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?
A little over a week ago, my friend Fuji challenged me to write a song using exclusively items from my kitchen. This was an incredible opportunity for me to mesh two of my greatest passions — music and adventure!
In the video below i talk a bit about my process throughout the challenge, presenting the results at the end. If you just want to hear the song, it starts at 2:35 🙂 Enjoy!
Fuji and i have been challenging each other throughout the month of October to experiment with different habits and create something new every week — if you’ve missed it, we explain the idea in Fuji & Mika #0 — Creative October Challenge. Our next challenges to each other will be posted tomorrow!
“I have a great admiration for the cinema, sometimes I see a clip, and I want to watch that five seconds over and over and over. My entrance into video editing is of course as a novice. A beginner, as I try to figure out what does this do, and this. I also bring my sensitivity as a choreographer into it. Repetition, variation, nuance, contrast… Always fun to put knowledge into use in new medias. If you are aware that you know nothing, you always learn something new :)”
Thanks for sharing, Fuji — knowing a bit about your process makes me appreciate it a lot more 😀
I’ve been enjoying this quite a bit myself — especially the unexpected opportunity to make some music! Not many people know about my life’s first significant fork between music and mathematics 16 years ago (almost to the day) — while i’m probably a musician in about half other multiverses, in this one i don’t even have a single conventional musical instrument at home! So, i guess i’m also glad Fuji asked me to make music from the kitchen 😉