Daily Archives: May 9, 2010

Poetry, Magic, and the Omnipotence of Thought

“Poetry and magic … are based on a belief that thought can create its own reality—which Sir James Frazer in The Golden Bough called the theory of ‘the omnipotence of thought’ and which Freud, in his comment on Frazer’s anthropological investigations in Totem and Taboo, traced back to the child’s power, with an outcry of desire, to make the missing mother mysteriously appear again and offer the all-providing breast. It is no accident, then, that so many poems, from the Odyssey right up to Joyce’s great prose-poem, Finnegans Wake, contain magical ‘invocations’ summoning the goddess to appear at once.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

via Magic Words: mysteryarts.blogspot.com

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Frank Connet

Hand woven wool, Shibori resist, dyed with natural Indigo and Walnut by Frank Connet. Found at fibercopia.





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Venus at the Edge


Credit: D. Kiselman, et al. (Inst. for Solar Physics), Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Explanation: With Venus in transit at the Sun’s edge on June 8th, astronomers captured this tantalizing close-up view of the bright solar surface and partially silhouetted disk. Enhanced in the sharp picture, a delicate arc of sunlight refracted through the Venusian atmosphere is also visible outlining the planet’s edge against the blackness of space. The arc is part of a luminous ring or atmospheric aureole, first noted and offered as evidence that Venus did posses an atmosphere following observations of the planet’s 1761 transit. The image was recorded using the 1-meter Swedish Solar Telescope located on La Palma in the Canary Islands. For the Institute for Solar Physics, Dan Kiselman, Goran Scharmer, Kai Langhans, and Peter Dettori were at the telescope, while Mats Lofdahl produced the final image. Excellent movies of the transit – including one of the emergence of Venus’ atmospheric aureole – are available from the Dutch Open Telescope, also observing from La Palma.


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A-Morphic Typewriter: The Original Collage


Photo of the original collage on cardboard. Approximately size: 90 x 60 cm. The collage was done by eight hands: Hugo Werner, Simon Grendene, Jens Mebes and Jenny Trans.

The original a-morphic project consisted on a website working as an umbrella for five designers: Hugo Werner, Simon Grendene, Jens Mebes, Jenny Trans and Ralf Leeb.

The main Flash interface was made by combining collage elements in a 3D space. Each element (typewriter, telephone, radio and 16mm projector) represented a portfolio section and was based on an handmade collage.

The typewriter collage used here is an old Underwood No. 5 model. Jens Mebes and I took around 90 shoots from different angles and distances.

We later collectively re-assembled all parts transforming the original object into a very dynamic and cubist-like composition.

Unfortunately the website is no longer on-line.

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Photo by André Kertész, 1932


André Kertész (2 July 1894 – 28 September 1985), born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and by his efforts in establishing and developing the photo essay. In the early years of his lengthy career, his then-unorthodox camera angles, and his unwillingness to compromise his personal photographic style, prevented his work from gaining wider recognition. Even towards the end of his life, Kertész did not feel he had gained the worldwide recognition he deserved. He is recognized today as one of the seminal figures of photojournalism, if not photography as a whole.

Expected by his family to work as a stock broker, Kertész was a photographic autodidact and his early work was mostly published in magazines. This continued until much later in his life when he stopped accepting commissions.

via sarcoptiform

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Old Times


by Anthony D. Davis

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