Performative Intertextual Images

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An Image conjuring the presence of mystery in Archaic Intelligence opens a case for new evaluations of so called primitive pre=history today, unexpectedly evoked by subtext in a dance photo from 1971.  A 35mm negative is lost in a dance studio arson fire but not before it appears full page in Dance Magazine and continues to capture attention.  The image begins to take on history of its own.  The dancers portrayed are David and Helen Adhar.  Egyptian born David appeared … Continue reading

Toward Personal Style

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      In September of 1971 my first full page photo was published in Dance Magazine.  It was like a religious validation.   The event changed all priorities from commercial to aesthetic and guided decisions  The photo credit became valued. Standards were being established compelling choice of subject matter which then influenced the people I would meet.  An kind of  language, was forming as my vocabulary of performance became clearer as subjects responded honestly and gave me criteria.    … Continue reading

The True Selfie

Swami X on Venice Beach boardwalk

Susan Sontag and Marshall McLuhan have less influence on todays scene than a Steampunk Comic version of a  Hemingway novel. In fact, use of the cellphone as camera and communication devices has changed users behavior and habits so radically as to render most themes of aesthetics laughingly lofty. irrelevant to the everyday practice of compulsive image capture. Even the long ago inspired aim of democratic access by Kodak snapshot simplicity has failed to foretell the documentational power of pixel rituals … Continue reading

Feedback Loops

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  Hey, I am just reacting to events by viewing websites with too many ignorant commentators who think they have earned a point of view in a mindscape of mechanical babble that is posing as communication.  Sitting outside America, looks like Smartphone Device  applications replace sex toy, fashion, and automobile design fetishes.  An increasingly despotic Unreality Industry sells Comic Characters and Super gadgets that acquire Intellectual Social Status with what reads as universal brainwashing agenda for expendable eaters.   Accept … Continue reading

Lost Boys

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“. . .youth, strength, genius, thoughts, achievements, simple hearts–all die . . .No matter.”   Joseph Conrad, “Youth”   credits Willy , photo by Stephan Jammer  2014 Alba, portrait in Slimnic, Romania, by Jammer  2014 Alba and Jan by Romanian Artist Crina,  2014         In the Backyard where the Cherry Tree dies Rich soil is flooded from falling pain Wears its Black Widow mourning veils GhostSage, lavender and rose Nothing grows.   The harvest is this bitter … Continue reading

Quest for Metaphor: 2

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  THE THEATRICAL PORTRAIT      On one level we are collecting archetypal imagery. Humanity as a deck of cards consisting of unique but recognizable moments from a staged event.   Drakula Tyrannus   World Premiere at Thad Taylor’s Globe of the historic Vlad.Tepes.     Monsoon Christmas, soldiers confined in barracks during a tireless rain showing strain and stress of strength seeking action, frustration explodes in misdirected violence among themselves, reveals personal and universal human weakness.   Incommunicado dramatizes … Continue reading

Dark Stage in a Quest for Metaphor: 1

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Some of us find comfort in Knowing Our Place, having a sense of where we stand in the contribution of our life energies, our creativity, our reflected recognition in a cultural context to higher values of our species.   Live performance played a significant role in my life, despite my active participation being not as performer, but more often in ballet and acting classes, coffee shop conversations with unique talents, my access to rehearsals, backstage, movie sets, and a lifetime … Continue reading

Phalse Paradigms

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  We all wonder what the hell is happening?  We divide the information swarm into mainstream media, which Marshall McLuhan linked to the rear view mirror on an automobile, memes–again mostly recycled Cliche/Archetype regurgitation, and conspiracy theories which are dismissed by most as insane due to the discomfort level such observations invoke, and other unreliable sources.   Some of us wonder why maintaining a form of delicate dedication to “darlings”, i.e. illusions firmly attached to personal perceptual sensory translation filter,   … Continue reading

Hermetics for Mummies

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THE LITERARY CRITICISM OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN, 1969:   Modern technology is itself mainly a product of art.  It is explicitly the rival of the primitive artist. For it has been the prime characteristic of science and philosophy since Newton and Kant, that they seek to control the world rather than to understand it.  We can, they say, control by magical formula what necessarily eludes our understanding or comprehension.  The artist was always a magician in this sense.  But the civilized … Continue reading

American Stripper

American Stripper

AMERICAN STRIPPER/ JD 97   Red bikini white and blue College girl and Actress too. Its an urge, this urge to merge The urge to merge with young Dramaturge.   Your class, your wit, your flawless style The X-tasy behind your smile. You take the stage.  You own the dump. Then show the boys resplendent rump. They have the urge.  The urge for you, Miss Dramaturge.   You writhe, you prance, you grind, you roll Slide upside down on a … Continue reading