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According to the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo, beauty is

a satisfaction in caught ideas, evoked emotions, perception of the perfect process or a harmonic combination. This sounds compli-

cated. As a matter of fact it's self-evident that nothing concerning beauty is self-evident, and that's precisely what makes it interesting. For THEORY OF BEAUTY I interviewed five Helsinki-based students Aleksis Kivel채, Haliz Muhilden, Mandy Yau, Ossi Paloneva and Laura James in order to unwind the ball of yarn.


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Aleksis Kivelä

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Hey Aleksis, what do you think is beautiful? _This might sound

very cheesy but women are beautiful.

Is their beauty a feature? For instance, would a beautiful women be beautiful if nobody was there to state it? _It's pretty

much in the head.

Yet, some women are regarded more beautiful than others. _I would refer to timelessness. Trends and tendencies

come and go in waves but for example timeless objects such as certain design furniture endures time. Beauty can't become passĂŠ. Do you think beauty is timeless and universal? _It's often stated that beauty is in the viewers eyes. To my mind that's just a way to save the fact that I like this and you dig that. In fact that's not a matter of beauty but preferences, what is regarded as cool. What about ugliness? _To my mind ugliness and beauty are both outside the trend cycle. In contrary, good-looking and bad-looking are related to tendencies. So, if there is something bad-looking just because it doesn't follow the current trend it can still be beautiful. Wow, well said. When you see something and think "this is ugly" you can't deny it because I think the perception of beauty is a part of you. So, if that perception changes, do you change as well? _Yes, for instance when you grow up. My mother has

always dreamed about buying an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair. I remember thinking as a kid that man, this chair looks terrible! Later when I've grown up I've learned to appreciate it and see its timelessness. Yet, I think that growing up is more related to the sense of style. Beauty itself should be outside of it. Could beauty be the meaning of life? _Well, could


Think of people who are depressed. They must have a hard time finding beauty. _Paradoxally I think it's quite the

opposite: Depressed people are the ones who see beauty in everything they do and feel that other people don't understand. Indeed, from books and films I can picture a suicidal guy lying there, feeling still whilst everything else is moving, or vice versa, and sensing strongly the beauty of the situation. Generally anything bringing about intense emotion is beautiful. _But are

there strong feelings that are ugly? Let's say somebody is profoundly envious... Is that a real feeling? Jealousness is just a relation between the subject and the object, not a feeling in itself like love. It's such a complex matter of definition... If beauty is not a relation, what is it then? _I'd say it’s an experience. It's the

feeling that is timeless, not the object nor the relation.

Can that experience be defined by time? Is it just a brief moment or can it last for the whole evening? _Look at that road

[Hämeentie]. Let's say that suddenly there would appear a man that would run there naked. That would totally ruin the expected scene! The very second you see it you make the judgment whether the scene is ugly of beautiful. But is the feeling so prompt?

Maybe it exists all the time subconsciously, then it pops up to the consciousness and fades but stays... Like this [draws a curb and two vertical lines]. Can you rate beauty by the strength of emotions? _Does beauty have different values? Is the feeling of beauty universal? _I say yes. Think of two objects of which the other one is regarded more beautiful. Why? Maybe it's just better looking in the trend sense: As we discussed, that's a feature, just as the fact that the naked guy looks bad running down that street. But the beauty itself - its essence and the feeling it evokes - is the same. Such us pitch-black that hasn't any nuances... Still there are some things out of the trend cycle, like the Egg chair, the sky or even love, that seem to evoke more experiences of beauty. _I

think if the object has something timeless there is automatically a bigger spectrum of people who think it's beautiful. Imagine if a picture of Adriana Lima was shown to people;

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ugliness be the meaning of life? And anyway, who wouldn't want beauty to be the meaning of life? Beauty is positive and makes you happy.


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who would disagree on her beauty?

Could mathematical proportions have a bearing on that, like the golden section? _That would mean that beauty is objec-

tive..

Does objective beauty exist? I think you can't take math in an objective way. Some peeps like it, some don't, but math in itself... _Can be beautiful. You can get information through

numbers, blocks, different forms; those things simply are and make sense. And the feeling of understanding it, that's beautiful. Yeah, finding peace in all this chaos... Do you think there can be beauty without human? _Like the classical tree that falls

in the woods and there is nobody to hear the sound? No, because beauty is an emotion created by human. Yet it's not an illusion because it can't be bypassed. Maybe it exists only when there is human. _Even if there was only one person there would be beauty. No beauty without human. No human without beauty.

_Just the same way as there is no good if there is no bad. No nothing without a counterbalance‌ _By the way, do you think people that think in a creative way see beauty more effortlessly? Does beauty regard creativity? I think the essential is understanding. _Maybe in order to sensitize beauty you have to

understand the feeling.

And like you said, that requires curiosity. _Human exist

to see beauty.


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Haliz Muhilden

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Hi Halle! What springs to your mind when I say beauty? _Beautiful

women and pink roses, or whatever. That’s what we’ve been told since we’re kids. Then I think of people and especially the inner part. If the person is graceless, in my eyes she's automatically ugly from the outside as well.

If beauty is close to the personality, can you learn about a person based on what he or she regards as beautiful? _Of

course! But at the same time people like bloggers can intentionally give a beautiful picture of themselves. Still, if I get the feeling that a blog is honest I can think that wow, this person is beautiful. Can a bad intention or a bad act be beautiful? _No, beauty is always good and positive. Yet in the art scene there are people who think it’s beautiful if an animal hangs from a chord and bleeds to death. Some do actually get kicks from witnessing when life tails off slowly because that makes them realize they are living… And feeling. Do you think there can be beauty without emotions? _Of course not. Without feelings there would be

nothing, no beauty nor gracelessness. Without hate and anger there is neither passion and without passion nobody is serious, nobody truly means what they do.

If beauty was at least partly in the viewer’s eyes, would there still be beauty if human disappeared from the Earth? _I

don’t know… We can’t say animals aren't able to see beauty. What if they can? We don’t just sense it. It's claimed that the communication level of human is 6 but the one of whales is 10. In a documentary a NASA-researcher affirmed that if some superior intelligence landed on Earth they would contact whales instead of us. So since there might be communication levels that we can’t reach it’s possible, that we can understand just


Well, what is so beautiful you have to stop what you are doing to contemplate it? _The sky. I think of it almost every time

I walk outside and totally freeze up. It brings about things I’ve seen during my life. What’s so beautiful in it? The infinite firmament? _Yeah, and all its colors that change permanently, such as feelings and states of mind. It’s like a mirror. It’s quite universal too… And exists in itself. _Exactly. It simply is.

Where's the beauty of the sky; in the viewers head, in the object itself or the relation in between? _I think it’s in all three. But if beauty is a feature, who defines it? If half of the population thinks that this glass is hideous and half thinks it’s absolutely beautiful can beauty be a feature? _Why not? I can’t

see why it couldn’t be ugly and beautiful at the same time.

What if there was no human on earth; would there still be beauty? _Maybe it exists also independently. As I said, the

communication level of a whale is way higher than ours so how can we know that they can’t see any kind of beauty? Human always try to understand and control things, get an objective picture of everything. There is some truth in that. When I take the metro home there's at some point a bay that you see for maybe 10 seconds. It’s so beautiful I would do anything to stop the metro and go there. Or sometimes I find a really cool website and bookmark it, maybe like the page on Facebook, link myself to it. It feels like there is a need to find beauty and almost master it. But can people own beauty? _No, that’s the classical European way of thinking.

They went to North America and wanted to own...

Gather the maximum amount of beauty and bring it to Europe. _Yeah, and you know what: The Indians didn’t even

have the word “own”!

So basically we don’t have anything. Can we own even ourselves? _If you know yourself, why not? Then you don’t let

the opinions and pressure of others influence you.

Do you think there can be universal beauty, or does it depend on human experience? _The planet was beautiful

already before we human existed.

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a tiny part of beauty…


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Ossi Paloneva

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What kind of things do you regard as beautiful, Ossi?

_I have thought of that a little bit and I think that beauty must be the answer to your inner color or feeling. So in a way your idea of beauty is quite related to who you are? _Let's put it this way: Think of a person who you

regard as beautiful. The impression he or she gives to you corresponds to your ideal you which is what you’d like to be without necessarily knowing it. Meeting that person makes your echoroom resonate.

Do you need that resonation or can you experience beauty subconsciously? _Well, which one came first, the expres-

sion or the experience? I've thought of what would be the most beautiful thing I could experience. It must be when you're feeling something so strongly you can't help but cry... and understanding you are there and you feel it. Ha, so based on that the feeling must be conscious?

_Yeah, because beauty makes you realize there's something special that affects you. You mentioned crying, so all this must have a lot to do with feelings. Does beauty exist without them? _Of course there

are some objects you want because they're fine and goodlooking. That's due to the surrounding scene and group of people creating the desire.

So the object is not beautiful in itself but because of its context and influence. But can beauty exist just as an instrumental value? _Sure. A that kind of instrumental value can incite a

feeling of beauty but it's a cheap one. It would be cool to think that there are different levels of beauty; some that is meaningful on some that you wouldn't appreciate through your essence. Is beauty a feature? _Well, let's say I'd think it would be romantic if my friends cross-vomited because it would evoke a strong feeling of living in the moment. Yet, at the


Do you need a skill or a certain kind of sensibility to find beauty in such moments? _Kind of. A person who thinks that

walking in a heavy rain is the most beautiful thing in the world must be truly walking on the tip of his toes. The moment and the essence of human must meet the right way so that beauty could exist. We have discussed both the object and subject of beauty as well as their relation. But where is the beauty? _In the viewer's

eyes.

But what if there was no eyes? Let's say the globe would exist without humanity. Nevertheless the beautiful sunsets would keep on rising. _Hmm, that's an interesting one. Well, based on

our discussion I would say beauty is in all three. Think of the togetherness of two persons. In a way the object, the subject and the relation could exist also separately, for example if the memory of the togetherness remained.

Still, the memory couldn't have been created without the moment which requires all three... _Here's another example: A

wish. Let's say I had a void to be fulfilled and finding the missing element is my dream. That could be a beautiful without a concrete object. Cool. Can you mention a few other things that are beautiful? _Maybe a mix of good and bad feelings and their discrep-

ancy... For example, You'd have had a dream that finally was fulfilled and at the same time you'd have a big loss. I think understanding the temporarity of current things can be beautiful; being aware of the change where some doors open up and others close behind.

Temporarity! That makes me think of beauty being marked out... And those limiting factors could be time or the

object itself or you own receptiveness, state of mind or inner self. Anyway, what do you think: Can one own beauty? _Well, in the TV program Millionaire mothers it was said that everything begins to weary at some point. Once you stop paying attention to a thing, for example a painting on your wall, the object ceases being so special and beautiful. But such a banal thing as somebody praising the painting might elevate it back for a moment. That kind of deletes beauty being a feature.

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same time someone else could think that the moment is tragicomic and pitiful. Sometimes it depends of the receiver’s feeling and sensitivity.


physical appearance that meets the common aesthetic values so she's more likely to evoke those feelings in ordinary people. Tracks join.

In an abstract level, how do you see those tracks and echorooms? _In my mind the echoroom is like a violin. The

experience flows in it and makes it resonate somehow, incites and effect. Interesting. Do you think there can be some kind of life-long spiritual growth that sensitizes for beauty? _Yep, think

of a teenage boy's angular idea of beauty... It's obvious that that will change. So you need some experiences behind? _Sure – I have a hard time imagining a kid understanding beauty. There is the word "understand"... _At least thinking of my own childhood I can't remember any feelings that would have made my echoroom resonate. When I almost drowned and my mother saved me I just thought that man why is she going so nuts about it! I didn’t get the feeling that shit, I'm alive. If that happened to me now I would certainly understand the beauty of it… That I'm still there despite that I was close to death. Is there then an essential difference between the echoroom of an older person and somebody at his twenties?

_Hard to say... Well, picture the scene: In a retirement house you might have a serene state of mind when you receive a postcard from your grandchild. That can be a beautiful moment. But maybe it's not such a fierce feeling... I'd like to think of a beauty experience in percentages: There could be full 100% beauty that makes you feel you're going to explode... Something so big you can't handle nor fully understand.

_Yeah, and 30% could be the limit when you start being aware of it. Maybe the level of your full experience of beauty ranges like the size of the spoon with which you ladle.

So altogether beauty has plenty of different levels; different strengths, forms of manifestation, contexts, objects, subjects... _And add to that the frequency that somebody gets

feelings of beauty.

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Yet, do you think that some things can be potentially more beautiful? _Absolutely. A beautiful woman has often a


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Laura James

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Hi Laura! What are your first associations when I say beauty?

_Women and aesthetics... These are generally the first reactions. Do you agree with the expression The limits of my language mean the limits of my world? _I don't think that language

restricts what we think of beauty but rather how widely we can express how we feel about it. The lack of words could be the reason why we make art, music and play with colors or whatever humans do; spoken language is so limited.

So art is an extension of communication with which we're trying to understand and reach beauty. _It's is always just

and almost at you disposal but you can never fully get it. Sometimes it feels that if you look at something pretty for too long, at some point it ceases being beautiful.

Maybe that's the point! Could beauty be the force that drives human further? _In that case could beauty also incite to

make bad acts?

If beauty is an absolute value, I'd say that the aim would justify the practice‌ Anyway, yesterday I thought of the word harmony. What does it make you think of?

It has something to do with right proportions.

When you say right, do you mean there's a universal standard? _No. I'd say it's about a good balance between

different things rather than some right values repetition and preciseness.

Another word that reminds me of beauty is good. What do you think, could Mother Teresa make a beautiful act without that being good or could something deeply evil be beautiful?

_No.

So what if beautiful and good were simply different embodiments of the same essence the same way as different religions could depict one God? _But they still have


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quite different associations in spoken language. Maybe the deeper you get the better you understand that they are the same. The trails conjoin a bit like the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic.

_Or like groundwater.

Exactly, it's all the same water. Do you think we need to be conscious to sense beauty? _Not necessarily. Last summer I

had been out with a friend all nigh and somehow we ended up quite hammered in the beach of Hietsu. I don't remember thinking consciously of the beauty of the moment while lying there and watching the sunrise. Where was the beauty? _It must have been in the memory rather than in the moment. In that case, could there be beauty without the existence of human? _Not because it exists mostly in our heads.


[NITPICKING]


[IN SEARCH OF OBJECTIVE BEAUTY]

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WHAT A STUPID IDEA, commented my sister. I bet you can't name a single thing which every living human on earth regards as beautiful. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. In that case, is beauty like a river; always moving and never the same? Would it be a collectively subjective truth that gets a new form every season? Is it an illusion that can be learnt from parents to kids, Dazed to hepcat and Platon to his followers? I gave her the simple conclusion: Beauty doesn't exist – and still it seems that we're permanently looking for it. This is even more pitiful than a docked dog chasing its tail. NEVERTHELESS,

I don’t think that finding an example of objective beauty would solve the problem. Isn’t it like answering Helsinki to the question What is a city? In fact, pleading to the subjectiveness is perhaps the biggest misconception concerning beauty I know. As Aleksis said, it’s just a way to bypass the fact that I like this and you dig that, which is a cheap truth. THE UNAVOIDABLE FACT that no machine produces cubes of absolute beauty doesn't exclude the possibility that there could be certain characteristics common to all beauty. Harmony, for instance can be found in all living organisms as well as in math, good typography, serene mornings, a classylooking woman's traits and even in the reunion of close friends. Contrary to what first sprang to my mind, harmony isn't all about technical aspects like golden ratio, symmetry and right composition; it's not either a privilege of classical beauty because the right size of feet or strength of bones is just a habit of proportions. Still, it's the certain proportions themselves that click with our subjective lens of beauty or inner echo room as Ossi would say.


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HARMONY, and through that beauty, is a matter of balance, sense, perfectness and, as Descartes put into words, a whole

in which none of it's components steals the attention from the others. Harmony makes a one which can be the indeterminate something in a certain song, the unconditional friendship amid a close group of people or a turning point in your life when it seems that every moment you have lived culminates in the present and makes sense. it but you can't touch it and certainly not handle it. One reason why harmony is hard to detect empirically is that it's not in the objects themselves but the negative space delimiting them. According to Mandy, when she designs a product she aims to make it beautiful in a undistinguished way; that's what creates the desire to the object. The same applies for the rest of the cake: It's the invisible relations between the different components that create a vivid unity. That's what troubles us, touches and makes us feel. YOU CAN FEEL IT

STILL,

we clearly make a distinction between beauty and harmony. To start with, in the daily speech their first associations are very different; Caricaturing, beauty is for aesthetics and harmony for yoga and roman sculptures. Secondly, beauty is a matter of feelings which regards human. In contrary, there can be harmony in nature, the exactness of math and La Joconde – this has been proven millions of times with golden ratios, beauty masks, music studies and especially our own intuition. Beauty is nothing more than harmony (potential beauty) that comes true by human emotions.


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The lack of words doesn't set limits to our thinking, but instead to our communication. Beauty has stopped meaning any-

thing in particular since the word covers a huge spectrum of content - then go and try to talk about it. Sure, we have art but its power is based on the subjective revelation that springs from ambiguity and suggestiveness. What if you wanted to express one special experience or idea clearly? I flail my hands and it doesn't work. It seems that there is no existing system of symbols that deals with the finer details and ideas concerning beauty.


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Above there are a couple of examples of the ordinary form of graphics which you see in power point representations and biology books. All that they do is arrange the familiar concepts to different schemes in order to depict their relations. Concluding, they help labelize certain things but can't deal with the rest that doesn't fit our vocabulary. For example, in the english language there is one single word for beauty which, obviously, isn’t enough to cover the whole set of meanings it can refer to.

I’M WRITING IN ENGLISH thus I use roman characters that have a set meaning. In theory I could just as well write in the morse alphabet, Chinese pictographs, music notes or mathematical language; All of them have a distinct logic, yet the form of the characters themselves are mainly thrown out of a hat. Nevertheless, visual symbols for expressing beauty require to have logic in the form as well in order to go beyond words. Mandy made a good point concerning the form: The pronunciation of a word often reflects how we conceive it. For instance square has a rather angular form, serpent is a sleazy one and God is something undivided. Beauty as well as beautée and kauneus sound fluent, effortless, uniform. The shape couldn't be hard as a square, branched as a star or flat and apathetic as a stain. Instead beauty reminds me of round. Imagine a circle: Like beauty, it's simple, united and fluent. It's perceived by its perimeter but its stroke itself is limitless. The same way as a circle, beauty is limited by different factors like human consciousness, time and elusiveness, yet it's quantity is endless. Beauty hasn't a concrete essence like a circle but instead it exists like the negative space that limits it.

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Aleksis made a great distinction between trends and true beauty. I asked him how come some things gather a bigger spectrum of admirers, and yet beauty is in the eyes of the viewer. To my mind that's just a way to save the fact that I like this and you dig that. In fact that's not a matter of beauty but preferences, what is regarded as cool. Aleksis also referred to timelessness: Trends and tendencies come and go in waves but for example timeless objects such as certain design furniture endures time. Beauty can't become passĂŠ. What about ugliness then? To my mind ugliness and beauty are both outside the trend cycle. In contrary, goodlooking and bad-looking are related to tendencies. So, if there is something bad-looking just because it doesn't follow the current trend it can still be beautiful.

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Is seeing beauty something that requires a certain kind of intelligence? To demonstrate my suggestion, a bottle illustrates a person who seldom pauses whereas a rain gauge is for the beauty-sensitive type. Rain depicts potential beauty. It can't be defined in concrete examples as it depends on numerous factors from the spectator's word view to the context of the transaction. In other words, it's like the y of the equation that depends on the variable x. The potential – or harmony – becomes beauty once somebody has responded to it. Open minded people see much more beauty compared to narrow-minded that live in their own little bubble , as Mandy pointed out. The more you gain knowledge and understanding the the bigger is the spectrum of beauty you're able to see. Even if the bottle-person is not completely blind to beauty, the life of the rain-gauge-type is clearly more filled with it.


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See? Even the Möbius strip is a [twisted] round circle.

I almost swallowed my glass of wine when Haliz claimed that beauty could be simultaneously different things like a feature and a subjective issue. Why not? I can’t see why it couldn’t be ugly and beautiful at the same time. The same way as impossible forms, the more you reflect on the idea, the more it seems absurd. At the first hearing the Möbius strip sounds irrational as well as it is a surface with only one side. Properly speaking, you can create one by yourself in less than thirty seconds: Take a paper strip, give it a half-twist and then join the ends together to form a loop. If an ant with dirty feet started to walk along the strip, he would finally reach the starting point. There would be footprints all over the "two sides" of the strip, meaning actually the one and only surface. The Möbius strip proves that something sounding impossible can indeed be doable; why not as well the paradox of the essence of beauty?


[IDEAS]


LIFE


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Beauty, more than any high-flying concept, is about being there, having a love relationship to the moment and wishing that the separation never comes about. The graphics depicting beauty are like a network of family members; each individual can be meaningful to you but the parental relationships like son of the brother of the stepfather have little to do with the quality of the relations themselves. Still, in the same way as we pretend to remember what the hell connects us to random guys in family meetings, the essentials of beauty aren't all that evident either. I constantly forget quite a few of them.


[OUTRO]

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YOU’VE HEARD THIS

and you've talked about it, like, 10 years ago: During the era of constant visual triggers it's harder to find beauty in ordinary things. Quoting Haliz, in the art scene,

there are people who think it’s beautiful if an animal hangs from a chord and bleeds to death. Some people actually get kicks from witnessing when life tails off slowly because that makes them realize they are living. While the threshold to get

real feelings moves gradually higher, the triggers need to be more and more shocking, powerful and controversial in order to touch and make us feel. EVEN I DON’T BUY that our lives are all like the opening titles of Enter the Void, I insist that beauty is in the delicate sensibility rather than in rushes of sensual and brutal excitement. According to Simone Weil, beauty appears only to such extent that we pay attention to it. When you're not able to take a pause (because it's a waste of time), the potential beauty in front of you remains as unreal as the existence of the kid in the the cover of this book, standing in the river of Rio de la Plata. I was there a couple of months ago and he along with his gang was very real. IT WAS MY LAST HOURS IN BUENOS AIRES

and I was comfortably sitting on the roof terrace of Mr. Blanc's house. From my comfy zone I could see a peninsula slumbering on the coastline: Bathing in the sun, there were a dozen caravans parked here and there and men standing waist-high in the water in front of it. Buenos aires' last true fishermen with their families, noted Mr. Blanc. They park there every single weekend,

sometimes during the week, and get the butter on their bread. I nodded, closed my eyes and enjoyed the little time

remaining before departing to winter-Helsinki.


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Man, I thought after twenty minutes of inexplicable anxiety, why the hell am I here when I could be there? and I rushed

down the stairs, round the house, through the glass doors to the murky back-garden where Mr. Blanc and J-F were scraping an old kayak. Can you lend me a hand? I asked and shortly we dragged the kayak by a barber fence to the rubbish-ridden shore. Don't take your shoes off if you get off the kayak, warned Mr. Blanc. We have here all the junk, fixes and other

shit right from the centre of BA.

I paddled enthusiastically in the mild, yellowish water until I started approaching the fishermen. They had straighten themselves from the nets and gazed at me suspiciously. Hola! I tried but couldn't help feeling to be an interloper in their territory that was legitimate without visible borders like barbed wire. I was already turning back when a few girls approached me sharing the curiosity I had. The language barrier was surprisingly easily bypassed. I got out the kayak. My shoes got stuck in the mud but I followed them anyway bare feet to the jungle of high reeds.

Mira mira mira! Me encontrado este aqĂ­! A young boy appeared screaming round a pillar of reeds holding a huge fishbone. The other kids laughed at his excitement and kept on searching frogs and toys in their secret land that was dotted by the golden nuggets of sunlight. Que tienes en tu cuello? the oldest girl asked pointing my old Olympus. Este documentar la belleza. Then I taught her to take pictures and lost the perception of time. It felt like in a dream which a distant Hello! entered reluctantly. Do you wanna miss the plane or what!? I told the kids I had to leave and I sighed never when they inquired when I'd be back. I shambled out. The sun dazzled. Almost at the shore, I heard yells behind me and I turned: The kids, all of them, were running towards me laughing and I ran back. Half way we met and stopped, smiled. The tallest girl handed me my shoes.

Gracias. Adios!


Theory of Beauty  

Study on the possibilities of a visual language for Beauty. High school Art Diploma 5/5