Unprecedented in terms of their popularity, these sites are nevertheless a continuation of earlier dating services, and especially of personal ads
Arbitrator and strategic consultant, founding partner of De Cayetti Law (international consultancy and alternative dispute resolution); former avocat at the Paris bar; lecturer at Sorbonne University (Abu Dhabi) and Paris-Saclay University (France); Member of the CAS Ad Hoc Division for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Franc?ois Morellet (1926 – 2016), a prolific self-taught painter, sculptor, and installation artist, developed a radical approach to geometric abstraction during a career spanning more than six decades. His object-based paintings, neon and architectural installations, and site-specific works explored the creative potential of kinetic and pre-established systems, challenging the viewer’s understanding of perception and the physical picture plane. Incorporating steel, neon tubes, iron, adhesive tape, wire mesh and wood into his work, he strove to dismantle traditional hierarchies and embraced the elements of randomness and chance. Morellet’s playfulness and wit are also revealed in the titles of his works, which often include tongue-in-cheek puns, parody, and wordplay.
Born in Cholet, France, where he lived and worked for the entirety of his life, Morellet studied literature in Paris before returning to run his family-owned toy factory until 1975. This allowed him financial independence while providing exposure to fabricators and production techniques that came to inform his practice. Morellet first created figurative paintings in the 1940s before turning to abstraction after a highly influential trip to Brazil in 1950, where he discovered Concrete art and the work of Max Bill. In addition to Bill, Jean Arp and Theo van Doesburg became defining influences for the artist, alongside the geometric patterns, anonymous beauty and precision of the Islamic bra in Spain in 1952. As a result, he developed works based on simple systems and rules, which removed the subjectivity of the artist and dismantled conventional notions of composition. As Morellet stated, he turned his artistic endeavors into ‘an adventure, as frivolous as it is systematic.’ In the late 1950s he discovered the ‘Duo-collages’ of Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp through his friend Ellsworth Kelly, which prompted him to introduce chance as a central principle, creating works based on random numbers found in his local phone directory or the infinite sequence of decimals of the number pi.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – If the “happily” has gone out of your “happily ever after,” eHarmony wants to know all about it.
The Web dating service, best known for matching couples through psychological testing, has opened a research facility to collect data about what draws people to each other — sometimes disastrously — and what holds them together through the demands of marriage and children.
These presentations are subject to a specific type of writing which could be seen in the earliest “marriage partner ads” and which is also observed on dating sites, where the self-presentations are often called “ads”
The team of researchers working at eHarmony Labs in Pasadena, California will study love and its biological, sociological and neurological underpinnings.
“The click factor — that’s a very different factor than success in a long-term relationship, but very important,” Dr. Galen Buckwalter, vice president of research and development at eHarmony, said in an interview.
5Dating sites, however, have been considerably more successful. In 2013, approximately 14% of the French population aged 25 to 65 had subscribed to a site at some point. Continuity can also be seen in the sites’ architecture, which is based first and foremost on self-presentations (user profiles) where users introduce themselves and describe the type of partner they are looking for.