Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Portrait of Space 2011

I will be doing a talk on Deeper into Nothing at Portrait of Space in Blackrock, Co. Dublin on Friday 9th September 2011 from 2pm. During the weekend I will also have an ongoing intervention there which came from using this technique. I will have two photographic prints on display, Secret Sign (Past) and Future Potential. Here are those images and the text for a hand-out I will have available at my talk.

Deeper into Nothing
The Seeming Nothing of the Present Moment
Finding nothing in the something and something in the nothing
The Art of Anti-Climax
“Limitations are necessary.” Wim Wenders
Extra effort
“Nothing is Real.” The Beatles
“Where there is nothing, there is God.”
St. Augustine
Less is More
In Taoism they refer to something called the Wu which means void or nothingness. But to them Wu is not simple nothingness either, but rather a formless and infinite potential.
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Seinfeld: The show about Nothing
"To know fully one field or one lane is a lifetime’s experience. In the world of the poetic experience it is depth that counts, not width. A gap in the hedge...the stream at the junction of four fields - these are as much as a man can fully experience." Patrick Kavanagh
Going Deeper
Beyond point of resistance
Lost in Moment
Journey not the destination
"...Within man is the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related...And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, is one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Boredom is Freedom
"Go not outside, truth dwells in the inner man." Carl Jung
A State of Mind
For Everyone and No-One
“The energy spent on active inner work is then and there transformed into a fresh supply, but that spent on passive work is lost forever.” G. I. Gurdjieff
Everyone is an Artist
Going deeper into the seeming nothing of the present moment; new things start emerging from what were previously thought to be the most unpromising of areas, while the most promising can turn out to be emptier than at first suspected. Rather than the near certainty of simply finding the already obvious, by giving more time and attention to something overlooked or barely existing, you can potentially discover something new. As once you deal with the nothing then you can deal with the something.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Art of Anti-Climax

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Deleted Scenes
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Deleted Scenes was made using the ‘Deeper into Nothing’ technique; which in this case purposely used the kinds of scenes normally taken out of a movie which were themselves limited to what could be shot in just one day. It is hoped that the edit has been designed so that everyone can now create their own unique storyline or even solve the riddle and find the original meaning the artist had in mind. Available for screenings.

There are more detailed explanations of the Deeper into Nothing technique in previous posts but in one line it could best be described as finding the infinite possibilities in the seeming nothing of the present moment or the art of anti-climax (everyday life).

“Limitations are necessary.”
Wim Wenders