Quote for Today: Jonathan Safran Foer

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If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.

Jonathan Safran FoerEverything Is Illuminated
Free public domain image via Pixabay

Quote for Today: Doris Lessing

Clothes Line Dream Omo Sun © Janis Miglavs with CCLicense

Clothes Line Dream Omo Sun
© Janis Miglavs with CCLicense

Over the plains of Ethiopia the sun rose as I had not seen it in seven years. A big, cool, empty sky flushed a little above a rim of dark mountains. The landscape 20,000 feet below gathered itself from the dark and showed a pale gleam of grass, a sheen of water. The red deepened and pulsed, radiating streaks of fire. There hung the sun, like a luminous spider’s egg, or a white pearl, just below the rim of the mountains. Suddenly it swelled, turned red, roared over the horizon and drove up the sky like a train engine. I knew how far below in the swelling heat the birds were an orchestra in the trees about the villages of mud huts; how the long grass was straightening while dangling locks of dewdrops dwindled and dried; how the people were moving out into the fields about the business of herding and hoeing.
Doris LessingGoing Home

Be a Part of our Third Web Project

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© Dayna Bateman with CCLicense

Synkroniciti is proud to announce our third web based project. We invite you, our readers, to create new art based upon the themes Synkroniciti has explored in the past three weeks: city, shadow and mud. We encourage submissions in any discipline, including the realms of music, theatre, film, dance, visual art, and literature. We will edit the submissions to create a video to be featured here on the Synkroniciti site, on Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook. All artists will be credited in the video. You can view our previous videos here.

Please submit one of the following by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, July 21st:

a video of your artwork

This may consist of  a video journal detailing the process of creating the artwork or a performance of the artwork or a combination of both. Any performance of the artwork should take no more than three minutes. You may send as much video journal material as you like.

an audio track of your artwork

Artists who work with sound may want to explore this option and should realize that audio tracks will be used to accompany the images of other artists. The audio track should be no more than three minutes long.

a file of images

Visual artists may want to explore this option and should realize that their images will be synced with an audio track of another artist. We will accept up to twelve images from each artist.

We regret that we do not accept written materials, but encourage artists such as authors and composers to submit their works in another format more suited to video. We encourage you to read, illustrate or animate your text.

Submissions can be shared with us via dropbox here.

There is no submission fee. Once the finished project is out please evaluate your experience. If the experience was beneficial for you we ask that you acknowledge that with a donation to Synkroniciti. You are free to set the amount of that donation and we are happy to accept any amount.

I will be writing a poem to be performed and included in the video as well. I look forward to taking this journey with you!

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Mirage: Video Poetry from Synkroniciti

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Holy Ghost Panel, Horseshoe Canyon, UT
Image by Katherine McDaniel

What happens when one gets lost in the desert with no way home?

The spoken word is very powerful, as are natural sounds: the sound of breath, of footsteps, of rain and wind. Mirage invites you to step into a world of distortion and hallucination, where one sound becomes another and images morph into something more. What waits within the desert canyon?

 

Synkroniciti is excited to unveil its first video project, a three minute video poem by Katherine McDaniel called Mirage. Video poetry is a relatively new and exciting genre that adds visual and auditory elements to the experience of reading a poem or hearing it recited. I hope you enjoy watching Mirage as much as I enjoyed making it.

 

Unusual Portrait of Zhang Yimou in Shanghai Alley, Hong Yi aka Red

Red (Hong Yi), an innovative artist and architect from Malaysia living in Shanghai, constructs a portrait of Chinese film director Zhang Yimou from socks, bamboo rods, and pins. Cutting through an alley one day, she was struck by the sight of laundry drying on bamboo rods, a old-fashioned image in a city that is ultra modern. Red was inspired, and here is the result. Look at the faces of the people of the neighborhood! This is truly art reaching out.

You can see more of Hong Yi’s art and architecture here.

Video via ohiseeRED on Youtube.

Shooting in Reverse: Nightmares in Red from Twin Peaks

We could hardly explore red without a nod to David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks, which featured several scenes in the dream world of the Red Lodge. This is Agent Cooper’s dream which helps him eventually solve the central mystery of the show, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. It is an unusual scene because of the technique Lynch used to create the strangeness of this dimly-lit red tinged world. The actors had to speak their lines backwards (putting syllables in reverse order), while performing actions normally. Lynch then reversed the film, so that the words came out in the proper order, although oddly accentuated (he would add subtitles to make sure they were clear), while the movements came out jerky and strange since they had been reversed. Spooky, no?

Video via acqueprofonde86 on Youtube.

Coming of Age in Red and White: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Furisodeshon

Happy Valentine’s Day 2013 to everyone! Here’s a little eye candy and ear worm.

In Japan there is a holiday called Seijin no Hi, or Coming of Age Day, celebrated in January. Girls who have reached the age of twenty in the past year are dressed in elaborate, long-sleeved kimonos known as furisodes, signifying their entry into adulthood and availability for marriage. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu turned twenty at the end of last month. Here she wonders what growing up will be like and imagines herself celebrating in the “adult” way, a child’s vision of smoking and drinking (and getting sick). The title of this song is Furisodeshon, or Furisode-tion. Kyary doesn’t wear the furisode here and seems somewhat loathe to grow up. She fears she will lose her dreams, although she is excited about the future. Red and white are considered an auspicious color combination in Japan, reflecting both maturity and purity.

Video via warnermusicjapan on Youtube.

Rough translation from hallyu8.com:
20 20 20 20
I’m I’m 20 years old furisode~tion
I’m just 20 20 20 years old
Isn’t that right? I’m 20 years old furisode~tion

Hello, this kind of anniversary
I’m able to say “thank you” from my heart
Usually it’s embarrassing, but
It’s a once in a life time special day

Chocolate’s bitter parts
Are you an adult? Are you a child?
Because I want to have dreams forever
Go along with this rhythm

20 20 20 20
I’m I’m 20 years old furisode~tion
I’m just 20 20 20 years old
Isn’t that right? I’m 20 years old furisode~tion

What am I going as far as saying “thank you” for?
I had various experiences
It’ll be good if this year is like that too
I won’t forget this excitement

To you who is always falling in love
Like the sour filling inside a shortcake
Let’s turn off the lights and light candles

20 20 20 20
I’m I’m 20 years old furisode~tion
I’m just 20 20 20 years old
Isn’t that right? I’m 20 years old frisked~tion

When I become an adult, will I be happy?
When I become an adult, will I be sad?
What will I do? What will I be able to do?
Will I be unable to do more than now?

20 20 20 20
I’m I’m 20 years old furisode~tion
I’m just 20 20 20 years old
Isn’t that right? I’m 20 years old furisode~tion
Furisode~tion
Furisode~tion

We’ve featured Kyary before here.

Red Lights, Red Flags and Red Herrings: Chasing Synchronicity

There are moments that have the capacity to change our lives. How do we notice and take advantage of them?

© potzuyoko with CCLicense

© potzuyoko with CCLicense

When two or more unrelated events are experienced in a way that implies meaning, this is called synchronicity. It occurs when the mind connects things together in a new and unexpected way. Popular culture refers to these moments as “Aha” moments. They are one of the greatest treasures of the human experience.

Synchronicity can appear in any guise, any color. Today we are going to look at the color that arguably commands the most attention, red.

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Public Domain Image via Pixabay

 STOP. You are about to run into something or someone.

How many tragic, meteoric celebrities can you name? Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean? These are people who rushed to the top of their profession and then fell to their deaths from those dizzying heights. Becoming famous quickly can lead to a difficult life and an early grave.

We tend to treat stoplights and stop signs as inconveniences that keep us from getting where we are going. Actually, accidents keep us from getting where we are going. Red lights prevent accidents, so they help us achieve our goals. They don’t tell us to turn around, to change course or get off the road, although they may make those actions easier. They do slow us down and give us moments to reevaluate our situation with awareness, which is a valuable gift considering the hectic pace of the modern world. They also remind us that there are other people out there on their own journeys and shield us from harming someone out of ignorance while pursuing our own interests. Do you recognize any red lights in your life?

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Red Flags over Tiananmen Square © Rutger van Waveren with CCLicense

PAY ATTENTION. Something is going on here… be ready to improvise.

When I began to have symptoms of Celiac Disease I wasn’t sure how to interpret the red flags my body was giving me. I didn’t have time to stop living and figure things out. It took years to learn what was going on and to become willing and ready to make the changes needed. Now, surprisingly enough, I feel the experience has enriched my life by helping me take better care of myself and take greater delight in the world around me. It has increased my awareness and attention.

Remember this, red flags are not there to doom you or help you get resigned to fate and destiny. They are there so you can escape situations you don’t want to be in. That doesn’t mean you need to be jumpy or expect the worst for no reason, but when you can see it coming you don’t need to turn a blind eye to it. Address it in the moment and find the nearest exit if you need to. How many red flags do you need before you change your course?

Public Domain Image via Pixabay

Public Domain Image via Pixabay

HUH? What does that have to do with anything?

Traditional wisdom says, “That looks like a waste of time.” Synchronicity says, “What is that?  I need a closer look.” Last year I decided to write some poetry for the the Home and Place Program at Houston Grand Opera. I had been writing for some time, but only for myself. Much to my surprise, the pieces I wrote touched people and continue to bring people together in ways I never imagined. This little red herring, this detour, has turned out to be very central to my journey and has amplified my understanding of myself and the world around me. This journey is about finding synchronicity.

If we are reasonably sure that we aren’t running any red lights or ignoring any red flags, we might as well check out the red herrings that draw our attention and let ourselves be enriched by the beauty around us. If we reduce our lives to major plot points, we lose the things that make us unique. Will you chase synchronicity with me? It is much better shared.

Please consider becoming a part of Synkroniciti wherever you are by exploring, creating and sharing. Together we can draw new maps of our world.