Friday, 27 September 2013

study abroad in germany

For students who are not yet 25 years old, their parents can apply for child support. This is a part of state financing system which support livelihood of children’s. Your parent’s do not need to worry a lot about maintaining or irregularly payments as the child benefits are paid as monthly aids. The amount per child from 2010 varies from 184 to 215 euro.
  • Child benefit is a public service that will help to secure the livelihood of children’s.
  • In order to qualify, the only requirement is your parents.
  • For children who are older than 18 years, benefits can be taken only if certain conditions are met.
  • During transitional periods there may be child support. However the period many not last more than four months.
  • Income and Earning Limits: Since 2012, there are no more earning limits as the state has eliminated them. So students who are going for their first degree are no longer checked for their income. Anyone who studies can ask for child support if he is working less than 20 hours per week.
  • Amount of Benefits: sine 2010 the amount of children benefit varies from 184 Euros per month to 215 euro per month.



The UK doesn't want its foreign students – Germany does. So why do they keep coming here? 





Wednesday, 18 September 2013

"There is no art [but one] delivered to mankind that hath not the works of Nature for his principal object. . . . Only the poet, disdaining to be tied to any such subjection, lifted up with the vigour of his own invention, doth grow in effect another nature. . . . He nothing affirms, and therefore never lieth"
 (Sir Philip Sidney, Apologie for Poetry, 1595)

Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends in her living room. Today, The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover–and recover– their creativity.
Whether you are brand-new to The Artist’s Way or have a bookshelf filled with years of Morning Pages journals, whether you are working on a large artistic project or simply wishing to experience more creativity in your life, welcome to Julia Cameron Live: the online home of Julia Cameron and The Artist’s Way.

"Let our gardening hands be gentle ones. Let us not root up one another’s ideas before they have time to bloom. Let us bear with the process of growth, dormancy, cyclicality, fruition, and reseeding. Let us never be hasty to judge, reckless in our place for the artist toddler to try, to falter, to fail, to try again. Let us remember that in nature’s world every loss has meaning. The same is true for us. Turned to good use, a creative failure may be the compost that nourishes next season’s creative success. Remember, we are in this for the long haul, the ripening and harvest, not the quick fix."

"    What do I mean by filling the form? I mean that taking the next small step instead of skipping ahead to a large one for which you may not yet be prepared. To be very specific, in order to sell a screenplay, you must first write one. In order to write one, you must come up with an idea and then commit it to paper, a page at a time until you have about 120 pages of script. Filling the form means that you write your daily pages. It means that when obsession strikes – as it will – about how the damn thing is not any good, you tell yourself that this is a question for later and turn back to doing what is the next right thing. And that means you write the pages of the day."


    "Most of the time, the next right thing is something small: washing out your paintbrushes, stopping by the art-supply store and getting your clay, checking the local paper for a list of acting classes… As a rule of thumb, it is best to just admit that there is always one action you can take for your creativity daily. This daily-action commitment fills the form."


Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Being an artist, creating art becomes a way to go deep inside yourself and illuminate precisely the stuff you don’t want to see or let anyone else see.  This stuff usually turns out to be precisely the stuff all artists everywhere share and respond to, feel. Art becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable. This process is complicated, confusing and scary, and also hard work, but it turns out to be the best fun there is. ART is our common language.  It is the glue that holds our civilization together, keeps us all sane. 

Think twice, speak once: Bilinguals process both languages simultaneously

Think twice, speak once: Bilinguals process both languages simultaneously 


 Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly, likely developing a higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals, according to Penn State linguistic researchers.

"In the past, were looked down upon," said Judith F. Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women's Studies. "Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you're switching languages all the time it strengthens your mental muscle and your executive function becomes enhanced."
Fluent bilinguals seem to have both languages active at all times, whether both languages are consciously being used or not, the researchers report in a recent issue of Frontiers in Psychology. Both languages are active whether either was used only seconds earlier or several days earlier.
Bilinguals rarely say a word in the unintended language, which suggests that they have the ability to control the parallel activity of both languages and ultimately select the intended language without needing to consciously think about it.
The researchers conducted two separate but related experiments. In the first, 27 Spanish-English bilinguals read 512 sentences, written in either Spanish or English—alternating language every two sentences. Participants read the silently until they came across a word displayed in red, at which point they were instructed to read the red word out loud, as quickly and accurately as possible. About half of the red words were cognates—words that look and sound similar and have the same meaning in both languages.
"Cognate words were processed more quickly than control words," said Jason W. Gullifer, a in , suggesting that both languages are active at the same time.
Participants in the second experiment performed the same tasks as those in the first experiment, but this time were presented one at a time. The second experiment's results were similar to the first, suggesting that context does not influence word recognition.
"The context of the experiment didn't seem to matter," said Gullifer. "If you look at bilinguals there seems to be some kind of mechanistic control."
Paola E. Dussias, professor of Spanish and head of the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, department also collaborated on this research.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Tuition Fees

Fine Art MA Liverpool John Moores University

Fees information

The fee for full-time students is £5000.
Part-time fees are charged at £28 per credit for September 2013.


 MA Fine Art at HOGent University.  Ghent, Belgium -- How much it cost?
from email:

Dear xxxxx,

That fee is 610,50 € / full time year + a studio fee of 250 € / full time year.

With kind regards,

Paul Lamont
Admissions Officer / Administrative Coordinator
English & Dutch Master Progams
School of Arts Ghent
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the 
Royal Conservatory together constitute the 
School of Arts of University College Ghent
Campus Bijloke
2 Jozef Kluyskensstraat
9000 Ghent
T 0032 (0) 9 267 01 72


Master’s programme in Fine Arts: call for applications

Malmö Art Academy
Lund University, Sweden
Teaching language: English
120 ECTS credits

Tuition fees: FREE!!!!
There are no tuition fees for EU/EES citizens. 



Tuition Fees

There used to be a charge for studying at the HFBK Hamburg. But from winter semester 2012/2013 on, no more tuition fees are charged at the public universities in Hamburg.


Why British students are heading to Germany

German universities offer tuition in English and demand low (or no) fees. Is it any wonder more and more British students are signing up?

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 LJMU - Liverpool John Moores University - Academy of Art building...
where is the art....

Monday, 9 September 2013

"Lagom är bäst" = "The right amount is best"

I miss Sweden
brilliant article and project

Njut Lagom! The secret art of being swedish.
Documentary project “Njut Lagom! The secret of being Swedish” presents a coherent overview of behaviors of Swedish people while they are spending their free time. Ordinary people doing ordinary things, but the way that they are doing it is typical of Swedish culture. The cultural phenomenon that is widely known to all Swedes as “Lagom” (just enough, adequate, in moderation) is almost as a secret code which represents an ideal rule for living – to a Swede it means the ideal place, where everything is as it should be.

To understand the Swedes, one must understand ‘Lagom’. Lagom is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality. Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm]) is a Swedish word with no direct English equivalent, meaning ‘enough, sufficient, adequate, just the right amount, in moderation’. Lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. Behaviors in Sweden are strongly balanced towards ‘lagom’ or, ‘everything in moderation’. The archetypical Swedish proverb ‘Lagom är bäst’, literally ‘The right amount is best’, is translated as ‘Enough is as good as a feast’. It can also be viewed as repressive: ‘You’re not supposed to be too good, or too rich’. Excess, flashiness and boasting are abhorred in Sweden and individuals strive towards the middle way.
Lagom may be a little word, but its impact can be great. Whether you believe that it represents an ideal rule for living – that lagom is indeed best and citizens are striving to achieve this state of ‘lagom’; to a Swede it means the ideal place, where everything is as it should be. Lagom has worked well for Sweden in many ways and has allowed a balancing of society and a minimization of class difference because of high income tax and good social benefits correlated to the standard of life. This way of living is the essence of everyday Swedish life and one of the reasons behind the internationally recognized Swedish phenomenon known as “the Swedish model”.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

art is shit... = shit is art

Shit! Manzoni's work doesn't do what it says on the tin

So Piero Manzoni filled his cans not, as labelled, with Merda d'Artista, but with plaster. Does that matter? Does the concept still stand? Or should the Tate get rid of their investment fast?

Piero Manzoni Artist's Shit 1961


Mind The Style

Photo by Ans Westra from We Live by a Lake , 1972, William Heinemann

'While today’s youth are eager to live in a world where racism does not exist, they do not want to do the political work of changing themselves or society. That world entails confronting pain and hostility. And they are the generations who are constantly told via mass media that only losers feel pain, that the good life is a life without difficulties. They are constantly told that the only peace and happiness they can have will come to them through rugged individualism, through a focus on meeting self-centered needs. In a world where pathological narcissism is the order of the day, it is difficult to arouse collective concern for challenging racism or any form of domination' 
(Bell Hooks,  Where We Stand: Class Matters)