Comparison via a Third, begins by informing the viewer that the brick is the essential building block of every society, but that no two bricks are the same. Then we are transported around the world to see the myriad ways of producing bricks. In Africa, for example, large groups of villagers work together to produce a single brick, whereas in Germany one single person (looking very bored) mans the machinery that produces thousands of bricks. These Individual bricks are then laid in order to create houses. We are shown how different societies lay their bricks, and again certain ways of laying bricks require far more group participation than others. One can obviously extrapolate the metaphorical meaning from all this, but what strikes me as particularly interesting is the fact that in the countries with the most advanced methods of producing bricks, there is the most homelessness. In the developed countries, the “individuality” of each brick is minimized by mass producing them, meaning that uniformity is almost guaranteed even though no two bricks are 100% identical. Now if we look at societies where many people are needed to produce one brick, the people seem to be enjoying themselves and everyone who contributes is guaranteed a house (I wish I could say the same for “developed” countries). Each of us are an individual brick making up our respective societies, if we were not there our societies would not exist. Ironically, some of the oldest bricks that are still in existence are the ones that were produced using those most primitive methods seen in this film.
You talk of adding brick to brick and it reflected to me the opposite process; reduction, ending at the same ‘homelessness’ result.
aprox 2004, while I was living in NY, represented by Salander Orilly gallery, I had to go through times of poverty because Salander held the my art in the storage feeding me with false promises.
I was so desperate the I called one day, David Cohen, the Sun Critic, who helped me once submitting a painting to Bill Clinton collection and I told him: David, I cannot take this situation any longer, I will leave the art market!
I think living on a dollar a day can do that to you;
In reply david told me: “ No one will notice if one tree is missing in the forest” boy that was insulting, however what David and Larry knew at that time and I didn't was the fact that Ken Price was already infringing my copyrights;
Ken Price who all of a sudden famed by dominating the NY Galleries coat his bulb objects with my very new and original painting pattern and refuse to cease, all done while I was cut off the market.
The first day I landed in NY, I went with the Art Critic and curator, Robert Edelman, to the central park; there was a homeless woman there, I practice yoga in India many years, I'm used to beggars and help them all them time, however when I looked at that woman, in the park I told Robert: I'm afraid I will end up just like her in NY; I did.
2005, upon discovering by chance the infringement at the ADAA Show in LA Louver booth opposing Salander booth, Salander kicked me out yelling and shouting. Imagine my friend had to pay my trip back home;
I think we are all just breaks in the wall, yet sometimes when you take few break the whole tower is falling and I think you know what I mean.
Because my copyright meet absolute originality and the similarity is obvious to the public even if denied by those who sell the emperor new cloths, dismissing my copyright at court will lead to a legal situation that all the artist rights be reduced, degraded and impossible to prove forever.
So, sometimes when you one tree or one break is all you need to change reality forever.
Peace among all beings;
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