Water (work in progress)

To be like water,

Moving like a river,

the sea embracing like a  mantle,

mirrowing the sky,

holding heaven

while resting on the ground

reflecting each other.

Life is an unprotected quay
Summer sunset on the Lee landscape IMG_2520 watermark Water color IMG_2520 watermark Water IMG_5003 IMG_4996 IMG_4998 IMG_5001 IMG_4999 IMG_5000 IMG_5004 Water 4 IMG_1044 Water 3 IMG_1042 Water1  IMG_1045 stamp Water1 green pink IMG_1045 watemark Water1 green pink dark 2 IMG_1045 copyright IMG_4984 IMG_4994 IMG_4988 IMG_4990

Water reflecting light and shadows  © Mercedes López, 2013 (all rights reserved)

Water reflecting light and shadows
© Mercedes López, 2013 (all rights reserved)


blood of the earth,

linking all,

up and down,

you and I

reflecting each other.


light and shadows,

liquid life

and death.





Impact Story: Know your impact on the Web

ImpactStory: Carl Boettiger

I just discovered Impact Story.

Impact Story is an open source metrics programme analysing any author’s and individuals impact profile on the web. It shows  what impacts from level of discussion to following  have articles, datasets, software and some other items.

It seems a way to quantify and map  the repercussion of our digital and virtual written or visual speech-acts  in the the cyberspace.

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Now each person registered can mine data about themselves, finding out where their articles, tweets, jokes or any other works are cited, bookmarked, downloaded, tweeted and so on.

Below is a the case example from the developer’s Web site

ImpactStory: Carl Boettiger.

For more information on this programme, its URL is

Resources on philosophy of language, speech-act theory, and Web communication:

  • Kissine, Mikhail, “Sentences, utterances, and speech acts” in Kissine, Mikhail, The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012.  pp. 169-190.  Cambridge Books Online

Some of my work

The sublime

NOTHING/ Out Of the Ordinary

Exibition poster. Photo “Sublime” ©Mercedes López 2012

Sublime sky ©Mercedes López 2012

© Mercedes López 2012

© Mercedes López 2012


© Mercedes López 2010. All rights reserved

Light and darkness

Modernity and technology

Modern subject
© Mercedes López 2010. All rights reserved

© Mercedes López 2012


© Mercedes López 2012

© Mercedes López 2012

Intersection ©Mercedes López 2012
Life cycle – human intersection
Intersection ©Mercedes López 2012

In Memoriam to JJ Cale

Roll On (J. J. Cale album)

Roll On (J. J. Cale album) (

“I’d like to have the fortune, but I don’t care too much about the fame.” 

Said JJ Cale. Perhaps this attitude was one of the reasons I liked his work so much. For him, what mattered  was telling stories, creating, experimenting and working and not the big ego trip and the vanity fair of the show business and art world.

The picture on the right, the cover from his album “Roll On”, shows his piercing but kind glance observing the world. He has his the guitar on his face, on his mouth, with his nose breathing the bending of the instrument wood. The guitar is in between touching his body and the world beyond. The guitar is the shield, the mediator to communicate and understand the world and his own mouth to express himself and his understanding of life.

He passed away yesterday evening in California. He was  one of one of my most admired musicians and authors. So much that diverse themes from his “Travel-log” have been my mobile ring tone since years. Lately we had that album in the car and listened to it quite regularly.

His Website announced his decease as:

 “JJ Cale Has Passed Away

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.”


Below there are the link to his personal webpage,  his fan’s site, the British newspaper The Guardian’s obituary and further down a link to a very good biographical documentary.

  • Music videos:

– “That Kind of Thing” by JJ Cale- Travel-Log

– “After Midnight” . Live performance, just JJ Cale playing his electric guitar in a seating room for the Japanese TV programme “The “American Guitars”

– “Call me the breeze” and “Ain’t love funny” – JJ Cale perfomance at the BBC2 programme “Later with Jools Holland”, ep. 1, series 4, broadcasted on the 5/11/94,

– Call me the breeze” and “Ain’t love funny”- JJ Cale performing at Later wih Jools Holland

– “Ride me High” at live at Capilano College, British Columbia, Canada.

– “Travelling light” recorded live at a Dutch studio in the mid 90s

  • Documentary:

“JJ Cale To Tulsa And Back” – YouTube.

A farewell using his lyrics from “Travelling Light” ,

He is travelling light,

the only way to fly,

Now, he can go to paradise,

maybe once, maybe twice

Travelin’ light is the only way to fly

Heaven and Earth in a tea bowl

Songs of transformation, when having Heaven and Earth in a tea bowl

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down

I just lose control
Down to my very soul
I get hot and cold all over

I just loose control

Down to my very soul”

(“I Feel The Earth Move ” by Carole King, 1971”

First Gear – I Feel the Earth Move – YouTube.


What a subdue and magnificent display before the end.

Autumn, the blooming of maturity, the decay after giving fruits to the world. Preparing the soil for the future, just one generation among many, one more time among many.

As nature is in Autumn, so it is human life.

As it is in my own life, I am just one more leaf of the human forest,

passing onto new generations what I have learned, experienced, felt and thought,

passing on the extasis of living and loving,

rowing down the stream of life,


until the end .

Camera: mobile camera, LG Shine and Blackberry Curve, between 2009 and 2010


M/C Journal – M/C Journal

M/C Journal – M/C Journal


M/C Journal was founded (as “M/C – A Journal of Media and Culture”) in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. M/C Journal is a fully blind, peer-reviewed academic journal, but is also open to submissions and responses from anyone on the Internet. We take seriously the need to move ideas outward, so that our cultural debates may have some resonance with wider political and cultural interests. Each issue is organised around a one word theme (see our past issues), and is edited by one or two guest editors with a particular interest in that theme. Each issue has a feature article which engages with the theme in some detail, followed by several shorter articles.”


Volume 15, Issue 3, June 2012, Edited by Catherine Simpson and Kate WrightImage: ‘Eclipse’ (Web App, Mashup) by EcoArtTech, 2009 − a commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence Website

EDITORIAL: Ecology and Collaboration – Catherine Marie Simpson, Katherine Wright
FEATURE: The Real Future of the Media – Richard Maxwell, Toby Miller

  • Gentrifying Climate Change: Ecological Modernisation and the Cultural Politics of Definition – Ben Glasson
  • The Melancholy of Extinction: Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” as an Environmental Film – Tim Matts, Aidan Tynan
  • Spectre of the Past, Vision of the Future – Ritual, Reflexivity and the Hope for Renewal in Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Climate Change Communication Film “Home” – Tamas Molnar
  • A Hunger Strike – The Ecology of a Protest: The Case of Bahraini Activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja – Anita Howarth
  • Bunnies, Bilbies, and the Ethic of Ecological Remembrance – Katherine Wright
  • Growing Up the Future: Children’s Stories and Aboriginal Ecology – Blaze Kwaymullina, Brooke Collins-Gearing, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Tracie Pushman
  • Ecology, Ontology, and Pedagogy at Camp Coorong – Bindi MacGill, Julie Mathews, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, Aunty Alice Abdulla, Deb Rankine
  • A “Value Ecology” Approach to the Performing Arts – Paul Benedict Makeham, Bree Jamila Hadley, Joon-Yee Bernadette Kwok
  • Information and Atmospheres: Exploring the Relationship between the Natural Environment and Information Aesthetics

via M/C Journal – M/C Journal.


Boa Mistura “LUZ NAS VIELAS” English Subtitled

Nice work and good intentions but do they really believe art is a medium to change poverty to happiness and riches? Or is this just a bunch of upper middle class first world boys giving a white wash to the façade of poverty? Is inequality more acceptable if its external walls to the public space are cool and arty?
Well meaning guys or another “development project” to capitalise on the charity market like the Uganda “Child soldiers”?

Still watching the video, so there will be more comments…watch the space…
No, not the sky,
further down,
here, under your nose,
inside your head,
on all your body
in your neighbours house,
down to Earth,
where things happen…
Up there, Heaven
is just the mirrow of our imagination,
the measure of our condition,
specks in a huge universe,
too far for a butterfly wing
to cause any movement…
It is here and now
where the time is short
and the space limited
where a second and
a life breath matters
as the thread sewing
present and past
life and death,
nothing and every thing
but I will not ask for your kidney,
to show you the meaning of life,
lala lalalala lala la
but if you want to donate the takings from its sale
we will acept the charitable donation
to sustain our great art project to save humanity from ugliness
and plain houses,
la lalalala lalala

Philosophy Links – Aesthetics (work in progress)



Online magazines

Environmental Aesthetics

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy

General Philosophy Resources

NOTHING/Out Of The Ordinary – Setting up the exhibition

Caos to order: an uplifting journey from the floor to the walls

Clicking on any image opens the slide show.

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