Category Archives: Life

No excuse for bullfights- And some historical truths


Socio- historical issues have always been a major concern of artists. A lot has been said through the ages about the controversial tradition of bullfights in hispanic cultures. The supporters of this brutal “game” claim it is deeply rooted in their tradition, going back to ancient times, during the Minoan times in Crete. So let’s break down the myth… In their attempt to justify  bullfights, the Spaniards sometimes invoke, as a starting point for bullfights, the celebrations with  bulls that took place in Minoan Crete(2000 BC-1450 BC). This belief is both historically and culturally inaccurate. In bullfights, when the bull […]

The astonishing street art of Athens, Greece


Street art is thriving more than ever globally. From strictly graffiti tags and slogans to elaborate large scale murals, there is an insatiable need by artists to get public spaces to speak for their people. Why is there such a creative boom on the streets of Athens and what does it mean for the artists and city that hosts them? Athens is an eternal ‘street art’ city. It has been continuously inhabited for 6,000 years and was the cultural and social hub for ideas such as democracy and philosophy. The word graffiti derives from the greek word “graphi” which means […]

Praying Hands by Pavlos Tsakonas

What is the Golden Ratio?


It has captivated mathematicians, artists, designers, and scientists for centuries. It is also known as the Golden Section, Golden Mean, Divine Proportion or Greek letter Phi. The golden ratio  is a special number approximately equal to 1.618. It is a mathematical pattern, ever-present in nature that the human brain subconsciously recognizes as an expression of perfection. According to legend, the Greek Philosopher Pythagoras discovered the concept of harmony while he studied proportion by listening to the different sounds given off when the blacksmith’s hammers hit their anvils. Then, he moved to  study stringed instruments and the different sounds they produced. In […]