Sunday, April 30, 2006

dandelion

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- See: Image

:: note :: ... warmth is here ... the golden dandelion tops in the front yard ... my grandfather made wonderful dandelion wine but have always feared the chemical sprays & possible pollution of downtown to harvest each years incredible crop ... sometimes do pick the greens to make a scrumptious salad figuring to survive the small amount of pollutants from a few plants each year ...

Saturday, April 29, 2006

awareness



" . . . Awareness inspires action; worry is pointless and paralyzing."(Oblivio | Awareness)


- See: Terms

:: note :: ... a phrase to live by which i find easier to speak/think than act on ... also this is the first blink towards Oblivio who makes me laugh more than most ...

Friday, April 28, 2006

Ashes&Snow



feather to fire
fire to blood
blood to bone
bone to marrow
marrow to ashes
ashes to snow


"The title Ashes and Snow suggests beauty and renewal, while also referring to the literary component of the exhibition - a fictional account of a man who, over the course of a yearlong journey, composes 365 letters to his wife. The source of the title is revealed in the 365th letter."(ashes and snow)

- See: Artists

:: note :: ... an absolutely beautiful experience from an incredible artist ...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

letting go letting come

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(via How to Save the World | Lack of Presence)

- See: Terms

:: note :: ... love the terminology ... from the incredible blogger Dave Pollard and one of the fewer & fewer remaining Radio users ...

Monday, April 24, 2006

sChOOL art

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:: note :: ... during the break wandered the school & took shots of displayed school art ... impressive work ... more ... also visited COOLart 2006 where student's work was on display ...

- See: Images

Sunday, April 23, 2006

River Sutra



"Do you know why birds sing at dawn and at sunset? Because of the changing light. Their songs are a spontaneous response to the beauty of the world. That is truly music."(Gita Mehta. A River Sutra. p203)


- See: Quotes

:: note :: ... need to listen more ...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

eco-heroes



"... we asked readers to nominate their grassroots eco-heroes, we received hundreds of names. It's a testament to the number of people, often uncelebrated, who continue to fight for our planet." (AlterNet | Celebrating Our Eco-Heroes)


- See: Politics

:: note :: ... what do I do? ... if you do link read the comments ... a wonderful collection of complex ideas ...

Friday, April 21, 2006

slashed



"What I am suggesting, then, is for networks to intervene into the market of higher education. The university is quite a vulnerable institution actually. It is quite uncertain, and indeed could be characterised as a place of precarity for many. As many have experienced, the labour force of universities is predominantly composed of casual workers whose seasonal pattern of employment resembles that of the strawberry picker. Unions typically fail to represent the interests of casual workers, since their interest is to protect the security of those with tenured positions. ... But eventually free labour exhausts itself. " (Inter Activist INFO Exchange |'Organised Networks: Transdisciplinarity and New Institutional Forms' |Ned Rossiter )


- See: Politics

:: note :: ... teaching load slashed this term ... simple lack of collaborative interest ... a continued pattern of hierarchical dimension institutions in which i knowingly participate in a shameful 'self-managed exploitation' ...

Sunday, April 16, 2006

frail

longSunday
bells toll grey Eastersmoke
soaking up dust a hermetic watchful & mourning eye
guides the souls of men & women
passing through frail, faint faith

- See: Poetry

Friday, April 14, 2006

face to face

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- See: Image

:: note :: ... playing with appleworks draw tool ...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Disorder



"But then came the real surprise: When they introduced disorder - forces were applied at random to each oscillator - the system became ordered and synchronized."(context weblog sampling new cultural context | disorder-induced synchronization)


- See: Terms

:: note :: ... wonderful when physics meets intuition ... find arts methodology is so far behind theoritical physics ...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Paper Folding




y.nishimura gallery
(via manoverboard)

- See: Artists


:: note :: ... future project takes vision ...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Proprioception

"Proprioception means, literally, our sense of self. Modern neuroscientists use the word to refer to the sensory information coming from sensors in the body - telling us where it is and what it is doing."(BBC | The Dancers Body)


- See: Terms

:: note :: ... sometimes described as the sixth sense ... balance & beyond ... for years have (very unscientifically) called intuition the sixth sense until this year let it slip to the seventh sense ... when questioned made up some answer ... keep living the questions and you'll never find answers ...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Exams



... dear students ... translate your actions, your learning into language ... entwine the culture & history of your lived experience with the fabric of your imagination intersecting contexts & circumstances with realizations ... taste the bitter paradoxes ... inhabit the many somethings not simply there but sought for with all your range & resources ... speculate with attentiveness and precision ... that is what i call reflection ... many thanks for your love and compassion ...

- See: Terms

:: note :: ... open hearted letter to all writing exams at this time ...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

secrets

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The New York Review of Books |The Secrets of the Bomb By Jeremy Bernstein

& related only through random surfing Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation

- See: Images

:: note :: ... need to explore ... as a young student my father studied at Berkeley during the Manhatten Project ... though he had received a scholarship to study at one of the most prestidious universities working in his field of plasma physics he left months later ... he left knowing the 'pure science' research he was a part of was being used for American military purposes ... this was the man who once commanded me never to compromise myself ...

Allan Kaprow



"Allan Kaprow, the artist who combined painting, sculpture and theater in flamboyant events that he staged in unexpected locations and referred to as "happenings," has died. He was 79." (latimes.com | Allan Kaprow, 79; Artist's 'Happenings' Broke New Ground in Expression)


- See: Memorium

:: note :: ... as a student of the '70's Kaprow inspired my experimentation ... a pioneer forges paths ... i followed creating happenings in the streets, by the river, in the fields, in the now demolished hanger building ... to this day i exercise an event called soulWork which can be traced by following the path back to Kaprow ... thank you for your artistry & vision ... peace be with you in the "happening" beyond ...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Rothko



"Here we are in the presence not of religion, but of something at once primordial and all too contemporary. On a notecard from the 1950s, Rothko had written, in his usual clotted style that yet makes his meaning entirely clear:"

"'When I say that my paintings are Western, what I mean is that they seek the concretization of no state that is without the limits of western reason, no esoteric, extra-sensory or divine attributes to be achieved by prayer & terror. Those who can claim that these [limits] are exceeded are exhibiting self-imposed limitations as to the tensile limits of the imagination within those limits. In other words, that there is no yearning in these paintings for Paradise, or divination. On the contrary they are deeply involved in the possibility of ordinary humanity.'" (arts.telegraph | A room full of violence, and the silence of death)


- See: Artists

:: note :: ... after spending most of my practice & thought bonding the sacred to art(theater) a significant shift is happening ... celebration of experience ... open, cheerful appreciation ... devoid of divine ... bind art to gratitude ...

creative thinking



"Therefore, it may be that how a person is thinking before problem solving begins is just as important as the kind of thinking involved in reaching the solution, and perhaps even determines whether the solution will be derived with a sudden insight."(context weblog | aha! creative thinking style)


- See: Terms

:: note :: ... sudden insights take a lifetime of preparation ...

Friday, April 07, 2006

spring tulips



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- See: Images

:: note :: ... tulips in the front yard of my mother's house in full splendor ... Ottawa Tulip Festival
... my mother grew up in Ottawa and when I planted these bulbs, sometimes with my son, these past few years it has been that connection I've explored ... know she loves tulips but have never asked why & even though she loves her home here know she loves Ottawa too ... there are no why's in beauty ... no why in most of living ... just do the work ... plant the bulbs in autumn ... spring always comes ...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

terror



he dreamed ... softly walking down an eerily empty corridor of a dazzlingly new elementary school ... he opened a classroom door at the very end of the hallway to find himself at the back of a crowded grade three class ... the young faces were full of joy as they finger painted ... his co-operating teacher of over twenty years ago smiled inviting him to the blackboard ... excited to see her again he stopped and remembered she had recently recovered from a serious battle with cancer ... the room darkened and lowered to another realm ... the young students were suddenly comatose ... he was in a laboratory desperately piling bodies into a bathtub ... an invisible flesh eating gas was attacking the children ... workers in white lab coats were slashing through canvas walls ... he was wearing a gas mask ... a nerve gas he thought intended to annihilate all vital material ... this is senseless ... panic stricken he awoke ...

- See: Dreams

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

self-managed



"The decision regarding the distribution of funding was not made by curators, juries or committees, but by the submitters themselves."(context weblog | net community hacks cultural funding system)


- See: Terms

:: note :: ... a self-managed cultural funding ... the breaking down of heiarchy ... yes ... a source of joy ... beautifully & creatively nihilistic ... allow the free spirit to be heroic ... courage, cheerful and energetic ... be open, appreciative and equally observant of everything ... active, generous and positive ... happily re-invent continuously ...

Monday, April 03, 2006

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Tags

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- See: Tags

:: note :: ... these stickers appeared last weekend on the wall of the department ... at least seven different quotes ... all attributed to The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair by Marion Roach ... on Monday vanished ... watch a brief interview with the author ... btw my sister was a redhead & proud of it ...