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Do you remember The Hunger Games series?
The truth is that half of the world's wealth is now in hands of 1% of the population. How is this possible?
Well, this 1% of the population has the education, the information, the skills and intelligence to use the technology in their favour so they can rule the world.

 (from the Biz Magazine Romanian Values Gala in May 2019)

Equality nowadays? Well, maybe equal opportunities tendencies. One will be able to develop more than another just because of better opportunities, ambition, set up goals. And we talk here about intelligence, memory and creativity. These people who run the world are extremely creative, never get enough, never consider themselves tired to do more! We talk about emotional intelligence too.

                                                                                 (From Innovation Forum, Biz Magazine, May 2019)
It's true, some can do more than the others because of the fact that they WANT to do so!! Congratulation…

Film co-productions: do not bring money but glory and fame. A conference about film industry in Europe

‘’All filmmakers shall unite and demand a policy from the European Union where the culture shall be put as a priority in the film industry’’ - Vassilis Kosmopoulos, Director of Greek Film Centre
‘’People want to watch documentaries.’’ - Hanka Kastelikova, HBO Europe VP/Executive Producer, Documentaries
‘’Take time to build the audience for the slow burners movies’’ – Bianca Oana, Producer, Manekino Film
 ‘’The festivals are the cheapest tool of promotion’’ – Ada Solomon, producer Hi Film Productions
‘’The blockchain for film will create one central, coherent report of your project. It offers vertical information, transparency, the ease with financial documents’’ – Maria Tanjala, co-founder of Film Chain

Due to the courtesy of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I had the chance to attend the conference ‘’Fostering European cooperation through co-production’’, an event designed to help the film co-production cooperation in the EU.
Film Professionals and audio…

The National Theater in Bucharest: a place to learn about film and philosophy

From the play: Lamia Beligan

Had the chance to watch Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference , written by Marcy Lafferty, directed by Liana Ceterchi, played by Lamia Beligan.

I knew too little things about Vivien; that she won two times The Academy Awards, once for the Best Actress, as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and for the role as  Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). I also knew she was amazingly beautiful. Then I have found out that she was not happy with her beauty, thinking that this will diminish her credibility as a good actress. Incredible!  

                                                        From the play: Lamia Beligan

The play revealed many other insights. Viviene had Indian origins (from her mother's side), Leigh is her first husband's surname, she had a bipolar disorder and she died at 53 of chronic tuberculosis. Lady Olivier, as she was also known because she had a beautiful love story with the actor and the director  Olivier…

The Romanian Athenaeum - one of the most beautiful art-building situated in South - Eastern Europe

I love this place, the Romanian Athenaeum! It is situated in the centre of Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei (one of the most important highways of the Romanian Capital),  more precisely, in the George Enescu's Square. I go often here as the building hosts the 'George Enescu' Philharmonic and I am addicted to this heavenly music as the symphony is.

Imagine that I  have listened to Symphony no. 6 in B minor, ob. 74, 'Pathetique' by Tchaikovski, last Friday, in the best acoustic building from S-E of Europe! The concert was marvellous!

When I listen to a symphony, my mind is flying. I can think about the past, I can plan the future, I can recall old memories - beautiful moments from my life, I can create, I can relax and calm down, I can be totally me. I simply can not imagine my life without this kind of music. It is part of my soul.

And what can be more beautiful to listen to the symphony (can be Haydn, Rachmaninov, Verdi, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Enesc…

Citizen Science

A new wave of improving science through citizens' contribution -  movement started as early as 1835 (or maybe even earlier)

1835, William Whewell conducted a research about ocean tides, for whom he won the Royal Medal  two years later (1837). Apparently, this was the first citizen science project, even though the term was not yet used. In June 1835, Whewell coordinated thousands of people at more than 650 tidal stations to measure tides at a specific time given,  in nine nations and colonies on both sides of the Atlantic. The local tide charts were prepared by people working in ports and used to keep their secrets about tides from generations to generations. Figuring out the complexity of the tides was essential for moving from harbour to harbour especially in Great Britain, an empire interested in dominating the ocean travel and the global trade.

                                           Caren Cooper's book about citizen science. The information about Whewell are from her boo…

Celtenham Science Festival

When closing my eyes and thinking about the word ‘festival’, the first thing that appears in my mind is a film theatre. Yes, the first thing that appears in my mind is a film festival. In June (6th - 11th) I had the chance to attend a different event. It was for the first time in my life to go to a Science Festival.
As the experience was really astonishing, I have to thank Julia Wagner from my Department (CMII, UCL) for posting the news about the festival.  If she would not have sent the event via e-mail, I would have not probably found out about the festival at all. Big thank you, Julia!

Even though I am an artist, I was always passionate about science. Furthermore, between 20th - 21st  of  April 2018 will organise an international interdisciplinary conference along with a public engagement event on comparing and contrasting the use of the moving image as a scientific tool in technology versus its use as an entertainment tool in art.
I thought that my attendance at Cheltenham Scien…