chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.

Samsara (2011)

Imagine really making these and having no record whatsoever of them—because on film, in photographs, these mandalas still live on. Imagine you make something so exquisite and it is only there for you, and then then you destroy it. Imagine these mandalas in their exquisite beauty and imagine them never being seen or shared, only created and destroyed in the same breath.

Is the filming and the sharing of these mandalas actually contrary to their purpose? Fascinating. We let go of moments all the time because we record them and have a memory to look back upon. Without attachment, what is reality?

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the LOVE statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  In this event, artist activists staged a scene where Kieth A. Wallace, an Actor, pretended to be dead for an hour in front of the statue while others took turns holding a sign with “Call Us By Our Names” written on it.  

To see more photos from this performance, check out #CallUsByOurNames on Facebook. 

I am not a journalist, I am merely a friend of the artists involved.  I was not at this event.      

As the photos show, the social experiment and silent protest highlighted the peoples reaction in the foreground of the photo. In this context the people become the performance art, and the faux dead body becomes a backdrop.  As an artist, I don’t want to give you my interpretation of the art of these photos. They should speak for themselves.  But I did talk to Lee Edward Colston II, an actor, who was involved in the event.  

Here are some of his observations of the social interactions he witnessed: 

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

#CallUsByOurNames

"I love that sweet smell of decay that surrounds me in forests and woods. A kind of mulchy, deep, rich rot that has no connotation of death or ending, but rather of life and age. A sense of perpetual destruction and rebirth."

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OMOCAT fall collection drops SATURDAY 9/13/14 @ 8:00PM PST!

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brittneybrightside:

wiccateachings:

On September 8th will be the final Supermoon. There have been 3 Supermoons in a row this year. This Moon will be the brightest Moon of the year. 

Get ready

ready to worship

brittneybrightside:

wiccateachings:

On September 8th will be the final Supermoon. There have been 3 Supermoons in a row this year. This Moon will be the brightest Moon of the year. 

Get ready

ready to worship

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Wizard’s Kit by cotey bucket

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Wizard’s Kit by cotey bucket

bad-w0lff:

freudian-slipped:

if you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out.

if you put a frog in warm water and gradually turn up the heat until the water is boiling, the frog will remain there until it dies.

and that is an abusive relationship.

Holy shit.

i’m here for the frog metaphors