the paradox of the clocks in a time of alienation


People in Line 2020:05:12.17:02

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By Yasef Ananda

Beijing, 12/05/2020 (The People Online) –The before and after of the pandemic also will be appreciated by the accent and rhythm of the new physiognomy of the culture industry and tourism. The physical distance, and in consequence the social and which he freely shed, is presented to us as the alter ego of the paradox of the clocks, that certain psychological experiment that attempts to understand the difference in the perception of time between two observers in states of motion are different from each other. The physical distance, being the current most effective slow down to the minimum possible, in the form of spillovers, in turn, is seen as the quickest way to deteriorate the life we enjoy, and which depends on our direct contribution to expand and breathe.

Under the rule of the mask and quarantine, culture and tourism have been offered as compasses fundamental to overcome the recent abúlicos periods of confinement. Art saves and enlightens. In social networks, the good fortune to have good artists and good works has won a sudden relief. On our way out of conch, writers, filmmakers and musicians have been just as indispensable as the health care personnel, scientists and all those who defend life “out there.” This hard time to relearn to live together has channeled the flowering of the grace of the spirit cultural. Millions of people have been able to feel embraced by a body that is not them is foreign, whether from the realm of the arts, or to explore unknown superior tourist trails. Technology using, hundreds of museums and galleries have opened their doors to the “confined”, thickening another paradox:that of the gifts.

Through concerts virtual, since that freedom to another, within the Latin american scene have been affirmed musicians of the stature of the pianist cuban Chucho Valdés, the colombian Juanes, or the Spanish, Alejandro Sanz, just to quote some figures that have been opened memorable windows of solidarity music with all the world. Also note the concert virtual “One World: Together at Home” that met Lady Gaga, JLO, Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish, J Balvin, Maluma, Ricky Martin, Becky G, managing to raise 127.9 million us dollars to the Fund of Solidarity Response in front of the Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO).

The scene china has not lagged behind. 150 international artists were involved on 9 may in a concert in line 10 hours for the tenth anniversary of the Agency Theatre for the Performing Arts of China and the Grand Theatre of Guangzhou. It was an opportunity for the western audience could enjoy talented instrumentalists in chinese as the teacher of pipa Fang Jinlong, the pianist Lang Lang and violinist Lyu Siqing.

In that sense, although the cultural sector has suffered and is suffering significant economic losses, has risen next to the tourism as tools foundational to arbitration and the solace human. As well reminds us Krisnamurti, “freedom is a road without paths”. And once you have recovered the time-axial prior to the entrance of the garden where the signal is branched, the art will be able to experience a far more full along at the thankful and grateful today, either virtual or face-to-face, two-way, such as a braid china.

With the global demand collapsed almost completely and the permanence of the closures of international borders for health reasons, the arrival of international travelers could take in some destinations. However, not all of them are bad news. In China, during the summer vacation period for the International Workers ‘ Day Hubei province, heavily affected by the epidemic COVID-19, received a total of 7,35 million domestic tourists. According to the Provincial Administration of Culture and Tourism of Hubei, the income tourism generated during the holiday period of five days came to a total of 2,450 million reminbi (about 345 million u.s. dollars). Although it is still far from the times bright, the analysts conclude that the dynamic indicates that the tourism in China are recovering gradually and steadily.

In general, China recorded about 104 million domestic trips during the vacation period for the International Workers ‘ Day. The income from domestic tourism amounted to € 43.230 million renminbi (around 6.120 million u.s. dollars).

One of the welcome news in times of confinement and virtual tours for spaces of tourist interest, shows that during the same vacation period, we checked 50,000 visits to 19 museums in Beijing, reopened with capabilities limited to avoid the crowds, and requirements as prior booking with a real name and a limit on the hours that it remains open to the public.

Also, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of China confirmed that about 70 percent of the sites panoramic views of China have already reopened gradually.

Ensuring safety is the key. In this new strategy, corresponding to the new situation post-outbreak who lives in China, has asked the travel agencies and tourism companies to evaluate the security of the products and the routes, including the health guarantee of the technical services and the staff involved.

Although one side of the world has stopped, culture and tourism have continued to generate enriching experiences. It is essential to rescue both industries, although to day of today, there are more questions and experiments that answers.

Does your resurgence “in vivo” and on a global scale will depend on overcoming the psychological factor or the socio-economic? Do you go a consumer of culture and tourism of mass to “bubble of trust”, and deals custom? What Repuntarán contagion, if we lower the perception of risk?

If tourism is to want to know, the art could be understood as the expression that allows to give to know. Economy aside, the human spirit should not forgo the immense pleasure of venturing and find. Little by little, with prudence, we’ll recovering.

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