Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Reality Blink" by the pool
When I was very young, maybe 8 or 9 years old, I had a very strange experience. In fact, I only recently told my girlfriend recently about it. Its difficult to describe, becuase the experience was quite mundane - though its left an impression on me for some time. Here is what happened:

I was watching my father use a long pole-net to collect leaves that had fallen in the pool. In less than an instant, before my eyes, he was on the otherside of the pool collecting leaves from the other side of the pool. He moved about 6 metres instantaneously. How in the hell did that happen, I remember saying to myself, thats physcially impossible! My dad couldn't have run that distance especially carrying the pole-net. I remember feeling a bit stunned, as if someone was playing with the fabric of time. Because it was such a mundane scene, I never told anyone (seeing someone shift 6 metres instantly by the pool is not an exciting topic).

For some reason - I felt like that experience has happened to me more than once but this is the only one I can remember. Recently, I have been reading the book "Time Storms" by Jenny Randle. She has a section called "Reality Blinks" - which is described in the following way:

Other witnessesses have likened it to shifting into a parallel earth where everthing is basically the same but small things have changed. If there are co-existent realities, each one different only slightly from others, what would experience if we moved 'sidways' from one track to another? Is it reasonable to surmise that the witness may perceive this shift in the form of reality blinks - just described here?

Two friends first alerted me to the reality blink idea by reporting an event that happened to them on a visit to the Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland. They were standing eating fish and chips next to a car park when one turned to the other, eyes gaping, and said, 'Did you see that?' Both had. An empty car right in front of them had suddenly moved a few yards sideways. Peter said: 'We sort of paused mid-chip and shrugged. But whilst we both saw it, cars do not of course move sideways [it wa not on a slope]. So it wa a case of "Oh!" and on to the next chip.'

I am curious if anyone else has had similar experiences to these aforementioned "Reality Blinks"?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Patrick Dougherty - Land Artist

From Patrick Doughterty's website

"Dougherty's works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by
interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look 'found' rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings."

Some of his artwork:

Chris Drury - Land Art Camera Obscura

Chris Drury is one of my favourite Eco Artists. He has built installations around the world working with aperature to create camera obscura architecture - basically his outdoor installations create an inverted image of the natural world outside and projected inside his installation.

Here are some pics:
Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky

here is the outside image of the trees reflected inside his installation

Wave Chamber:
Click on image to follow links of how "Wave Chamber" was designed

visit Chris Drury's site

The Eco-art of Nils-Udo

Nils Udo is a bavarian eco-artists. A quote from Nils Udo:

“Sketching with flowers. Painting with clouds. Writing with water. Tracing the May wind, the path of a falling leaf. Working for a thunderstorm. Awaiting a glacier. Bending the wind. Directing water and light. The May-green call of the cuckoo and the invisible trace of its flight. Space. The cry of an animal. The bitter taste of daphne. Burying the pond and the dragon-fly. Setting fire to the fog and the perfume of the yellow barberry. Marrying sounds, colors and smells. The green grass. Counting a forest and a meadow.

Clearly it is only in her very last refuges that nature is still intact, inexhaustible; it is only there that enchantment is still reality. On any day of the year, in every season, in any light, in any weather; in the Largest and Smallest.

These days however, people are not interested in this. Nature is no longer an issue, except to a few Greens, who mostly can no longer tell a lime tree from a beech tree. Of course, there are many who pretend to love nature. Like the ones who claim to want peace. The fact is, they lost nature long ago. They don't see it any more, let alone hear it, smell it, taste it or touch it. When they do in fact take a look, they still don't see: they lost the prerequisites long ago for a larger, expansive and transitory overall view.

Make natural space into Art-space? Where is the limit on the narrow line between nature and art? Art? Life! What counts is the utopian character, the life- and art-blending character of my actions. My response to the events that mark my existence. My life. Are there art-lovers interested in my life?

A picture. A leaf, laden with flowers, drifting down a brook. Life.”

And of course, some of his work:

Here is some addition info on Nils-Udo

Mikael Hansen - the Organic Highway

Mikael Hansen is a Danish artist that does "earth art". Check my favourite work, an outdoor installation called "Organic Highway" below. From Mikael's Absolute Arts profile:

Since my participation in the first earth-art project in Denmark in 1983 I have been fascinated by this mode of artistic expression (landart). Parallel to this I am working with sculpture, objects, indoor installations, painting and mixed media

Strange and demented art of Odd Nerdrum [graphic content]

I recently did an image search on google (I can't remember the search string) and found some interesting and twisted work of the Norwegian painter "Odd Nerdum"

Nerdrum is renowned for his emulation of old-master techniques and textures: there are in his paintings many echoes of Rembrandt and Caravaggio, in particular. Beyond that, his devotion to the depiction of flesh brings the work of Lucian Freud to mind; whereas certain of his pictures have, to my eye, unexpected likenesses to canvases by DalĂ­, or Ferdinand Hodler.

A great many of Nerdrum’s paintings of the ’80s and ’90s share a common setting: a bleak, post-apocalyptic locale where crudely-clothed or naked figures adopt contorted poses, or perform acts of violence, or enact bizarre rituals: like hallucinated variations on themes suggested by the Mad Max movies.
Detail from 'Liberation' by Odd Nerdrum, 1974.

Nerdrum’s staunch use of traditional techniques, and of figurative subjects, has drawn its share of criticism and derision. Part of his response has been to claim that he is not an artist, but rather a ‘kitsch painter’, further claiming that ‘the kitsch painter is committed to the eternal: love, death and the sunrise’ and ‘because modernism has conquered art, kitsch is the saviour of talent and devotion.’

Visit some Odd Nerdrums sites here, and here.

Incidentally, the image above reminds of the giant plush rabbit in the Alps (complete with spilled guts)

Treehouse Internship? Sounds like fun!

Here's a quick link to an article about a guy who did a treehouse internship:

"I had a six-month internship over the summer," he said. "I did drafting, design drawing and some deck and platform construction."

During the internship, Yorke helped build five treehouses in the Seattle area. The company's clientele, he said, consists of two types of people: "bohemians," who want a "pared-down structure," or the wealthy, who have extra money to spend on something fun.

Some images:

Friday, May 9, 2008

Future Travel with the Air Jelly?

Here is a 'flying machine' that can be described as a 'flying jelly fish'. It is made by the company Festo

Though I am not sure it could be used for personal travel, perhaps it does have uses for repairing things at high altitude.

Outsource your Social News with cheap overseas labour!

Digg, Delicious and Reddit are all fun 'news buzz sites' in which that users rank there stories. I for one love to check out Popurls which conglomerates them all together. Usually the stories are quite fascinating, interesting and revelent. The sites that are linked to the stories often get a great deal of traffic boost. This makes them a prime target for spam and strong handed search engine optimisation tactics.

Another interesting example of this is to look how freelancer sites such as getfreelancer do this:

need experienced people who can get my blog to DIGG first page and to freeze it there for some time. bid only when you use different IPs, different ACTIVE digg accounts that digg something else too and do not look too fresh. contact us with your price, number of digg votes and time frame needed for this task. will pay via GAF escrow. link

Project will go to cheapest bid for 50 to 75 natural looking diggs on our article. Budget $35 for 70 diggs in 2 to 3 days

Sir I would like to bid on it. I can do 45 diggs within your stipulated time. i am having 32 own accounts.

You crawl through googles record of getafreelancer and see alot interesting 'shenanigans' indeed!