Thursday, 31 December 2015

31.12.2015

...

"There is a South African myth regarding a being called Sikhamba-nge-nyanga, which translated means "She-who-walks-by-moonlight." This is what is said of her: It is man's privilege to gaze upon her. but when he violates the customs which protect and nourish her, she returns to nature. In order to ensure her survival, she must be allowed to walk freely, untouched and unmolested."

...

Source: How to make an American Quilt, by Whitney Otto; copyright 1991; Ballantine Books, The Random House Publishing Group, Random house, Inc. New York; eBook

02.12-2015







Full Moon
ink on paper
02.12.2015

28.09.2015 Post Factum










From: Book of Shadows III
A Travelogue (cont.)

28.09.2015
03.53h - 04.50h
Lunar Eclipse


Graphite on/in Moleskine

Monday, 16 November 2015

15.11.2015 bis





From the series: Conversations
Walking with Fear II (diptych) and IV (diptych)
"To the Man who killed the Dragon"
ink on paper
14.6 x 10.6 cm

15.11.2015





...

Then the seven heads of the dragon were brought out, and the king said that because the marshal had killed the dragon he was giving him his daughter, but the huntsman opened their mouths and asked where the tongues were. Then the marshal went very white and said that dragons have no tongues. The huntsman replied that liars should have no tongues and that the dragon tongues were the sign of the victor. Then he opened the handkerchief and put each tongue back in the proper mouth and showed the handkerchief with the princess's name embroidered on it to the princess and asked her to whom she had given it, and she answered,
"To the man who killed the dragon."

...

Grimms' Fairy Tales, The Two Brothers

15.11.2015

Civilization is a most expensive process and its acquisitions have been paid for by enormous losses, the extent of which we have largely forgotten or have never appreciated. (CW 18, PAR. 473) 1961


As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will undergo it and carry it through. The change must begin with one individual; it might be any one of us. 
Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. As nobody knows what he could do, he might be bold enough to ask himself whether by any chance his unconscious might know something helpful, when there is no satisfactory conscious answer anywhere in sight. Man today is painfully aware of the fact that neither his great religions nor his various philosophies seem to provide him with these powerful ideas that would give him the certainty and security he needs in face of the present condition of the world. (CW 18, PAR. 599)

Carl Gustav Jung



Source:The Earth Has a Soul, C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life; edited by Meredith Sabini Ph.D; North Atlantic Books, Barkley, California (2002) page 114 and page 168


Context: Opinion, Kenan Malik (The Guardian 15.11.2015)

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

04.08.2015 bis


...

"You can tell when a person is a lougarou. You can tell! How can you tell? Well... you can tell.
Because the person gets up at night, and they turn into any animal with wings - a turkey, for instance. Then they go fly and get on top of a person's house, and any child inside, they eat it. They don't eat the child's flesh, they suck the strength out of the child.

"What benefit do they get from that? None! They just do it to be mean.

"How do you know which person? You can tell! How can you tell? Well... you can tell. Because the person will get caught while they are outdoors, saluting the four directions before they turn into a turkey. They have fire all over them, a light that shines. Then when they become an animal, the animal's eyes shine strangely, they are red too. Or the person might be seen running back to their house if a neighbor wakes up and chases them while they are on top of someone's house. They fly away in the form of a turkey, but they have to come back to the ground and turn into a person again.

"Men can be lougarou as well as women.

"There is a woman in my neighborhood who is a lougarou. We can tell! How can we tell? Well... we can tell. People have seen things, and people talk. No, no one has actually seen her changing into a turkey. She was seen running back to her house at night, though.”

...

Source:http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti-archive/msg07414.html




In Ft. Liberté, a peasant was asked how to identify a
loup-garou. His answer: "If you see a horse going down the road and it
turns off and goes into a house, you know it is a loup-garou."


Source:http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti-archive/msg07137.html


04.08.2015

... "The mythological world of Vodou is inhabited by a variety of unsavoury spiritual entities like werewolves, vampires, and zombies, most of which are manipulated by sorcery or gray magic. ...

The werewolf, or lougawou, are shape-shifting creatures that allegedly attack people, especially babies and young children. Folklore distinguished between vampires (as lougawou) and werewolves and claims that the former can change themselves into animals and inanimate objects, shed their skin, suck blood, and terrify those who walk late at night." ...

Source: Afro-Caribbean Religions: An introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions; Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, 2010 Temple University
pp81

(Google Books preview)

Friday, 19 June 2015

05.06.2015




From the series: Conversations
Lougawou
ink on paper
14.8 x 10.6cm


a IboLélé
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
Haiti

05.06.2015

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

12.05.2015



Contours: Adobe (animal forms)
Photographic documentation
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
Haiti 
12.05.2015

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

06.05.2015



[…] Quod tertio loco a nobis fuit observatum, est ipsiusmet LACTEI Circuli essentia, seu
materies, quam Perspicilli beneficio adeo ad sensum licet intueri, ut et altercationes
omnes, quæ per tot sæcula philosophos excruciarunt, ab oculata certitudine dirimantur,
nosque a verbosis disputationibus liberemur. Est enim GALAXIA nihil aliud, quam
innumerarum Stellarum coacervatim consitarum congeries: in quamcumque enim
regionem illius Perspicillum dirigas, statim Stellarum ingens frequentia sese in
conspectum profert, quarum complures satis magnæ ac valde conspicuæ videntur; sed
exiguarum multitudo prorsus inexplorabilis est.


Source: Siderius Nuncius ...Galilei, 1610; https://archive.org/details/Sidereusnuncius00Gali



Quello che in terzo luogo osservammo, è l’essenza o materia della via Lattea, la quale
attraverso il cannocchiale si può vedere così chiaramente che tutte le discussioni per tanti
secoli cruccio dei filosofi, si dissipano con la certezza della sensata esperienza, e noi
siamo liberati da sterili dispute. La Galassia infatti non è altro che un ammasso di
innumerabili stelle disseminate a mucchi, che in qualunque parte di essa si diriga il
cannocchiale, si offre subito alla vista un grandissimo numero di stelle, parecchie delle
quali si vedono grandi e ben distinte, mentre la moltitudine delle piccole è affatto inesplorabile.


Source: Percorso Didattico Gli antichi e le Stelle, Daniela Leuzzi(PDF); www.loescher.it/mediaclassica.it

Saturday, 2 May 2015

02.05.2015

Traditional knowledge  (TK),  indigenous knowledge  (IK),  traditional ecological knowledge  (TEK) and  local knowledge  generally refer to knowledge systems embedded in the cultural traditions of  regional, indigenous, or local  communities. Traditional knowledge includes types of knowledge about traditional technologies of subsistence (e.g. tools and techniques for hunting or agriculture),  midwifery,  ethnobotany  and ecological knowledge,  celestial navigation,  ethnoastronomy,  the climate  etc. These kinds of knowledge are crucial for the subsistence and survival and are generally based on accumulations of empirical observation and interaction with the environment.
In many cases, traditional knowledge has been  orally passed  for generations from person to person. Some forms of traditional knowledge are expressed through  stories,  legends,  folklore,  rituals,  songs, and even  laws. Other forms of traditional knowledge are expressed through different means.  


Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_knowledge

Thursday, 30 April 2015

30.04.2015



Contours: Milk (Walpurgisnacht)
photographic documentation
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
Haiti
30.04.2015

With reference to entries 30.04.2011 and 30.04.2011 bis


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

28.04.2015



Red Earth
18°29'49.6"N
72°25'58.8"W
Elev. 584m

Near Morin, Commune de Carrefour, Haiti

24.04.2015 bis



Red Earth
17°56'32.87"N
77°34'15.32"W
Elev. 222m


Near Nain, St. Elizabeth Parish, 
Jamaica

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

24.04.2015


Contours: salt 
Photographic documentation
Pedro Bay
Treasure Beach
Jamaica
24.04.2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

14.04.2015 Post Factum






Rituals in Haiti: Peeling an Orange
with reference to entry 22.06.2011
Performance documentation
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
31.06.2011








Friday, 10 April 2015

Thursday, 9 April 2015

09.04.2015

 Eridanus as a generic river
Eridanus is the constellation of the River, and probably represents a generic river. "Etymologically, the term river denotes the 'banks' of a river, rather than the water that flows between them. Its distant ancestor is Latin ripa 'bank'" [Ayto], 'that which is cut out by the river'. The word river comes from the Indo-European root *rei-1 'To scratch, tear, cut', from the extended form *reip-. Derivatives: rive (from Old Norse rifa, to tear), riven (torn apart), rift (from Middle English rift, rift, from a Scandinavian akin to Danish rift, breach, from Germanic *rifti), rife, (from Old English ryfe abundant), riparian ('of a river bank'), rivage (shore),river (French riviere, 'river', 'land lying along a river; river', from Late Latin riparia, 'land lying along a riverbank', feminine of riparius, 'of a riverbank', from ripa, 'riverbank'), arrive ('to reach the shore'), rivet(from Latin ripa, bank < 'that which is cut out by a river'). [Pokorny 1 rei- 857. Watkins]


Source: http://www.constellationsofwords.com/Constellations/Eridanus.html



Orion & Eridanus
Sky map
ink on paper
14.8x10.6cm
08.04.2015




Wednesday, 8 April 2015

08.04.2015



Charting the Eridanus (I, II, and III)
Ink on glass (Charting the Eridanus I, III)
Ink and paper on glass (Charting the Eridanus II)
07.04.2015 (I, II)
08.04.2015 (III)






07.04.2015

Eridanus /ɨˈrɪdənəs/ is a constellation in the southern hemisphere. It is represented as a river; its name is the Latin name for the Po River. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is the sixth largest of the modern constellations.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eridanus_(constellation)






The name Eridanos, derived from the ancient Greek Eridanos, was given by geologists to a river which flowed where the Baltic Sea is now (Overeem, et al., 2002). Its river system was better known as the 'Baltic River System' (Bijlsma, 1981; Gibbard, 1988).
The Eridanos began about 40 million years ago in the Eocene. By about 12 million years ago in the Miocene, the Eridanos had reached the North Sea area where sediments carried by the river built an immense delta. The Eridanos disappeared in the early Middle Pleistocene when the Ice Age glaciers excavated the Baltic Sea bed.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eridanos_(geology)




02.04.2015

THE GREAT STAR, !GAUNU, WHICH, SINGING, NAMED THE STARS.

!gaunu,[1] he was formerly a great Star; therefore, his name is !gaunu; while he feels that he was the one who formerly spoke (lit. "called") the Stars' names; while he feels that he is a great one. Therefore, he called the Stars' names. Therefore, the Stars possess their names; while they feel that !gaunuwas the one who called their names. He formerly sang, while he uttered the Stars' names. He said "||Xwahai"[2] to (some) Stars which are very small; they are those of which he made ||Xwhai; their small, fine ones are those which are ||Xwhai.

Therefore, the porcupine, when these Stars have, sitting, turned back, he will not remain on the hunting ground; for, he knows that it is dawn, when||Xwhai has, lying, turned back. He returns home; for, he is used to look at these Stars; they are those which he watches; while he feels that he knows that the dawn's Stars they are.

[1. My (paternal) grandfather, |Xugen-ddi, was the one who told me star's stories."
2. The stars ||Xwahai |aiti and ||Xwhai-@pua were identified as "Altair" or "Alpha Aquilae", and "Gamma Aquilae", respectively, by the late Mr. George Maclear and Mr. Finlay of the Royal Observatory, on October 10, 1873, at Mowbray. ||Xwhai gwai was behind a tree and too low to be distinguished.]






Source: Specimens of Bushman Folklore, W.H.I Bleek and L. C. Loyd, 1911
www.sacred-texts.com

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

31.03.2015 bis



Contours: sky line II
Photographic documentation
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
31.03.2015
09.05h-09.14h


31.03.2015




Contours: sky line (triptych)
Photographic documentation
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
31.03.2015
09.05h-09.14h




Monday, 30 March 2015

30.03.2015

contour |ˈkɒntʊə|noun(usu. contoursan outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something: she traced the contours of his face with her finger | figurative :challenges that have shaped the contours of European integration.• an outline of a natural feature such as a hill: the road climbs steadily,following the contours of the hillside.• short for contour line. below the 1200-ft contour is a belt of limestone.• a line joining points on a diagram at which some property has the same value. the figure shows contours of 21-cm line emission of atomic hydrogen.a way in which something varies, especially the pitch of music or thepattern of tones in an utterance.verb [ with obj. ]mould into a specific shapeespecially one designed to fit into something else: the compartment has been contoured with smooth rounded corners | (asadj.contouredthe contoured leather seats.mark (a map or diagramwith contour lines: (as adj.contoureda hugecontoured map.(of a road or railwayfollow the outline of (a topographical feature),especially along a contour line: the road contours the hillside.ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian contornofromcontornare draw in outline, from con- togethertornare to turn.


24.03.2015 part II

Contours: flour (sé pa Jédi)
Performance documentation: part 2
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
24.03.2015
16.32h-18.18h




24.03.2015 part I


Contours: flour (sé pa Jédi)
Performance documentation: part 1
Pétionville
Port-au-Prince
24.03.2015
15.59h-16.18h


23.03.2015

"Damballah was a Vodoun god, in serpent form, who is credited with creating the world and the gods, and is therefore the oldest of the gods. The myth states: “Long ago, the serpent spirit Danbala created the world. He used his 7,000 coils to form the stars and the planets in the heavens and to shape the hills and valleys on earth. He used lightning bolts to forge metals and make the sacred rocks and stones. When he shed his skin he created all the waters on the earth. And when the sun showed through mist settling on the plants and trees a rainbow was born. Her name was Ayida Wedo. Danbala loved her and made her his wife. They are still together today, the serpent and the rainbow. Danbala and Ayida Wedo. His symbol is the snake, and his color is white. 

....

Damballah is often called the most important god of the voodoo-religion in the Caribbean. He is the snake god, and is usually seen living in trees near water or springs. He is also the fertility god and the father of the voodoo divinities. In Haiti he is called “Bon Dieu” or “good god”. His wife is the rainbow goddess and together they bring the male and female qualities of life into tension and balance. Damballa is seen as innocent and benevolent. He has a quiet presence and his holy color is white. ... "


Source: THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD,
https://www.msu.edu/~williss2/carpentier/part1/damballah.html


"Damballah, the Eastern Light (Sun), is the Creator of the universe. 
The sign of Damballah, also known as Papa Damballah, is the twin 
serpent. Damballah is “The Great Master”, the creator of the cosmos.

Damballah sired six children with Ayida Wedo, the Western Light 
(Moon). Damballah rested for seven years. Upon awakening, 
Damballah sired the Zakas (Masters)

The color of Damballah is white


....

A Lore of Damballah:
Long ago, the serpent spirit Damballah created the world. 
Damballah used his 7,000 coils to form the stars and the planets in 
the heavens and to shape the hills and valleys on earth. By 
shedding the serpent skin Damballah created all the waters on the 
earth. And when the sun showed through mist settling on the plants
and trees a rainbow was born. Her name was Ayida Wedo. 
Damballah loved her and made her his wife. They are still together 
today, the serpent and the rainbow. Damballah and Ayida Wedo."


Source: Vodou and the loas,
http://www.thevodouelement.com/damballah.html




Wednesday, 18 March 2015

13.03.2015



Haiti 
Documentation

Inflight from 
Princess Juliana International Airport
18° 2'31.36"N
63° 6'47.16"W
to 
Tuissant L'Ouverture International Airport
18°34'33.99"N
72°17'40.04"W

13.03.2015

08.03.2015



Airborne 
Documentation

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
15°19'35.37"S
28°26'40.09"E

Dubai International Airport
25°15'9.81"N
55°21'51.13"E

London Heathrow Airport
51°28'13.55"N
0°27'33.45"W

08.03.2015
09.03.2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

22.01.2015



"... in between the dipper and the lion you’ll find a small cluster of three pairs of stars, known in Arabian culture as the “three leaps of the gazelle.” They form another asterism within the constellation of Ursa Major; in the context of the bear, they form the claws on three of his feet, but I kind of like the image of the gazelle leaping away after encountering the Lion and the Bear. ..."



Source: http://earthandstars.org/articles/astra/ursa-major-and-ursa-minor/

Monday, 19 January 2015

19.01.2015 bis






The Leaps of the Gazelle (Genitrix)
temporary work
water, blackboard, chalk
17cm x 25cm
13.51-15.16h
19.01.2015



For my mother.




19.01.2015

genitrix


English

Etymology

From Latin genitrix

Noun

genitrix (plural genitrices)
  1. The biological mother of a child


Source:en.wiktionary.org/wiki/genitrix

17.01.2015

generatrix


English

Etymology

From Latin generatrix, from generator + feminine suffix -trix.

Noun

generatrix (plural generatrices or generatrixes)

  1. (geometry) A curve that, when rotated about an axis, produces a solid figure



Source:en.wiktionary.org/wiki/generatrix

Saturday, 17 January 2015