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28 JANUARY 2016

Herland: the forgotten feminist classic from 1915

"Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel, Herland, is regarded by many as the pioneering feminist utopian novel. Authored in 1915 (but published as a monograph only in 1978), Herland is intended as a social critique, and as a sociological theorist, Gilman sees herself as a change agent for a better social life for women especially, as well as society in general. Like other intellectuals at the turn of the 20th century, Gilman struggled to theorise her social vision, whilst simultaneously placing great efforts at promoting her vision in a package that is attractive to the masses. By self-consciously distancing herself from the intellectuals of her time, she crafted her works as endeavours at transforming society. With the utopian novel as her genre of choice, Gilman provides readers with a deeper sense of understanding of the ills of a society that subscribes to and is fixated with masculinity. As such, it is the contention of this paper to discuss Gilman's second novel, Herland as a feminist utopian novel critiquing some aspects of culture Gilman describes as androcentric and to briefly link the images portrayed by Gilman in Herland to the Jungian theory of archetypes with some reference to female archetypal images."

(Shahizah Ismail Hamdan and Ravichandran Vengadasamy, 2006)

Shahizah Ismail Hamdan, and Ravichandran Vengadasamy , (2006) Herland and Charlotte Perkin Gilman's Utopian Social Vision of Women And Society. e-BANGI: Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, 1 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1823-884x

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Simon Perkins
01 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bulgarians repeatedly vandalise Soviet monuments in protest

"The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet–era ally clean up the monument in Sofia's Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take 'exhaustive measures' to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.

The monument was spray–painted on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party's celebration of its 123rd anniversary, the Sofia–based Novinite news agency reported.

The vandalism was the latest in a series of similar recent incidents in Bulgaria – each drawing angry criticism from Moscow.

Early this year, unknown artists painted another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

In August last year, a Soviet army monument in Sofia was painted pink in an 'artistic apology' for Bulgaria's support of Soviet troops who suppressed Czechoslovakia's Prague Spring revolt against Moscow–based communist rulers."

(Anna Dolgov, 19 August 2014, The Moscow Times)

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Simon Perkins
16 MARCH 2014

Lexus Design Award 2014: designers stylishly reimagine the familiar

"The Lexus Design Award provides an opportunity for young innovators to showcase their works while receiving feedback from world renowned professionals in the area of design. Through this initiative, Lexus hopes to nurture and support world–enriching creators. 1,157 submissions were received during the application period from August 1 to October 15, 2013. After careful consideration by six judges, 12 winners have been selected."

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2014 • Aldo De Carlo • Alice Rawsthorn • Aric Chen • Arthur Huang • awards eventbalance • balanced cantilever • bicycle wheels • Birgit Lohmann • cantilever • carpetcolourcuriosity • den • design and innovationdesign awardsdesign competition • design excellence • design workglass • Guillaume Couche • hutintegrated electric wheelinteractive map • international design awards • James Fox • Joe Hardy • Judith Ccasa Caceres • Lexus • Lexus Design Award • Mami Kim • Mansour Ourasanah • Mark Templin • membrane • Meng-Ling Yang • Milan Design Week • Nan Lei • new crafts • Ornit Arnon • packaging • Paola Antonelli • Phuoc Nguyen • Pierre Paslier • pixel matrixproduct design • Rajeev Dave • record playerreimagined • rhetoric of innovation • Robin Hunicke • Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez • Ronen Bavly • rug • Sebastian Scherer • showcasesmart craftingsmart materials • Stuti Mazumdar • swirlingtimepiece • Tokuo Fukuichi • Toyo Ito • tree hut • Xinyi Wang • Yoshiki Matsuyama • young innovator

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Simon Perkins
03 NOVEMBER 2012

Fallen Princesses: reimagining the everyday life of iconic characters

"Her two recent projects are 'Fallen Princesses', 2009 and 'In the Dollhouse', 2011. 'Fallen Princesses' is an ironic look at children's parables, from Grimm fairy tales to Walt Disney. By placing iconic characters such as Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White in modern situations, the series became a commentary on such everyday scourges as poverty, obesity, cancer and pollution."

(Saatchi Art)

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2009 • Ariel • Brothers Grimm • cancer • childrens parables • Cinderellacritical reinterpretationcultural critiqueculture jamming • Dina Goldstein • everyday lifefairy tale charactersfairy talesfairytale • Fallen Princesses (2009) • iconic characters • In the Dollhouse (2011) • Jacob Grimm • Jasmine • Little Red Riding Hoodmodern situationsobesity • photographic series • photography • Pocahauntas • pollutionpovertyprincess • Rapunzel • reimaginedreimaginingsSaatchi Artshipping (fandom)Sleeping BeautySnow White • The Princess and the Pea • Walt Disney • Wilhelm Grimm

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Simon Perkins
12 JUNE 2011

American Conservatory Theater's No Exit: blurs the lines between film and theatre

"Fresh from sold–out performances across Canada, Jean–Paul Sartre's redefined classic makes its U.S. debut at A.C.T. A mysterious valet ushers three people into a shabby hotel room, and they soon discover that hell isn't fire and brimstone at all –it's other people. Sartre's existential classic, skillfully reimagined through the perspective of a series of hidden cameras, turns the stage into a cinema, and the audience into voyeurs, as a thrillingly staged 'live film' takes place before your eyes. A.C.T. continues its tradition of welcoming the work of innovative international artists to the Bay Area with this riveting multimedia event."

(American Conservatory Theater, 2011)

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2011 • American Conservatory Theater • audience • Bay Area • Canadacreative practiceexistentialexistentialismexperimental theatrehell • hidden cameras • hotel room • Jean-Paul Sartre • live film • living picturesmedia literacymultidisciplinarymultimedia • multimedia event • No Exit (1944)proscenium archradical stagingreimaginedstagesurveillancetheatre • valet • visual literacy

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Simon Perkins
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