Visiting Graceland.

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Graceland is one of the most popular places in the United States. Former house of Elvis Presley and his family is a museum nowadays. It was opened in 1982. Even though the house is widely criticized (mainly its design) in fact more than 650 000 people visit Graceland annually. Thus Albert Goldman compares it with a brothel. Tamsin Blanchard shares his impressions describing the mansion. “In a fit of gaudiness we could only expect from the King, the house was fitted out like a bordello. This was the early 70s, after all, and if Elvis couldn’t paint his house red, then who could? […] So the walls, carpets, curtains and furnishings were all hot Corvette red”.

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The strangest traditions of the world

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People differ from animals in many ways. We create civilizations, we have laws and traditions. Animals have their own rules too, but unlike their rules, our traditions may be impossible or very hard to understand. Here are a few laws or traditions (whatever they call them) that may seem funny, some of them make sense, and some of them don’t. I believe that some of them may be made up, but they will sure make you laugh.

1. In Belgium, if a woman finds out her husband cheated on her, she may pour boiling-hot water on his genitals while he is sleeping. He may do the same to her, if he finds out she cheated on him (Ouch… cheap shot, but you will definitely feel so much better after that!)

2. In China a woman has a right to divorce a man if she doesn’t have orgasm during six months after the wedding (I would give her right to sue him 😀 it’s half a year for crying out loud).

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Modern conceptual art. Performance.

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Arts as a whole have a very long history of development. Starting with the ancient times, people used petroglyphic drawings to express and describe the world around them. Those pics contained the whole philosophy and the wisdom of every event. With the flow of time, the notion of art became broader including not only visual components, but audible ones and even writing. The evolution of art finally lead to what we have now. No, I mean we still have painting, music and books and drama as parts of the artistic world, but they are not as popular as the issue I’m going to discuss here.

Modern conceptual art. What associations do you have when you here these words? I know it’s difficult to define it, but if we believe the open web sources, modern conceptual art is the literary-artistic movement, a part of postmodernism, shaped into an independent discipline in 60s in America and Europe. Too dry an explanation, yeah? By the way, I disagree with it. I believe that modern art doesn’t have any clear definition at all and it’s also a part of the concept it represents, a part of the performance. The last issue is actually the most popular display of conceptual art nowadays.

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