icat – OSMAN – 9lives – human eye/cat pupil – in Belgrade, Serbia

 A tribute to the library!

William Shakespeare refers to the nine lives myth in his play Romeo and Juliet. There is also an ancient proverb that claims, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays."

Some people believe the nine lives myth is related to cats’ ability to always land on their feet. Cats are also known for their dexterity and agility.
Over time, people witnessed cats survive in situations that surely would have severely injured other animals. Some people likely began to believe that cats must have multiple lives.

In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred animals that were worshipped as gods. Ancient Egyptians believed that cats were divine creatures with psychic or supernatural powers. The idea that they could have multiple lives fit right in with their view of cats.

But why nine lives? No one knows the answer to that one either. There are many possibilities.

For example, the ancient Egyptian sun god, Atum-Ra, was believed to take the form of a cat on visits to the underworld.Legend has it that Atum-Ra gave birth to eight other gods and thus represented nine lives in one.
Others believe the number may have come from China, where the number nine is considered lucky. The number nine — sometimes called “the trinity of trinities” — is also believed to be mystical in many religions and regions around the world.

Ari Alpert @dev9t festival in Serbia, Belgrade

Been invited to Dev9t art festival in Belgrade to do a new meaty mural and give printmaking workshop class...anyone in Serbia? See ya there this week!



Dev9t is Belgrade’s most authentic, most creative, most beautiful, most inspiring festival ever.

DEV9T’s concept is to fight for the survival of culture, because culture is inherently inhabited by all living beings. If culture is not preserved, we will become an endangered species, deprived of our existence’s meaning. Thus, this festival is a place where artists will be totally free to express themselves and to be creative at their own discretion. This way, DEV9T will turn from an artistic colony into a leading networking platform for artists, event managers, the audience and commercial sponsors, and that’s the festival’s goal. The Dev9t festival lasts nine days and therefore it got the name devet – because this means number nine in Serbian. And it takes place at Ciglana.There is a huge, breathtaking gallery, where over 1000 artists are presenting their work. The philosophy of Dev9t is to keep on creating.You will also have the chance to watch various artists painting huge murals or to take part in 40 different very interesting and creative workshops.

Anthony Bourdain passed away at 61 :((((

New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, the chef and gifted storyteller who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.

"His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

"Tony was an exceptional talent," CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. "Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it."

Fans, fellow chefs, celebrities and friends reacted with stunned sorrow.

"My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain," CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour wrote on Twitter. "May he rest in peace now.

"He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human. My heart goes out to his daughter and family, and his longtime partners and friends at (production company) ZPZ."
Author and humorist John Hodgman recalled eating with Bourdain some 14 years ago.

"He was big even then, but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk 'weird' food for a magazine piece I was writing. He taught me that our 'weird' is the world's delicious," Hodgman wrote on Twitter. "We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP."

Anthony Bourdain, the chef, writer, and Emmy-winning television personality, died Friday morning of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. His death was confirmed to CNN, which reported that the Parts Unknown host was in Strasbourg, France, filming an episode of the series when chef Eric Ripert, a longtime friend of Bourdain’s, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain worked in the dregs of the New York City restaurant scene for years before eventually becoming the executive chef at the French bistro Brasserie Les Halles. His experience in the industry led to the 2000 book Kitchen Confidential, in which he offered an unapologetic, 360-degree view of the American dining experience. Bourdain described what takes place behind the scenes in brutal, often hilarious detail, changing the way restaurant-goers considered everything from their appreciation of oysters to the best day of the week to order meat. The book became a bestseller and launched what turned into a prolific career as a television host.

After a two-year stint hosting A Cook's Tour on the Food Network, Bourdain began hosting No Reservations on the Travel Channel in 2005. The show saw Bourdain travel to both major metropolitan areas and far-flung locales around the globe, where he sampled local cuisine and provided insight into the relationship between food and culture. The show ran for nine seasons and won two Emmys. After leaving the Travel Channel in 2012, Bourdain began hosting CNN's Parts Unknown in 2013. A year later, he won a Peabody Award. The show, which was in the middle of its 11th season at the time of Bourdain's death, featured the chef traveling the world while offering his perspective on the food, culture and politics. In a 2017 episode, he shared a $6 meal of noodles with President Obama in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Bourdain was a titan of popular food culture, and even as his celebrity grew, he retained the rebellious, disaffected persona first projected in Kitchen Confidential. In addition to the book that launched his career, Bourdain authored several cookbooks, essay collections and works of fiction to complement his work onscreen. He was a ubiquitous presence on various food programs, always serving as the definitive authority on whatever issue – or dish – was brought to the table. As America's interest in food culture grew, and along with it a wave of celebrity chefs, none were as thoroughly respected both inside and outside of the industry as Bourdain.

In the months preceding his death, Bourdain became a vocal advocate of the #MeToo movement after his girlfriend, the Italian actress Asia Argento, came forward as a victim of Harvey Weinstein. Through his Twitter account and other media appearances, Bourdain called out critics of the movement and the prominent men accused of sexual misconduct, including fellow celebrity chef Mario Batali. "I came out of a brutal, oppressive business that was historically unfriendly to women," Bourdain said on The Daily Show in January. "I knew a lot of women, it turned out, who had stories about their experiences – about people I knew – who

did not feel I was the sort of person they could confide in."



Introducing Project Doggy Radio

Pace Prints, Tomio Koyama Gallery and How2work & Sayers Studios present Project Doggy Radio: a fusion of functional sculpture and sound technology, created by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara out of his love for dogs and for music. With an interface designed by How2work & Sayers Studios and sound positioning technology by Yamaha, Doggy Radio is a fully functional FM Radio and stereo system, accepting Bluetooth wireless, USB, and auxiliary sound input. Doggy Radio was created in a limited edition of 3,000 and is available in North America exclusively though Pace Prints.