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Roger Ballen /Die Antwoord

The Photographers Gallery za in Cape Town had planned to host Roger Ballen’s Boarding House exhibition in 2010. This particular series had been on view at most of the major art centres across the world. What was of particular interest was the announcement of a major Roger Ballen exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town during 2010 as well. This was a first retrospective of his work at this art museum. Once the date for the museum exhibition had been confirmed it was also made clear by the museum director, Mr. Riason Naidoo, that no associated commercial exhibition would be permissible during the duration of the museum show. Thus, the Photographers Gallery za had to cancel its long-planned solo exhibition. It was a disaster. Because the 2011 schedule had been confirmed, there were no slots available to postpone the exhibition to a later date. A better strategy soon emerged: cancel the Boarding House solo exhibition completely and start planning a new exhibition. It was during this upheaval when Ballen mentioned, almost in passing, that he had done some work with the musical duo, Die Antwoord.



Cylons are a fictional race of robots in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series (ABC, 1978–79). They are the primary antagonists of the series and are at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity. The Cylons also appeared in the short-lived 1980 spin-off series Galactica 1980.

Cylons in popular culture:

  • In the source code of Mozilla (and its Netscape predecessor), the indeterminate progress bar that slides back and forth — rather than rolling or filling up from left to right — is referred to as the “Cylon”.
  • A Cylon appears in the Futurama episode “Bendin’ in the Wind.” He’s part of the musical duo Cylon and Garfunkel, a parody of Simon and Garfunkel.
  • In Farscape episode “I Shrink, Therefore I Am,” Crichton’s ship is invaded by a race with bioengineered exoskeletons. “This is John Crichton paging the head Cylon, pick up the phone imperious leader.”
  • The classic Cylons have also appeared on The Simpsons on several occasions, the most notable in Mayored to the Mob during a sci-fi convention. There’s a quick gag in a boxing arena where three Centurions square off against R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars. (“See the mighty robots from Battlestar Galactica fight the gay robots from Star Wars!”) They easily pin C-3PO to the floor, and R2 refuses to help.
  • On Family Guy, the host of ‘KISS Forum’ also hosts ‘Battlestar Galactica Forum’ on Quahog’s Public-access television cable TV channel. He introduces the forum by putting a classic Centurion mask on and saying “Welcome to Battlestar Galactica Forum” in traditional Cylon computerized-monotone.
  • Several Cylons appear briefly in the South Park epic Imaginationland, as one of the evil fictional creations set free when the barrier between the “good” and “evil” halves of the imagination is destroyed by terrorists.
  • In the opening credits of certain seasons of The A-Team, Dirk Benedict watches a Cylon walk past (while at the Universal Studios tour), raises a finger and opens his mouth as if to say something, then gives up. Dirk Benedict played the character Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series. This scene is later recreated on Family Guy.
  • In a third season episode of Knight Rider, “Halloween Knight,” the episode villain is shown briefly in a Cylon mask. KITT’s red LED forward scanner throughout the series, of course, is an homage to the Cylon’s red eye, which oscillates back and forth while active while using the same sound effect. Both series were created by Glen A. Larson.
  • Cylons were the focus of a short skit on the Adult Swim program Robot Chicken in which it is said that the original Cylon actors had so many problems walking around in their suits that they were constantly falling down.
  • A Cylon makes a brief appearance, firing off his blaster in the ‘Alien Attack’ section of the ride, in the final firefight scene of Beverly Hills Cop 3.
  • A Cylon lookalike robot is featured in the official music video for Bloc Party's single, “Flux.”
  • In The Replacements episode “Space Family Daring,” Riley finds a head of a Cylon in a cabinet onboard the spaceship.
  • In the Dark Horse Star Wars comic series Tag and Bink, Cylons appear as the Emperor’s Guards, Tag and Bink feature many other references to other science fiction franchises.
  • In the CBS program The Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon owns a Battlestar Galactica Cylon Toaster.
  • Cylon extras are briefly seen in the 2012 movie Argo, in lieu of both the film’s nature and historical narrative. (Wikipedia)

Cose che nella vita bisogna sapere.

David Wernsman aveva 17 anni. Una notte, durante l’estate prima del suo ultimo anno di scuole superiori, due sconosciuti sono entrati in casa sua e con il consenso della sua famiglia l’hanno portato via. Gli hanno legato una cintura ai fianchi, l’hanno caricato su una macchina, portato in aeroporto e caricato su un aereo diretto verso la Repubblica Dominicana. Poco tempo prima, David aveva detto ai suoi genitori di essere gay.

Il suo rapimento, come quello di decine di altri ragazzi e ragazze come lui, è stato organizzato per portarlo all’Escuela Caribe, un centro di rieducazione cristiano per adolescenti. Un documentario appena uscito negli Stati Uniti, intitolato Kidnapped for Christ (Rapiti per Cristo) racconta la storia di David e quella degli altri giovani portati al Escuela Caribe contro la loro volontà e delle violenze fisiche e psicologiche che hanno subito.

Ragazzi rapiti nel nome di Dio |

È il caso di dire Cristoddio.

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Nah, qua siamo proprio a livello di maporchiddio. 

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