Manifesto for the Arts: Why it’s Needed

The Russian people have thought more deeply and urgently about art and its place in life than probably  any one else on the planet, over the last two centuries. The time is nigh  for Singaporeans to forge a new relationship, a new engagement with arts and culture. One that is determined and directed by us – the people. If there’s even an iota of truth in this we need the Manifesto for the Arts. 
“The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar’, to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object; the object is not important.” (Victor Shklovsky, “Art as Technique”, 12)

Jihad Misharawi and the Madness in Gaza

November 15, 2012 “The Washington Post” – The front page photo on Thursday’s Washington Post tells, in a single frame, a very personal story from Wednesday’s Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic journalist who lives in Gaza, carries the body of his 11-month old son, Omar, through al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.