Friday, August 8, 2014

It's been a while, friends...

Vast tacks of that time are indescribable but lately, I've just been doin stuff.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

First Footprints - ABC TV

Narrator: Movement and communication over vast distances; deep understanding of landscape; methods of preparing food, can all be summed up in the western desert word, chukulpa, the Law. Crucial to the law, was respect for the knowledge built up over thousands of years. It informed the relationships and power within society, and it was the social glue that enabled our ancestors to survive the ice age, even in the harshest of places.

Narrator: (Ernie Dingo): Like their ancestors, they are following the warra-nyi-nyi songline to cross the treeless plain of the nullabor. It’s forbidding country – there’s no plant food and only two tiny water holes over thousands of square kilometres.

Scott Cane: …Dreaming is a much more complex,  fundamentally important apparatus within society than just the turkey went here and the bush man made the mountain…it’s much more about the fundamentals of their society, in which once you know and are initiated and participating in those rituals, you also come to know the country and where you can go and where you can’t go and what’s safe, what’ll allow you to survive, and what will be dangerous for you…once you know that - this is for me the central importance of the law: you then become an important person in society.
So, because of their knowledge of that law, the religion of the land actually configures the social politics of the community. And it’s the system by which people gain status; society is ordered.

Narrator: People were using the knowledge of the law to cross the Nullarbor plain 20,000 years ago. They made the epic journey to Kanulda cave, about once a generation. They never forgot the songline that guided them here. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Allan Wexlar

Allan Wexler has been awarded the Henry J. Leir Prize for his work, Gardening Sukkah. The Henry J. Leir Prize recognizes work that embodies the finest of contemporary art and design, and best expresses the dynamic, ever-evolving practice of religion today.

And proposal for Utopian cafe, 2001, Allan Wexlar.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Black Lodge

Sometimes, you see something that makes you go WOW! louder than normal.
The beautiful little building in this image is so clean-of-line, and yet so romantic, it touches some aesthetic nerve.  The image itself has the same aesthetic, and it all comes together in a little row boat.
Clap hands!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012