2010-11-18 03:52 am (UTC)
the poetry of jim jarmush's work, part 1
divine-resonance-speculations-on-sound-strings-and-the-soul-by-daniel-e-molerThe future is undeniably bleak. We fail to understand the implications of what we have wrought upon our own world. But we must learn to understand, because if we do not then we fail to envision a better future for our children and the preceding generations. The late poet and musician Jim Morrison understands the impending dilemma before us:
In this dim cave
we can go no further.
Here money is key
to smooth age. Horses,
givers of guilt. Great
bags of gold (Morrison 85).
One of the greatest modern teachers of myth, Joseph Campbell discusses our plight in one of his collections of works The Inner Reaches of Outer Space. Campbell suggests that we still submit our human consciousness to our bestial habits to conquer and possess. As he points out, this does not fit with our rate of growth upon the planet. Campbell asserts that transcendence, through some spiritual means, is the way our collective psyche tries to surpass these gluttonous addictions. Using the Hindu meditative process of yoga as a model, he believes the chakra an`ahata, the energy point of the body associated with the heart, is a focal point that can be used to achieve this transcendent aspiration:
...an `ahata has the curious meaning "not hit", which is interpreted as signifying "the Sound that is not made by any two things striking together." (. . . ) The one sound not so made is the great tone, or hum, of the creative energy which all things are the manifestations, or epiphanies. And the intuitive recognition of this creative tone within a phenomenal form is what opens the heart to love (Campbell 36).
The concept of this "sound" referenced by Campbell is promoted in the recent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Coffee and Cigarettes. The film consists of eleven short stories that are independent of each other in accordance to plot, but otherwise include many common threads. Every story consists of two people having a conversation, or lack thereof, while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. In some chapters, a third person may intervene in the conversation as an outsider. An interesting note is that every actor uses their real names in the film and act as fictionalized caricatures of their real-life identities. The common themes from chapter to chapter include: a checkerboard pattern either on the coffee tables or background (enhanced by the film being shot in black and white); most every story consists of characters who either physically appear the same, are twins, or cousins of some kind; and, in every conversation that takes place within the chapters, the characters find it increasingly difficult to communicate with each other. Taking a closer look at the film will assist in an understanding of the current human condition and what Campbell suggests will be our liberation from this adversity.
----to be continued in reply 2----Edited at 2010-11-18 03:53 am (UTC)
2010-11-18 03:56 am (UTC)
the poetry of jim jarmush's work, part 2
In chapter nine, "Jack Shows Meg his Tesla Coil", rock musician Jack White displays the Tesla Coil (designed by Serbian-American inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla) to his sister Meg White. While relating the importance of Tesla's discoveries, Jack says of Tesla: "He perceived the Earth as a conductor of acoustical resonance (Coffee and Cigarettes)."This exact phrase is repeated in the final, and most exceptional, chapter, "Champagne". Starring older actors, Bill Rice and Taylor Mead pose as washed up janitors on a coffee break in the dark, steamy basement of an armory. In the beginning of the conversation, Bill asks Taylor if he is okay. Taylor responds by expressing, "I feel so ...divorced from the world. I've lost touch with the world (Coffee and Cigarettes)." Taylor references to a song by Gustav Mahler and they listen as it seems to play in the background of the basement, and then it disappears in to silence. Taylor mentions how the song "resonated" throughout the entire building. In response, Bill exclaims slowly: "Nikola Tesla perceived the Earth as a conductor of acoustical resonance (Coffee and Cigarettes)." Why this consistent reference to the planet and "acoustical resonance"? How does this define the human experience and our relation to one another? Why did Jim Jarmusch decide to interject this idea in to a film full of disparity, and with so many relationships between music and medicine?"
(...i've long loved the notion of earth vibing, a vast drum of intersecting oscillations...http://zuma.vip.warped.com/dome.htm"Have you seen much of the Zone?" Dean asked as he took the seat by her.
"Oh, sure. Extensively, over many years," Slip tellingly answered.
"I can easily assume then that you're familiar with Percussion Slopes," he said.
...& i pictured them as a crystalline canyon that one bounded like a goat from one facet to another.)
the checkerboard patterns upon the tables, as mentioned above, too did i replicate but for my own chessic purposes... yes, those drawings in the current mess were directly inspired by the film, and specifically those characters in that vignette, not to mention a perspective exercise inspired by moebius
since seeing Jarmusch's Down By Law, i've seen Mystery Train and Ghost Dog, and others i don't recall, and am now viewing Limits Of Control. i'd seen many others of his even before Down By Law.
i've a scattered collection of his quotes i must gather but my favorite is: "Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?"
his films are actually more akin to works of poetry to me. his is a poet's work, mind, and sensibility.
the most inspiring body of creative works to stir me in decades...Edited at 2010-11-18 04:14 am (UTC)
2010-11-22 12:24 am (UTC)
"Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?"
A sentence has a period, an idea does not.
I would offer that no single film encompasses all of life. Plot to me is like a keel a film. An idea, theme or character arc is another way. I do think that we must agree at some level to be able to codify and transmit information. We also agree in the exchange of precious time and attention for a measure of something from the artist.
2010-11-22 02:00 am (UTC)
the limits of control
certainly 'no single film encompasses all of life'. not sure what you were referring to there, but i'd even add that no single work encompasses, or even embodies, all of a given creator's works.
yes, jarmusch is a different cinemagraphic proposition, fundamentally so. that's why i say his works are more akin to poetry, for the normal conventions they trangress. when one knows what one's buying into with his films, and wants such, the payoff is considerable.
the poetry here is indeed thematic, and does have that arc. there is an ostensible plot conveying it. jarmusch always says in the bonus features that he allows for shoots to have their own influence and rides that. the limits of control. indeed.
the dispassionate assassin is moved only by art. his victim, played by bill murray, runs a compound, a corporate america outpost, where the black helicopters fly from. he asks the assassin, "How the fuck did you get in?" the assassin, whom so far hadn't answered *anyone's* questions, replys, "I used my imagination".
2011-03-21 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: "Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?"
2012-12-06 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: "Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?"
I do think that we must agree at some level to be able to codify and transmit information. We also agree in the exchange of precious time and attention for a measure of something from the artist.
it all depends on who 'we' is, and what 'information' is, and what that 'something' is. if jackson pollock's paintings move you, you are glad to see them. if they mean something to you in any way whatsoever, they are of value to you. etc. the same could be said for burroughs' cut-ups, or dissyncopated sound works, or what have you. none of this is new. there is no agreement needed. those who get something out of somebody do, no problem. such unconstrained material may simply be not to your need or taste.
42 years ago, this was one of my favorite books. still is.http://zuma.vip.warped.com/tarantula.htm
probably was one of the earliest influences on me regarding capitalization, come to think of it, heh.Edited at 2012-12-06 08:47 am (UTC)
don't stop, keep it going.
2010-11-18 04:05 am (UTC)
keeps on running forever
air conditioner hum
humboldt county hum
all is running forever, & humming along.
i've not stopped a whit but have seriously hunkered down, rewhittling my stoop: CSS reinventions of self took a year.http://zuma.vip.warped.com/humm.wavEdited at 2010-11-18 04:07 am (UTC)
2010-11-22 01:40 am (UTC)
i will, always
this LJ is too old to ever allow to become fallow.
(actually, i killed it once, ten years ago. if i hadn't, it'd have Early Adopter status and be free now. lesson learned.)
thank you for your own return here. your simple two word comment was treasured... genuinely encouraging.
Take your time every great opus features silence as a component.
2010-11-22 01:33 am (UTC)
i finished the movie, 'The Limits Of Control', and believe i want to send you a copy some day. it comes to mind here because the protagonist is mostly silent, hardly ever says a word. in the bonus features, the actor speaks fluent french. i wonder if he even really knows english. his few lines in the movie remind me of the english that robert begnini had to learn to play in 'Down By Law'...
thank you for the understanding, it's very encouraging.http://zuma.vip.warped.com/silence3.wav
2010-11-27 03:22 pm (UTC)
hey oh, tkt
hurro, hurro. it's a tranquilized morning in dunderland. and little difference is noted by the passersbys. dunderheads, i s'pose. the coffee is good. lisa made it. emma cat can't have any. is wot i say.
Edited at 2010-11-27 03:23 pm (UTC)
Miss you. I hope I can see more of your artwork soon. Do you have another art website?
I have been looking at Moebius' work a lot lately and your comics remind me of his. <3 <3 <3
2010-11-27 03:16 pm (UTC)
i love what you're doing. glad you posted here or i'd have missed it. i just haven't visited my Friends page in ages.
moebius is da man for me, for sure. mavinga recently sent me a fabulous url:http://theairtightgarage.tumblr.com/
if you click on the images, a page appears with a larger version that seemingly cannot itself be saved --but i found those auxiliary pages will themselves save *as* the bigger image. very confusing but it works.
art, yep, working on it, testing new tools and formats still but coming down to the wire quite shortly. bless you for asking.http://zuma.vip.warped.com/core-echo.htm
i visited your http://secretcomix.com/
site again but i'll have to check it out more fully on the livingroom computer -this ancient old WinMe machine hasn't a decent recent Firefox installed... what a lovely lovely site you have. very welldone.Edited at 2010-11-27 03:17 pm (UTC)
2010-11-30 01:56 pm (UTC)
...i just came across one of your drawings, of a red diner, deep in a main folder on my computer... hair-girl__diner.png
extremely good work.
Thank you! I should do more with that style and medium...
Yeah, "quenched consciousness" is ammmaazzinngg. I think I need to copy some of Moebius' drawings to learn the way his mind works.
Right now I am working on an epic huge drawing of the forests in Oregon. Haven't decided if I'm going to put in some sci fi elements in or not, there are already dinosaurs and a train. :) Have you been making comics?
2010-12-02 05:39 pm (UTC)
tree house city
copying moebius's drawings doesn't teach as much as reverse-engineering the linework. one discovers all sorts of shenanigans such as multiple focuses (where they may share one of the vanishing points), and curvilinear perpective done by offsetting the perspective (i swear that one day he just decided to use the opposite edge of the ruler).
here's a 22.5degree/67.5degree view of his that i mirrored into a panorama:http://zuma.vip.warped.com/voyagedhermes_moebius_08(22-5_67-5vu)1280-c.png
and so on.
doing that to one of his 3 point perspective drawings shows an immense perspective layout.
i've also seen photos of him drawing where he's just quesstimating the perspective, and that surprised me no end.
Oregon offers much, i wish i might visit there some time.
dinosaurs and a train? hey, th sky's the limit. make a giant tree house city in a forest...
nope, i haven't been doing comics, not exactly. mashups of words and pictures. sometimes it's hard to define comics, yano? i just follow my nose...