Art isThe Occult

Ouspensky, in his book Tertium Organum, A Key to the Enigmas of The World, may allow us to begin toward creating a more relevant foundation for discussion than any number of my attempts to describe a post modern esthetics, hip structuralism or clever phenomenology could usefully provide.

 He simply states:
“The truth is that this earth is the scene of a drama of which we only perceive scattered portions, and in which the greater number of the actors are invisible to us.” He suggests that the mystery of life dwells in the fact that the noumenon–the hidden meaning of a thing, is reflected in its phenomenon. A phenomenon is merely the reflection of a noumenon in our sphere.


He further implies that only “that fine apparatus which is called the soul of an artist” can understand and accurately feel that reflection– by means of the study of that “hidden side of life.” Therefore, the artist must be a clairvoyant–seeing that which others do not see. He must be a magician: must possess the power to make others see that which they do not themselves see.


Art, concludes the great Occultist, is “THE BEGINNING OF VISION”. We can infer that our discussion of theatrical photographic artforms would lead to our greater understanding if we acknowledge the desire for a “higher” represention to include these elusive differences. It is certainly possible to achieve a photograph that appears to embody a refined esthetic and visual impact with the sophisticated equipment now accessible–but does it reflect an artist’s vision or a gift from technology?  Is creating a pleasing illusion the significance of the process?  Is it even possible to evoke more?


The study and practice of dance and acting for live theatre can be more important than some form of success or recognition in those fields.  Show Biz and most of its “productions” has no direct correlation with consciousness or personal development, nothing to help mankind to awaken.  The use of dance can be as a tool for a form of Yoga in movement, and the creation of characters a psychological study leading to greater unification of authentic self and development of the Power of Will.  All depends on intent, the quality of the teaching, the intensity of the work itself,  and a recognition that performance is first for the performer a highly conscious effort.  The audience then receives an essential experience that is not mechanical or merely entertaining as a consequence.  Some call that quality talent. It is most certainly a step closer to human greatness.

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  1. The new and evolving technologies if used properly, only enhance the vision and possibilities of the artist to elucidate what is within their soul. As technology has evolved from the beginnings of photography to such current and quantum leaps as the Lytro where focus takes place after the “capturing” of an image, or the yet to be released 1DX where clean 50,000 ISO will allow photography in previously impenetrable darkness, the creative process evolves to more unlimited creativity but also more choices. Is a scene or moment best captured in crystal clear hyper-realism? Is some motion, blur, selective focus helping to communicate the life of the play? Should the image be black and white, color, realistic color or super-saturated? Should a short video clip accompany the still image? The process of performance art photography in this decade is still mastered through an innate sense of the event as well as pathos with the characters. What makes this decade and even the last decade unique in the history of photography is the myriad possibilities that advancements in digital image making and post processing allows, and thus brilliance is achieved through eliminating extraneous possibilities – visual and technological noise – to still reveal and define the essence of performance art.

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