Monday, December 20, 2010

!The Xperience!

What is Xperience?

Experience - "the process or fact of personally observing, encountering or undergoing something" (dictionary.com). But to what end? That of knowledge! It is knowledge that makes us familiar with something and that through eXperience. Most of the knowledge we remember best is through experience. In fact the thesaurus definition for eXperience is knowledge! Additionally another definition for eXperience is "happening, occurrence" which is of a spontaneous nature though 'scientifically' understood.

What is "The Xperience"?

Our mission is to incorporate the essence of everything 'happening' in the world through 'eXperience' to produce a long lasting and effective source of 'knowledge' to the general public.

"The Xperience" is a lab for artists of all sorts to practice, create and freestyle their skills and passions. It is a lounge to hang out and get to know new people of similar interests. It is a spontaneous pool of random on and off activities somehow synchronized into a significant work of art. It is a center for creative and eXpressive studies. It is a evolutionary and progressive revolutionary eXperiment of epic proportions!

What to eXpect of "The Xperience":

eXpect.....

a clubhouse
a lounge
a party
a productive outlet
a educational tool
a magic & fasion show
a film production
a musical theatre
a studio (art, music, dance, photography)
a freestyle & improv practicum of various arts (comedy, poetry, spoken word, acting, miming, singing, etc)
a talent discovery
a performance
a community

"The Xperience" Challenge

The trick of "The Xperience" is to somehow merge all these activities together into one synchronized body performance whilst maintaining the emotive and energetic atmosphere through music, lights, visual effects, etc. Some already existing productions that have pioneered partially in this to give a example are Cirque Du Solei and The Blue Man Group.

Who can join?

Everyone that feels inspired to join our particular kind of group. The entrance and exit door is open to all free of charge or compulsion to stay.

("The Xperience" is just a idea or vision for the future at the moment that I am sharing to spur interest. This idea is probably already being used to some extent. So if you like the idea you have the permission to take it as this is something that I want to be a part of whether leading or volunteering. The more people that get involved and network the faster "The Xperience" will become a reality)

Broader Understanding of Words

'happening': within all types of fields that can be implemented into performance use (i.e. physics, science, sociology, health, etc.)
'eXperience': being pulled into, becoming a part of, more palpable to the senses through various artistic means.
'knowledge': of an active nature producing change, gained more so through intuitive feeling than study or mental reasoning. 
'scientifically': one thing leads to another under the surface, the precursor goes unseen until manifested as (happening, occurence)

Sources for Inspiration:

Blue Man Group
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvRd_wGiMig&feature=related

Cirque Du Solei
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-NMBVI15oE&feature=related

John Galliano - Spring Summer 2011 Preview/Full Edited Show - Menswear (Exclusive)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5tXIv3ltoQ&feature=player_embedded


" "The Xperience" is where its happening!"

Friday, November 26, 2010

!Our Weird and Wonderful World!

!Welcome to our Weird and Wonderful World!

Where you can find.....

dancing rhinos
rhyming flamingos
laughing hippos
typing crickets
crying insects
swinging bobcats
pastry bottlecaps
nasty road maps
sassy sidetracks
classy thumbtacks
tasty tuxedos
giant doritos
ANYTHING IMAGINABLE 

in the MAD MAGICAL WORLD: WEIRD and WONDERFUL

!LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

!Lights!
!Camera!
!ACTION!
 Are you ready, ready to shine?! Come on lets go its time!
You can create your own motion picture. There's no need for cast. You are the director, you are the actor and all else are extras. The world is the audience. All eyes the camera. You are the star. You gross millions with everyday opportunities, you create serendipitous moments worthy of great recognition.
Look your name is in lights, inflamed and ignited in people's hearts and yet this is only the beginning. All this success and fame before even stepping on stage. The stardom begins in you, the stardom begins in the mind. You have to make the world believe that you are something special. The secret is that greatness lies in all of us. There is a star in all of us. Let it shine! Come on lets go its time!
!Lights!
!Camera!
!ACTION!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Life Gone By On Stage

I had a dream in which I was at a concert on stage. The audience was full of teenagers inside what looked like a gymnasium so the number of people gathered was average in size. The crowd wasn't overly excited in the beginning because they really didn't know what to expect. I was on stage with some other guys behind the band waiting for the show to start. As the show began I slowly walked onto the stage in the midst of the band as they played not knowing what I was doing but I had a feeling I wasn't even visible so it didn't matter anyways . On stage it was like walking into the nucleus of a atom as if anybody knows how that feels. Then I slowly turned around and walked off the stage and as I was doing that I started to get happy. The music was changing me from the inside out. I felt light and for some reason had a sensation that my clothes were lifting off my body but this didn't bother me. All the while I had a mic in my hand as if I was a part of the band. As I continued to move gleefully back and forth on stage to the music with the rest of the crew the sensation continued more and more and I found myself on the ground but so lifted internally that my physical body didn't even feel the floor. After this I felt someone holding me but I was no longer on stage. I found myself in a house on the ground way past dead almost like a skeleton but still living.  My life had gone by on stage and I knew that it was my time to go so I tried to say my last words but could barely breathe out anything. Struggling with death I was nervous with anticipation as to what would await me in the afterlife but I was equally content that I had lived my life to the fullest and had no regrets. I awoke on my bed with these vivid images still in my head. 

(Side Note: "I" meaning the person in the dream experiencing everything which isn't always "me" the dreamer. I could be telling someone else's experience from their point of view)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

!Color Explosion!

Splatter Art
KALLOS-GRAPHE
CALLIGRAPHY
"Calligraphy (from Greek κάλλος kallos "beauty" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and materials limitations of a person, time and place." (Wikipedia)

It is questionable whether some of the figures in the picture are in fact CALLIGRAPHY or just letters of a LANGUAGE which shows that this art CALLIGRAPHY can also be language at the same time (i.e. arabic) and language can also be CALLIGRAPHY as well (i.e. graffiti).  To some CALLIGRAPHY and LANGUAGE are one and the same by which beauty in communication do not collide.

Recent Discovery in the Dearborn Michigan Arab American Museum (11/27/10): "In the Arab-Islamic World, the calligrapher was the most venerated of all artists because the angel Gabriel revealed the word of God to the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic, it became the Holy Language and the only language for the Holy Book, The Qur'an. A scribe copying the Qur'an thus performed a pious act and his goal was to make the word of God as beautiful as possible. Different styles of script developed from the wish to adorn the Qur'an." "Calligraphy remains an important characteristic of Arab art." 


!The LIFE of DANCE!

 You should be dancing, you should be moving, you should be grooving to the rhythm of the beat of the hip hop, soul, blues, jazzy tunes.

The moment is here, the moment is right to show off what you got, to show off what is hot.

It is here on the dance floor that one really comes alive, that one really is free; "Freer than the meaning of free that man defines, life running through me...". (Stevie Wonder) 

 
What is this life called dance which animates the body? This life takes the body from its mundane existence to an almost higher awareness, an at oneness with the surrounding stimuli so that the body becomes an automatic locomotive instrument.

What is DANCE?

Dance is a non verbal form of expression where instead of transferring thought into words as with speech dance on the other hand is used to embody emotion, to embody thought so that whatever is communicated becomes all the more palpable to the senses as with seeing rather than with hearing.

to DANCE

The prerequisite by which you may qualify to dance is number one confidence and with confidence comes attitude and with attitude comes poise.

multi DANCE

There is a dance of joy, a dance of love, a dance of hate, a dance of sorrow, a dance of death, a dance of life, etc etc (you get the point). Whatever emotion, you name it, can be danced because dance is a non verbal form of expression. All these are emotions capable of being conveyed.

you should be DANCING

You should be dancing but not just any dance. With emotions we tend to let them rule us instead of us ruling them. So if you are exposed or vulnerable to such negative emotions as of hate, bitterness, jealousy, strife, sorrow you'll automatically find yourself dancing to the rhythm and the beat of the emotional drummer's pomp and circumstance. You may be dancing but not exactly voluntarily.

dual DANCE

Dancing is also a social interaction between people. Just like in verbal communication with two people or more there must be a build up of rapport, that is to the end of mutual equilibrium. They say it takes two to tango meaning one cannot be done without the other. Along the same line one cannot tango with the one who waltz. Some dances are diametrically opposed to each other. You cannot have the dance of hate with the dance of love or the dance of life with the dance of death. You cannot continue to slow dance gracefully with a fast tempo break dancer. Although in some cases opposites do attract. Hate can bring love as with forgiveness and death can bring life as with a seed but in many other cases like attracts like. In the area of attraction when it comes to how you dance there is always someone or something similar being drawn to you through the the non verbal communication of your dance. If your a happy person you will attract happy people. If your a sad person you will attract sad people. As they say misery loves company only because rarely do they get it. A dance of misery isn't too attractive to say the least.

DANCE choreography

Choreography is the creation or practice of dance because dancing is a choice. It is your choice. You can choose to tap your feet or shake your head or you can choose to cross your legs and fold your arms. As with any choice the more its repeated the more it becomes a habit, a routine ingrained in your subconscious mind so that it becomes a automatic action or response. This is helpful if all your accustomed to is a side step or a moon walk in life. That won't get you far. If all you know is the dance of self pity how will you ever dance the dance of self confidence? The choice to learn and practice new choreography, to broaden your dances is yours for the choosing. 

DANCE summary

  • Dance is a non verbal form of expression whereby you can communicate and/or embody various emotions/thoughts. In other words dance is analogous for lifestyle, personality, character.
  • Dance must exude an air of confidence, attitude and poise in what it is expressing.
  • All emotions can be danced or conveyed.
  • Dance but not just any dance. Dances are not to be isolated to themselves. You shouldn't over split or over twist. All dances have their place in its sequence.
  • Dance is mutual and relational. All dances are not compatible to each other. All emotions do not mix together but nonetheless all dances can be attractive and contagious.
     
  • Dancing is a choice that of choreography or practice which is needed to learn new dance moves or the old ones over again until you become the dance whether that is the dance of life or the dance of death. Choose life! 

 

Monday, November 22, 2010

!TypographY!


A new approach to art: Typography

A picture is worth a thousand words. Well in this case  the picture is a thousand words but all the various words and phrases here provide no meaning or significance to the observer if it is not already in their memory vernacular so to speak. In plain words nothing in this typography stood out to me except for the news paper titled "The 60's Rock" for obvious reasons such as language and culture.

If you find something else that sticks out to you that others can't see because of language barriers or cultural exposure (i.e. optical illusion) please share so that the thousand words can become a whole picture understood by all.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

!ANYTHING!


You Can Do 
ANYTHING 
Inspirations for Living Your Heart's Desire
(From the Creative Studios of American Greetings)

You can do 
anything 
 you set your mind 
and heart to. 

You carry within you 
worlds of possibility 
as rich and amazing 
as any landscape 
on earth.
Feel confident, 
keep thinking positive. 

THINK BIG

Sky's the limit, 
abundance, 
possibilities.

Think success.

Don't hold back
on the size and scope 
of your dreams.
Whatever you dream
you can do.

DREAM

big, 
wide

Dream as far
as you heart 
can see.

The shortest distance 
between two points 
is a leap of faith - 
so let yourself

BELIEVE

in miracles,
in yourself.

Believe that wishes 
really do comes true.

Trust that the perfect thing
is always coming your way.

TRUST

your heart, 
the journey,
your soul.

Trust that you can achieve anything.

Remember that everyday,
every moment,
you are creating,
you destiny.

CREATE

with feeling, 
intention,
joy....

And let yourself really live.

LIVE

with passion and gratitude,
on the edge of your comfort zone.

Live your 
heart's desire.

You can transform
all your possiblities
into realities

THINK

DREAM

BELIEVE

TRUST.

CREATE

the life
 you were meant to

LIVE

You're someone 
who is truly 
amazing!

vi.sualize.us

 Retro Photography, Black and White Drawings, Illustrative Creative and Visual Delights

Visualize Us
http://vi.sualize.us/


 Occasionally I will pull illustrations from this website for exhibition and reflect upon them. Like they say "a picture is worth a thousand words". Here is a sample for start:
 
Be careful what you say or a little bird may carry it away
"for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, 
and that which hath wings shall tell the matter" 
(Ecclesiastes 10:20) This actually happens on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. The little bird gets around and everybody hears what you whisper in the dark.













Its amazing how colorful art is becoming not just in the original sense of the word but even deeper. Our imaginations are becoming more and more interesting as time moves on and society evolves.

Chaplin Montages

Here are a series of Chaplin montages that I made over a course of a year. I somehow stumbled upon Charlie Chaplin's work and got hooked. After watching his films I was inspired to take clips from various Chaplin films and put them together into one  solid video so that I could watch them anytime I wanted  for my own enjoyment this of which was only possible after I found a website where you can download most of his films online for free located down below. I thought after a few videos I had exhausted all the Chaplin footage but I am still making them to this day all thanks to music and Chaplin's collosal artistry:  

 Free Vault of Chaplin Films

Series of Chaplin Montages from newest to oldest (all the videos tell a story that we all can in some measure relate with)

!The Great Return!

!The Solo Artist!

!The Mystery of Chaplin!

!The Essential Chaplin!

!The Wandering Love of Chaplin!

!The Whimsical Chaplin!

!The Eccentric Chaplin!

!The Romantic Chaplin!

!Sir Charlot Dance Remix!

!The Happy Chappy!

!The Chaplin Remix!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcB7Roz4bw4
 
Here are two live videos of Chaplin improvisation (from newest to oldest):

!AMERICANO! (live video)

!Gypsy Living! (live video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhruZuEvu9g 

Most of the videos were made to put some good music to use. Music put to any video has a way of redefining the nature or intent of the video. This is how I could remake each scene and turn it into a story. Basically I wanted to share music and the art of Chaplin in an easy assessable format as not everyone will go out and watch silent black and white films 100 or so years old.  

Saturday, November 20, 2010

!The QUEST of INNER PERSONA!

There is something beautiful, unique and special buried deep inside everyone of us waiting to be revealed. It is this thing that makes us who we are. It is this thing that differentiates us from everyone else. 

We all have a inner persona; however big or small, bright or dim, that yearns for cultivation, for development so that it can flow freely out of us unhindered and unrestrained.

Most of the time this inner persona is so small or stunted through various circumstances the individual never comes to terms with him/herself. This greatly inhibits an individuals sense of worth and value thus creating a void where the person lacks motivation for life. In order to survive this bleak death of self the individual may find it easier to identify with certain role models or icons rather than building up their own personal identity. This is reasonable and acceptable to a certain degree, as all sons naturally have the desire to look up to their fathers as someone they would like to emulate, but its only useful for the early developmental stages where one who is too weak may need assistance from a stronger, already built up and established persona. Along the same vein for example consider how training wheels on bicycles are eventually taken off so that the beginning bicycler can become more autonomous, more self sufficient.

Now this is not a easy process as with learning how to balance on anything it takes much determination  and time because the fall of disappointment and failure will always be present somewhere nearby but that is just all a part of the process. If there wasn't some sort of opposition to our lives, our daily efforts, aspirations, dreams and passions no one would ever know what they really want in life. If everything came easy, if life was perfect, if you were perfect there would be a lesser degree of value, happiness and joy in things because you wouldn't know how attaining or having something felt like if it wasn't gone. Along the same lines the purpose out of life is not exactly some sort of grand spectacular end but the journey and the experience to the end. The end of something wouldn't be so grand and great if there wasn't a climax or build up to it which is why to make the most out of life is to make the most out of every opportunity in life. People expect magic to happen and to one day become happy and successful but it just doesn't work like that. We like to look at the happy ending and not the quest to it.

The quest for anything external in life first begins inside the individual. So it is no longer a quest for certain things outside of your reach but a quest for self inside your reach. Once you have come to terms with your own inner self and operate out of that persona all things will come naturally. Major hindrances to this  occurrence are low self esteem, anxiety, fear, lack of confidence, worth and value. All these things attack the self; whether these hindrances are from your own self through perceived social norms or directly from others the outcome is still the same which is immobility in success and happiness and the solution to the problem always requires most importantly you. No matter what has happened to you negatively; you could have lost a loved one, been bullied for many years, have scars on your face, have missing teeth, etc. No matter what has happened in your life up to this point the only thing that will ultimately help you succeed in life, whether its trying to pass a test or starting a business, is your OWN SELF. The more you help and work on your inner self the more your world will fall into place according to your own liking. The quest of inner persona will indirectly and invariably cause the quest for success, prosperity and happiness to automatically work for you.  

   

!MADNESS!

(stretching the implications and varying definitions of the word "madness" to broaden the understanding and maybe redefine it altogether)  

- Senseless folly

  "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would..." (Alice in Wonderland)

Alice Kingsley: "What an idea. What a mad, crazy, wonderful idea."
Mad Hatter:  "Have I gone mad?"
Alice Kingsley: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers..."

 Willy Wonka: "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." Even King Solomon of Israel who was the wisest man to ever live gave himself to madness and folly! According to Socrates the wisest man is he who knows that he knows nothing whereas on the contrary a fool is "he who knows not and knows not that he knows not".

 Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
 Mad Hatter: What was what?

Madness, my dear!

 - Insanity; lunacy

The Joker: "You see, madness is like gravity, all it needs is a little push". (The Dark Knight) How great was this "little push" that set people like Hitler and Stalin over the edge to commit such atrocities to mankind? Better yet the more accurate question to ask would be in what direction was this "little push" set in motion and how did they respond to it?

 Chaplin: "This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it." Or in the words of the Mad Hatter: "There is a place, like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter".

Mad Hatter: Down with the bloody Red Queen!
Mad Hatter: "What is the hatter with me?"
Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
Mad Hatter: What was what?

 Madness, my dear!

 - Overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm, etc.; 

 Alice Kingsley: "...But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
 Everyone that has accomplished or done "great" things in the scope of history, good or bad, are people that possessed or attained this "madness" or "ruthless" energy. Some of the greatest poets such as Edgar Allen Poe were mad. Poets say crazy things. "Why should poetry have to make sense?" (Chaplin) Many of Lewis Carroll's writings are confusing and contradicting though madly poetic at the same time which is why the Mad Hatter says "...you would have to be half-mad to dream me up". Some of the greatest orators, politicians, dictators, rulers, athletes, actors, singers, performers and etc have possessed this "madness" in their own field. They all wore different hats and in the process of making them inhaled the fumes so much that it affected them neurologically. To some it became toxic and deadly, to others a wonderful tonic. This depending on the two main antithetic factors ever present in life: despair and laughter. "Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference." (Chaplin) Indifference leads to depression and depression leads to a "madness" that pains both the possesor and those around. Whereas "laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain". (Chaplin) Laughter is a result of joy that leads to happiness, a madness that blisses both the possesor and those around. "To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!" (Chaplin) Or in other words to have fun with your pain, your trials, your hardships, your illnesses. To laugh in the face of death and destruction. This is a great madness but so is forgiveness to some people! Forgiveness can be very painful but also liberating and fun!

Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
Mad Hatter: What was what?

 Madness, my dear!

 - Excessively or uncontrollably fond; infatuated; wildly gay or merry; enjoyably hilarious

 Madness is folly and so is love sometimes. Love can make you do strange things. There are people that are madly in love. They fall headlong into another like a raving lunatic as if blindfolded for better or for worse. There are people that are madly in love with money. They foolishly gamble their whole life away in a matter of seconds. Simply madness! Love can make you sacrifice your life for another! Love can make you do supernatural exploits, things humanly impossible. Love can make you harm those that you love most out of anger and love can make you love those that harm you most out of compassion.

Alice Kingsley: "Sorry, what was that?"
Mad Hatter: "What was what?"

 Madness, my dear "...what nonsense I'm talking."

 "Have I gone mad?"

 "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers but I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

 "...which luckily I am"!

 In order to be successful in whatever you do in life pursue it "madly" and you will stand out among the crowds perpetually!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hetMTyBCnd0

!MAGIC!

Do you believe in magic?! What really is magic?! Is it only the works of a magician or a illusionist or some dark wizard? It is so much more than that perhaps we all possess magic and wield it every day without even knowing!

There is a magic that is contagious. It starts with a smile from deep within and ends with a echoing cheery sound.

There is a magic of love. It has the supernatural power to "affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them" varying in degree depending on the level of love from platonic to romantic.

There is a magic of music. It has the effects of producing recovery. This "magic, it was believed, could drive illness from the body" that combined with the magic of dance is far too powerful a remedy for the hospitals or public institutions to contain! Consequently "dancing has long been forbideen for its subversive effects on the residents and its tendency to lead to illegal magical practices"!

There is a magic of touch that causes one to go under a hypnotic spell capable of reviving the soul back to life and optimal functionality!

There is a magic of art. It has the extraordinary effect of penetrating the imagination and pulling one into a sea to swim or a lake to fish for thoughts abstract and real.

 There is a magic of beauty that is mysteriously enchanting and spiritually mesmerizing. Its charm is subtle enough to infect a host without notice. Its spellbinding power controls all except the deaf and blind who know not the beauties of life with all its colors and sounds found in everything from the deep blue sea heard in a seashell to the farthest galaxy seen in the human eye!

You see magic is life. It is all around us. We use it everyday, we live it everyday. Some call themselves magicians and others musicians. Some go by illusionist and others actress. Both produce the same result yet the only difference is in what you say and what you do. It is that my friend which defines what kind of magic you will be known for.

Additional Thoughts

Magic words are most commonly unintelligible or plainly nonsense phrases that "have a specific, and sometimes unintended, effect" (wikipedia) which plays on the spontaneity of magic itself (i.e. abracadabra, alakazam, hocus pocus, open sesame, etc). Magic should flow from a place deep within far too great to be expressed or conveyed in the vernacular tongue. In my opinion the most popular songs are accompanied with or started by nonsense phrases conveying emotional feelings or simply put as "humming that which is without words". Sooner or later by incantation the magic happens. The show begins. The crowd goes wild. The crazed fan is in tears. The mob storms the stage like a entranced stampede. The security has to regulate the spell cast upon the audience though to no avail and it all started with a few magic words! 

!GENESIS!

This site is purely for evolutionary and inspirational reasons:

For the devolopment of society mind, body, soul and spirit

For personal heightened awareness

For visually and intellectually therapeutic endeavors 

For networking and creating social interaction through commonalities with art, music, literature, etc; the ability to share and communicate, opportunities of a lifetime

For frequent thought provoking and mesmerizing outlets

For the creation and/or reviving of your inner persona