Date: May 21, 2009 4:18 PM
Subject: Contemporary Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Arts
Light graffiti, also known as light painting, is a photographic
technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving
the camera;in most cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image.
The Black Whole Conference chair sculpture was made out of 72 chairs by Michel de Broin on 2006. It was part of the Québec Triennial "Nothing is
Lost, Nothing is Created, Everything is Transformed" exhibition at the Musée d’Art in Montreal.
Sound Wave: made of melted vinyl records..
On 2007, korean artist Jean Shin created Sound Wave out of melted vinyl records. The sculpture was part of The Museum of Art and Design’s exhibit "Second Lives:
Remixing the Ordinary." The artist explained the sculpture shows "the inevitable waves of technology that render each
successive generation of recordable media obsolete."
Controller of the Universe: dozens of tools
suspended in the air..
The 2007 sculpture by Damián Ortega Controller of the Universe consists of scores of suspended hand tools pointing outward as though in midexplosion. It’s part of the exhibit
"That Was Then ... This Is Now" at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.
Economy: Melting Ice Sculpture..
To symbolize today's economic meltdown, artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese made this ice sculpture of the word "ECONOMY" and set set it outside in downtown Manhattan. They did it on October 29 because it was the 79th
anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash leading to the Great Depression.
Reach for Light: a Skateboard
Reach for Light is a Skateboard Flower Sculpture made by Ted Hunter form Roarockit Skateboard Co. The flower petal designs are actually
printed using photo’s of real tulip petals. It was shown on 2005 at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.
Jones' Book Sculptures: made of old books..
Australian artist Nicholas Jones turns old books into fine art. Using old books he finds at the bins of the University of Melbourne library, Nicholas
makes incredibly detailed cuts and folds with each page, and transforms each piece into a work of true work of art.
On Gold Mountain: San Francisco's cityscape made of stainless steel cookware..
Displayed at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, On Gold Mountain is cityscape of San Francisco created by artist Zhan Wang using stainless steel pots and pans and silverware.
Very Hungry God: made of 1,000 kg of kitchen utensils..
Made out of hundreds of kitchen utensils, pots and pans, Very Hungry God made by the artist Sudobh Gupta on 2006 is now on display at the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London.
Hellraiser’s Pinhead: an amazing sand sculpture..
This sand sculpture of Pinhead (a character from Hellraiser movies) was made by Latvian artist Helena Bangert on Zeebrugge (Belgium) in 2004.
Elvis: a sculpture made of 50,000 matchsticks..
This Elvis bust was made by David Mach, a scottish sculptor and installation artist, using no less than 50,000 matchsticks!
Created by Tesla coils --a type of resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla around 1891--, its fascinating
sparks come from discharges of very high voltage, low current, high frequency alternating current electricity. Until the
1920s, Tesla coil circuits were used commercially in sparkgap radio transmitters for wireless telegraphy, and in electrotherapy
and quack medical devices such as violet ray; today, their main use is entertainment and educational displays.In that spirit, Australia's Peter Terren built a fully functional Tesla Coil in his back garden and has become an "artist of electricity" since, creating fascinating
photographs using long exposure and a lot of creativity. Meet Terren's High-Voltage Sculptures.
Karma is the experience of what you have created. It is the compassionate dynamic through which you
learn to create responsibly. Karma is the law of cause and effect through which you shape your life with every decision. Karma
is neither good nor bad. There are no good effects or bad effects - only effects. You choose the cause, and that choice includes
your choice of an effect. The cause and the effect are one. If you participate in the cause, you will always participate in
its effect. There are no exceptions. It is the Law.
You tell the Universe how to treat you when you make choices.
When you choose to think of suffering, you create suffering and you experience suffering. When you create joy, you experience
joy. Sooner or later, you will make the connection between what you choose and what you experience. Then you will choose differently.
There are very few humans that start a life without any “old” karma. Almost everyone of us has been misled
by addictive demands of the ego and as a result have created tensions. In previous incarnations you may have violated the
rights of other beings, caused pain, disrespected life and even extinguished life. Many crimes, many wars have happened in
the course of mankind’s history. Many of those beings that committed these acts, or are committing such acts right now,
are still among us. Such acts are part of our experience and what counts now is to learn from these experiences. Now is the
time to forgive all those who victimised you. Only through forgiveness can the karma that connects you be dissolved. When
you forgive each other, and you truly do this with your heart, then your karma can be freed, and negative energies dissolved.
Though such an expression of love, the negative energies can be transformed.
There will be beings you harmed who
will not forgive you. In this case it is you who must ask for forgiveness, either in silence or in meditation. Without forgiveness
these tensions can only be removed by reparation, by serving those people in a special way - an expression of love which dissolves
the karma. This is no easy path, because it may take several incarnations before the awarness of the other being has grown
enough for forgiveness to be granted.
Energy is indestructible, because God is indestructible. However, energy
can change and can be brought onto different levels. These are two very basic laws, which have repercussions on many areas
of your existence. Energy is indestructible, therefore it has permanently valid stability. The changeability of energy is
of utmost importance for the development of souls, because this means that their consciousness can be raised, and brought
to a higher level of existence.
However, this also means that all energies that you spread, positive or negative,
continue to exist until they are changed. So, when you cause friction among each other and send out negative vibrations during
your arguments, these energies will continue to exist and put a load on your karma. Karma is the word for these energetic
loads that you cause. All those energies that you send out want to come back to you. There is of course a way to dissolve
such negative karma, but for that you have to completely forgive those human beings that you have tensions with.
If you can even forgive those human beings that purposely cause you harm, then you can also be forgiven. The task of dissolving
of old, negative karma will be given to you at the right time. Love your fellow humans unconditionally, independently of their
behavior towards you.
It is of course not always easy to love those that want to do you harm, but you will find
that when you meet those people with unconditional, universal love, they will begin to treat you differently. They will either
respond to your love or they will try to avoid you. Acts of unconditional love can confuse them. Such beings have come far
off the path and cannot distinguish the good from the bad. For you, they offer to test your ability to love all beings universally
Compassion or Indifference?
cannot interfere with another's karma. You can only create your own karma. If you see an act of violence, and you say to yourself,
“He must deserve this or it wouldn't be happening. His suffering is not my concern,” what karma are you creating?
The indifference. that you show to a fellow soul is the same indifference that you will encounter one day. Is this what you
Violent action not be as dramatic as a fight, or a sexual assault. Indifference is a violent action. So is
greed, jealousy, and exploitation. Do you want to give to Life? That impulse is nurturing. Do you want to take from Life?
That impulse is violent.
If you decide that another's suffering is none of your business, don't think that your
understanding of karma will permit your act of callousness to pass without effecting you. The suffering that you see is fair.
Every experience in this Earth school is valid and fair, but if you use your realisation of this to ignore the suffering of
your brothers and sisters, you create a world in which your suffering, also, is of no concern to others. That is karma.
Your future is yours to create in the same way that you created your present - through your choices. Compassion or
indifference is a choice. It is natural for us to be compassionate, but we can choose “not to get involved.” Feeling
warmly toward one another is natural for us, but we can choose to be distant and cold. Everything that you do is a choice,
and every choice that you make creates experiences that you will encounter. That is karma.
Getting involved does
not mean judging. You may feel righteously angry at a sexual molester, but beware if you do. You do not know enough to judge
this act or any other. You do not know what is being healed, or coming to completion. Molester and molested may be exchanging
roles that were played in another lifetime. It is not your role to be a judge or a jury. If you decide to take on these roles,
you create painful karma for yourself. Do you like being judged? Then judge not lest you be judged.
between the molested and the molester is appropriate. Judging the molester is not. Protecting the bullied and the oppressed
is appropriate. Judging the bully and the oppressor is not. Do you have the courage to protect without judging? Can you be
compassionate even to those who have no compassion? If so, there is no finer karma that you can create. You will live in a
world that is compassionate with you, even when you forget to be compassionate. You will be supported when you are weak until
you have regained your strength. You will be loved, even if you forget to love.
The New Energies
On the new earth, cause and effect will become a
thing of the past. In the past we have connected karma with cause and effect. Up until now, we have been playing in the energies
of light and dark to help understand the balancing effect of polarity. In the new energy, cause and effect will be replaced
by INTENT and CREATION. Whereas cause and effect was governed by a time lapse between the cause and the effect, the new energies
of intent and creation will produce instant manifestation.