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slit screen video painting

I've been reading about Rothko's paintings this weekend and wanted to make a video painting similar to his works. it didn't quite work out as I expected (or like a Rothko painting). but I took videos around Auckland yesterday of different colours with the plan of using them as overlayed panels of colours. instead I ended up using a slit screen and shifting the entry points + having horizontal & vertical panels + changing between the different clips.

I don't think it turned out like the later Rothko paintings though. his paintings has large blocks of colour yet they weren't really about the colour. they were about the emotions - and the paintings showed emotions through the colours & induced emotions in the viewer. there were also glimpses of spirituality in the paintings - some had an inner light which shone through the works. also the size & scale of the paintings - often wall sized - caused the viewer to be enveloped in the emotions. the video I've made doesn't have the same emotions. it's more about the colours - the colours of Auckland city. the edges in the video work are too crisp and sharp. and there's no inner light. the motion relates more to Len Lye's use of motion in images & experimental films and sculptures. I've been reading about his work and his papers prior to making the video - in the book "Figures of Motion - Len Lye - Selected Writings". so I will have to try again - & maybe filter out or soften all the edges, or only keep the lines , like brush strokes, then build them up to panels of colour. many options to think about!

made in isadora - patch attached

26/01/2009

http://www.vimeo.com/2965451

slit screen video painting from kath on Vimeo

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Terence McKenna - some collated works

collating a few of Terence McKenna's books, writings, audio recordings of speeches and videos

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comments for Reality Sandwich article The Wounded Male Geek: My Vision of Terence McKenna

books : The Archaic Revival, which is a collection of essays and spoken word & also Food of the Gods

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=eros+and+the+eschaton&emb=0&aq=f#

podcasts that are available for download - start with the lectures titled "Light of the New Millenium - Chicago/Austin"...both are quite different and cover a good spectrum of his "take" on things.

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Terence McKenna - Eros and Eschaton

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news slices in the snow (85sec version)

news slices in the snow (85sec version)

news slices in the snow (85sec version) : I made this last feb, 06/02/2008 after I'd heard about the terrorist attack in Israel. I'd read many of the online stories about it, so in this video some screenshots of the news stories / websites are cut-up and sliced and rotated in 3D (to represent the multiple levels and perspectives wrt the region & it's problems) on the screen whilst in the background, snow is falling to cool things down whilst steam is rising. the soundtrack has the sample 'over & over' as I was wondering when it (conflict in this region) would ever end. part way through the news slices started looking like a folded paper bird - let's hope it's a bird that brings peace to da middle east!! (as my friend Angus used to say)

it seems it might be apt for this year too. I've been following the recent stories regarding Israel & Gaza listed @ www.aliak.com/content/summer-holidays

this isn't the original version - it's a new version of the first 1min 25sec so it'll play here on flickr (since they have a 90sec video limit)

06/02/2008 original version @ www.aliak.com/content/news-slices-snow
09/01/2008

filename=20080206_news_slices_in_snow130-exp.mov

made in isadora

I haven't felt like making a new video yet. maybe I need to stop reading the news / info sites

quote

I just saw this quote in a radar oreilly article :

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

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the gnostic gospels - reading notes

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the gnostic gospels - reading notes

01/01/2009

extracts :

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels

( from pages xviii - xxi - Introduction )

By the time of the Emperor Constantine's conversion, when Christianity became an officially approved religion in the fourth century, Christian bishops, previously victimized by the police, now commanded them. Possession of books denounced as heretical was made a criminal offense. Copies of such books were burned and destroyed. But in Upper Egypt, someone, possibly a monk from a 19 nearby monastery of St. Pachomius, took the banned books and hid them from destruction‚Äö in the jar where they remained buried for almost 1,600 years.

gnosis

gnosis - notes from Gnosis Now! readings and course

original gnosis now! article on this site

driving light letters

on the drive home from brisbane to sydney during my summer holidays I was playing with the delay settings on my camera. the lights from the cars looked like letters - maybe hebrew or aramaic - as they danced on the highway at dusk as we drove home

30/12/2008

http://vimeo.com/2686955

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gnosis / knowledge / insight

Erik Davis is teaching another class at MLA called Gnosis Now! from February 23 - April 5 2009.

Gnosis Now! (from MLA course page)

Gnosticism is one of the most potent, complex, and misunderstood elements of western esoteric spirituality. Rooted in the apocalyptic era of early Christianity, gnostic mysticism animates hermeticism, alchemy, and magick, and has profoundly influenced modern pop culture as well (Philip K. Dick, The Matrix, even Scientology). Because gnosticism is rooted in direct experience of the divine, it remains open to many different interpretations; scholars bicker about it constantly.

http://www.maybelogic.org/courses.htm for more info on the course or read more for the reading list

This class proposes to study a few of the most accessible and transformative gnostic texts, both ancient and modern, and to bring their tricky wisdom to bear on the state of consciousness today. In addition to online discussion threads, the course will feature weekly podcasts from Erik Davis, a celebrated speaker, as well as a few group voice-over-IP chats. Modestly-sized texts will include ancient gnostic gospels as well as accessible scholarly interpretations and modern short stories.

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summer holidays

had a very relaxing Christmas / summer holiday in Brisbane - mostly spent sleeping, catching up with friends, eating and visiting the amazing north coast beaches at Caloundra & Noosa, driving along the coast between them. we drove up, cat on lap at times - the rain this year has done wonders for the land as everything was a lush, vibrant green colour and the sky was so clear & blue - the light this year was incredible - things seemed to sparkle.

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still clouds moving buildings

still clouds, moving buildings

these have the effect for a short time - though I think I'd need a tripod to capture it properly. I had this visual effect yesterday when the clouds were moving faster than today (but I didn't have my camera - it was a very windy day yesterday). the clouds stopped moving & the buildings started to move. it was sort of like looking at a stereogram picture and seeing the hidden image within the noise come into focus. once you see it you can't not see it any more

harris park & parramatta, sydney

14/12/2008

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a photo walk home

Harris Park - photo slideshow

Harris Park - these are some of the sights I see when I walk from home - shops & back. there's a lot of cute heritage worker's cottages / houses in HP - some have been renovated & others are run-down, about to be pulled down and probably turned into blocks of flats. unfortunately I can't afford to buy one of these. many are now business offices or restaurants - lots of Indian and Lebanese restaurants here. we also have the international conservatorium of music. Parramatta is a short walk - there's more and more highrises going up there. I like the reflections of the sky & clouds in the buildings though.

Harris Park & Parramatta, Sydney
14/12/2008

http://blip.tv/file/1574129
http://vimeo.com/2520806
photos @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliak_com/tags/harrispark

Harris Park - photo slideshow from kath on Vimeo.

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remuxed headlines zine

tomorrow - remuxed headlines zine
mumbai & india articles / news broadcasts / newspapers

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Yale forestry & environment graduates & carbon credits trading industry

I've been reading an article called "Can Carbon Credits Slow Global Warming?" via the How To Be a 21st Century Capitalist" article referred by sebchan

in the USA, graduates from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) at Yale University have been entering the Carbon Credits Trading industry - actually helping to build this industry.

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found 3gp 15 second videos

I found some old 3gp videos on my work phone - a nokia 6230. the recording quality is very low - best viewed at original size or the compression makes them even more unviewable. these were taken between 2004 - 2008 and have clips from delhi, india + caesarea, tel aviv, israel + geelong, melbourne + parramatta, sydney + rotorua & auckland, new zealand + devon, england

a mini video wall of 15 second samples from the past few years - play a few at once - if you press (more) once the first play has finished then it displays other videos I've uploaded to blip, not just the 3gp ones, though they'll be using the 3gp video dimensions)

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