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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

I have a collection of newspaper pictures that were used as illustrations for science articles. My idea was to make huge paintings based on these of these photographs. I am sure that it would make a great exhibition. But so far I have not found the time to do it. My working space is way too small for such projects anyway. I have grown used to working on very small sizes, usually the size of a postcard. These paintings should be real big.
Today I began sorting out some of my favourite pictures. Here are some of them:

I wonder if anybody recognises what these pictures are about. I would not, if I hadn’t written it down somewhere.
Maybe I should forget about the paintings and only put the whole collection online. I like the way these pictures look on a computer screen.

I am not a very visual person. Or maybe I am a very visual person and therefore limit the input of visual stimuli. Watching a movie often exhausts me, and it often takes days before it is out of my mind again. On new years eve I saw half an hour of ”The sound of music” and it still haunts my mind. I don’t like that, I prefer to have an empty inner screen.
Sound are different for me: I don’t hear much music in my head, and it rarely bothers me when I do. I guess that is why I love to listen to music: I need to take it in from outside. I can produce images from inside, but no music.
Here is an excerpt of the talk by Terence McKenna that is posted as podcast #166 on Psychedelic Salon. I already mentioned it yesterday, but when I listened to it again, I couldn’t resist using it as today’s Soundtrack. I am still amazed that this man is so unknown. I consider him as the most exciting talker that ever walked on this planet, as far I can judge this, of course.

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This ”Dream Awake” talk, as it is called, is one of my favourite talks by Terence McKenna. It lasts much longer than the 10 minutes that I selected. So if you have the time, listen to the complete podcast.

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