The Force at work / La Force en action

The Force at work / La Force en action
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

PHENOMENE ART X: Turning the wheel of time, the OMIs

Phenomene Art X: Turning the wheel of time, the OMIs
Lena Ghio© 2013
photo Lena Ghio

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Contemporary art is rich with artists that explore and express the mysterious dimension of time: how it is fleeting, how everyday is different, how its passage affects the appearance and state of things. My interest has been focused on the cyclic nature of time; in science this is called the time of celestial mechanics[i]; its inclination to generate form and circumstance as in the seasons. I did multitudes of studies comparing the lives of illustrious individuals and the qualities that mark their lives. The idea I wanted to explore in PA X is wealth as a phenomenon in some human lives.

Turning the Wheel of Time is a concept expressed in The Eagle’s Gift written by Carlos Castaneda. It suggests that humans have the potential to stand outside the flow of time, to look at and choose from many options which path of time they will follow.

My intention with PA X was to capture the form-making propensity of time with photographs set up to seize what would be happening during predetermined moments of time to verify the probability of repeating motifs. I had imagined arriving in a prearranged public location to corroborate what time would have brought together. Since that was not possible on that occasion, I did the opposite. I set up objects in an installation that I videoed in alignment with the time of celestial mechanics to let these be the repeatable motif. For me art must have magical power and be a link to the primal source. I believe this is why art is loved and practiced by so many.

An OMI installation/ April 28 2013
I decided to secure the power of exceptional celestial alignments, to embody in substance what is fleeting, into elegant objects that I call OMIs, Objects of Mystical Importance. For PA X I set up one OMI at the inception of each video.

Before realizing the last video of the series, my brother JOE GHIO died suddenly. Before raising the final OMI of the series for which there is no video, I photographed the third Face on the Sun as I was invoking God to take my brother to Heaven. The last OMI was raised in the summer of 2011.

At this point, I needed to center myself in practical thinking. I attended McGill University in the fall of 2011 and took a class in science: Space Time and Matter. There I uncovered the physics that underlie the OMI. This spring I finally completed the five of PA X. It turns out OMIs are teachers as well as objects as they force me to face unsuspected elements about time. For example that it unfolds once it has accumulated enough force and not a second sooner. Gardeners, farmers and parents know what this means. For the OMI the unfolding of time is the art that will cover them, that emerges like a dialogue between me and the object's mass, it is the destiny each object will have and its relationship to its owner.
The OMI in action

Here is the hypothesis: The OMI is designed to cooperate with the force of gravity and celestial mechanics in a way similar to how the Moons of Saturn help to create its rings. Like MIMAS the OMI will respond on exact points that are activated by Alignment Geometries of Celestial Mechanics. They will do so because they have mass. Mimas demonstrates its gravitational  action by sweeping particles out of the Casini Division. This means that size does not matter for gravity to have an effect. All objects that have mass have gravity. What Saturn and his Moons show us is that gravity can behave in amazing and varied ways according to the mass of the Moons and their motions. The OMI produce a specific sounding board for gravity to act upon because I take into account the moment of its origin and the consequences they entail. Where the Moons of Saturn fashion its magnificent rings and the spaces between the rings as in the Casini Division, the OMI will operate gently by generating openings in time-space that will build up mass and gravity to evolve into a phenomenon that is aligned to its moment of origin. In this circumstance, the intent of the OMIs is in parallel to that of the videos, a question on the nature of wealth,  with the last OMI representing the capacity for us to integrate intellectually the four previous OMIs. Hypothetically, time and space will actualize the intent of the OMI to create wealth and peace on Earth for all humans by turning the wheel of time like the Moons of Saturn do.

[i] Robert L. Jaffe Times of our lives


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Français en couleur

From July 18 to August 7 2013 FANTASIA is in town with the most stunning movie line up! There are several sections dividing the genres of movies you can see. From the International Selection one movie that really intrigued me is BIG BAD WOLVES, from producers AHARON KESHALES and NAVOT PAPUSHADO. The story line follows men taking revenge on a murderous pedophile who tortured and decapitated their little girls. I confess that when I hear of crimes committed against children, I feel like the men in this movie.

Du 18 juillet au 7 août 2013 FANTASIA est en ville avec une programmation renversante! Ils y a plusieurs catégories de genres de films que vous pourrez voir. De la Sélection Internationale le film BIG BAD WOLVES, des réalisteurs AHARON KESHALES et NAVOT PAPUSHADO m'intrigue énormément. L'histoire suit des hommes qui se vengent sur un pédophile meurtrier qui a torturé et décapité leurs petites filles. Je confesse me sentir comme ces hommes quand j'entends parler de crimes contre les enfants.

The Asian section offers so many visually striking films I find it hard to limit my choices! But to name a few: THE LAST TYCOON with CHOW YUN-FAT from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon fame; THE LADY ASSASSIN from Vietnam offers beautiful locations, women and wow combat scenes.

Dans la collection des films d'Asie il y a un si grand nombre de films visuellement épatants que j'ai de la difficulté à limiter mes choix. Suivre les liens plus hauts.

In the Action category/ dans la catégorie Action/ I was very excited by COMMANDO: ONE MAN ARMY with VIDYUT JAMWAL who is one of the most remarkable martial artist on screen today. In the Camera Lucida section/ dans la section Camera LucidaIt's Me, It's Me from Japan is so unusual I was taken aback!

Closer to us, I was delighted to meet up with PATRICIA CHICA, whom I had interviewed before when I worked in radio when she released her compelling documentary ROCKABILLY, with her cast, RICHARD CARDINAL and HOLY SCAR,  from the short film presented at Fantasia Festival: CERAMIC TANGOIt is a movie that takes the actors beyond the scene they are playing and into psychological and imaginary depths where perceptions taint the actual events occurring. It is a dark tale of sadism.

Plus près de nous, j'ai été enchantée de revoir  PATRICIA CHICA que j'avais déjà interviewée alors que je travaillais à la radio pour son excellent documentaire ROCKABILLY, avec la distribution du court métrage CERAMIC TANGORICHARD CARDINAL et HOLY SCAR, présenté cette année au Fantasia Festival. C'est un film qui transporte les comédiens au-delà du scénario joué dans des profondeurs psychologiques et imaginaires où les perceptions colorent les événements réels. C'est une histoire noire de sadisme.

Its your turn to play! / À vous de jouer!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

LOUIS CYR l'homme le plus fort du monde

Le film LOUIS CYR l'homme le plus fort du monde sera au grand écran dès le 12 juillet 2013. C'est une réalisation remarquable. Les atmosphères sont bien rendues: la pauvreté qui accable la grande famille de Louis à Lowell Massachusetts, les arrières scènes des cirques et arénas où Louis doit relever ses défis sportifs, finalement ses épreuves de santé. Les comédiens démontre un excellent dynamisme avec des jeux forts et bien rendu. Pour moi la scène la mieux rendue est celle avec ANTOINE BERTRAND (Louis Cyr) et AMÉLIE GRENIER ( Philomène Cyr, sa mère) quand les deux se rendent compte que leurs vies vont changer pour toujours. Le jeu profond et touchant d'Amélie Grenier est une des meilleures performances cinématographiques que vous aurez jamais vu.

Le film est émouvant à plusieurs niveaux pour les Québécois. Aujourd'hui encore il y a une stigmatisation en ce qui concerne les achèvements des Canandiens Français qui peut donner suite à un manque de confiance de la part de nos athlètes et créateurs. LOUIS CYR est le premier Canadien Français à devenir internationalement célèbre mais à la fin de sa carrière illustre il demeure déçu de ne pas avoir battu l'homme le plus fort d'Europe.

Autres comédiens à souligner: GUILLAUME CYR (Horace Barré), ROSE-MAÏTÉ ERKOREKA (Mélina Comtois/Cyr) et GILBERT SICOTTE (Gustave Lambert).

J'ai adoré ce film réalisé par DANIEL ROBY, scénarisé par SYLVAIN GUY, et produit par CHRISTIAN LAROUCHE.


Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer in Montreal / l'été à Montréal
Français en couleur!

On July 4th we celebrated the US Birthday in the old port with the Apollo Agency. Sparkling evening as always but this gentleman on the right blew us away with his  magical chocolates!

Ce 4 juillet nous avons célébré la fête nationale des États Unis avec l'Agence Apollo dans le vieux port. Pétillante soirée comme toujours mais ce gentilhomme à gauche nous a éblouis avec ses chocolats magiques!

He calls himself an alchemist of chocolate and explores all types of combinations. For example we savoured squash and chocolate, tomato basil and chocolate and so on. My favorite was strawberry and balsamic vinegar chocolate.

Il s'appele un alchimiste du chocolat et il explore toutes sortes d'agencements. Par exemple nous avons savourés du chocolat aux courgettes, du chocolat aux tomates à la basilique et ainsi de suite. Ma recette favorite était chocolat aux fraises avec vinaigre balsamique.

Au Parc de la Paix
On July 3rd I enjoyed a lovely evening in the Parc de la Paix in the Quartier des Spectacles. The SAT offers 22 free events that include music BBQ and a free movie! We saw JULIEN TEMPLE's LONDON THE MODERN BABYLON presented by RIDM an organization that brings together documentaries from around the world every year in Montreal.

Le 3 juillet j'ai dégusté une belle soirée au Parc de la Paix dans le Quartier des Spectacles. La SAT offre 22 événements gratuits qui incluent musique électronique BBQ et un film gratuit! Nous avons vu le film de JULIEN TEMPLE LONDON THE MODERN BABYLON présenté par RIDM un organisme qui rassemble des documentaires d'autour du monde chaque année à Montréal. Voici ce que disait le communiqué:

"L'élément rassembleur repose sur la volonté commune de la SAT et du Quartier des spectacles de contribuer à une plus grande appropriation de cette place par les Montréalais ainsi que sur l'union des différents acteurs du milieu collaborant à la programmation : les Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Prends ça court!, les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, POP Montréal, Chromatic,Dérapage, le Festival International de Cinéma Vues d'Afrique, le Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC),SPASM, Fantasia, Double Négatif, Kino, SIGGRAPH Montréal, PRIM, l'ONF en plus d'un concert de l'Orchestre de la Francophonie!"


Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Lone Ranger

I truly enjoyed GORE VERBINSKI's take on the TV classic THE LONE RANGER. JOHNNY DEPP plays an enigmatic seductive funny Tonto not unlike the character Jack Sparrow from The Pirate of the Caribbean.

ARMIE HAMMER is adorable as the Masked Avenger and HELENA BONHAM CARTER plays a one legged Madam with a punch! The villains are creepy and ruthless especially WILLIAM FICHTNER as the evil Butch Cavendish.

I believe you will enjoy this movie a lot! Look at the TRAILER.

Voici la bande annonce en FRANÇAIS.