Recently, the following questions have been occupying my mind: What is art, what does it mean to be an artist, and how is art enacted? How can we resolve some of the major communication barriers that limit our ability to transmit our experiences to others? What can art transmit, as a mode of expression, that is […]Read more "Phase II. The Challenge: How Can I Develop an Empirical and Creative Study of Experience?"
Zero Point is a 15-minute 3D virtual reality documentary made for the Oculus Rift and about the Oculus Rift. The documentary equally represents the positive and negative, utopian and dystopian, potential of psychologically immersive 3D virtual reality technology. The film takes the viewer on a tour of various domains of experience that the oculus can […]Read more "Review of Zero Point: The Oculus Rift Documentary"
“Don’t get any big ideas — They’re not gonna happen. You paint yourself white And fill up with noise But there’ll be something missing.” – Radiohead, ‘Nude’ I wanted to open with this quote because I think that so much of the time we overwhelm ourselves with the pressing urge to really do something grandiose in order […]Read more "What if all of life is just a process of becoming more aware?"
In the last dialogue of Waking Life, director Richard Linklater re-enters the film and is found playing pinball by protagonist Wiley Wiggins. Linklater was also in one of the earliest scenes of the film, in the “boat car” with Wiggins, and he gives the driver very specific turn-by-turn instructions as to where to drop off […]Read more "We Are All One Being: The Invitation, and “No, not just yet!”"
Yesterday while driving in to work and thumbing through CDs (finally growing tired of Mojo Magazine’s Dreamers mix of tracks inspired by Kate Bush), I found Band on the Run. The line, “And the first one says to the second one there, ‘I hope you’re having fun.’” is one of my favorite lines. And I realized […]Read more "I’m Still Here: A Survivor’s Guide to Optimism."
As I ascended to street level from the staircase of the subway from the Grand blue line stop, the smell of candles filled my nostrils. It was a delightful smell; in fact, one of my favorite scents of all is that of a freshly-extinguished candle. It was like a glimmer of hope burning to remind […]Read more "The Candle Wick Lights the Autumn Sky"
Still she haunts me phantomwise, Alice moving under skies, Never seen by waking eyes. – “Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” from Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll During my senior year of college in 2010, I had a dream that I was standing in the middle of a giant dome building with white walls and bright natural […]Read more "Failure to Ascend: Trapped in the Staircase"