12th Jun2013

Art Evolution in the Digital Age

by bassgeisha

Our society has evolved to manufacture nearly every part of our sociocultural experience.

Aside from our natural land, whether untouched due to law, usability, harsh conditions, population or lack of consideration, our experience of modern civilization is ultimately manipulative.

As humans, we wish to interact with one another. We are social creatures. The arts have been an essential and at times a sacred part of our interactions and understanding of the universe. We have been compelled to draw, to write, to make music, act in theatre and vocalize our thoughts in attempts to communicate and express ourselves for as long as humanity as we know it has existed. Written language at its core is nothing but a standard set of marks to pronounce phonemes, morphemes and provide a visual baseline for spoken word.

We have record of this innate human need to be creative but are we moving towards a standardized, more homogeneous social acceptance? Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, goods were able to be mass produced. Everything became faster as ingenious engineers invented machines to speed production and lower service time and cost with the scale balanced by less demand or need for highly skilled craftsmen. With designers applying advancements in science & technology, the Industrial Revolution began creating more consumer-based economic social structures.

Today, where I live, everything I see has been designed. I live in a city (planned and mapped and even revitalized) where every entrepreneur who has the ambition and the means can create a business (design standards, logos, branding, marketing, advertising, signs, websites, social media) for any industry to which they are called. We are experiencing a transition in technology with the Computer/Electronic Age that is propelling sociocultural interactions and consumer economics.

My chosen profession is one of a digital artist. However, in my perceived social position I have realized that businesses or those wishing to begin their entrepreneurial endeavors literally need–require–demand that I be not just an artist in the traditional sense, but specialize in a myriad of skill sets. I began my personal journey as a digital artist because I recognized immediately that going digital would not only help preserve the environment, but because I also saw the new possibilities that were the direction of relevant creative expression.

I am a child literally born at the beginning of this consumer Electronic Age of civilization. I started with crayons and pencils and paper but I was fascinated with the exponential options in the visual arts when electronics like Socrates and desktop computers became available & affordable to the general public. I quickly learned that to be truly effective, my chosen profession of a graphic designer must not have a narrow, tunnel-vision approach. The experience and knowledge gained by not only applying up to date technology but also learning from the sociological and anthropological impacts of copy writing, marketing, branding and advertising has shaped my skill set into an ever adapting, versatile arsenal.

All of our world is affected by design. Consumers are bombarded with it at an unprecedented level. Yes, we still have the traditional forms of sociocultural creative expression, but absolutely everything is preplanned and constructed or manufactured–from the instruments to the architect who maximized the acoustics of the theatre for the ballet that is a creatively choreographed series of movements. So, where does that leave us?

At a certain point consumers become numb to this bombardment. It is routine, average or expected whereas prior to the Industrial Revolution, the arts were perceived by societies completely differently. Historical figures created masterpieces, some on commission and the public remained in awe of the most stimulating visual experiences available. To refrain from being “expected”, the cultural arts of today will adapt to technology–balancing the scale. Being perceived as ordinary is not a good thing. To engage, absorb and enrapture the target audience is another, and the goal which drives most marketing to use artists. However, to make an impression so deep in the cultural mind as to set a standard is regarded as the ultimate goal.

Setting a new standard in art history is a recognition of uniqueness, of usefulness or any other adjective one may use to describe creative application of technology and resources that profoundly improves our human experience. This Digital Age of Consumerism makes and breaks standards all of the time as technology changes. As an artist or in my case a digital artist, making that spark of flint into a star with enough gravity to create a solar system seems to be one byte of data in the worldwide web of information but remains a beautiful, and ever-present goal.

As digital creativity continues to evolve to meet emerging technology, awareness and adaptation are key virtues that any digital artist must strive to maintain. However, in this Era, these virtues are applicable regardless of profession. Design is a tool. Therefore logically designers fulfill a specific role with their natural and learned skills. We are the manipulators of societies, cultures, and ultimately civilizations. Expression is fused with our humanity, and the arts have demonstrated a vital, persistent need throughout our history. With the Electronic Age lowering the time of communication/interaction experience worldwide, I feel digital creators must remain hyper-aware of how their role is being applied and their effects–almost like learning to see every tree on both sides of a speeding train. The more aware we remain and responsive we are, the more effortless it will be to not only create but ideally better our expression, communication and impact on society.

I choose to aim for the ever-present goal of a new standard with every project. Sometimes, the best inventions are unintentional.
Best Regards,
sk

June 11th 2013
Taken from my professional portfolio site

xoxBOH
bassgeisha

10th Oct2012

Comic Strip: Freelance Freedom by N.C. Winters

by bassgeisha

Freelance Freedom by N.C. Winters

So today, while waiting for one of many large files to render, I don’t know where I was..some design resource site I believe…and I clicked on some website advertisement called Freelance Switch (www.freelanceswitch.com). That, however is not the awesome part. I found FreelanceSwitch to be a pay-monthly-to-be-listed-as-a-freelancer-on-our-site type thing. Something I definitely was NOT interested in. In general, a “oh my gosh I have nothing to do” when it comes to my personal workload….is pretty much non-existent. I cannot remember the last time I didn’t have something going on at home.

To be honest with you I guess my “freelance” literally lives up to the name: A lot of my personal work I do for next to nothing, if not free. Not because I don’t need the money, but because literally, I’d be doing it anyway even if it wasn’t for a client! lol! It has been this way for me since I first sank my teeth into Photoshop & JASC Paint Shop Pro at 14/15. Quite a big upgrade from Microsoft Paint Pixel Editing!!

To this day I still learn new things, the software keeps changing, as does the web. As far as being paid though.. well, I just choose not to rely on my hobby as a source of income. Which brings me to the topic of this article… N.C. Winter’s Freelance Freedom comic which is hosted on http://freelanceswitch.com/category/freelance-freedom/
If the freelancers who do pay the fee to be listed pay this comic artist to draw designer related hilarities, I applaud them. If they aren’t getting clients, they are at least being entertained!!

I won’t go into the freelance websites of the designers I did happen to look at. I’m not going to even go there.

ANYWAY
On with the comic lol
This is the exact reason why I choose to work in a corporation, and not as a freelance designer. Heck, this entire comic strip is exactly why…however, I’m going to include a few more favorites that I just can’t resist.
Check out the above url for more!!

THIS IS SO ME!!!:

I learned the hard way not to do this lloooll:

LOL WOW!!

100.00 for a “Digital Pen” is a million times worth the money!!!

Okay so, hehe, as you may have read over some of these maybe understood them, maybe not…I think these comics also juxtapose my approach to freelance design compared to “The Freelancer” (His name has not been said so far in the comic). I truly believe the design should be a collaboration of the client and the designer. Designers that come from a “holier than thou” approach can really take the risk of making the client relationship WAY more difficult than it needs to be. Not to say any designer doesn’t need Client Translation Monkey from time to time, but still. Another big no-no that I’ve run into is any designer that takes critiques or revisions or changes in their work PERSONALLY. *facepalm* I don’t know, I guess I was lucky enough to have to sit through entire class critiques and have 20 people pick apart my work and tell it how it could be better…Eitherway, my approach to designing with my clients is personable, approachable. There was a saying in University that designers “should not give clients what they want, but what they need.” I’ve since revised this phrase as my mantra, “I as a designer should not only give clients what they want, but what they need.” A subtle difference, but I guess it goes back to the “Designer on a pedestal” complex.
I also feel it is important to explain design & all other related field concepts. I always do this in a manner that can be understood–not using technical jargon that leaves the client with a deer-in-headlights stare. My minor and continual study of Anthropology, Sociology & Psychology help enhance my Emotional Intelligence and explain my work, why I may nudge them in another direction, more effectively.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed. I’ve been cracking up at this comic strip!!

Respect,
bassgeisha

20th Jul2012

A note on the Dark Knight Rises Aurora Colorado Killing July 20th 2012

by bassgeisha
The Dark Knight Rises Theatre Killer July 20 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Theatre Killer July 20 2012 Image from cnn.com front page

I usually do not make a post about news.

However, I just had a talk with a friend and it brought up a few key points that I wanted to address here.
The reason choose to remain silent on news, is due to the volatile nature of my opinions and how they may affect others, or perhaps even perpetuating the infamous noteriety of wayward individuals.

However, I have obviously chosen to make a post about this.
I’m assuming that the killing actually happened last night on July 20th, 2012 early morning midnight showing. It is a top news story all over the USA and even on BBC.Co.Uk

When I make the comments I am about to write, I am applying my knowledge of Anthropology, Sociology, Personal Experience, Dharma studies and minimal psychiatric knowledge (I am also going to draw upon the latest Through the Wormhole from Science channel that aired Wednesday, which discussed the topic of evil and why societies or people become evil.)

*********************************UPDATED
I have decided to update this blog post with a very strongly related book exerpt as seen below. AND a Wired.com scientific article addressing “Patients, Prisoners and Mass Shootings”.
I have also made a decision to update this post with yet another conversation I had on the book of faces. I will post it as soon as I can.******

Finally, I am going to repost the CNN.com writeup that is on the front page at this moment in time, below.

Alright, here we gooo

  • Attachment embodies Fear, Aggression, and on the opposite end, Pleasure. Allow me to explain:

Why the heck am I bringing up attachment? Well, one of my first instincts was to say, “Send him to the Electric Chair!!” Not all states in the USA allow the killing of convicts. I do not know how Colorado stands, but I’m pretty sure my state does. However, upon deeper concentration into my own reaction, I realized that I wished the killer to be killed because I was angry, aggressive or perhaps downright hostile. As stated above, this fear comes from attachment to well, life or living and backwardly out of the compassion I felt for the poor injured and murdered souls that were in the theatre. Fear of death is quite common, or some would say, natural. I am NOT by anymeans a well versed teacher of the Dharma or “The Path” I will include a link to a podcast on being at peace with Death, by Michael McAlister of Infinite Smile Sangha.

    • That being said, if you allow yourself to become angry or aggressive or hostile, you become that wayward 24 year old killer.

However, the awareness of the hostility or aggression or anger is the BIGGEST and HARDEST step that many in life may unfortunately not achieve. It is also not the end of the lesson. Does it make sense? This idea that when you yourself are attaching to those feelings, that you are immediately placing yourself in that young boy’s mentality, can lead to an immediate rebalancing once you become aware. Once you look deeper, you see that there are several things that may have contributed to this boy’s actions. These aggressive actions are vastly different than the “Fight or Flight” response that is ingrained in all human beings. The response that triggers mothers to sacrifice themselves (not just in humans, but all mammals if I am recalling correctly) for their offspring. Or that response that tells you to run out of the way for fear of being hit by a bus. The podcast link here explains more of this: http://www.infinitesmile.org/2012/06/ismile328-fear-on-the-path/

    • Psychological/mental chemical imbalances.

The limited studies that I have learned can easily explain this boy’s actions–including his non-resistant arrest after the incident. This is where the Through the Wormhole bit comes in. On the last episode that I saw, it told the story of a man who had led a perfectly “normal” life by all of society’s standards, until he began experiencing an unknown source of anger and hostility. He took his own life after killing multiple people. His suicide note said that he had requested an autopsy be performed. The autopsy revealed a tumor pressing on the specific area of the brain that keeps hostility and anger in check. This is of course a biological abnormality that explained his actions quite effectively. However, the brain, when out of balance aka in a chemical imbalance can cause all types of mood disorders. These imbalances or even perhaps a misguided way of thinking due to environmental factors can also lead to the boy’s type of behavior–in extreme conditions.

    • Why did the Colorado Dark Knight theatre killer not resist arrest?

All of these bulleted notes are, as stated before, my personal insight based on the things stated above. I can think of one reason why this boy would not resist arrest. He seems to be to obviously be desperate in some way. The fact that he relinquished himself to police without a fight or flight says to me that #1 he did not FEAR the police, and maybe even related them to Safety! My theory, just a theory, I ask myself, well, what environmental causes would perpetuate this? I immediately think that to relate police to safety, even after an obviously highly illegal act, means that in his past, he was in either an abusive or violent environment where the police may have been called frequently to restore order. It seems logical to me…

    • Pleasure seeking = attachment

Alright, drug use, buying things, vacations? sex…all of these bring pleasure, and with them, attachment. How? Well, as I stated above, FEAR is embodied within Attachment. Pleasure seeking is an escape from the current situation, the current moment. The escapism is rooted deeply in fear. Fear of losing a lover, of a broken heart, of pain physical or emotional, stress…any perceived negative situation. Hence, attachment. Again, once one is aware of this slippery slope of attachment, the balance begins to return. At this point, I can say no more, and will refer you to find any lesson relative to this. InfiniteSmile.org is one of my favorites, but we are all different.

    • Being at Peace with Death

Here is the podcast I am posting that has helped me deal with my fears of death and has provided insight into my attachments: http://www.infinitesmile.org/2012/06/ismile329-at-peace-with-death/

UPDATE:
I was given this book by a mercenary friend. I will say no more of his identity. However, I feel the few bits and pieces of exerpt found here may help explain, albeit disjointedly, a bit about the psychology of the Dark Knight Rises Aurora colorado Theatre Killer.

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society Book by  Lt. Col. Dave Grossman Front Cover

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society Book by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman Front Cover – in reference to Aurora Coloradio The Dark Knight Rises Killer – Not a complete set of introduction notes. Simply an exerpt.

      Please purchase this book at

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316330116/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

      VIEW THE PDF EXERPT, WITH ALL COPYRIGHTS HERE: (please copy and paste into a new window, not sure why my link code sends to 404)

http://genuineindividual.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/OnKilling-Lt.Col_.Grossman-Exerpt_Introduction_with_Copyrights.pdf

I DO NOT OWN THIS BY ANY MEANS. PLEASE PURCHASE THE BOOK IF YOU ARE WANTING MORE INFORMATION IN THE LINK ABOVE. THIS IS PARENTAL ADVISORY, NOT FOR CHILDREN!

************************ UPDATE from Wired.com:

Patients, Prisoners, and Mass Shootings

By David Dobbs, Author July 20, 2012 | 9:46 pm | Categories: Neuron Culture, Science Blogs

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/mental-health-crime-rates-and-mass-shootings-a-timeline/

Closure of mental hospitals and rise in prison rates, 1934-2010, US. From Bernard Harcourt

Closure of mental hospitals and rise in prison rates, 1934-2010, US. From Bernard Harcourt

The medical resident PetulantSkeptic drew my attention to the graph above, which he included in a short, sad post he wrote last fall:

I’m currently doing a psychiatry rotation at an outpatient behavioral health clinic which primarily serves the substantial indigent population here. I’ve tried to sit down and write about the experience but all that comes out is a structureless jeremiad about the tragedy of a shredded safety net and those with psychiatric problems.

Rather than subject you to that I’d rather just present this chart by Bernard Harcourt.

The graph comes from a paper that Harcourt, a criminologist, wrote after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, which he blogged about at the Volokh Conspiracy:

Was the tragic incident at Virginia Tech the result of a failure of Virginia’s mental health system? Slate recently posted Seung-Hui Cho’s commitment papers and they are revealing: the magistrate who heard Cho’s case determined that he was “an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness,” but determined that there were “alternatives to involuntary hospitalization.”

After the shooting, Sally Satel at AEI argued that Virginia needs to reexamine its involuntary treatment laws and adopt a lower threshold for commitment, more in line with states like Arkansas and Hawai’i. Others, like Brian Jenkins at RAND, contend that the tragedy probably could not have been prevented and might not have a solution.

It’s impossible to make sense of the debate, though, without understanding the extent to which we’ve dismantled our mental health system in this country. Brick-by-brick, cell-by-cell, we deconstructed what was once a massive mental hospital complex and built in its place a huge prison.

Harcourt isn’t arguing that everyone in prison should be in mental hospitals; the rise in prison population is far more complex than just jailing the unstable. Yet he and many others note that we are imprisoning many people who are mentally ill — essentially because, as a nation, we’re far more enthusiastic about imprisoning people who commit crimes than we are about treating people who are mentally ill.

We should not be surprised that there are so many persons with mental illness behind bars today. We deal with perceived deviance differently than we did in the past: instead of getting treatment, persons who are viewed as deviant or dangerous are going to jail rather than mental hospitals.

The second is that we should not be surprised that our mental health systems are in crisis today. The infrastructure is simply not there. This is evident in states across the country where persons with mental illness are being housed in jails rather than treatment facilities.

He’s not arguing for more institutionalization — but for better treatment. See his post or the paper for more.

I agree too with the many who feel our gun culture — from easy ownership and defend-your-turf laws to a fetishization of violence — makes it far more likely that the violently inclined will express their fury in spectacular ways like the Aurora shooting. I don’t think you can separate the development of an obsessive psychotic fixation from the culture in which it develops; this is why we see these mass shootings so often here in the U.S. and so seldom elsewhere.

((Note from bassgeisha: If you read the pdf above, you will see Lt.Col. Dave Grossman’s Chart and his explanation that we are NOT the only country experiencing mass murder. I would think that any American that knows why we are in the Middle East or come to the aid of refugees of war-torn countries understands that this problem is NOT just us.))
The list of mass shootings in the U.S. since 2005 alone runs 62 pages. Is it coincidence that the alleged shooter dressed up in SWAT-team-like gear? I found it chilling and somehow utterly normal, almost expected, that (if this account is correct), after shooting 71 people in a theater amid a screenplay that reportedly made some at first think this strange live-action before the screen was part of the show, the shooter went outside to his car in the parking lot and there surrendered without trouble to police similarly clad and armed. I found it too easy to imagine that he felt a sort of fraternity with his new captors.

We’ve reached a point where it all feels quite scripted. Yet no one seems tired of this movie.

If you read the introduction to the book above, this scientist/doctor basically just said the same thing. “I don’t think you can separate the development of an obsessive psychotic fixation from the culture in which it develops.”
Very. Interesting. :(

As a final note, I feel very compassionate for all involved in this tragic event.
As promised, here is the article on the full news story:

(CNN) — A heavily armed gunman attacked an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater early Friday, tossing tear gas before opening fire on the terrified audience and killing 12 and wounding 38, authorities said. The theater was showing the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

One of the injured was just 3 months old, hospital workers said.

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the movie’s premiere. Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.

The shooter used at least four guns — an “AK type” rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The official also said the shooter used tear gas.

Shooting turns movie into surreal horror: ‘This is real’

Police quickly arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN.

“He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said. It was unclear where law enforcement found a second handgun.

Two federal law enforcement sources involved in the investigation identified the suspect as James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, Colorado.

The suspect was tentatively scheduled to appear in a Colorado courtroom on Monday, although no formal charges have been filed, according to the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator.

Witness: He pointed gun at my face

Witness: Little girl wasn’t moving

Witness sees shots through theater wall

Police describe Batman shooting scene Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman, and FBI spokesman Jason Pack said it did not appear the incident was related to terrorism.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statement saying the shooting was “not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of depravity.”

“It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning,” he said.

‘Bullet holes’ everywhere: Victim accounts detailed

President Barack Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama were “shocked and saddened” by the shooting and pledged the administration’s support for victims.

“As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family,” Obama said.

Chaos broke out during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater when the shooting began, police and witnesses said.

The gunman went to the rear door of the theater and propped it open, then tossed a canister before starting to shoot, according to a federal law enforcement source involved in the investigation.

A federal law enforcement official told CNN the man used tear gas.

One moviegoer, who was not identified, told KUSA the gunman was wearing a gas mask.

Some people in the audience thought the thick smoke and gunfire were a special effect accompanying the movie, police and witnesses said.

The smoke smelled like a Fourth of July firework, said CNN iReporter Adam Witt. It took a few gunshots before he figured out what was going on.

iReporter witness: ‘We have to run’

“There were so many people running,” he said. “I didn’t look back. I just remember getting up from the floor and shouting, ‘We have to drun.’”

Witt said he held his wife’s hand as they rushed out of the theater.

“There was a moment where I lost her hand, but I grabbed her shirt,” he said. “We didn’t let go of each other.”

Quentin Caldwell, who was attending a screening in the adjacent theater, said he wasn’t sure at first what was going on, despite hearing a “pop, pop, pop, pop” sound.

“We really didn’t know something was happening until someone came from the left entrance and said we should not go outside because somebody with a gun was out there,” he said.

Armed guards appeared at the theater exit and demanded audience members raise their arms to ensure they were not carrying weapons, then told them to run, Caldwell said.

“Outside was chaos. There was wounded everywhere,” he said.

Cell phone video taken by someone at the theater showed scores of people screaming and fleeing the building. Some had blood on their clothes.

A police officer carried a girl believed to be about 9 with gunshot wounds to her back out of the theater, a witness said. “She wasn’t moving.”

Timeline: Worst mass shootings in U.S.

Officers rushed many of the wounded to hospitals in their patrol cars.

Authorities also evacuated the suspect’s Aurora apartment building after he made a statement about explosives in his unit, Oates said.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents went to his home to search for explosives, agency spokesman Tom Mangan said.

Law enforcement officers who searched the suspect’s apartment found “items of interest,” a federal law enforcement source involved in the investigation told HLN. He did not elaborate.

A woman who lives across the street from where the suspect is believed to live said police evacuated her building around 4 a.m.

“They told us there was a bomb or bomb material located in the house across the street from us.” Rebecca Bradshaw said.

In addition to looking into the possibility of explosives, ATF agents also are conducting emergency traces on the weapons to see how they were obtained, Mangan said.

Authorities also searched the suspect’s car in the parking lot of the movie theater.

KWGN: Witnesses first thought gunfire was part of movie

Police initially said 14 people had died — 10 in the theater and four at area hospitals — but revised the death toll to 12 later Friday morning, according to Aurora Police Lt. Jad Lanigan.

Several people remained in critical condition at area hospitals.

Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. All of the wounded suffered from gunshot wounds, which ranged from minor to critical, she said.

“They’re arriving by police, by ambulance. Some are walking in,” she said.

The victims being treated there ranged in age from 3 months to 45, the hospital said.

Denver Health Center had six patients from the shooting, one in critical condition and five in fair condition, said Shelly Davis, house supervisor.

Swedish Health Center spokeswoman Nicole Williams said her hospital was treating three people, two of them in critical condition and one in fair condition. A fourth patient with minor injuries was treated and released, she said.

Parker Adventist Hospital was treating two people for minor injuries, according to a spokeswoman.

Hundreds of police officers descended on the theater, and the FBI has joined the investigation.

Opinion: Gun control won’t stop mass murder

“We were calling for help from every police and fire agency,” Fania said.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the movie, said the company and filmmakers were “deeply saddened” to learn of the incident. The studio canceled the movie’s Paris premiere, while New York police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said his officers would watch over screenings of “The Dark Knight” to prevent copycat shootings.

Obama was expected to speak about the incident at a campaign event in Ft. Meyers, Florida, on Friday morning. He pulled some advertising and canceled a second campaign event scheduled for Winter Park, Florida, according to his campaign. He will instead return to Washington, the campaign said.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also issued a statement, saying he and his wife Anne were “deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence.”

Aurora, a Denver suburb, is about 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado — site of the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

In that incident, two teenage students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, armed themselves with guns and bombs and opened fire inside the high school. They killed 13 people and wounded 23 others before killing themselves.

Are you there: Share your story on CNN iReport.
CNN’s Carol Cratty, Mike Brooks, Ed Payne, Joe Sterling, Tina Burnside, Mike Brooks and Jim Spellman contributed to this report.
Quoted from: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colorado-theater-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Some of you might want to know my stance on gun control at this point. I consider myself a Centrist, and have voted multiple ways. I believe that there are SO many gun owners in the USA as is our right as in the 2nd Amendment. Why did they make that the 2nd Amendment, after free speech? Because hello, the British were invading! Let us not forget the entire reason it was put in place. If war were on our shores (which well, that’s a whole other issue) but I’m talking about mass outbreak or invasion, and none of the law abiding citizens had guns or even knew how to use them, then what? I am all for drug testing, psychological evaluations, something other than a knee-jerk reaction of “TAKE ALL THE GUNS AWAY, GUN CONTROL GO GO” I am in full support of gun training, certification, SAFETY and other necessary training than just the knee-jerk reaction of Gun Control. Stricter gun laws, sure, I got that. But how did the Theatre Killer learn how to booby-trap his apartment. It just all goes back to *knock knock knock* what’s up there in your head. I have not heard any sort of drug test result from the killer. Why? Is it just not released yet? Every single person in North Korea is trained in their army. They all know how to use weapons due to their high risk of invasion. Sure we can pull the cover over our heads, but why not “ARM THE HOPELESS” as RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s guitarist’s guitar says? Please, people, do not take that literally, it is proven that those in a hopeless state will either take their own lives or possibly the lives of others. THE PHRASE IS NOT LITERAL, but Sociological, or Sociopolitical…Intellectual. Got it? (I know that is a very powerful, perhaps volatile example.)
Gun safes I think should also be a requirement to prevent kids from accidentally killing themselves or others. Why is this not common sense?
In all honesty, the 2nd Amendment is a right, although it must be handled cautiously. The more I read, the more my Anthropological training is kicking in saying, this is a culture thing. We are enabling violence by repressing it. READ THAT PDF YOU’LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN. We ALL must take responsibility for that killer’s actions in Colorado, and work past the first instinct reaction to say MORE GUN CONTROL or um, no, it isn’t our media, no we aren’t a war-like country fighting for Democracy or engaging in a war where an entire sect of religious extremists are working with what they have to exterminate us. If pulling the cover over your head made your home invader “not see you” then that would be awesome. The fact is, the psychology of that killer was developed from the time he was young, and influenced by our violent culture. The fact that he was supposedly a neuroscience student and is now a near-convicted murderer is astounding to me. It shows that we have no way of currently “testing” gun owners. Maybe a yearly test paid by the gun owner, PER GUN? eh? I do not have all the answers but I understand the NRA’s desire to wait until more information is revealed. This article has turned into quite a monster, starting out monstrous from the get-go.
Another idea, why are we not autopsying the clinically insane either through imaging or visceral means to learn more about what it was that drives people to be that way?

The first thing I’d want to do to James Holmes is stick him under whatever it is (Functional neuroimaging) that makes your brain light up when exposed to certain stimuli. While he is still alive.

Then again, all of this is just grasping at straws. Fear is natural, but maybe once one’s awareness of fear is had, as I stated at the near beginning of the article… If we can’t explain psychopathological or sociopathic behavior, then we are left with what I would hope is common sense and ideally, awareness of what is fully going on in our culture today, and taking steps to change it. How could we do this without impeding on free speech? Parental controls? I figured out my Dad’s code when I was young. It is so much easier to hide than to accept responsibility or accountability for our own culture here in America, where we ideologically have control over what happens?
I am not sure if I’ve stated this before but man, you take away the weapons, who is to say Mexico wouldn’t start importing them along with all the drugs our “War on Drugs” is so successfully stopping? And we’ve been at it for how long? heh. Unfortunately, we as a country have proceeded into a level of technology due to well, initial Europeans invading America being the beginning of the development of our culture. Guns “won the west” but at what cost? Why aren’t we looking backwards, into our past, to help explain the present and develop intelligent ideas for the future in a direction that maybe all of us can agree on?
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman asserts that it is our violent culture that is literally “conditioning” our children to be predisposed towards violence. I’m going to go tangential for a moment and it all has to do with my personal experience of what is going on “up there” *knock knock*:
I will admit that I was a very angry teenager. I hated well almost everything going on in the world, violence, money, greed, fake people with their fake smiles. However, I was blessed enough to have grown up in a household where my Dad taught me, “Attitude is everything.” “Always be nice, there is never a reason to be mean.” amongst other many…common sense ideas. I say that with caution. However, deep down, I was still very upset and couldn’t place why. I listened to angry music (can’t stand horror films but love action…however there is a lot of killing in almost any action film now) but I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have nor have I ever had absolutely any intention to go out and hurt another being…be it cat, dog, bird, person, etc. I guess the farthest I may go is calling Orkin lol.
I grew up in a near tortured state—self-inflicted, only, and trying to come to terms with the world I am in. “You are your own worst enemy sort of thing”…
*sigh* *think* This is I guess where I’m going to defer back to my original writing of anger, fear and attachment. I was ashamed of being an angry teenager, especially growing up in such a loving household. However, even as a teenager, I was never rude, to any classmate. I learned early on in Elementary school how powerful words can truly be. I’ve suffered through huge self-esteem issues after my first mistreated me, cheated on me…and I was still completely loyal, although it came at a price larger than I could have imagined at the time. I will admit that after our reuniting our relationship was tit for tat at times. It was many years before I became aware, and snapped out of this self-pity induced hole. Current health issues are trying to eat away at it again, but I’m very stubborn (and aware of that slippery slope). ;) As far as being angry inside? Maybe I am when things like this article come up. Or I’m annoyed at literally, the media/tv. I try to stick to science channel or maybe comedy like the Big Bang Theory (love Sheldon lol).
I digress, however, it may relate me with some of you out there who may have gone through the same thing. Anyways, my point is that environmental factors are a huge part of the growth and development of the psyche, as stated above.
Ultimately, I suppose yes I am definitely for GUN SAFETY (if you wish to call it GUN CONTROL that is your preference). But to remove all the weapons in America just wouldn’t happen.
People would hide them, bury them, claim someone stole them or that they sold them…all of these may be law abiding citizens that owned guns legally. I’ve already spoken about the black market side of things. Do I wish we as humans could live peacefully with the earth? Yes, most definitely. The Earth being other humans as well. However, we need to figure out this violence culture that is developing/developed in our own country as well as others. That is for certain. Will there be an easy fix? Well, how easy is it to fix yourself? To change a habit? To some it may be easy, but we are all different. Not everyone will agree. This is basically a tightrope, a topic requiring balance, intelligence and dear God hopefully common sense.

07th Feb2012

From Tomorrow With Love: Why it is essential to promote local talent alongside headliners in the local scene

by bassgeisha

From Tomorrow With Love

Alright, let me start by saying that in my city, I’ve been in the “underground” drum and bass and dubstep scene for a “long time”. I’d say it all began when I was around 16-17 and local DJs would setup in a public plaza during a downtown event called “Nightfall”. Instead of going to see the main acts at Nightfall, which featured a lot of country, bluegrass, rock and folk music, I would be in the park plaza dressed up as a candy kid and dancing my butt off to whatever the DJs felt like playing that night.
I can even remember this was during the pre-digital camera days and when radio shack still sold car audio equipment. So I’d say what, late 90′s

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It wasn’t until I turned 18 that I was finally able to traverse the 120 mile/2 hr drive to Atlanta to start seeing world-renown djs perform. Unlike my city, Atlanta has always had a bigger, more established local drum and bass/dubstep scene. While ATL throws down not only on the weekends, but also throughout the week, the promoters in my city were steady rockin any venue that would host our “underground” parties.

Venue changes were constant. You couldn’t keep up with where the next party was going to be unless you “knew” someone.

Chattanooga, like any other city, has always had the die-hard never-say-quit locals that consistently and that is the key word–CONSISTENTLY supported the scene.
Talk to any promoter in any city, however, and I guarantee you they can affirm that promoting regularly scheduled parties and hosting local dj talent can easily be a losing game.
What has been unique to my city, however, is the dynamic range of ups and down the scene has experienced throughout the past few years.

Myself, being part of the “older crowd” (gosh that sounds weird to say), you know–one of those die hard local fans that supported the shows as much as possible, began to see a huuuge influx of a new generation of bass heads! While this was really exciting, to be honest, we couldn’t quite figure out how this secondary, younger generation just sprung up out of nowhere and began throwing what they titled “Bangers Ball”s. It was literally an unbelievable amount of younger millenials that had discovered this awesome “new” thing called dubstep.

These “Bangers Balls” were easily pulling over 200 or more (not sure of the max number but I believe it was closer to 600) heads to the shows,

while the older die-hard-not-gonna-give-you-up shows were averaging on a GOOD night about 50 heads!
Yes, Bangers Ball showcased regional talent, but more importantly the local dj talent as well!

Well, ultimately, the inevitable happened. The two promoter groups Bangers Ball x Scenic Rhythm Foundation (one of the oldest dnb/dubstep promoters) joined forces.
The older crowd, having seen the enthusiasm for the dirty, grimy dubstep in the new generation, literally rose up to meet the challenge, raised the bar, while also sprinkling in the older crowd’s beloved dirty, grimey drum and bass. Overall, The younger crowd and the older crowd merged.

Here is where I will pose some questions and some possible solutions.
Just like in the past, the scene has shrunk yet again to the die hards. But this time, it wasn’t just the older generation coming to the shows.

We could blame it on venue problems. One of our best venues for hosting parties basically began “screwing over” the promoters, trying to force them to rent out a more expensive upstairs venue when the promoters knew that the downstairs, street-level venue was THE preferred place to host a show.

It was right in the middle of downtown, on the sidewalk, and the massive amounts of bass booming from the venue echoed well across market street and the downtown scene. We were here. We were having fun, and we knew how to throw a party.

Although the venue problems with the promoters began before the incident I’m about to describe, the following incident solidified the death of that disrespectful venue as a whole.
On Christmas Eve, 2011, a gang fight broke out in the back parking lot of the venue. Several people were shot and wounded, but not killed. The event made national news. The entire City of Chattanooga was affected and is now recovering through city-leader and school-lead meetings dealing with gang violence.

The City cracked down on the venue, revoking the venues rights (which also doubled as a church on sundays and somehow allowed the church to rent out and avoid normal safety precautions, etc, that a larger, more experienced and lawful venue would have to have in place to stay in business).

So, just as the scene has always done, the local promoters and djs, passionate about what they do and the music they enjoy and their performances, ADAPTED, moved venues…to literally right across the street.

And this was months before the tragic gang violence.

Many KUDOS to those two influential promoters and their supporting crew! Hollllahhh French, Wallin, Akshen, and all the local DJs that perform on a weekly basis at a DNB/DUBSTEP event at RAW Sushi Bar and Grill in Chattanooga TN on THURSDAY Nights! (another post to come soon probably;)

So, the real question comes down to this: What makes our smaller, local scene so vulnerable to this seeming rollercoaster of attendance or interest?

I have a couple theories. One of which is easy, too easy to blame: the economy. However, that doesn’t settle well with me. It doesn’t seem like the only factor at play.
My second theory is more involved in sociological and ultimately cultural theory. I’d definitely say that the general question in all of the “old-school” heads when Bangers Ball “blew up” in Chattanooga, was, what the f*&k?? How are they pulling so many heads to their parties??

I’m here to theorize that it has everything to do with the promoters AND performers general interaction with their “customers”/”clients”/”attendees”.

Also, at the time the Bangers Ball was at its prime, online social media also played a role.

Bangers Ball, pulling upwards of 600 heads in a small city, was nearly unheard of! It was their promotion on Facebook especially as well as other social media outlets that created the necessary “hype” to keep that monthly on its feet! Not to mention the promoters AND Djs would be out, making friends, checking on the crowd and generally socializing that lead to the respect and loyalty of their fan base.

I believe just by explaining the history of the perceived “rise” and “slide” of the scene that I have set myself up to explain why there is a perceived lull in activity.

#1 Changing venues.

People are creatures of habit. They do not like change, period. Once you attend an awesome, mind-blowing evening in an awesome venue, you want to return to that venue again, due to some residual sub-conscious assumption that good times = particular venue.

#2 The interaction of the promoters and the djs with the crowd.

If the promoters and djs (NOT SAYING ANY LOCALS AREN’T DOING THIS, but that this is something to be aware of…) do not engage after their set or create personal, lasting bonds with their fans, the fans, psychologically could read that many ways. Such as, “they don’t care that my friends and I are here”.

I know that whether or not you are a dj, promoter or fan that whenever you get personalized attention from one of your favorite, respected and possibly famous talent, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel accepted and it retains loyalty as a beneficial side-effect.

I can’t believe I’m analyzing it this deeply but. Here we go: #3 VIP, Free Entrances and General Public Cover Charges. I hate to say it but, shame on you promoters that let your attending public in for free—especially if they are not either a)a performer or b)a performer’s +1. Even then, if a promoter is going to go so far as to let the performers +1 in for free, there’s no reason to do it every single time a party is thrown. If there is an established list of resident DJs, then maybe perhaps let the residents in free…but not to the detriment of the scene! Any Dj, performer or their +1 HAS to understand that not paying = no parties.

Are people paying a 5.00 cover at the door then turning around and leaving, demanding their money back? Sorry, no refunds. Tell them when they enter.
Are people complaining about a 5.00 cover to begin with? Try making it 2.00 or 3.00!

THEN there’s this whole creation of a VIP stigma.
What’s the best way to explain this…Okay, when you go to a major concert like KoRn or Smashing Pumpkins or Of Montreal or *whatever*…the general public already *knows* and *expects* there to not be general public access to the headliners.

Granted, it is ultimately up to the headliners as to whether or not they visit fans after a performance, but just the creation of a VIP area or limited access area creates a psychological sense of mystery, curiosity and desire.

People are always going to want what they can’t have, but at the same time they will always respect it, too.
Alongside of this sense of mystery and the unknown of the “VIP” area, comes the hope and desire of the “normal” fan to “ascend” to that level. If it helps, consider it a “keeping up with the Jonses” mentality. If a couple audience members are invited back to meet the performers, it generates that ever-sought-after “hype”. The attendee gets bragging rights and hence wants to share their experience, which just creates more hype and enthuses their friends to join in on the fun!

HOWEVER! This VIP section can be a double edged sword…….especially for the local talent.

It is the locals (performers and promoters) that “hold down” the local scene.

They need to be out and seen mingling with the crowd to maintain the precious loyalty that keeps the scene alive.


BREAK!
The main reason I am writing this article is due to the very annoying fact that a newbie venue in town has booked a headlining DJ—DJ Caspa, and chose NOT to include or promote ANY local talent. *Cough* Track 29, Chattanooga, *Cough*.
So, okay.
Let’s say that Track 29 in Chattanooga TN wants to remain open (as I’m sure any normal venue would want to do).

Considering they’ve booked a headlining “underground” dubstep name and not included ANY local talent, not only is it detrimental to the die-hard local scene because our local dj talent is not being showcased as it “should” (I say should because generally all promoters know that you book locals and headliners together…at least, that is how things have always been since I joined the scene in the late 90s/2k), but also by excluding showcasing the local talent, they are not perpetuating the momentum they are trying to create!!

I’ll try to say this one more time, in another way.
Dear Track 29,
Do you know what the word “BOH” means? How about “Big Ups?” no, no, that is beside the damn point.

Look. If you want to bring headliners to Chattanooga and tap into the underground scene that obviously has local support (think back to the 600k) You’re going to HAVE to produce and support the local producers and performers. It’s like, running a farmers market and not buying local produce. Does that make sense?
Momentum, a word I touched on just a moment ago, is what will perpetuate and grow a solid, loyal fan base in this city.

So far, I have not been to Track 29, Chattanooga TN. I must admit I am still very skeptical of it, despite me knowing some of those behind the effort. It isn’t because I doubt it is a good venue, but that I have seen the attempts to bring major talent to our city fail time and again.

I may or may not attend the Caspa show this weekend. Yes, I want to but it is yet to be determined whether I wish to cough up the cover charge during the middle of a move. I may simply sit back and keep my ear to the ground, so to speak, as I’ve done for years, and end up analyzing what, if any effect the show may actually have on the local drum and bass/dubstep scene. And, per usual, if I do not go due to hectic moving schedule/cleaning etc, I will plan on treating myself to a show in one of the surrounding cities: Nashville, Knoxville or Atlanta.
However, if I am not too exhausted this weekend and am able to attend, I will post about the show and my perception of its success in my small town.

All of this post has come from my applied/learned knowledge in the fields of sociology, anthropology and *ahhhhhh!!!* Marketing. I’d love to hear any or all of my friends sound off.

06th Nov2011

Occupy Yourself: A Reaction to Occupy Wall Street. Big Man Theory, Jiddu Krishnamurti and the Venus Project

by bassgeisha

Occupy Wall Street?

“Occupy Yourself!”

Okay, so before I publish this post, I’d like to preface it with #1 it isn’t a complete set of cognitive thoughts aka this is a work in progress…or rather, a discussion in progress with my roomates & friends.
I’d love to hear from you all on your reaction and perhaps you can be the glue that winds up this thought process of mine….
This is an incomplete, random set of thoughts that are my reaction to what I understand so far about Occupy Wall Street.

Jacque Fresco was introduced to me by my roommate. The idea behind Fresco’s work is much like a project I did in 6th grade, except on steroids.
Here I am combining my anthropological education, Krishnamurti’s teachings and a new ideaology from Jacque Fresco.

Mashup-Germany – Paradise (Infinity and you know it) [Extended Mix] by MashupGermany


“the age of revolution is dead.”~Katie

if the government keeps letting protests happen, it gives the people a sense of control.
to control the government, one must control oneself, because the people are the government.
“occupy yourself”!

Education is signifigance in life.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Education

“Education is not only learning from books, memorizing some facts, but also learning how to look, how to listen to what the books are saying, whether they are saying something true or false. All that is part of education. Education is not just to pass examinations, take a degree and a job, get married and settle down, but also to be able to listen to the birds, to see the sky, to see the extraordinary beauty of a tree, and the shape of the hills, and to feel with them, to be really, directly in touch with them. As you grow older, that sense of listening, seeing, unfortunately disappears because you have worries, you want more money, a better car, more children or less children. You become jealous, ambitious, greedy, envious; so you lose the sense of the beauty of the earth. You know what is happening in the world. You must be studying current events. There are wars, revolts, nation divided against nation. In this country too there is division, separation, more and more people being born, poverty, squalor and complete callousness. Man does not care what happens to another so long as he is perfectly safe.”

Are you educating society?

1) our monetary and marketing system will have to change or stop in order for the environmental & economic cycle of disposal to regenerate in a way that they can begin to both recycle the earth’s resources.

2) Everyone will have to agree to work towards the common goal of environmental susatinability.

3) There is something in Anthropological studies called the “Big Man Theory”

A Big Man refers to a highly influential individual in a tribe, especially in Melanesia and Polynesia. Such person has no formal authority (through for instance material possessions or inheritance of rights), but maintains recognition through skilled persuasion and wisdom.

The American anthropologist Marshall Sahlins has been a proponent of the Big Man phenomenon. In his much-quoted[1] 1963 article “Poor Man, Rich Man, Big Man, Chief: Political Types in Melanesia and Polynesia” Sahlins uses analytically constructed ideal-types of hierarchy and equality to compare a larger-scale Polynesian-type hierarchical society of chiefs and sub-chiefs with a Melanesian-type big-man system.[2]
The latter consists of segmented lineage groups, locally held together by faction-leaders who compete for power in the social structure of horizontally arranged and principally equal groupings (factions). Here, leadership is not ascribed, but rather gained through action and competition “with other ambitious men”.

A Big Man’s position is never secured in an inherited position at the top of a hierarchy, but is always challenged by the different big-men who compete with one another in an on-going process of reciprocity and (re-)distribution of material and political resources.

~wikipedia

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

So
if the false hope of control given by a government without awareness
is the invisible barrier to freedom to use the resources of our planet in peace & sustainability, then the barrier is awareness of oneself because…
because the government is us..

5) The big-man theory is a compacted version of what is happening in the American society & other societies today.

6) the currency of today, does it mean we have nothing or everything?

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

greed is the barrier to becoming sustainable?

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Education (con’t)

“You have to change society, but not by killing people. Society is you and I. You and I create the society in which we live. So you have to change. You cannot fit into this monstrous society. So what are you going to do?

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project

The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any socio-economic system that has gone before. It calls for a straightforward redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project Design by Jacque Fresco

[...] This is what The Venus Project is all about – directing our technology and resources toward the positive, for the maximum benefit of people and planet, and seeking out new ways of thinking and living that emphasize and celebrate the vast potential of the human spirit. We have the tools at hand to design and build a future that is worthy of the human potential. The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. What follows is not an attempt to predict what will be done, only what could be done. The responsibility for our future is in our hands, and depends on the decisions that we make today. The greatest resource that is available today is our own ingenuity.

Read more at
www.thevenusproject.com


UPDATE!!!
Please watch this very gratifying YouTube Vieo of Afterburner with Bill Whittle:

25th Oct2011

The World’s iGeneration?

by bassgeisha

The World's iGeneration?

Ad Age Stat of the Day: Half of Kids Under 8 Have Access to Mobile Media

Smartphones and iPads are Prevalent, but TV Pervasive


Today I am providing a statistics article that brings up an interesting phrase, as well as shows some crazy statistics about children growing up with the latest technology. The article is from Ad Age and can be found at the link below the article.
I will write more about the iGeneration as soon as I have the chance, until then, enjoy the article! :)


From: Ad Age Statistics
By: Matt Carmichael Bio
Published: October 25, 2011

Ad Age Statistics - Time Spent With Media

Ad Age Statistics - Time Spent With Media

Roughly 13% of the U.S. population was born before network TV existed. The same number were born after the BlackBerry, and give or take 5% were born after the iPhone debuted.

For the most part, my mom excluded, people adapt to technology if they can figure out why they should need to.

But what about those who have been surrounded by it since birth? The pre-TV 13% probably had radios in their houses, but that was it. Today’s kids have some combination of cellphones, computers, TVs, DVDs/CDs/Blu-rays, gaming systems, HD radios, tablets, etc.

As we’ve discussed earlier, consumers of all ages are using more types of media throughout the day — even the youngest iGen kids. The stats from a new study from Common Sense Media are both remarkable and in some cases depressing. We’ll start with the eye-popping:

Half of kids under 8 (and 40% of 2- to 4-year-olds) have access to a smartphone, iPad or some other mobile media device. Ten percent use these devices daily for an average of 43 minutes. As you might guess, there are some income disparities here. With all the new technologies, however, TV is still king. Seventy-four percent of the media consumption of kids under 8 still consists of the big screen, not the little one.

That leads us to some more depressing stats: Kids under 2 spend more than twice as much time watching video as they do being read to. Nearly four in 10 kids grows up in a house where the TV is on most or all of the time, even if no one is watching it. By the time they hit 8 years old, kids are as likely to have a TV in their bedroom as not.

As all of these technologies become more prevalent and necessary, the fact that those families with incomes over $75,000 are 40 percentage points more likely to have them is going to be a huge story for the economy and marketers moving forward. Similar spreads are seen when comparing those with college degrees or no college degrees, and with the white population vs. the Hispanic population.

Click here to see the original post: Ad Age Statistics

04th Oct2011

Psychology of Fame: Lady GaGa in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, October 2011

by bassgeisha

LadyGaGa-HarpersBazaarOct2011

So I was very surprised yesterday to pick up Harper’s Bazaar and see Lady GaGa without makeup on the cover!
That’s almost the anti-thesis of the Lady GaGa, is it not?

After countless times of hearing her voice, you’d think I wouldn’t be so shocked when I see what she really looks like!! She has been playing the courting dance of Hollywood for a few years now, but I suppose that is long enough for my mass-mediafied brain to forget such details.

I don’t know, I can’t imagine Lady GaGa without thinking Red Panda, English Queen…
What is the Lady without her makeup? Not as interesting, eh? She’ll go right back to her adornments as those are what made her famous in the first place–that and her million dollar voice!

lady-gaga-bares-all-for-harpers-bazaar

Lady GaGa on the cover of October 2011 Harper's Bazaar

I definitely don’t think she’s more interesting without makeup, just a genuine curiosity drives that voyeuristic tendency to want to know what she does look like. I compare her to a modern day geisha… & what is a geisha without the makeup? She’s a person, not a geisha at that point, and people are imperfect. We don’t look to celebrities to be perfect in our lives, but we do look to them as points of expression that the average person shouldn’t hope to reach.
Should they fall down to our level, we, the public are generally there to lift them back up to stardom. But that only happens so often.

What do I mean by “points of expression that the average person shouldn’t hope to reach”? Basically that as people, we need that just-beyond-our-grasp something to keep us motivated. To know that there is more out there than just imperfectness and the vastness of space.
hmm
I think I’ll leave off there.

You can see more Lady GaGa photos in Harpers Bazaar Magazine out now on shelves at a bookstore near you!

I think this selection is appropriate for this post: Actions speak louder than words!
It’s the latest up from BARE. Hit Play.

CELLDWELLER – LOUDER THAN WORDS – BARE RMX (Forthcoming) by BARE

26th Sep2011

Surrealism: History and Theory featuring the Flying Circus by igorska & NOISIA – Tommy’s Theme

by bassgeisha

Flying Circus by igorska

Surrealism: History and Theory featuring Igorska’s Flying Circus

“Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement.”
~Wikipedia

Noisia – Tommy’s Theme by NOISIA

Flying Circus Closeup by igorska

Flying Circus Closeup by igorska

“Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy and social theory.”
~Wikipedia

Flying Circus Closeup by Igorska

Flying Circus Closeup by Igorska

“While Surrealism is typically associated with the arts, it has been said to transcend them; Surrealism has had an impact in many other fields. In this sense, Surrealism does not specifically refer only to self-identified “Surrealists”, or those sanctioned by Breton, rather, it refers to a range of creative acts of revolt and efforts to liberate imagination.”
~WikiPedia

“Perhaps the major difference between Dada and Surrealism is that Surrealism applied
automatism and related practices in a more systematic way than Dada. In fact “psychic-
automatism” is a central tenet of surrealist thinking and its importance was stated in the
first manifesto.”

http://www.the-art-world.com/history/surrealism1.htm

Here is an issuu that I created for the Manifesto of Surrealism by Andre Breton:

Flying Circus Closeups by Igorska

Flying Circus Closeups by Igorska

“Automatism:
Method of producing paintings or drawings (or writing or other work) in which the artist suppresses conscious control over the movements of the hand, allowing the unconscious mind to take over; more broadly, the term can be applied to working procedures that embrace chance, improvisation, and free association.

..it was the Surrealists who first made automatism an important part of their creative outlook; whereas the Dadaists used the idea dispassionately, to the Surrealists exploration of the unconscious through such methods was deeply personal. They devised various means to facilitate automatism (see decalcomania [a process of spreading thick paint upon a canvas then—while it is still wet—covering it with further material] and frottage [a method of creation in which one takes a pencil or other drawing tool and makes a "rubbing" over a textured surface], for example) and some of them regarded the use of dream imagery (as in the work of Dalí) as a kind of psychological—as opposed to mechanical—automatism. The Surrealist interest in automatism had a strong influence on the Abstract Expressionists, some of whom took their ideas further. With Surrealists, once an image had been formed by automatic or chance means, it was often exploited deliberately with fully conscious purpose, but with Action Painters such as Jackson Pollock, automatism in principal permeated the whole creative process.”

http://www.enotes.com/oxford-art-encyclopedia/automatism

Flying Circus Closeup by Igorska

Flying Circus Closeup by Igorska

“Surrealism in art, poetry, and literature uses numerous techniques and games to provide inspiration. Many of these are said to free imagination by producing a creative process free of conscious control. The importance of the unconscious as a source of inspiration is central to the nature of surrealism.”

http://www.gosurreal.com/

“Surrealist artists wanted their work to be a link between the abstract spiritual realities and the real forms of the material world. To them, the object stood as a metaphor for an inner reality. Through their craft, whether it be painting, sculpting or drawing, artists could bring the inner realities of the subconscious to the conscious mind, so that their meaning could be deciphered through analysis. Just as Michelangelo and Leonardo advanced the knowledge of the body’s anatomy, surrealist artists strive to chart the anatomy of the psyche. ”

http://www.gosurreal.com/

Flying Circus by Igorska

Please click the image for full size:

Flying Circus by igorska

Flying Circus by igorska

Prints are available here:Click for prints!

14th Jul2011

Red & Calm: A Psychological and Artistic Showcase

by bassgeisha

Today is an exploration in red.

Red 2007 by Oleg Dou

Red 2007 by Oleg Dou

Red by 8o-clock
Red by 8o-clock

Below is a lovely tune that I found by simply searching for “red” on soundcloud. Do enjoy while you read the rest of this post :)

As always, click on the photos to see the galleries of the artists!!

It is an acoustic guitar and ambient tune by Telegraph Boy.

Red by The Telegraph Boy

All of these pieces I’ve gathered together to explore the color RED. In particular I am interested in how the red reacts with the human face, psychologically. I haven’t quite figured it out but the obvious is there: If you see an expression of a distorted snarl, it obviously equals anger. I am curious how red interacts with calmness. This juxtaposition is where my inspiration came from for this post.

The below piece is particularly strange for me. I don’t know quite what to make of it! Why is he red and smiling? It’s like his body language is saying one thing but the color is saying another. A Brilliant piece of work:

Red Face 4 by Fotlia

Red Face 4 by Fotlia

Accompanying my exploration is a poem by poet Vaibhav Shah who is ironically from Rajasthan, India
(Please scroll down or see the archive for the images from Rajasthan India in a previous post), as well as three quotes on the meaning of red from about.com, color-wheel-pro.com and precisionintermedia.com.

Here is what About.com has to say for the color Red and its meaning:

Love and War, the Nature and Culture of Red:
Red is hot. It’s a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil.
A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.
The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers’ attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

Red Portrait by Sabrine

Red Portrait by Sabrine

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.

Red is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditional Fortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.

Using Red:

  1. Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action.
  2. Use red when you don’t want to sink into the background.
  3. Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger.
  4. A little bit of red goes a long way. Small doses can often be more effective than large amounts of this strong color.
  5. Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.
Touch of Red by Junawashere

Touch of Red by Junawashere

Red by Vaibhav Shah

My eyes are Red, my cheeks are Red
From top to the bottom I am Red
My nerves are Red, my passions are Red
There is something that makes me Red

Auburn by Michael Shapcott

Auburn by Michael Shapcott

Seeing Red by MrsNorris

Seeing Red by MrsNorris

Red is the night, Red is the light
Wherever I see Red is the sight
Extreme is the height, Red is the kite
Hatred of my Red has turned into favorite

Red road by anotheramely

Red road by anotheramely

 

Behind Your Illusion II by littlemewhatever

Behind Your Illusion II by littlemewhatever

 

Siren by shyble

Siren by shyble

 

red by Rod N

red by Rod N

I feel you Red, I touch you Red
I hug you and kiss you oh my Red
Your every shade do make me glad
I love you so much my soul is Red.

31-3-2008
by Vaibhav Shah, Rajasthan, India

Lady in Red by DarkVenusPersephonae

Lady in Red by DarkVenusPersephonae

Despite being done in red, the below piece I find calming.

Got Red? by stefko25

Got Red? by stefko25

Red Justice by sakimichan
Red Justice by sakimichan

From Precision InterMedia says:
Psychology of Color: Red

If you want to draw attention, use red. It is often where the eye looks first. Red is the color of energy. It’s associated with movement and excitement. People surrounded by red find their heart beating a little faster and often report feeling a bit out of breath. It’s absolute the wrong color for a baby’s room but perfect to get people excited. Wearing red clothes will make you appear a bit heavier and certainly more noticeable. (Some studies show red cars get more tickets but that maybe because the red car owners drive faster or the ticket giver notices the movement of the red car more prominently). Red is not a good color to over use but using a spot of red in just the right place is smart in some cases (one red accent in a otherwise neutral room draws the eye; a red tie with a navy blue suit and white shirts adds just the right amount of energy to draw the eye (no wonder it’s the “uniform of the day” at the seats of government). Red is the symbol of life (red blooded life!) and, for this reason, it’s the color worn by brides in China. Red is used at holidays that are about love and giving (red roses, Valentines hearts, Christmas, etc.) but the true color of love is pink. Pink is the most calming of all colors — often our most dangerous criminals are housed in pink cells as studies show that color drains the energy and calms aggression. Think of pink as the color of romance, love, and gentle feelings, to be in the pink is to be soothed.

Red by Kaana Moonshadow

Red by Kaana Moonshadow

I’d like to bring particular attention to this next piece. I find this one fascinating because it is a red face with an unsure? look. What does that mean to me psychologically? What does this piece say?

Red Faced by moonsongs33

Red Faced by moonsongs33

From www.Color-Wheel-Pro.com
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for ‘Buy Now’ or ‘Click Here’ buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, ‘Lady in Red’, etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Little Red Riding Hood by psycho1320

Little Red Riding Hood by psycho1320

 

DC Red by Digital Hyper GFX

DC Red by Digital Hyper GFX

 

Color Illustration by Zakhar Krylov

Color Illustration by Zakhar Krylov

Red Hurry by Phazestylie


I’ve even found a red magazine for you to read through! Do enjoy.:)

Little Red Riding Hood by bitterev

Little Red Riding Hood by bitterev

09th Jul2011

Faces of Udaipur, Ramajasthan, India

by bassgeisha

Wow okay, so i found these photographs and had to share.
They are by Rainer Hosch from photographyserved.com

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

 

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

 

 

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

 

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

Faces of India - Udaipur by Rainer Hosch

To see more interesting images from Udaipur, please click on any of the photos above.

I would love to give India a visit sometime in this lifetime. I forsee it happening, somehow ;)

Enjoy my wonderful readers :D

 

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