Monday, February 05, 2007

Illusions / delusions of Being.

powered by ODEO
music: Btetlouj el Deni / Fairouz

- What do you mean defensive?
- Defensive. I mean you, everything about you; the way you act, the way you talk.
Fuck man, the way you defend your projects. You talk about your architecture like it is your soul, your baby… You defend it fiercely.

- That’s… That’s how I was brought up.
- What! They taught you to become defensive, and act like an ass all the time?
- No, but for as long as I can remember, and for every day of my life, I had to defend what was mine...

Starting with my country, my independence, my freedom, my safety, my reputation, my happiness, my love…
My very own reason of being!

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At 12:35 AM, Blogger Coco said...

Sheyif malla touk?

At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sm3et shi mara ghneyet wa3di 2ilak la fairouz?

At 4:03 AM, Blogger Eve said...

love it, the post and drawing, everything!
P.S. how are you guys still able to use odeo? I got an email from those people saying "byebye, we're not uploading anymore"

At 5:09 AM, Blogger achinar said...

Hey Z_, being defensive can play on some people's nerves which is ok. As long as you do not attack anybody or offend them. Unfortunately, poeple mistake offensive with defensive, they attack under the pretext of defending themselve... i don't think you are this type, not from what i read...

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Red said...

Having grown up in Italy (where every other person is an architect, or studying to become one), I have had a fair exposure to that profession. And I have never EVER met an architect who doesn't regard his projects like his babies, to which everything else takes second place.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to defend what's yours (beliefs, opinions, freedom...) with tooth and nail. In fact, I think it's commendable -- there are too many people out there who don't give a damn one way or the other. As long as it doesn't make you too closed off to realize that people don't necessarily want to take it away from you or destroy it. It's all about balance, isn't it?

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Krys said...

"Heyda jawna...heyda nehna"
The lebanese pple everywhere have this reputation because they stick firmly to their ambitions and beleifs.
Here in France they keep on saying "vous les libanais...ah la la vous vous accrochez grave!"

I like your drawings a lot _z. :D

And Eve me too, I'm not able to upload on odeo since yesterday!!

At 12:06 AM, Blogger gitanes legeres said...

t'as raison d'etre...
et tres beau ton ecriture.. robuste..

krys, i had no problems with odeo. (un des rares privileges des habitants de l'arctique..)

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Tilda said...

I really like the post! you're defensive in a protective way...

At 8:52 PM, Blogger _z. said...

eh na3am cheyif.

no i don't know it.

thank you. I've had problems with odeo too. I was able to fix the link to the song only today. but it seems fine right now.

I am not a good polititian. I say things very bluntly. I offend ppl sometimes.

you create a beautiful object from pure imagination, project it onto a city, and change, for the better I hope, the life the inhabitants of the city. How can you not be attached to your architecture.
One of my teachers, used to go nuts everytime I said "my project" instead of "the project".

"As long as it doesn't make you too closed off to realize that people don't necessarily want to take it away from you or destroy it"
well that's beautiful. But I think few are those who aren't paranoid about the things they really love and care about.

Or is it just me?

At 8:55 PM, Blogger _z. said...


You get this too?
I am glad you like the drawing. thank you.

gitanes legeres_
thank you... I guess.

protective is not always accepted by others. sometimes it is not even accepted by the thing we think we are protecting.
thank you, and welcome to urban_memories.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger gitanes legeres said...

ca va _z?

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

i get this too and all the lebanese i know here. we're very defensive very possessive and very territorial..

At 11:11 AM, Blogger (...) said...

I gess you were living in Beirut befor moving to Canada, i'm interested to know if you used to listen to Feiruz at that time...

At 1:44 PM, Blogger _z. said...

oui oui ca va... i was a bit "absinth" minded lately.

but is that normal? it bugs a lot of ppl.

yes I used to listen to Fairouz, way before leaving to Canada. I see where you want to go with this and I disagree. It is accentuated by the fact that you are away, but it is not the trigger.

At 10:58 PM, Blogger inmotion said...

z .. waynak?

come back?

I think we miss you .. or at least I do..


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