CWS Workshops

Over 2 decades ago I was invited to go to the most powerful, life changing workshops I ever experienced, Challenging White Supremacy Workshop, by co-founder Sharon Martinas, To say the workshop was transformative would be an understatement I found that the website I put together was still out there http://cwsworkshop.org/ ! The BeingKB from this is still so pertinent NO?W.

As an artist my latest connection moving deep into European colonialism this is the work of Andrea Stultiens https://www.andreastultiens.nl/things-i-do-with-photographs/

How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Remembering this phenomena within my interactions with social media Tip: don’t see other creatives as competitors but as collaborators Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career. But as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us — trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequate and less creative. In a refreshingly honest talk, he explores how the attention-driven model of big tech companies impacts our creativity — and shares a more powerful feeling than getting attention: paying attention.

Horizon

“In a lot of ways it was me choosing art over a person, which I didn’t necessarily know at the time. And feeling like, in order to do it how I need to do it, I need to be on my own. “

Let me put the water in the bowl
For your wounds, babe
Let me fill you up with the fingers of love
You can’t lose babe
When you watch me play, does it feel bad, darlin’
When they choose me?
Say again, this place
Say again, this place
I broke my neck
Dancing to the edge of the world, babe
My mouth is wet, don’t you forget it
Don’t you lose me
Here is your princess
And here is the horizon
Here is your princess
And here is the horizon
I’ve gotta scratch it down, I never could amount
That’s it, babe
And now the sugar’s run out
And I don’t know what to say
Say again, this place
Say again, this place
Here is your princess
And here is the horizon
Here is your princess
And here is the horizon
--Aldous Harding

Expired Holiday

RIP FP-100c (2016), FP-3000b(2014) and Polaroid Spectra !!!

In 1944 when 3-year-old Jennifer Land asked to see the family vacation photo that her dad had just taken, the technology didn’t exist. So her dad, Edwin Land, invented it. Despite his brilliance, Land’s Polaroid Corporation eventually hit hard times in the decades after his death in 1991. Heavily invested in its film sales, Polaroid wasn’t prepared as all tiers of the imaging market went digital, with everyone from consumer photographers to high-end medical and optical imagers abandoning film and processing.

“Birth is painful and delightful. Death is painful and delightful. Everything that ends is also the beginning of something else. Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.” ― Pema Chödrön,

idea foundation

  1. take small steps, but take those steps, everyday
  2. accept mistakes and welcome mistakes – in life you have an exam first, then you learn the lesson
  3. apply discipline – it is the empowering enabler to develop the idea
  4. focus more on the journey more than the destination it is the ever changing seed for the idea
  5. focus on the present (where the journey is taking place)
  6. do with passion, heart and determination and without procrastination. beware of dullness
  7. have an organizing principle
  8. be free and let go of your fear and get out of your comfort zone

Recognize the state of being you are finding ourself
Accept acknowledge and allow the situation/experience be the way how it is, be the way you are
Investigate your emotional and mental state and ask questions
Non-Identification – what is the body, mind and emotion – are you ‘that’

Zero 7 – Destiny

I lie awake
I’ve gone to ground
I’m watching porn
In my hotel dressing gown
Now I dream of you
But I still believe
There’s only enough for one in this lonely hotel suite
The journey’s long
And it feels so bad
I’m thinking back to the last day we had
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you
When I’m weak, I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny
On a clear day
I’ll fly home to you
I’m bending time getting back to you
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you
When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny
When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny
I’ll fly, I’ll fly home
I’ll fly home and I’ll fly home

Teju Cole Photography quote

Love this summation quote from Teju Cole, “Photography can remember for us what we didn’t think or were not able to remember for ourselves. I was in New York on Funch’s productive day, but I wasn’t at Grand Central. I know what I was thinking about that day because, quite by chance, it was my birthday. I know my head was filled with the thoughts that tend to preoccupy me each year on the anniversary of my birth: the mystery of time, the habits of a self, how the face in the mirror has changed, the meaning of our lives with others, how beautiful it all is and how soon it will all be gone.”

being practice visuals

beginning my practice up again visuals…wee ha! “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown, instead you relax and float.”-Alan Watts “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”-Carl Jung

Great talk on Visual Identity and Photography

Gibson’s photographs are included in over 170 museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of one man exhibitions. According to ArtDaily: “For Gibson, photography isn’t about capturing a special event or a certain moment but about making the most insignificant subject into a work of art”.

Ralph Gibson was born in Hollywood, California in 1939. His father was assistant director to A.Hitchcock and as a young boy he would visit the set during filming. He also worked extra and acted in bit parts. He was impressed by the power of the camera lens and the intensity of the lights. He studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute.

He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Kathy Acker Interview

Inspires me to un-dull my being!

You create identity, you’re not given identity per se. What became more interesting to me wasn’t the I, it was text because it’s texts that create the identity. That’s how I got interested in plagiarism.
-Hannibal Lecter, My Father (1991)

At a certain point I realized that the “I” doesn’t exist. So I said to myself: If the “I” doesn’t exist, I have to construct one, or maybe even more than one.
-Interview with Sylvere Lothringer (1991)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention

An Intention
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

[Verse]
The hardest part of finding out your name
Is owning it in all that it contains
And if I let go of holding on to my ego
Will you let go too?

[Chorus]
This cold hand to the face when I’m inside a place
And you can’t stand behind what it takes
An artisan knows what it takes
An artisan knows what it takes
I feel everything at the same time

[Chorus]
This cold hand to the face when I’m inside a place
And you can’t stand behind what it takes
An artisan knows what it takes
An artisan knows what it takes
I feel everything at the same time

John Trudell – It is what it is

It is what it is

So no use in wishing, hoping and wanting
And those if only
And those coulda, woulda and shouldas
Are just troubles for the head
And crying around ’bout most anything
Is just a waste of tears

It is what it is

Life doesn’t put anything in front of us that we can’t handle
It’s all in the handling
Coherent or incoherent
Clarity or chaos
Another thing, everything that ever happens
Is there to make us stronger
And when we understand our strength gets stronger
And when we don’t understand our weaknesses get stronger
It’s an inevitability

It is what it what it is

And when falling down falls down, how down can falling down fall?
And when getting back up, gets back up, how up can getting back up get back up?

In the reality of being
Reality waits for human recognition
to recognize the power of intelligence
Clearly used
Is a way of seeing, curing, healing spirit

It’s not about whether we can or we can’t
It’s about whether we will or we won’t

It is what it is

The blamers and the blamed
Play a dangerous game
Turning responsibility into another one of their casualties
Inside of ourselves and amongst ourselves
Disparating while hidden behind the light
Cast by our shadows
Life holds its breath
And alive wants us to live
The gift we were given
It’s a decision we make

It is what it is
So no use in wishing, hoping and wanting
And those if only
And those coulda, woulda and shouldas
Are just troubles for the head
And crying around ’bout most anything
Is just a waste of tears