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What is Freemasonry

As I decided to explore Freemasonry as a tribe, I should get more info about it. Of course, Wikipedia was a starting point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry. Then I have got to the website of the United Grand Lodge of England: http://www.ugle.org.uk The first thing you can find there is the question which bothers most of the people who hear about them not only for the first time: WHAT IS FREEMASONRY? Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making… More

What is religion?

religion rɪˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/ noun the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. “ideas about the relationship between science and religion” a particular system of faith and worship. plural noun: religions “the world’s great religions” a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion. “consumerism is the new religion” At the first glance, it looks obvious, but if you give it a second thought, it may be a controversy worthy of entire courses, graduate theses, etc. So let’s try to define what makes a religion,… More

What is privacy

What is the privacy? privacy ˈprɪvəsi,ˈprʌɪvəsi/ noun a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people. the state of being free from public attention. Great explanation of the subject we can find on the Privacy International’s website: https://www.privacyinternational.org/node/54 But what exactly could be considered as private information? For everyone, there are personal understanding of the boundaries. There are also some classifications, such as ISO: http://www.iso27001security.com/ISO27k_Model_policy_on_information_classification.pdf or custom policies of particular organisations: http://www.weber.edu/iso/dataclassification.html A nice video by Privacy International could explain a bit more about privacy: https://media.privacyinternational.org/webm/Privacy101-low.webm… More

Our lives in data

So where would you like to place yourself?Every day, we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (according to IBM). That’s a lot on anyone’s scale. Most of that data is being stored and processed. It could say about us much more than we know about ourselves. The exhibition in the Science Museum “Our Lives in Data” pinpoints lots of the opportunities and threats of big data. All the data shows patterns which reveal things no-one could see before. The world is changing much faster than ever before. It creates tremendous possibilities to make life better and easier: dating apps… More

What you cannot talk about (in a good society)

There are several controversial themes you should not discuss in polite society: Politics. Religion. How much someone earns. On the other hand, these are the topics which touch people the most. In art as well, actually, especially in art. I am interested in borders and beliefs, but I do not want to work with politics. Why not talk about religion then? When I visited the Work in Progress event at the Royal College of Art, I spotted one project which was particularly interesting for me. Actually, not the project itself, but the problem it tries to solve. In civilized… More

Hypernormalisation

The term “Hypernormalisation” was coined by the professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, Alexei Yurchak in his book “Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation”. He was talking about the reality which was created in the last 20 years of the USSR when it was clear that the system is failing, but no one had any understanding of what could be next and, after being brainwashed, people did not have even dreams about another society structure. So they maintained the pretence of the functioning society, over the time the “fakeness” was accepted… More

Borders

As I defined in the previous post, any social group of people with the shared interest could be considered as a tribe. Initially tribes had their own land to live in, but then they were blended and formed into states. But even now we can distinguish local tribes with their own interests within the countries. When I met two Photo Journalism students at one of the networking events, who are appeared to be polish, our discussion was about our understanding of borders. For us it was a topical question because Poland and Ukraine have a shared border and… More

What is a tribe?

Let’s start with the definition. According to the Cambridge Dictionary: tribe noun a group of people, often of related families, who live together, sharing the same language, culture, and history, especially those who do not live in towns or cities: — a tribe of Amazonian Indians; — the Masai tribe. informal a large family or other group that someone belongs to. Wikipedia says: A tribe is viewed, developmentally or historically, as a social group existing before the development of,… More

Finding inspiration: Design Museum

Looking for inspiration, I went to the Design Museum, as I always find something new there which could catalyze my creativity. Let’s take a look what thoughts I have got there: As the William Morris theme was still in my mind, I have stopped near the timeline with the fact about William. I remembered about his rejection of the industrialization and refusal of visiting the Crystal Palace. That made me think about the progress and people’s perception of it, as someone is open to everything new and happy to explore cutting-edge solutions when others afraid of it and prefer to live with stability… More

Stochastic Systems

Socrates once said: “The only thing I know is that I don’t know anything”. I can say that the only thing I am certain about is that I am not certain about anything, and I am not the only one. It is because everything in our life is not definite, everything is changing and ambiguous. But the human nature is to structure everything, to find a pattern, to predict and prepare for future events. That is why projects based on a speculation about the future always draw attention. Designers used to create a lot of innovative designs in the 50-ies of the… More