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Daily Archives: May 23, 2008

Sensorama

Sensorama is a place where you blindfold your eyes, then your hands, your ears, your mouth your posture and with each and every part of your body, start living an adventure inside the atmosphere that is created for you…the only danger is learning through your sense and not your mind.
When you don't see, what do you see? It's difficult to explain perception when one of the senses is altered. The mind becomes silent and an ocean of emotions begins to surface. The journey of Sensorama is a pure experience, a journey to the depth of emotions, taken by the hands of the senses…where time ceases to exist.
Playing, you re-discover the sense of life. 
Since 1993, Hector Fernandez (Delfin) had questions; can you see with your eyes closed? How does your mind dream something it hasn't seen? The things that I don't see, do they exist? From this emerged the necessity to experiment with perception.
First he began experimenting with himself. He blindfolded himself and during two full days, he walked out to the streets, went to eat, went to the cinemas, to parties etc.
He had walked the same path for many years but this was the first time he was doing so from a different perspective. Without doubt her realised that his perception suffered an expansion as his creativity was born with no limits.

Tibetan ‘Olympics’ kicks off in India

by Pratap Chakravarty*
  
A mock "Olympics" organised by Tibetan exiles kicked off in northern India yesterday despite calls to halt anti-China protests as a mark of respect to earthquake victims.
The alternative games, which has just 23 participants, comes less than three months before the real Olympics in China and will feature sports such as swimming, archery and shooting.
"The world goes to Beijing for the Olympics Games, but we have nowhere to go — and so we must demonstrate we the Tibetan people are also alive," said games director Lobsang Wangyal in this fog-shrouded northern Indian hilltop town.
But the event has failed to attract sponsors, and its organisers say they cannot even afford to pay out the prize money on offer.
Catherine Schuetze, an Australian acting as clerk for the "Tibetan Olympics", said lack of money was threatening the event in Dharamshala, home to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
"We're stripping expenses to the bone and we're still about to run out of money," she said. "There's a desperate need for sponsors, donations — anything."
Wangyal warned he did not have enough cash to hand out 8,000 dollars in promised prize money.
"I've got just 40,000 rupees and total expenses are expected to be well over two million rupees," said Wangyal.
The Dalai Lama's exiled Tibetan administration in Dharamshala has turned its back on the event, which it views as too insulting to China and likely to damage the prospects of future talks.
Chinese-controlled Tibet was rocked by unrest in March, and the Tibetan government-in-exile says 203 Tibetans were killed and 1,000 injured in China's subsequent crackdown.
China says Tibetan "rioters" and "insurgents" killed 21 people, and has accused the Dalai Lama of trying to sabotage the Beijing Olympics — a charge the Tibetan spiritual leader denies.
The Tibetan administration backs the Dalai Lama's goal of "meaningful autonomy" for the region within China, rather than the full independence demanded by more radical Tibetans — such as those behind the sports event.
The Dalai Lama's Tibetan government-in-exile on Wednesday also called for a suspension of protests against China as a mark of respect to victims of this month's devastating earthquake.
The Dalai Lama has been at pains to assert he supports China as the Olympic host and has distanced himself from the protests that dogged the global torch relay.
The Dharamshala event is also causing embarrassment for its unwilling host nation — India has allowed the Tibetan exiles sanctuary on the condition they do not use its soil as a springboard for anti-Chinese activities.
Ten women and 13 men aged between 18 and 30 have been practising for the past week for the games and the three top winners will receive hand-crafted gold-plated medals.
However, the mountainous topography has imposed restrictions on some events. The 100-metre dash has been shortened to just 24 metres because of lack of flat land.
 
*AFP

 

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