Monday, April 19, 2010

Let loose


Shifting between worlds. In and out. Sliding and jumping into the unknown without rhyme or reason. Everything is tangled and confused. Latching on to individual threads appears futile. They are slippery and evasive. A jumbled mess of people, places and spaces, some imaginary, others real. There is no concrete 'here' anymore. Just continual movement and flux. I'll ride the wave to wherever it takes me.

Discoveries:

Great interview with Saya Woolfalk about her work No Place.

Svarta - finding gems amongst the rubble.

I am not an artist

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Brave new world


Contemplating the cosmos. Chickens and channelling. Prophets and parables. Processing recent events. Applying meaning arbitrarily and creatively. There is no time for hesitation. Seize the day and invest in a lifetime. The cynic in me is sleeping today.

Discoveries:

Undergrowth - contemporary shamanism.

Art Discoveries:

Carl Berg Gallery - there are some interesting artists represented here.
Nicole Dextras
Joshua Martinez
Brooke Inman - so wonderful! Especially the Thesis.

Quote:

"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan.

Heard here and shown at the seminar. I love the idea that we are conscious star dust.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Back from beyond

I've returned from my Raelian adventure in Las Vegas. The experience was both challenging and moving on both a spiritual and creative level. It will take a while to process the experience, but I can already feel some major ideas forming in relation to the direction of my work.

Major interests to have come from the experience:

*fusion of religion and science
*guided meditation techniques and imagery
*the idea of ascendence (this is an ongoing interest and one that appears central to the core of Raelian beliefs)

A fusion of spirituality and technology are found in Youtube meditation and affirmation videos:







There is a definite structure to most of these videos and the meditations I experienced while away. I'd like to play around with these in my work. Loving the sometimes sacharine, almost cliched imagery present in many of these works. Sound is an important element, often heard as lulling, rhythmic waves which create mood and atmosphere.

I have had an interest in the work of Mariko Mori for a while now, but this has been deepened greatly by my research trip:

Interview with Mariko Mori - in Journal of Contemporary Art.





It might be time to take my shaman into the future.

I'll be writing about the trip over the coming week. But for now it's time to get back into the studio and attend to some pesky assignments!