by julio donoso/Sygma via Getty Images)

The art of Basquiat

New York in the '80s was a turbulent artistic city. A period when many new underground contra-cultures were emerging – graffiti, rap, punk, metal, Neo-expressionism, gender, and racism awareness. It was one more time a place where many painters, writers, filmmakers, and artists would expand their creativity and enter the world of Art.

Out of nowhere, a black painter came onto the scene - Jean-Michel Basquiat. Although he lived in a progressive and rather free-minded society, rich in extravagance and peculiarities, he would face many prejudices, just because of the color of his skin. However, Jean-Michel would make his way through. From a poor graffiti artist and poet, he would become the artist with one of the most expensive paintings ever purchased – 110.5 million dollars. He lived only 27 years. Nevertheless his short career – only 7 years – he produced more than 2000 pieces of art. A talented prodigy, Basquiat is regarded as one of the most influential and recognized – unfortunately, after his death – black artists that ever lived.

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7 thoughts by Franz Kafka that will make you think twice

Credit: Portrait Franz Kafka, around 1905; Getty Images

Thoughts to reflect on

1. "A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."

2. "All language is but a poor translation."

3. "By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."

4. "Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself."

5. "It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves."

6. "He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn't yet lived."

7. "I usually solve problems by letting them devour me."


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The Viennese inventions: Bösendorfer

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The First Eight-Octave Concert Grand Piano

Vienna is undoubtedly the capital of western music. Not only some of the greatest compositors were born there but the city also played a pioneering role when it comes to instrument making. There are many examples of new musical instruments invented in the Austrian capital but one stands out in front of the others – the first eight-octave concert grand piano made by the Bösendorfer piano manufactory. . Established more than 200 years ago, it is not only the oldest premium-segment maker but is also synonymous with a unique sound that is prized by aficionados the world over. Each year Bösendorfer handcrafts 300 of these legendary instruments.

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SGEM Vienna Art Conference 2022

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IX SWS Conference of Social Sciences – Sessions "When Science meets Art"


The IX SWS Conference of Social Sciences – Sessions "When Science meets Art" will focus on the possible multidisciplinary approaches between science and art in order to prove them worthy to soothe the existential conditions and necessities of society once again. We invite all of you scientists, scholars, researchers, and artists to come and become a vital part of our special section. You could participate with a presentation, workshop, or performance. Feel free to express yourselves! Let us join forces and rebuild the broken bridge between Science, Art, and Society. For, together we stay strong!

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Editor’s Pick: Mircea Eliade

Credit: Portrait of the Romanian philosopher, writer and historian of religion and mythology around 1977; Getty images

Excerpts from The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion (1957)

1. "A religious symbol conveys its message even if it is no longer consciously understood in every part. For a symbol speaks to the whole human being and not only to the intelligence."

2. "Do what he will, he [the profane man] is an inheritor. He cannot utterly abolish his past, since he himself is a product of his past. He forms himself by a series of denials and refusals, but he continues to be haunted by the realities that he has refused and denied. To acquire a world of his own, he has desacralized the world in which his ancestors lived; but to do so he has been obliged to adopt an earlier type of behavior, and that behavior is still emotionally present in him, in one form or another, ready to be reactualized in his deepest being. "

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