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?
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.
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 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:
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:
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?