Not Edited Yet #17 — Practice

The second stop in my four-day hitchhiking journey to Potcoava Mountain Hideaway was the town of Onești, Romania.

My host Silviu was a rather inspiring character — he didn’t say much, and most of what he did say would come in small collected bits such as what you will hear at the end of that day’s clarinet practice — that’s enough, isn’t it?


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Not Edited Yet #16 — 7Km out of L’viv

Fair enough — i did know where we were after all — just outside L’viv, walking towards the spot where our hitchhiking ordeal to Chernivtsi that day would begin!

That was the first day of my hitchhiking journey to Potcoava Mountain Hideaway, a horseback riding resort on the foot of the Carpathians in Romania, where i spent a month as a helpx volunteer.


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Fuji and Mika #12 — Peeling the Artistic Onion

In his previous two challenges, Fuji set off to activate my musical and poetic layers. What’s does he have for me next? Watch the video to find out!

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, check out Fuji & Mika #0 — Creative October Challenge.


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Not Edited Yet #15 — Excerpt from Bucharest Talks

In December ’17 i had, for the first time, the amazing opportunity to share my cycle touring experience with an audience. I gave two talks in Bucharest, organized with the help of friends.

The very first one was courtesy of my friend Sori, a fellow hopelessly itching traveler who offered her living room and connections, enabling one of my most encouraging evenings to date — thank you, Sori! The video below is an excerpt from that talk.

Make sure you also check out Sori’s channel! She recently came back from Senegal, and processed her experience into a travel documentary — Confessing Senegal.


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Fuji and Mika #11 — Haikus from Borzhava

What is it like to be me in the mountains?

Two weeks ago i went hiking on the Borzhava Range in the Ukrainian stretch of the Carpathians. My friend and artist Fuji then challenged me capture and share some of that experience in haikus!

A ‘haiku’ is a short poem juxtaposing and contrasting two images or ideas. It traditionally follows a 5-7-5 distribution pattern of syllables across three lines. Haikus were originally developed by the Japanese. [Wikipedia, wikiHow]

I’d never tried writing a haiku before and, as i mentioned in my last update after just coming back a week ago, i greatly enjoyed the process — most notably, it made me more aware of how judgemental i often am of my own experience in the mountains :p

I hope you’ll enjoy the results — if you like them, there are probably a couple more where those came from, and i think i wouldn’t mind putting them together as well 😉

This was the second in a series of challenges Fuji and i have been giving each other throughout the month of October, to encourage experimentation with different methods and processes. We’ve been publicly sharing our “dialog” on my blog — highlights of the first challenge’s output include The Stubborn Face of Matter and fiction_Extract_test1.0 — if you want to start from the beginning, check out Fuji and Mika #0 — Creative October Challenge.


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Fuji and Mika #10 — ConFujion!

This video picks up the Creative October Challenge from where we left off last week! If this is your first time here, this is a collaboration with my friend, artist and supporter Fuji Hoffmann — we’ve been challenging each other to try out different methods and processes throughout the month of October and share the results on my blog.

My last challenge to him boldly sent his mind where it had not gone before — an emotional/cognitive state he now generously shares with us through his video-editing art:


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Fuji and Mika #9 — Back from the Mountains!

A quick note on what my time in the Carpathian Mountains this past weekend felt like with the special task of writing haikus describing to Fuji what it is like being Mika in the mountains.

That was quite a long sentence! I promise i’ll stick to the format when i share the haikus tomorrow 😉

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, i’m referring to the challenge Fuji gave me last week — this is part of our ongoing Creative October Challenge.


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Not Edited Yet #14 — Downhill in Moldova!

Moldova is a hilly country, which makes cycle touring through the country strenuous — and lots of fun!

I apologize to any of my multiverse counterparts who may have been injured or killed during the shooting of this video.


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Fuji & Mika #8 — Noisy Haiku Challenge

Here comes Fuji, once again giving me an amazing opportunity to activate sidelined systems in my brain in the context of adventure — and also sharing some of his jolly mischief with electronic components and noise:

If you’ve missed the beginning of the series, you should check out Fuji & Mika #0 — Creative October Challenge, which describes the project and lays out our first challenge to each other — if you prefer to start with the results from the challenge, then i recommend fiction_Extract_test1.0 or The Stubborn Face of Matter 🙂


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Fuji & Mika #7 — Can a Secret Be Exchanged in Public — and Remain a Secret?

This is my next challenge to Fuji along our Creative October 🙂 Although it has at least one very elegant mathematical solution (which i’ll share afterwards for those of you who may not know what i’m talking about), i’m especially curious about how a bold artist like Fuji might approach it!

In the video, which wound up getting much longer than i’d have liked, i also spend some time motivating the challenge by questioning the concept of ‘performance’ (in art) — what is it? Does a performance happen on stage, or in the spectator’s subjective experience, as many illusionists will say? To what extent is it a secret (and different) exchange, in public, between artist and each audience member?

If you’ve missed the beginning of the series, you should check out Fuji & Mika #0 — Creative October Challenge, which describes the project and lays out our first challenge to each other — if you prefer to start with the results from the challenge, then i recommend fiction_Extract_test1.0 or The Stubborn Face of Matter 🙂


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