Made a new friend, Jato... he's an artist based at the Maputo Gallery. Also lives on Inhaca Island. Great dancer too. Before leaving Maputo, we were privileged to view some of his works.
So, during my recent trip to Gorongosa, I learned lots of cool facts about insects. Like, did you know that if you stick a grasshopper’s head underwater it won’t drown? That’s because insects have a system of tubes that allow them to breath through spiracles located on only their abdomen and thorax! Cool, right? Another really interesting fact I’d like to share with you is about insect eyes. Did you know that many insects, including this Madagascar marbled mantis (Polyspilota aeruginosa), have not 2, but 5 eyes!! The two prominent eyes you see on this fancy fellow are compound eyes. They are made up of individual parts known as ommatidia, each possessing an individual lens. These eyes don’t produce a sharp visual image but give the insect a wide field of view and great motion detection abilities. “5 eyes, huh? So where are the others?” You might be sitting around asking yourself this question, but if you look at this photo closely, you might be able to see three little dots in the middle of the mantis’ head. Those are the three simple eyes, or ocelli! While their function has been debated for quite some time, researchers have found in flies, for example, that they are used as light detectors, to detect movement, and to control balance and gaze during flight. Not all insects have these ocelli but some groups that do include bees, wasps, true flies, grasshoppers, cockroaches and of course, mantids. Here is an awesome scientific article about insect eyes, specifically ocelli in flies, if it sparks your interest! 👀 .
Thanks to PCV Mozambique @wflinter for sending in this awesome #insectofpeacecorps. Now, clean those dirty plates of yours! 😬😁
Dona Rosa ci ha spiegato come si prepara una papa di riso con coco per dare nutrimento ai bambini. Ingredienti semplici, ma importanti per un'alimentazione equilibrata.
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Session N°46 | SAMBIZANGA with Barbara Gronau and Maja Figge
January 18, 2018 | 7 PM [Please note: A Thursday for this week!]
SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | 13347 Berlin
Free entrance - donations welcome
A big one coming this week! For the 46th session of our series, we are very excited to host Dr. Barbara Gronau and Dr. Maja Figge who will screen Sambizanga from Sarah Maldoror: 1972. 35mm. 102 minutes. [Film will be screened in 16mm format.] Barbara and Maja explain their choice as follows: Sarah Maldoror made her film, beautifully shot in 35mm, to raise consciousness about and solidarity with the forgotten wars of independence in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau for European and US audiences. Instead of focusing on the war she presents the momentum that ignites the uprising in 1961 and even more – this motivates our choice – the film shows “Le temps que l'on met a marcher” (Sarah Maldoror) from a female perspective.
Read more on the film, and Barbara Gronau & Maja Figge’s practices on our Facebook event page or on our website: savvy-contemporary.com.