Sunday, December 5, 2010

11/11 Fish Magic; Brian Eno & WAVE of "Scenius" (rhymes with genius)


After many years of pressing onward as a "unique" individual performing artist and instructor; I have come to realize that what the world needs now is GROUP mind...."Let's do it TOGETHER." Although each of our personal contributions --(sending powerful ripples in the great ocean of consciousness) are absolutely critical; truly great & powerful REVOLUTIONS in art, spirituality and culture are NOT going to happen from a single human being. This is why we have formed the MomoButoh Dance Company Collaborative Projects & Performances. We hope you will explore, engage and perhaps join our collaborative circle. AND, most importantly, we are not just collaborating with HUMAN BEINGS....but ALL BEINGS in our projects--like the leaping salmon, swooping eagles on 11/11 and this cloud image that appeared above a daily dance.

In this vein I have an exciting 11/11 related FISH story from awesome stone artist Krista Guss (of the Illumination Project) to tell and a powerful & inspiring quote from the awesome sound artist Brian Eno to share.

From the latest outpouring of EnlightenNext Magazine comes this to ponder:

Throughout his forty-year career, British musician and record producer Brian Eno has collaborated with some of the most innovative rock musicians of our time, from David Bowie and U2 to Paul Simon and the Talking Heads. And he's learned a lot about "genius" in the process. To Eno, genius is as much a product of the vibrant culture surrounding individuals as it is of the individuals themselves. In a speech he gave at the 2009 Luminous Festival in Sydney, Australia, he discussed his new term, "scenius," which he defines as "the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene":

[When] I was an art student . . . I was encouraged to believe that there were a few great figures like Picasso and Kandinsky . . . who sort-of appeared out of nowhere and produced artistic revolution. As I looked at art more and more, I discovered that that wasn't really a true picture.

What really happened was that there [were] sometimes very fertile scenes involving . . . all sorts of people who created a kind of ecology of talent. . .So I came up with this word "scenius." . . . And I think that's a more useful way to think about culture. . . . Let's forget the idea of "genius" for a little while. Let's think about the whole ecology of ideas that give rise to good new thoughts and good new work.


And the 11:11 FISH story from Krista Guss:


So, I'm doing two sculptures, an electromagentic duet, if you will. One is called "PLOP!" and is a large sandstone bas relief (somewhere in between 2d etching on stone and 3d sculpture) depicting a young autistic girl feeding fish and the word she is articulating (the first one she ever spoke) is plop. It will be placed above/next to a koi and goldfish pond near my 11:11 cave/studio where she loves to feed fish.
The second piece is a white marble coil (I guess you could call it) that is entitled "catch!" It represents the moment when a spark catches. It is a fountain and will be placed many miles (at least 11 :) ) from the other piece at a confluence of springs. The property will be used to start a facility that explores/fosters heaing of autism, magic, and spirituality.
Weeeeeell, here's the exciting part. Obviously, the location of PLOP! already has fish. The most electric magic part is that the spring confluence, which has never had fish in it before...has goldfish that have appeared out of nowhere (and this is some really remote landscape). The pieces aren't even in place yet, in fact I just finished catch yesterday (started 5.5 years ago) and still have another 100+ hours of work on PLOP! Yet, nature is ready to reveal and relish the connection. Feeling miraculously blessed indeed.
So, how bout dem beans?
GO FISHIE MAGIC GO!!!

3 comments:

  1. love brian eno - and have loved including his music with butoh in past dance films... so soul moving!
    i look forward to the scenius dance connection here immensely - of being together with everyone in such a meaningful way... as we connect with other is so many varying forms of 'other-ness'... thank you also for sharing more 11 11 magic!

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  2. How often I find myself thinking I have an original idea and then seeing that idea a thousand places on the web. This used to irritate my shallow little self, but I've recently taken on a different attitude. Our collaboration is inevitable! We occur in a soup of talent and ideas interacting with each other whether we intend it or not. I'm so inspired by the work of arts activists like cartoonist Nina Paley who stand for collective and collaborative work to emerge. http://blog.ninapaley.com/ I love this collaborative scenius we're creating!

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