19 June 2017

RANDY STAIR (WEIS MARKET SHOOTER) - A JUNGIAN ANALYSIS



A special analysis of the Weis Market homicide seen through the lens of Jungian psychoanalysis: an incredible yet deeply perturbing tragedy of a young man's search for connection through art which ultimately led to the deaths of three people including himself.

THE THREE-TIER COSMOLOGICAL SYSTEM



WHY DO WE SPEAK TO THE SKY?



Why does the sky hold so much power over the human mind?  Our current condition is in a state of disconnect from Nature.  Perhaps the sky will yield the solutions for its remedy?

31 May 2017

THE CALL OF RETURN Part I


In the first entry of this diary titled 'The Genesis of XELASOMA,' (link) I spoke about how the power of introspective activity experienced in childhood could produce the catalysts of a process that leads us from the captivity of our artificial systems and into an appreciation of the authentic powers of life.  At the very end of the piece, I briefly touched on the conditions of the cultural environment that artists face in the 21st century and how the deliberate contamination of this environment, if left unchallenged by counteractive growth, will only accelerate the global nihilist activity that not only contaminates the cultural space but in turn, degenerates the constitution of those members within it.  

The seeds of the regenerative process that will reactivate our cultural and creative roots are nowhere to be found in this artificial imposter construct (though it regularly harvests and rearticulates our creative elements within its own system); this new regenerative process is one that grows out naturally from the individual after they have reoriented themselves to the organic qualities of life that have galvanised the spirits of men and women from all the great cultures in history.  I described this trajectory as a process of return.

18 May 2017

THE ANATOMY OF A RITUAL

A dissection of the underlying anatomy of human ritual and how these acts aid in our orientation and reconciliation with the world of experience.


15 May 2017

ALIEN COVENANT AND OUR DYING CULTURE

A short reflection on the progression of the ALIEN series of films and what they might indicate about the state of our modern culture.


VISUAL DYNAMICS V: THE FUNCTION OF THE VISUAL BRAIN


Our mission to uncover the fundamental material properties of both the eyes and the visual cortex has been satisfied.  In this entry, I want to lead into a new exposition as to how visual art can tell us more about the practical functions of the visual brain.

11 May 2017

ON DECADENCE II: A BEAUTIFUL DISEASE




( Ronald Balfour - Illustration from the Rubaiyat ).

There will always be a subversive aspect to culture.  Within the glistening box of Man's collective expressions lies an agent provocateur hiding away in the cargo of the created forms waiting to spring out and disturb our equilibrium.  It seems that all calibrations of a cultural life through history have contained this hidden element; it is a part of the fabric of the imagery itself, and like all subversive aspects, it operates from behind the expression that hosts it.