OCT 13, 2020

Tomorrows do malign the past,
But without, they would not last.

The completeness and control we feel in our mind’s functioning is a useful appearance, but an appearance (a surface) nevertheless. Our consciousness has emerged over time from the world — like the dorsal fin of sharks or the valves and pipes of trumpets. Sharks did not invent the ocean nor did trumpets invent lungs; the former is of the ocean the latter is of the lungs. In the same way our minds have formed of this world — though our sense is often that we are inventing it. We have much less control over our tendencies than we think. Perhaps we ought transcend our limitations before engaging such constant and pervasive hubris. But of course hubris has its purpose. Further, anything that is underway becomes the cause of itself (the child is father to the man and all that). Ultimately we can’t see the anecdotal nature of our awareness. We are not saying that we can suck sense from such observations, only that we are curious. And that we fear the Oedipal daemons that have stalked these hills for eons, perpetually tricking the green to dump the baby with the bathwater, into their infernally repetitive gardens.


One could say that London based graphic designer Mohammed Samad has it all — that is, looking through his work, there is strength and light in nearly every aspect of his output. We mean no empty hyperbole here. Initially we were simply going to talk about the subtle tensions in his use of color — but then, felt it would be deficient not to mention his lovely use of shape as layout. Then further, it felt like we wanted to touch upon his voluptuous taste in typefaces. So here were are, calling Mohammed Samad a complete designer.

Ruben Vandennieuwenborg

Peter Steineck

Leona Richartz






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An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

The Ash Tree, 1975
Suzzanne Hudson on Blinky Palermo
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Eagle
Fun to Imagine with Richard Feynman, 1983
Sèance per Carlo Mollino, Yuri Ancarani, 2014



Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:
For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?

This week we pulled the “The Seven of Cups.” This is a beautiful and rather mysterious card — there is no consensus on the meaning of its rich symbols. The Suit of Cups of which this card is part, is used to indicate an emotional element at play — whether that be reason or passion, or somewhere in between. Specifically, The Seven of Cups is a card of vision, but it is inscrutable as to whether the images presented are fantasy or point to fortuitous solidity. For us it is a symbol to bring about pause — if a vision is not clear there is a danger of interpolating it with your own biased desires. Your emotions may not be what they seem this period, so take them with a grain of salt.  
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #45, Gathering Together (Massing). Here the talk is of people gathering (or amassing in general like waters or loads). Multitudes are unwieldy so pains should be taken to unify and prepare; unify by common (and moral) purpose and prepare for things to take an unexpected course. The two changes this period specify a collaboration gone off — but the involuntary expression of one party’s disappointment help to correct and rebuild.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #20, Contemplation (View). The initial image is of a tower, not of a military sort but a tower of meditation. The tower is a place that is inwardly correcting but simultaneously a symbol of such balance to the world at large. Let a process of personal refinement, tranquility and self control be a symbol for those that depend on, love and revere you (and make it a beacon of fortitude to guide the more errant parts of yourself).
        Our extraction: Be careful of seeing what you want to see. Take pains to hold an image of yourself that is true when organizing your situation. This is a confusing process — self management requires strength. Make brave clarity and self control the tower for which you arrange all the parts of yourself around.