Four-day weekends are like elves to me. They are a myth. But what a great one when it becomes a reality! In this (mythic) weekend, I walked extensively, sweat massively, and was delighted continuously. May my stream of consciousness unfold!

△Three things that stood out to me

It’s showtime!
Beettlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Based on Tim Burton’s 1988 classic, the dark musical touches on questions of life and death within a family drama thing while being cynical about current politics. From the decor to the performance, the show was incredible. Some scenes stayed faithful to Burton’s movie, some were added. Of course, the Banana Boat song was included. And overall, I was laughing and Wow-ing every 3 seconds. So much fun.

Dürer’s woodcuts
I saw it! Finally! In the Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper exhibition, Dürer’s genius was there. They should have named the exhibit Dürer to Picasso. No offense Rembrandt but the precision of Dürer’s epic woodcuts is historically unmatched. I was already fascinated by his work shown on a low res projector during an art history class but I loved the intimacy of experiencing his visions with a magnifying glass to grasp the tiniest details.

Coney Island’s Fourth of July
It is a very hot day. The atmosphere is patriotic, kitsch, extravagant, multicultural and festive. It smells like Nathan’s Hotdog everywhere. People are celebrating a beach day on a Thursday, laughing with their friends, exercising solo, slurping an ice cream, screaming in rides, walking their Americanized dogs proudly on the boardwalk, reading a book under an umbrella, kissing their partners, jumping with their kids in the water… You get the vibe. There is so much going on! And it was a magical day for me to experience the culture while snapping a thousand B&W photographs!

☐ 1 thing that made sense to me

Framing the world
In the poetic exhibit Color at the Brooklyn Museum, Winogrand’s words were striking to me: “when you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” He’s talking about the frame of a photograph, but we could think of it in a broader way. Everything we do in this world involves framing a situation to make sense of it. In the process of understanding any situation, the objectivity of the facts certainly remains ambiguous.

○ 1 Question

How to redesign the food market system?
I am fascinated by consumer behavior and the relationship with scarcity. With products like iPhones, people would line up 48 hours for the hope to get one. The out-of-stock becomes a strategy to attract customers. With food, retailers and markets constantly overstock to ensure sales based on the logic that no one wants the last strawberries pack. It’s haunted with invisible mold. Hence, as one may expect, there is a lot of waste. It makes me think that the system is not efficient and needs to be redesigned to satisfy both sides. The big question is the big how.