Defects as a new visualization tool for a blind artist……

The decoherencer ( a science fiction character ) is the big blind random regulator…..

…Style in art. Academic rules. How to hang an art piece in my salon. Not on the wall but inside the wall, a tunneling picture. A tunneling art particle as a “Calder mobile”.. Putting my memories in the environment not in the internet cloud. I was downloaded from  my environment into my local reality. Translated from one discipline to another discipline. What is a Roy Lichtenstein + a Rembrandt.. a new blindness ?

I am blind to many objects, how to get away from my blindness….I make defects in my works. A new sort of Darwinism arise from leftovers situated in my statistical averaged me…..The new manifest for a decoherenced world ( because this is the only world that my blindness see and is aware of)…

What is a Herzl before downloaded to my classical world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     And after the “download” in my classical world…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              N.B.

The angel of Bernard d’Espagnat, he sees directly my configuration, not my classical “me” but what was before my downloading ……

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The Prozac Paradise

 “A great number of creative artist use antidepressants. Some of them do it to find their inner calm. To other it boost their creativity. Some speak about trendiness and swallow the drugs with great satisfaction , and finally there are those, the addict, who cannot live without them.”….. Those lines are a loose translation and quote from the article ” Seroquest my love” writen in Hebrew, by Gon Ben Ari published in the Israeli newspaper “Yediot Aharonot”, (October 20, 2008)
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                                                   Britney Spears on drugs
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Well, after taking into consideration the above quote, I as  a visual artist  don’t take any drugs. Does it mean that I am not creative enough? Or if I am never in the  depressed mode is my work as good as the artist taking drugs ? I can only quote this  “My mind is already hallucinatory enough, and my natural Amazonian amphetamines give me the energy, confidence and hyper-alertness that others bankrupt themselves to achieve through coke.’, see here [or in my case without Prozac..]
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It seems that art, jazz,  pop art and any sort of creativity is sanctified as true art if the artist is a drug swallower. This is considered as a respice, and bon fashion for succsess, perhaps a snobbery. If  it where the case, then the artist not taking drugs, prozac for instance, and creating  innovative work, are to be suspected  as manufacturing some sort of ‘ inner prozac’…  a fact that may ruin the prozac industry?.
smackmycrack by Gary Panter
smackmycrack by Gary Panter

 Picture source here.

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Today,  Britney Spears as a pop singer on drugs, is common news.
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Picture source here.
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 But looking back in time I found those common or not so common news, I quote, …”50 years ago, a minority of students and creators absorbed stimulators to expand their intellectual performance.  The prolific philosopher-author Jean-Paul Sartre could engulf an entire tube of corydrane per day, or a mixture of aspirin and 144 milligrams of amphetamine, recounts his biographer Annie Cohen-Solal (1905-1980 Sartre, Gallimard, 1999) . The corydrane classified toxic product in 1971, has been banned since.” …see here
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1970.
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1970.
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And adding a few more details I quote, ..”When he wrote the ‘Critique’, Sartre, a lifelong caffeine fiend and serious drinker, was also frying his brains on corydrane, a form of amphetamine mixed with, of all things, aspirin. The philosopher was using corydrane on a daily basis, first to cut through the fug of the barbiturates he was taking to help him sleep—and he was having trouble sleeping not least because of all the corydrane he was putting away—but also to keep him at his desk, churning out the “Critique.” “To put it briefly,” he told Simone de Beauvoir some time later, “in philosophy, writing consisted of analysing my ideas; and a tube of corydrane meant ‘these ideas will be analysed in the next two days.’ “see here, a wonderful article by John Lancester from the “The New Yorker”.
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Camille Paglia, Professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, wrote on Prozac (11/25/97) in the magazine Salon …”Unlike Prozac, which is an all-day, all-night wet blanket, liquor can be measured out and taken at will to light up whatever hours or evenings one chooses. Its effects, even in excess, rarely last long. But Prozac flattens mood, robs creativity and turns you into a bourgeois clone of everyone else.
What a bore!
Check out the Manhattan magazine culture. Do you wonder why the writing is so stale, the thought so derivative, the graphics so cluttered and clichéd? It’s Prozac, the favorite pick-me-up for whiny, passive-aggressive, drag-ass, scribbling moles. “…see here.
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But the truth is more complex than simply reducing the facts to the artist as a happy Prozac swallower. From a Literature Annotation on the book “Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process” I quote:
… “Physician and poet Richard Berlin, has gathered [these] essays in order to examine, and shatter, the long-standing notion that madness, particularly madness in poets, enhances creativity—we need only think of the myths surrounding writers such as Sylvia Plath and Dylan Thomas  to understand how the relationship between madness and creativity might foster both fear and longing in novice writers.
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                                  Sylvia Plath reads “Daddy”
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In his informative and comprehensive introduction, Berlin poses these, and other, questions: “Do poets need to be mentally ill to produce great work? What is the influence of substance use/abuse? Does a person have to be ‘crazy’ to write good poetry? What do poets themselves define as crucial elements in their creative process?” (p. 2). He goes on to site current evidence that madness actually impedes creativity, as well as evidence that “some forms of mental illness may enhance, or at least coexist, with creativity” (pp. 4-5); he reviews the findings of researchers who have looked at “The Myth of Inspiration” and “The Myth of Very Special Talent” in creative persons (pp 6-7)”.., see here.
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  A  musical  emotional  diversion is the lyric “Army Of The Damned ( The Prozac’s Generation )”,  from the album ‘The Worst’ performed by the Sarcofago band  in the Death Metal genre, lyric not allowning, from their point of view, any doubt about the ‘damned prozac generation’:

 Sometimes you think that your life is sick
and everything is going bad.
You can’t support the pression in your head.
There is clouds of tormentsin your heart,
let me say something:
You are not alone in this journey.
We can easily understand your laments,
’cause we are brothers in suffering.

We are army of the damned,
corpses without a soul…
creatures from the land,
devil’s toys in this world.

Army of the damned
the prozac’s generation

See full lyrics here.

And here is the song

In fact I am  ‘toggling’ between depression and Prozac, as perhaps boosting artists creativity, and depression as an illness inhibiting the depressed artist’s creative process by changing his mood and feelings, or an other combination: creativity and drugs without depression. But  the creative talent, if existing, will produce in any of these  combination, his own idiosyncratic art.  

For example, from the Israeli local scene,  Alona Kimhi an Israeli writer,said in “Seroquest my Love”, ….”Many people .. like ordinary people, foolish people, not artistic people take antidepressants. The drugs brings reliefs to the illness and has nothing to do with sensitiveness or artistic deepness. Most of the writers I know don’t suffer from depression and are good writers”.

Another quote from the same article, gives more credit to the drugs,  Yonatan Gefen said …”The pills I used to to taken, like Adronex and Prozac, did block my writing. The pill I am taking now, Cipralex, is good because things are not shaded as only black or white. In overall, a writer has to be depressed if he wants to write and there is plenty of this stuff in Israel”. A rather ‘funny’ statement..

 Professor Yoram Yovel, psychoanalyst and psychiatrist from the The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions, brings a rather speculative stance ..” I think that the seat in the soul from where creation starts is the primal unconscious . This is the same place from where comes the emotions and our instincts. This is only a speculation, but in my opinion, from the same place in the brain generating the sensitiveness to depression, comes creativity and the will to create”…(translated from Hebrew  from the article ” Seroquest my love”  from the Israeli newspaper “Yediot Aharonot”, (October 20, 2008)).

And what is the ‘Prozac Paradise’ situation with Arab singers?

George Wassouf
George Wassouf

  Well, for one of them, the  Syrian-Lebanese singer George Wassouf , a major music star in the Arab world,  if judging after his arrest in Sweden  on suspicion of drug offences,( if the charges are true !! see here),  then for him singing and recreational drugs are perhaps his close and intimate friends,  just as for  Sartre, Britney Spiers and many others… 

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                                     GEORGE WASSOUF – YOUM EL WADA’A

 

Hassan Nasrallah and the Barbies

 Nasrallah, barbies and the Lebanese artist and filmmaker Jocelyne Saab together, are a good explosive mixture to blow up her own exhibition. To see what’s it al about look first at  the main explosive culprit, the picture titled “”American-Israeli playground”:

American-Israeli playground
American-Israeli playground

 And here is the story, I quote, ..” The exhibition “Sense,  and Sensibility”, her first photograph exhibition, opened at an art gallery in downtown Beirut. It wasn’t long she had toasted the opening  that problems began to arise. The exhibit illustrates Eastern and Western concepts and Arab perceptions of the West in a catchy, and to some quite kitschy or even distasteful way.”, see here.

LEBANON-ARTS-ENTERTAINMENT-CENSORSHIP

The morning after the exhibit opened, last week, November 6-2008, at Beirut’s Planet Discovery, an event attended by over 200 people, including diplomats and representatives from Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture, the venue owner demanded that the artist remove images thought too provocative.

 “Sense, Icons and Sensibility”
“Sense, Icons and Sensibility”

The image that sparked most controversy, Saab’s spokesperson Nasri Sayegh said, was a photo titled “American-Israeli playground”, which shows Christ on a crucifix surrounded by photos of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and undressed Barbie dolls in the background.

 Saab’s spokesperson continue, I quote…”Several photos at an exhibit by Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab have been removed because they were considered too controversial by the owner of the exhibition space. ‘Fear is the worst kind of censorship,’ “, see here.

Jocelyne Saab, the artist, called her exhibits …”neo-pop art: Digital photographs illustrating ideas of the East, the West and globalization with striking images of lurid commercial detritus. Not only does Barbie run – sometimes bare-breasted, sometimes fully veiled – through the images, she is joined by political and religious memorabilia depicting Hassan Nasrallah and Jesus Christ.”…see here.

Lebanese artist and filmmaker Jocelyne Saab
Lebanese artist and filmmaker Jocelyne Saab

 In an interview with AFP she explained that …””I wasn’t looking to provoke or shock anyone. … This piece symbolizes a cemetery and says that Americans and Israelis use us as a playground. It is a call for us to be vigilant and to cohabitate rather than a call to divide and insult.”…see here.
 
The website Now Lebanon has called on the country’s Ministry of Culture to step in and reinstate Saab’s photos, see here.

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BTW, in Israel, Jewish fundamentalist ultra orthodox Haredims, banned the picture of Kadimah leader and FM Tzipi Livni from their newspaper because she is a women. I quote, …” ‘Graphic artists will blur the faces of women that do make their way into pictures that the papers want to use. ‘They will also blur pictures of television sets or other..”,  see here. So, here is the same “Barbie” mixture: put together Tzipi Livni a secular women and an orthodox jewish newspapers, and the result is a religious censhorship on a perhaps future prime minister of Israel….The middle age blurred by Photoshop..

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