(via Spoon & Tamago) As part of the Japanese designer’s large-scale one-man show at MOT in Tokyo, Yoshioka has installed a peculiar work he calls “a painting.” Looking much more like a bed of water than a painting, the piece is actually 6-months’ worth of crystal that have been growing, layer by layer, inside a glass tank. It’s truly a work of art that has been ceded to the hand of mother nature.
But the crystals haven’t just been sitting there quietly. Throughout the whole time they’ve been exposed to the music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Swan Lake. The tonal vibrations and pulsations materialize within the crystal, dictating its final form.
According to Phenom World, a Netherlands based manufacturer of electron microscopes and other high-tech imaging tools, “crystals exposed to music showed differences in size, form and structure of the surface. But what exactly about different frequencies and rhythm vibrations causes the change still remains a mystery.
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon, as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.
Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.
For more than 40 years, the art of Paul Laffoley (born 1940) has synthesized a broad swath of disciplines–from art history, architecture and classical literature to science fiction and natural and occult sciences–offering alternative ways to understand and rethink the world that surrounds us. Laffoley combines diagrams, symbols and texts to create densely layered paintings that take anywhere from one to three years to paint. This sustained and intense focus on both image and content has produced a unique and complex body of work that combines theory and encrypted knowledge with visionary representation. Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque reproduces in facsimile a series of handwritten journal entries that span Laffoley’s career, alongside color reproductions of the artist’s earliest mature work from 1965. These journal entries, which precede and form the basis of his paintings, explicate Laffoley’s rich cosmology.
A fresh talk emphasizing the challenge of artistic creation sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art, 1990.
“The break between abstract expressionism and what preceded it was the most radical break in American art in this century. Abstract expressionism actually carried us into a confrontation with what the quantum physicists were telling us, that the universe is field upon field of integrated vibration, that there is no top level, there is no bottom level, that the ordinary structures of provisional space-time are simply that; if we can rise out of the human dimension then we discover these larger, more integrated dimensions where mind and nature actually somehow interpenetrate each other.”
The ancient tradition of Sacred Geometry is still alive and well in the person of Frank Chester. He has discovered a new geometric form that unites the five Platonic solids and provides some startling indications about the form and function of the human heart. This new form, called the Chestahedron, was discovered in 2000, and is a seven-sided polyhedron with surfaces of equal area. Frank has been exploring the form and its significance for over a decade, His work has potential implications across a number of areas, from physiology to architecture, sculpture, geology, and beyond. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, Frank sees a deep connection between form and spirit.
All eyes on the sky as we near the super rare planetary alignment known as a Grand Sextile on July 29, 2013. This cosmic geometry consists of 3 outer planets (Saturn, Neptune & Jupiter) forming an equilateral triangle (Grand Trine) in the Water signs while the Moon, Pluto & Venus form an interpenetrating Grand Trine in the opposing signs of Earth.
The last Grand Sextile happened on February 7, 1945 towards the end of the Second World War. In fact, there were secret meetings taking place between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill & Stalin to discuss post-war reorganization after the fall of Germany at that time. See the Yalta Conference, codenamed the Argonaut Conference, for more details. Although the interpretation of this many aspects is incredibly complex, most astrologers see the Grand Sextile as setting the stage with favorable conditions for sweeping changes. Let’s hope for something special!
Stuart Littlejohn is an artist and illustrator specialising in Magic and Myth, his influences range from ancient art through the Renaissance to the Pre-Rapaelites, Symbolists and Classicist of the 19th Century.
The spiral is born of the desire the point and the circle have to become one, without becoming obliterated or obliterating the other. The force of the will of the originating point is expressed as a line that moves out from the point. The lineʼs successive movement is a loosening outward from the originating point toward the pull of the circle, which causes it to curve in a spiraling action.
There is no such thing as simple stand-alone geometry. Geometry is always about more than simple geo—Earth—and metria—measurement. What geometry really is is a method of describing the way the universe works. Therefore, looking at the origin of the spiral is a way of assessing the conditions of the cosmos.
An Archimedean spiral, also know as an arithmetic spiral, advances in this way as it approaches infinity, or the perfect circle that is the periphery of the cosmos. Of course, it is impossible to actually arrive at infinity and the edge of the cosmos, so the energy of the line moves back toward the originating point, this time in a logarithmic spiral that begins with an angular movement away from the circular curve. This movement is repeated along the lineʼs course back to the originating point. Whereas the Archimedean spiral seeks the circle—and as such represents feminine energy—its inverse, the logarithmic spiral, seeks the straight line and the originating point—representing masculine energy. The two spirals are the paths of an out-and-back motion that represents the breathing out and the breathing in of the universe.
Taking Measure is the new companion book (paperback or EPUB) to the highly acclaimed Secrets in Plain Sightvideo series by Scott Onstott, now approaching 2 million views. Secrets in Plain Sight Vol. 2is also out and available for download.
Taking Measure: Explorations in Number, Architecture, and Consciousness reveals patterns emergent in our universe from quantum to astronomic scales. Spatial and temporal codes appear in unexpected places, from our units of measure to the relationships between celestial bodies. Geometric and numeric encoding appears in architecture, in urban design, and in alignments across the Earth. Does this happen by pure coincidence, has it been done to preserve knowledge, or is it an ancient form of magic that continues to this day? Are the synchronicities we experience in our personal lives manifestations of these same patterns? This book takes a new look at familiar structures in the tangible world but also engages with the invisible world, including the question of consciousness.