The quote below is from Design Dieter Ram’s.  I saw a great exhibition of his work at the Moma today.  I loved his design principles. Thinking sustainability. Right ON!

  1. Good design is innovative.
  2. Good design makes a product useful.
  3. Good design is aesthetic.
  4. Good design makes a product understandable.
  5. Good design is unobtrusive.
  6. Good design is honest.
  7. Good design is long-lasting.
  8. Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
  9. Good design is environmentally friendly.
  10. Good design is as little design as possible.


My Game (Meu Jogo)

My game is under the sun.
With our partners, we call the shots.
In the moment.
Quick decision making.
We win together.
We celebrate.
We tap our hands.
We hi5.
We scream.
We loose together.
But we still have fun.
And we coach each other.
We call our shots.
Between us and them.
A net.
No poker face.
our adversary is not an enemy.
They are also partners.
Committed to give us the best game ever.
A fair game.
A good game.
When they play well.
We cheer with them.
We want this to be good for everyone.
And thats how I play my game.
At the volleyball court and in life!


The Island and I (A Ilha e eu)

I took the photo above today when I was leaving the Big Island of Hawaii from the plane on my mobile phone. A few minutes earlier, a friend asked on the car how did I feel the island. I tried to explain that I am filled with creative and nurturing energy. Browsing the airline magazine, I saw the quote below. I looked outside once again. I closed my eyes and let the island in one last time, until I return.


Tiffany and Moisés at the Pahoa Village Museum – Hawaii

“Moisés J. Nascimento and Tiffany Higgins performing at the Pahoa Village Museum on the Big Island of Hawaii on August 7, 2011. Moisés plays guitar as they perform poems from the documentary Duas Americas and from Tiffany’s book, And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet. Moises sings his beautiful rendition of Forca Estranha, Caetano Veloso’s song explaining how, observing the miracles of life, he feels a strange force urge him to sing. “

Moises and Tiffany’s Open Studio: World of Possibilities

Last weekend, as part of East Bay Pro Arts Open Studios, Tiffany and I put together a multimedia installation party to share some of the photography, music, poetry and film from our documentary “Duas Americas”. We had a blast! Click above to see photos!

San Francisco Street Art


Resting With Sea Turtle (Descançando com tartarugas marinhas)

Punaluu Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

Numa tarde aqui no Hawaii, semana passada, deite-me na praia próximo a uma tartaruga marinha e tiramos uma soneca. Não nos pertube durante o sono! Ficamos irritados! hehe

(In an idle afternoon, last week, I laid down next to a sea turtle and took a nap in the same beach. Don’t try to wake us up. We get grumpy!)

Mexico City through the windows! (Cidade do México através das janelas)

From the ugly smoke that rises covering the stars…
da  feia fumaça que  sobe apagando as estrelas…

From the  taxi window, I was not able to hide the smile for arriving at a place that brings  me back home. When I opened the window of the hotel, this phrase from Caetano  Veloso’s song Sampa came to my  mind. In the song, Caetano sings the reality of contrasts in modern São Paulo. Mexico City welcomed  me with sincere smiles, Tacos  Del Pastor and a gray landscape.

Da janela do taxi, eu não conseguia esconder o sorriso de estar num lugar que lembra minha terra. Quando abri a janela do hotel, a frase da música Sampa, de Caetano Veloso me veio à mente imediatamente. Na música, Caetano versa a realidade de contrastes da moderna São  Paulo.  A Cidade do México me recepcionou com sorrisos sinceros,  tacos del pastor e uma paisagem cinza.


I am living between two words.

A part of me is wine.
Velvet red.
Existential rhymes.
Colors of Almodovar.
Pictures of light.
Communal energy

The other part is flesh.
Pale yellow.
Organizational structures.
Gray boxes.
Ego shadows.
Individual and illicit.

A part of me is my mother.
Feminine and nurture.
Silent touch.
A flowing river.
Laughing the happiness
That no longer can hide.

The other part is male
White and in charge.
rationalizing numbers.
Return on investment.
Instant kharma.
A golden fish fighting for life.
Fins stained by BP oil.
Laying at the bottom
Watching deaf
The colorless ocean of busy sardines.
Swinging round and round
Lost in this fishbowl of insanity.

From his holiness, the Dalai Lama

“What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”
His answer was as follows: “MAN”
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money,
Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present,
And as a result he doesn’t live in the present or the future
And he lives as if he’s never going to die
And then he dies having never really lived.”

Duas Américas: A Window to Magic Possibilities

Friend and artist Rebecca Bauen woke me up this morning with an amazing Birthday gift: the painted paper marche sculptures we are working on for the film “Duas Américas” visuals.

Since the gift comes the day I celebrate my 35th birthday, it makes me think of being born to all magic that exists in this world that sometimes we get too busy to notice!

Thank you Rebecca for your beautiful colors and shapes!