Sunday, September 30, 2007

COME TO § 10•2007 § THE CAVES

We're hanging a show tonight at Caffetto.

HL/HL, a buncha' talented mcadettes, some alumn and some others that don't even need mcad to make them amazing.

I dunno who reads this blog other than Jennifer Danos, but you, and whomever else stumbles upon this should go to Caffetto on 22nd and Lyndale.

Here are a few hints to what to expect.

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This is but a fraction of mine and yet,
that is only a fragment of the fury that will be :::::::::::::


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Original plan: mythologies for the emblems to Odechee and her creation of beauty and art.
not now

∆∆∆I have a much better idea for a project for myself. ∆∆∆
I want to explore what we have created as our present-day obsession:
physical beauty.
Perfect-esque, natural-sometimes

warpaint, costume, and all

these Neebes strive to be of Odechee, yet wait.

Most are too rotten inside to understand what the nature of beauty really is.

¥¥¥ Is it the religiousness of the perfection? ¥¥¥

these obedient souls.

these mangy, souless sacks of flesh.
Letting the pupper master decide their moves.

They strive for beauty. but not the nature of it.
because they only know that perfection is of great importance.

Afterall, the divine create the beauty.
But wait. beauty is not for defining.
perfection is not beauty....

the new plan: two 15minute drawings a day.
For this week.
Looking at fashion photography, or just beautiful people.

i will use only pencil sketches and ink or watercolor.

it'll be interesting to try and capture the essence of beauty from people known mostly for their beauty in only 15 minutes and materials that are not that exact.

let the games begin.

oh and theres also a link for you to check out.

this dude's been doin this for years.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


The Odechias once lived all together at the top of the mountain of creation
their spirits united, they created all the
immaculate nature and beauty we know.
Protected by the caves,
they gave worship to Odechee.
She was their muse, she led their talents

But the Neebes were jealous of this success and power.
For the Odechias were not of perfection and relied greatly on their Odechee.
They performed rituals. gave sacrifice, and decoration to please her..
And in this they would find inspiration.

But the Neebes could no longer stand it and invaded the mount of creation.
The Odechias were forced apart and into following some Neebe that deserved not–

Without the rest of their tribe, and their precious Odechee, the Odechias lost sight of their power and talents.

The Neebes killed all that they loved and held dear

But before all was lost, the Odechias dispersed their talents

You can still find the seed in the eyes of the creating.

the plan

I found this artist named Lucas Samaras.

He was popular in the 60s and 70s.
I came upon him one day while working in the library. A fellow student asked to see something from the special collections room. Upon returning the book to me, I looked into it and found some really lovely pieces. this guy is crafty.

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So, for this 2-week ideation project, my strategy is crafting.

-making things by hand
action words for such strategy:

materials for my strategy:
hot glue
found items
fake hair
glue stick

This is my strategy.. my concept is: create an emblem for Odechee Neebes
- also possibly a mini-zine explaining why crafting, and the religious importance of my object.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Pod Castes

losing your religion?

feel like learning about beliefs unbiasedly?

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett presented by American Public Media
its smart. clever. and honest. ccccheckit

theres sooo very many. all for free!

Search itunes store for Speaking of Faith.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

In this book, Leonard Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.


3,000,000 - 2,900,000 years ago
Hominids differentiate away from other primates by becoming meat-eaters instead of vegetarians.
Extended childhood's of hominid babies require prolonged attention from hominid mothers.
Males of the species predominately engage in hunting and killing.
Females primarily engage in nurturing and gathering.
Hominids become the first species of social predators in which the
females do not participate in hunting and killing.

200,000 - 90,000 years ago
Language develops.
Homo Sapiens differentiate away from hominids.
Language requires complete rewiring of human brains.
Over 90% of language modules placed in the left hemisphere of
right handed humans who comprise 92% of the population.
Split Brain phenomenon becomes highly exaggerated only in humans.
Most hunting and killing strategies placed in left hemisphere.
Most nurturing and gathering strategies placed in the right side.

40,000 - 10,000 years ago
Homosapiens organize into highly effective hunter/gatherer societies.
Division of labor between sexes diverges more than in any other species.
Males hunt and females nurture.
Each sex develops predominate modes of perception and survival
strategies to deal with the exigencies of life.
Left hemispheric specialization leads to an increased appreciation of time.
Humans become first animals to realize they will personally die.
Awareness of death leads to formation of supernatural beliefs.
Societies in which hunting is a more reliable source of protein than
gathering elevate hunting gods over vegetative goddesses.
Societies in which gathering is a more reliable source of protein than
hunting elevate vegetative goddesses over hunting gods.
In general, hunter/gatherer tribes worship a mixture of both spirits.

10,000 - 5,000 years ago
Agriculture discovered/ Domestication of animals discovered.
Crops need to be tended / flocks need to be nurtured.
Female survival strategy of gathering and nurturing supersedes male hunting killing one.
All early agrarian peoples begin to pray to an Earth Goddess responsible for the
bountifulness of the land and fertility of the herds.
She awakens the land in springtime and metaphorically resurrects Her weaker, smaller dead son/lover.

5,000 - 3,000 years ago
Writing invented.
Left hemispheric modes of perception, the hunting/killing side, reinforced.
Literacy depends on linear, sequential, abstract and reductionist ways of thinking
- the same as hunting and killing.
Early forms of cuneiform and hieroglyphics difficult to master.
Less than 2% literate.
Scribes become priests and new religions emerge in which
the god begins to supercede the goddess.

45,000 - 3,000 years ago
Alphabet invented.
Extremely easy to use.
Near universal literacy possible.
Semites - Canaanites, Phoenicians, and Israelites
- become first peoples to become substantially literate.
First alphabetic book is the Hebrew bible.
Goddess harshly rejected from Israelite belief system.
God loses His image.
To know Him, a worshipper must read what He wrote.
Images of any kind proscribed in first culture to worship written words.

3,000 - 2,500 years ago
Greeks become the second literate culture.
While not rejecting images, they suppress women's rights.
Athens and Sparta were two societies that shared the same language,
gods, and culture and were in close proximity.
Women had few rights in Athens: Women wielded considerable power in Sparta.
Athenians glorified the written word: Spartan cared little about literacy.
Socrates disdained writing and wrote nothing down. He held egalitarian views.
Plato wrote extensively of what Socrates said. Not as generous toward women as Socrates.
Aristotle represents Greek passage from an oral society to a literate one.
He taught that women were an inferior subspecies of man.

2,500 years ago
Buddha becomes enlightened in India.
Buddha, though literate, writes nothing down.
Teaches love, equality, kindness, and compassion.
His words are canonized in an alphabetic book 500 years later.
Book purports to show the Buddha had negative opinions about women, sexuality, and birth.
Taoism and Confucianism arise in China.
Taoism embodies feminine values: no attempt to control others, promotes Mother Nature as a guide.
Confucianism touts masculine values: structures patriarchal society, touts Father Culture.
Two systems of belief coexist in relative equilibrium until the Chinese
invent the printing press in 923 AD Literacy rates soar.
Soon after, Taoism declines and Confucianism becomes China's dominant belief system.
Women's foot binding begins in 970 AD and becomes a common practice.
Taoism transmutes into a hierarchy with sacred texts and temple priests.
Taoist priests expected to be celibate Women's rights plummet.
In nearby Asian cultures that do not embrace literacy, women's rights remain high.

2,000 - 1,500 years ago
Roman Empire achieves near universal alphabetic literacy rates due to the stability of
Pax Romana, tutors from Greece, papyrus from Egypt and an easy to use Greek and Latin alphabet.
New religion emerges based on the sayings of a gentle prophet named Jesus.
His oral teachings embody feminine values of Free Will, love, compassion, non-violence, and equality.
Jesus writes nothing down.
Women play prominent role in new religion.
Paul commits to writing what he interprets to be the meaning of the Christ event.
Subsequent Gospel writers detail Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection.
Creed that evolves increasingly emphasizes masculine values of obedience, suffering, pain, death, and hierarchy.
Alphabetic text becomes canonized in 367 AD Women banned from baptizing or conducting sacraments.
Ordered to back of the church and ejected from the choir.
Christians destroy Roman images.

1,500 - 1,000 years ago
Rome falls to barbarian invasions.
Literacy lost in secular society.
Dark Ages begin.
When stage of history re-illuminated in the 10th century,
women enjoy high status.
Age suffused with love of Mary.
People know her through her image not her written words.
Women mystics revered.
Women Cathars and Waldensians baptize.
Abbesses lead major monasteries.
Chivalric code instructs men to honor and protect women.
Courtly love becomes all the fashion.
Cathedrals dedicated to Notre Dame.
Religious art flourishes.
Few outside the Church can read and write.

1000 - 1453
High Middle Ages characterized by a renewed interest in literacy.
Commerce demands literate clerks. Literacy rates climb.
Masculine values begin to reassert dominance over feminine ones.
Renaissance begins. Cult of the individual encourages male artists, male thinkers, and macho themes in art.

1454 -1820
Gutenberg's printing press makes available alphabet literacy to the masses.
Books become affordable.
Literacy rates soar in those countries affected by the printing press.
Tremendous surge in science, art, philosophy, logic, and imperialism.
Women's rights suffer decline.
Women mystics now called witches.

1517 - 1820
Protestant Reformation breaks out fueled by many who can now read scripture.
Protestants demand the repudiation of the veneration of Mary, the destruction of images.
Protestant movement becomes very patriarchal.
Ferocious religious wars break out fought over minor doctrinal disputes.
Torture and burning at the stake become commonplace.
Hunter/killer values in steep ascendance only in those countries impacted by rapidly rising alphabetic literacy rates.

1465 - 1820
After the Bible, the next best selling book is the Witch's Hammer; a how-to book for the rooting out, torture, and burning of witches.
Witch craze breaks out only in those countries impacted by the printing press.
Germany, Switzerland, France, and England have severe witch-hunts. All boast steadily rising literacy rates.
Russia, Norway, Iceland, and the Islamic countries bordering Europe do not experience witch-hunts.
The printing press has a negligible impact on these societies.
Estimates range that between 100,000 women to the millions were murdered during the witch-hunts.
There is no parallel in any other culture in the world in which the men of the culture suffered
a psychosis so extreme that they believed that their wise women were so dangerous that they had to be eliminated.

1820 - 1900
Invention of photography and the discovery of the electromagnetic field combine to bring about the return of the image.
Photography does for images what the printing press had accomplished for written words:
it made reproduction of images inexpensive, easy, and ubiquitous.
Right hemisphere called upon to decipher images more than the left.
Egalitarianism becomes a motif in philosophy.
Protestantism softens its stance toward women.
Mary declared born of Immaculate Conception by the Church elevating her status.
Nietzsche declares "god is dead."
Suffragette movement coalesces in 1848.

1900 - 1950
Photography and electromagnetism combine to introduce many new technologies of information transfer.
Telegraph, radio, film, and telephone reconfigure the world.
Communists demand redistribution of wealth.
Capitalists demand less government interference.
Natives restless, servants surly; everywhere paternalism is in retreat.
Women receive the vote in 1920 in the U.S. and 1936 in England.
Russia, an oral society recently becomes literate in the 19th century.
Great burst of male creativity.
Outbreak of religious intolerance against the Jews.
Russian Communism repeats all the madness of Europe's first brush with alphabet literacy.
Hitler, armed with a microphone and radio, hypnotizes Germany, one of the most literate countries of the world.
Mother Russia, an oral society, is bedeviled by literacy.
Germany, the Fatherland, becomes susceptible to madness by oral technology.

1950 - 2000
Popularity of television explodes after the end of WWII.
Television requires different mode of perception than reading.
Iconic information begins to supersede text information.
Image of the atomic bomb blast and earth beamed back from space change
the consciousness of the world more than any written books.
Society begins to elevate feminine values of childcare, welfare, healthcare, and concern for the environment.
Feminist movement of the 60s occurs in the first television generation.
World wars abate among the literate countries affected by television image.
Invention of personal computer greatly changes the way people interact. Graphic icons increasingly replace text commands.
Internet and WorldWideWeb based on feminine images of nets and webs. Iconic Revolution begins.
Everywhere alphabets come into usage religions based on sacred alphabetic books come into being.
These all share certain characteristics.
Women banned from conducting religious ceremonies.
Goddesses declared abominations.
Representative art in the form of images declared "idolatry."

Monday, September 17, 2007


I like Hinduism because it is a Polytheistic religion that includes men and women.
One of my favorites:
Lakshmi: This goddess is the bomb-diggity because she be the goddess of Beauty and Good Fortune.
She was born of the churning of the ocean.
How fancy eh?
If only Western religion could be so colorful with its myths. Below are some pictures I googled of her. They all look very similar. You can compare it to the Western depiction of Jesus. What, symbolically, is Lakshmi saying by standing in this pose? What is Jesus Christ trying to say?

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So. Diplo played this song at the B&W ball and asked MCAD if we knew the dance to it.
Which I didn't. until I YouTubed it and found a plethora of different sorts of people performing this dance. This ritual. AND this new ritual of recording oneself and filing it onto a public forum such as YOUTUBE. Why as a society do we do this? Well, because it fills the void where religious ritual used to bring us together. We are, in fact, building new rituals to bring us together. Virtual community growth. Silly yes, but great for mankind. We must connect, and if YOUTUBE is the only way people can agree on, well then lets dig it!

Thursday, September 13, 2007


This video was planted on the earth for typographers and magicians alike to feel inspired and intrigued by movement. Follow the light. Follow the Heart Made of Sound.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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The beast dances. He dances for revitalization. He dances so that they may feel his power. Power of life is returned to the soil with every print he leaves in the pressed ground. The dirt rises slowly around him. Swirling little mists of particles. He yearns to be the dirt, but it is not yet his time.

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Slowing down, he blesses and thanks the ground for dancing with him... the powers above for keeping him.

Monday, September 10, 2007

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deny the rituals,

and they will sneak up onto you. They will embody your very existance. All you do will be of planned pattern. Do you notice the downfall...

work . play . eat . sleep . smoke . drink . buy .

The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.

The killing was the best part.
It was the dying I couldn't take.
We created massacres all over. Of color and prettiest shape shifters
I kill what I need and create what I dont know.

can I suggest killing all your morals...

killing all your--

technicolor and prettiest shape shifting view

Throw your intestines out to dry.

The flesh pops when you bite into it

it squeaks

accept the choices we make

do as you are not as you're told

the animal flesh within us is beckoned to participate.


The One will grace us with creative powers to protect and connect our community where the bridges have been burned.

Bring back nature and nurture. Create for ourselves instead of allowing decay to define us. We shall decide what we hold dear and what rituals we complete. Rid us of our historic baggage. Rid us of these shackles that we are told to wear for eternity. The nameless plenty have long instated rituals and expectations in our lives that, when left unmet, bring complete
sorrow and a feeling of emptiness that should not burden our society and community.

Call upon The One and ask for forgiveness for forsaking hope of stronger humanity. The Spirit did not ask us to stay sedimentary and these age old traditions have not been appropriated to fill our needs.

Monday, September 3, 2007

{{{{{{{{{{COME TO THE FARE}}}}}}}}

Totally enticed by the hand painted sign and was pleasantly greeted by these hanging clowns.
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These donut machines were amazing.. and The logo was pretty awesome as well
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Much more tooth decaying, pretty signage, and artery clogging to be had.
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Natalie and I are totally diggin' the fair, but we take a break by the cart races, and eat an blooming onion. We only make it half way through.
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We decide to go to the Haunted Mansion.
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I'd never been to a haunted house before, but figured that being my ripe age of one month shy of 21, I figured I would be able to handle it. Not the case, screaming, shaky hands, and grabbing onto strangers arms for safety ensued.
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We then head to the animal buildings. The horse stalls are pretty awesome. Except most of the horse's asses are facing out, and I keep imagining them kicking back at me.
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The stables have a glittering ceiling and smiling faces as well.

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Next, the sheep are being sheared.
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This one is bleeding through the process.
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These sheep are wearing these bizarre costumes. I believe that they are for warmth after the haircut, but look pretty rediculous regardless.
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This. Now this, is the largest boar in Minnesota. He is 1200 lbs and his name is Pretty Ricky.
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Animal Beauty Parlor.
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Cow lineup.
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Then we go to the horse running area.
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This is my money shot of the whole day.
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teets in the birthing center
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then antique lace
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Among the fancy things in Territorial Pioneers, there is this case of origami animals. No explanation for them really, but they are amazing nontheless.
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I feel pride in surviving my first trip to a state fair. Apparently there were many more amazing things to see that I missed, but I'm not a fan of crowds, my pockets were emptied, and my stomach was full. Thanks MN State Fair.