It’s taken a few weeks, but I’ve slowly managed to gather as much of my web presence as was feasible into this new location on Micro dot blog. No easy feat, considering I have posts that date clear back to 2006 (!) Some came from the venerable Blogger; some from Tumblr; and a bunch from Wordpress, Squarespace, and Instagram. But they’re all here now, and all mine. See, a lot of those former locations were like locked boxes, trapping my content on their servers like prisoners. Not anymore; the chief reason for the switch was to allow me to fully own my stuff — to have it located on my drive first, then uploaded to the web second. That way, should anything untoward befall the hosting service, the ISP, or even the internet itself — all the posts, all the pictures, all that personal history is still right here, safe and sound for posterity. The majority of old posts I had to delete were rendered useless by the links having rotted away ages ago. It makes me sad that so much of the cool art and artists I linked to, the amazing YouTube videos, the fascinating conversations have disappeared forever. I suppose I could spend even more of my time playing necromancer on the Archive, but that’s not the point. The point is we are in danger of losing vast stores of knowledge and insight from it’s origins on the World Wide Web, due primarily to surrendering it to walled gardens and corporate silos that care only for our eyeballs as advertising targets, not for the beauty and wisdom of our shared history here on the Internet.
Here are a few old posts whose links or content I was able to salvage. I hope you enjoy a little trip to the past:
Origin. I found an image of an Emu egg and was blown away by the perfection of its shape. I traced it in Affinity Designer, discovering that it was almost a perfect mathematical ellipse — just a bit narrower at one focus. Inspired, with a nod to my man Brancusi, by the presence of perfection in nature and the primordial beginning of all things.
Working on transforming the virtual into the real. Feeling the beginner's mind again is like sunshine through the fog.
Huh. Looks like I've forgotten to clue you in on just what the heck a "Terralogue Totem" is.
“Terralogue Totems” are a set of sculptural designs based on the concept of the land speaking; these messages being symbolized through metal emblems. The designs are executed in three distinct formats: large sculptural Monoliths, Bike Racks, and Bollards."
Maybe these little explanations we included on the plaques will help:
This idea - or at least the seed of it - has been floating around inside my mind’s eye for quite a while. I finally have the tools to make it a reality, which I find pretty damn exciting. It is meant as a symbolic treatment of Richard Dawkins’ “meme” concept:
“A meme (pronounced /miːm/) consists of any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that gets transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity. Memes propagate themselves and can move through a ”culture“ in a manner similar to the behavior of a virus. As a unit of cultural evolution, a meme in some ways resembles a gene.” (From the Wikipedia article.)
It’s that “propagate” bit that this piece plays on in the form of a concentric ripple - an idea moving from mind to mind like a wave, spreading out from it’s origin and altering the energy state of other ideas within the culture. It also employs the imagery of a matrix or lattice to illustrate the memeplex being made up of individual, discrete consciousnesses experiencing a collective and individual transformation through the propagation. I think of this process when I analyze the slow but steady progress our species is making from one cultural paradigm to the next, as ideas like liberty, responsibility, and reason spread virally and replace those of dominance, exploitation, and superstition. As more minds begin to cohere, constructive interference amplifies these waves - and everything gets just a little bit better.