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…

Aveiro, Portugal

Me in March 2016 :)

I always wanted to visit Portugal. Had two Erasmus Plus projects  there in 2015, but couldn't take part at none of them since I was in the middle of my first feature film shootings.  Finally, the opportunity aroused in March last year (2016) due to an APV meeting in Aveiro.

Some green area in Aveiro :P
                                                              Portuguese pavement

Spent there only couple of days and so, couldn't see too much, but enough to fall in love with the place and want to come back again.

Aveiro is famous for its dynamic and innovative university (University of Aveiro) which situates top 401 the best universities in the World in 2016-2017.  As the education is developed at a high level, the life quality is good too and the rate of unemployment very low (about 5% ). In terms of economy, the city is known for the salt commerce, tourism, recycling and sustainability (they…

Palermo - The Yellow City

The theatre in Palermo
In the city of Palermo
Yellow light in Palermo

The 'Yellow City' by Fabrizio Felmi Cacciatore

Shall I start saying that I love this city? Yeah, it is a good start for my blog, I think :P

I am visiting the 'yellow city' for the first time, due to an APV Erasmus Plus meeting. Two days of work and visit suited my mind well as I am now dead tired and still full of joy :)

Maghweb NGO  APV Erasmus Plus meeting (most of the following pictures are from my APV colleagues: Diana Gonsalves, Fabrizio Felmi and a beautiful lady from the middle of this picture) 

The Cathedral of Palermo
Fountains backwards

What fascinated me the most was the impressive architecture with Phoenician, Byzantine, Norman and Arabic influences. Palermo has Roman fountains (which I found so peaceful and relaxing), museums, theatres, an impressive cathedral, the Four Canti walls, the gates of the city (one is Porta Felicia - The Gate of Happiness); there is a free masonic castle there on…