Archive for May, 2010

the centre cannot hold


a long while since posting, much travel, thinking and working


Brian Eno’s “Ambient 1: Music For Airports” at Wikipedia –

Lying in bed this morning listening to this – I saw images of a strange and beautiful choreography to 2/2 9:38 – a space with a simple set – and about 20 or 30 dancers that moved a bit like a wave – seen from under the water and as if it was above a reef – then I realised it was me choreographing the dance – this evening I can still see it. I wondered if Eno would give permission to work with the music…


from the blogs

pretty interesting link, reportage style


Joya residency – Flickr

There are new images on the Flickr site showing – studio works– and a site work – place with no name. There are nine hours of video to look at and edit including the four videoworks – sleeping and dreaming – to be completed over summer.  A series of drawings were also made.

Tibet – Kyegundo earthquake [sleeping and dreaming video sequence]

Earthquake in Tibet, Initial Reactions from Tibetan Netizens
Posted by High Peaks Pure Earth in Global Contributors, SFT Global on 04 14th, 2010 | one response
It has been reported both by Chinese state media and Western media that a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in Tibet early this morning, April 14, 2010. Whilst Chinese media refers to the affected area as the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu (玉树) in Qinghai province, Western media has been calling it Western or North Western China inhabited by “ethnic Tibetans” or part of the “Tibetan plateau”. In fact, the area known in Tibetan as Kyegundo (སྐྱེ་རྒུ་མདོ། skye rgu mdo) is considered by Tibetans to traditionally be part of Kham, eastern Tibet. Although spelt Kyegundo, when spoken it sounds more like Jyekundo. This Google map shows the position of Kyegundo in relation both to Lhasa and also to the provincial capitals of Qinghai and Gansu, Xining and Lanzhou, to the north east. Here is the link to the map on the website of Tibetan and Himalayan Library, an excellent resource site.

Whilst media reports on the technical details of the natural disaster and the ongoing aid efforts, High Peaks Pure Earth has been looking at the online responses by Tibetans as expressed on blogs and social networking sites. Just hours after the earthquake, Tibetan netizens were expressing their grief and anxiety. These Tibetans wrote the following status updates on a Chinese language social networking site for Tibetans and seem to be mostly Tibetan students based in Chinese urban centres:

volcanic [sleeping and dreaming video sequence]

copyright Snaevarr Gudmundsson

It took me nine days to return from southern Spain to Sweden after the Joya Residency, due to the effects of the Icelandic ash cloud.

Gulf oil spill [sleeping and dreaming video sequence]

the spill continues the trail of events connected to the sequence of the four videos, the quality of the images in these news reported events seem to produce beauty as a contemporary ‘horror’, appearing to be both real and imaginary, in the world and from the mind