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SEP 22, 2020


The Morning Glory draped fence angles at a mellow grade across the view. It is a wildly speckled affair; ruffles of greens stippled with noonday shadow. The manically cluttered plane rises up like a lumpy wave, obscuring what is directly beyond. (Though of course, we know what’s there.) The “green” of these tens of thousands of leaves leans towards yellower hues. Showing through in patches, there can be seen an armature of dead, brown vines; it is on this that the newer surface hangs. Nearer to us, sit two large automotive heaps. Each exude a provincial lurching aspect, embodying those prosaic strivings of mundane computational exploration. Acute, crimped shards, shape their bulks with an implication of “future” and “speed” (tacky husks of Marinetti’s long outworn manifesto). They are mildly insulting as all things that could be imaginative but aren’t, are. Beyond the fence, green against green, can be seen the full crown of a Jacaranda tree. Its dome of fine, fern-like leaves, softens it at this distance, making it vague to view. Today’s mellow wind pushes the mass to sway languidly — a green wig in an undulating pool. Between the tree and the fence shoots up the wood shaft of a utility pole. The large pine post looks absurdly primitive — its lumberjack rawness belies its role in “technology” and “electricity.” From it, swoop the bowing black lines of its wires. Normally we find the haphazardness of these cables disappointing, but today they seem graceful, by way of feeling casually economical. And beyond all this, the terrifying sky. A “sky” maniacally specific in its blueness. A void unerringly persistent in its blueness.
        It is worth noting that this scene has changed a lot through the course of the day, so much so that now, being night outside the window, none of it can be seen at all.




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The use of a site as a digital pamphlet, that is the online distribution of a message, through compact, graphic and clear means, is quite galvanizing to us. Laboratory for Suburbia have created a model for such a vehicle; it’s tight, intelligible and its aesthetics pull one towards perusal. And not unlike the project’s relation to its subject (suburbia) the site itself exists outside the sprawl of social media platforms, giving it a calmer, more stable ground for considering its proposals and information. 💚🖖





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ORACLE


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 “Justice” card. The territory here is balance, equilibrium between parts — whether that be in general fairness or proportionate attentiveness. A word of warning by means of a reminder, justice is impartial (blind); it bestows no preference to an individual. Never be overconfident in matters of fairness — be ready for coordination and collaboration.
        This week we rolled a hexagram with no changes. This means that how we enter the week is how we exit the week. Our single hexagram is #10, “Treading, Conduct.” “In terms of a human situation, one is handling wild, intractable people. In such a case one’s purpose will be achieved if one behaves with decorum. Pleasant manners succeed even with irritable people.” It further states that external rank should always strive to be inline with inner worth (relatively speaking obviously).
        Our extraction: External balance comes from working together. Since not all can steer, a hierarchy must be formed. If the hierarchy is formed by crude power and not by what truly suits each team member, there will be no stability or growth. As well, for the individual kind improvisation (manners) and the understanding of one’s specific abilities, is foundational to the whole. Consider politeness and empathy as main modes this week.


CN_157

SEP 15, 2020


There is a woman on a beachThere is a woman on a beach with no shoesThere is a woman on a beach with no shoes; and she is holding what looks like a long, blue broom handle There is a woman on a beach with no shoes; and she is holding what looks like a long, blue broom handle. The woman is not humanThere is a woman on a beach with no shoes; and she is holding what looks like a long, blue broom handle. The woman is not human. The woman is an antique vapor… At certain times when reading you can catch a glimpse of how odd our circumstance is. That is, simply by skimming our eyes over a series of glyphs we can produce an image and a story. Even with scant information the story/image doesn’t float in pieces in a void like a jigsaw puzzle in space; it kind of remains patiently abstract and kind of fully-formed, vague but still believable — which when said like that sounds wholly unbelievable. How can an image really be patiently abstract? But it can and does. As well, the image and story are neurologically weightless and not really neurologically locatable (brain mapping and droll Jacob Moleschott-like materialism notwithstanding). On one hand it’s very fun and curious, but on the other perhaps unsettling — we are very ok with very little information. Our varied powers of interpolation are legion whether that be conceptually as evinced with the shadowy story above, or as experienced in our general visual field (blindspots), or in the sense we have of ourselves in a larger whole. And what of the “the woman is not human” and “the woman is an antique vapor” parts? Yes, even near nonsense is not impossible for us to imagine. Metaphors? Science fiction? Whatever is left undefined will eventually resolve itself? Right?

Image: Matt Mullican
 





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While perusing the website of Swiss-based Graphic Design studio Central — a Dutch phrase came to mind: er is geen speld tussen te krijgen (in English, you’re not able to insert a pin between). For us the idiom expresses the feeling of well utilized space — structure as function (like a row of dovetails on a wood drawer or the interlocking characters of an Escher piece). It speaks to how we feel about the way Central Studio’s put the pieces of their site together whether that be the minimized palette, the maximized elements or the tightly composed galleries... 🧩








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ORACLE


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 “Five of Cups.” This card indicates the presence of lamentation, but not of the abject sort. That is, the mournfulness pointed to, has an element that is self created or indulgent. It is not that something bad hasn’t happened, it’s just that all is not lost. So if there is to be advice attached to this card, it would be something like: pick up the pieces, determine what can be salvaged and walk toward a larger goal.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #21 (Biting Through). This hexagram contains 4 changes; this means there is going to be some movement this week (not necessarily instability, but there could be a fair amount of variation as relates to the following reading). The image here is of criminality and law — crime and punishment. It is important to remember here (with these I Ching construals) that the symbols/subjects (here crime and punishment) do not necessarily refer to the political world one lives in, but are related to the different parts of the self. Yes? So, this hexagram calls for a genuine reckoning of your “crimes.” That is evaluate what you’ve done to harm (yourself or others) by way of taking the easy, cheap and/or meretricious way — then mete out your own punishment with self reflective bravery. It should result in the softening of a blockage — leading to flow. Stay with it.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #18 (Decay, Work on what has been spoiled). The discussion here is of corruption and rot, the importance of removing it and how to do so. There are specifics: Tuesday through Thursday stir up the mud and uncleanliness of your mind with an attitude of self-pride/self-love; and see who the “culprits” are (perhaps even write them down). Friday through Sunday, perform nutritive tasks (hike or take long walks, eat delicious-beautiful-nutritive foods, etc.) to take any power away from the base or unscrupulous imps of your personality. Monday enjoy your new strength.
        Our extraction: A quote from the second hexagram is a good summary of all three parts of the oracle this week: “What has been spoiled through one’s fault can be made good again through one’s work. It is not immutable fate…” Be courageous this week with your self analysis; admit your errors and make good on them. And remember true bravery comes from love — and there is no more important person to love than yourself.



CN_156

SEP 08, 2020




Scholars have always been inclined to say that the Zamanicians were terrible judgers of time — but in light of recent investigations a more progressive (and perhaps accurate) way to put it, would be that they were great forgetters that they were terrible judgers of time. This subtle refinement of course is due entirely to the discovery of a heap of Zamanician personal texts — private journals and diaries found in those sea-misted caves of Hermeneutia. Scholarship having always focused on their more formal or official texts — put interpretive weight on the aspirational values of their society, mostly ignoring the texture of their ordinary, everyday thought. Briefly here are a few interesting findings from these intimate logs… A phrase like: I can’t believe the quadnoontide festivals are here already, was found as repeating every year, in 75% of all Zamanician diaries, at least 10+ times consecutively — with no apparent remembrance, or irony! As well, the phrase: I don’t know if it’s me but time seems to be flying by this epothacre, is registered as repeating on average of 10 times per cycle, in at least 90% of all Zamanician daybooks — again with no memory or satire present! As is known, most research points to Zamanicians having similar neural networks to homo-sapiens, so forgetting of this magnitude must have a selective advantage in some way (though it was obviously unconscious to them). And since these journals were private, that is written with no intention of being published, we know that the habit wasn’t affectation — this constant defamiliarization was an actual condition. It is our intention in the forthcoming lecture and subsequent article (which is to be published in The X-Zamaner Vol.XI) to explore the implications of this hardwired, calculated and patternistic defamiliarization as it relates to the Zamanician’s evolutionary process — specifically focusing on the possibility of mass forgetting developed as a response to a world of novelty (constantly drifting climate change, volcanoes, etc.) as some sort of coping mechanism.

Image: Enzo Mari
 





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The offering of design and print studio Social Species presents a gratifying whole. Their endeavor “focusing on expressions of play” immediately brought to mind French theorist Roger Caillois’ work: Man, Play and Games. In it he asserted, “Play is a total activity. It involves a totality of human behavior and interests.” The Social Species project seems in complete accord with this notion; presenting play as a mellifluous aggregate of humanity’s principal attributes: beauty, personality, design, participation, background vs vanguard, speculation, the Powerpuff Girls and Dragon Ball Z. 👽🖖





Klaesi Holdener




Laboratorio.Futuro




Troy Vasilakis





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ORACLE


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 “Ten of Wands.” This card points to management and obfuscation. Something has been brought under your control; but the difficulty of corralling the disorder has caused the blocking of more comprehensive objectives. Watch for overdeterminations and oversights in your efforts.
        This week we rolled a hexagram with no changes. This means that how we enter the week is how we exit the week. Our single hexagram is #35, “Progress.” The image here is of the sun rising above the horizon. Its power and reach increase as it distances itself from the earth. The metaphor here seems to be something like clarity comes from pulling away from complexity — thriving requires an increasingly clear system.
        Our extraction: A burden has been wrestled into control — the substantial efforts took all your energy. Before moving forward you are going to have to take a brief pause, to fully take in the terrain around you. Reorganize the hierarchy of your efforts, establish your goals (intermediate and ultimate) and make some progress!


CN_155

SEP 01, 2020




With some regularity we come upon places in our visual field that are beautiful but can’t be entered. The restriction isn’t due to governmental regulation or arduous positioning. It’s simply a moment when the point of view of an odd stance combined with something like eccentric sunlight, transmogrifies a few middle distance elements of matter. When a weird dome of shrubs or a perplexing bend of a river or a puddle below a niche in a rock face, momentarily invoke charming scenes: a fetching grotto, a cozy folly, a bucolic fortified garden. There is an atmosphere of the will-o’-the-wisp about it all, but instead of sinister beckoning — more a playful evaporation — an occult retreating caused by a mere step or two in any direction. The effect is not unlike peering into a dollhouse or an aquarium; you can imagine yourself within but you can never be there. Also with these appearances there is a distanced air of our previous life as a child; when we knew little context but took in our surroundings with complete subjective seriousness — easily seeing a family of shopping carts as the walls around a gnome’s burrow or an overly planted Main Street median as a parapet for a brood of mystical creatures. We know not to hunt these moments, but to let them occur. Their sudden arrival calls for a particular skill: to let our senses dull, to remain still, to soften focus. It seems important to say as well, that these suggestive groupings seem only to materialize when walking. It is really only at wayfaring speeds that the parallaxing of the array of items, within the varying distances of our visual sweep, can become such an occasional theatre.

Image: C.F.
 





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A site is a vessel; and of course statistically speaking, within is usually found an unconsidered ferment brewed to invoke a lame job. Such is the web. Such is life. But against odds some realize that they can forge their own space — a zone to work it out — to place and really see their stuffs. These places can genuinely serve to reinforce the best parts of one’s self; and shape a future with their collaborators. Brussels based OD Magazine is such a domain. Founder Miguel Rózpide’s vision is one of simplicity, clarity and refined essence — in effect, like some sort of chic arts-community truffle.





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ORACLE


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 “Page of Swords” (In Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck: the “Princess of Swords”). This card points to bright, continual and elastic energy (Youth!). It is a good period for something like burning the candle at both ends. Due to the illuminating aspect of the energy though, if you are a light and shade type, there may be few dark corners to compose in. It’s best to keep it upbeat right now.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #57, (The Penetrating, Wind). This is a continuance for us, as this was our second hexagram last week. We once again are presented with the advice of fostering (like the sun and wind) a ceaseless, penetrating and life-giving energy. However there are new specifics. The changes here, counsel for innate modesty and energetic action. And there is an alert to avoid using this penetrating energy to drudge up deeper problems.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #28, (Preponderance of the Great). This hexagram is one that comes with an unvarnished warning. There is something in your structure which is on the verge of collapse — address it or face the consequences.
        Our extraction: There are clear warnings this period. One is don’t attempt an illumination of darkness, as it will cause setbacks. Then a direct message to attend to a situation on the verge of a breaking point, or difficulty will follow. And finally, advice to perform all your endeavors with a sunny and youthful energy. So we say, have a light touch this period, meet your labors with a sprightly spirit and if there are any outstanding circumstances, under some sort of pressure, take care of them.



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AUG 25, 2020




If we were an artist, and one with first-rate budgets, we’d rent two identical buildings of about ten stories high, separated by a street. We’d find a way to cover the exterior of each to become massive, realistic human heads. They’d be staring at each other, poised to talk — and on occasion they would; but only basic, phatic phrases like, “how are you?” or “you look like you could use a vacation” or “you can say that again.” Somewhere in the neck of the “heads”, at street level, there would be a door. Visitors would be allowed to explore each building from top to bottom. Prior to installation the rooms would have been completely stripped of any furniture or decoration. In every space, whether lobby, bathroom, closet, conference room, duct or kitchen, would be installed a vast interconnected system of Rube Goldberg mechanisms. The sequences would employ all manner of material for the innumerable catalyzations: stegosaurus plates would swing on string braided from wolf spider silk tipping over 3rd century Persian helmets full of moth balls to overflow cans of Lamborghini oil to slick the covers of rare editions of “In Praise of Folly” so they could zip down angled Korean War ambulance stretchers setting off the spigots of small dollhouse fountains which resting on old newspapers from June 28, 1914 would break through prompting a catapult constructed of dried Nile reeds and so on and so forth. And when each of the 60,000+ part material successions reached their final motion it would induce gears to move the jaws of the giant noggins and bellow one of the 10 or 20 prosaic communications. Every utterance would require a ten story, 1,000 room chain of events. The piece would be called, “Your nose is an iceberg’s tip.” The two “heads” would be installed for about 80 years and then be taken apart to be used for various other projects.

Image: John Wesley
 





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Like the deceptive composure of the earth’s crust, the surfaces of the images of British artist Jacob Robinson bely a molten, seething instability. “History” (oft a subject of Robinson) is similarly understood, as something like a concealing veneer of the moment. The wide breath given to each of his pieces with the composition of his site (and the sensible near solemnity of the typography) gives one the proper set and setting in which to view these monumental considerations.






Tobias Revell




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ORACLE


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 “Empress” card. It calls for the consideration of all that is related to maternity. Thus the emphasis here is on nurturing and balance. A mature view towards the realities of life and death is encouraged. As well, general earthiness is implied: seeds, crops, eating, excrement, fertilization, etc.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #43, “Break-Through (Resoluteness).” Here, a few contingent images — a sequence illustrating the release of tensions (both good and disastrous): a cloud filling to the brink with water yielding to a welcome downpour, but resulting in a river swelling and breaking its banks. It is implied that the tensions here are that of reason and passion, incompatible forces; of the two passion is the more damaging. Passion or “flood” can only be controlled by reasoned, meticulous and ongoing supervision.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #57, “The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind)“. The image here is dual, that of sun and that of wind, as both are ceaseless, penetrating forces whose chief attribute is invisible life giving permeation. This important diffusion is used as a model for all leadership, that is guidance or stewardship should not be “an act of violation” but like wind and sun an “influence that never lapses.”
        Our extraction: A persistent and thorough management of passion seems the main subject this week. Success whether in childbirth, in agriculture, in flood prevention, or even in the reaction to an already existing crisis, is only to be arrived at with a calm, resolute and persistent course of action. Basically a plan. Devise or re-up a plan; then communicate it (with utter thoroughness) to both the parts of your self and your external collaborators.