Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Time to Time Things?

Time to Time Things?

Have you noticed the time speed up recently? Does it feel like a week is shorter than a week, a month shorter than a month, a year shorter than a year, an hour more like ten minutes?

Perhaps this is not a recent thing at all for you, but you noticed since childhood even, that time seems to be speeding up. The experience of time somehow being shrunk down. Secular materialists might declare it nonsense at once and just attribute it to a matter of distorted perception of time influenced by various psychological and sensory factors such as occupation, focus of mind etc.

Or we may now hear the familiar choir of quantum physicists, string theorists or experts in relativity telling us that the stretching of time or shrinking of time is indeed possible, and they may give us a lecture transporting us to the Star Trek episode where Kirk, Spock and co came across a people living at a higher frequency/velocity and so when they were close they couldn't even be seen as they were too fast for our perception and when the Enterprise crew transported into their dimension, those they left behind in normal life were appearing like statues, so slow that they looked motionless.

I don't know where my 20's went nor my 30's (yes they have almost gone too), it seemed like I was dumped in a time accelerator (or is that just a time machine?) and caged up so I couldn't do anything for 20yrs. Or I have been standing with one foot still and the other taking one step in one direction, then stepping back and then taking one step in another that I have basically been standing in one spot rotating directions but only ever getting one foot forward before it goes back to where it was, and while that unproductive dance has been going on, all the time has been used up.

It seems like it takes ages to do the smallest of things, the simplest of regular tasks. We have the technology and communications that supposedly speed things up but it seems that only time speeds up and nothing gets done. Eating, cooking, shopping, washing, waiting, travelling and then the whole day has gone.

By the time I have got anything done it might be time to drop into the grave. Maybe the watches need to be changed...forget the dials, numbers, second hand, hour and minute hands, just simply the watch saying "You're out of time!"

I tell people the main use of my watch is not to tell the time but to remind me that I'm almost dead. Maybe I should try and use my watch to time things, but by the time I have timed them they will be finished.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Holes in the Finances - 10 Rules to Avoid Squandering your Wealth

Holes in the Finances
Ten Rules to Avoid Squandering your Wealth

1) Don't get into businesses you don't might only gain some understanding of them once they have swallowed your fortune.

2) Don't get into businesses you are no good at...a pat on the back from your pal and a like from your girlfriend on Facebook might not cut it in the real world.

3) Don't get involved with agents you don't know...they might be here today, gone tomorrow...with your money.

4) Don't store your wealth in volatile worthless currency, instead convert it into real wealth, commodities, gold etc. Something that has value in itself is better than something given artificial value by the manipulations of government and central banks.

5) Don't put all your eggs in one basket, baskets of eggs often fall to the ground...leaving you with no eggs for eggs and no eggs for pancakes.

6) Don't go telling everyone your ideas before you hatched them...people have a knack of taking your ideas and then claiming they are their own when the dollar signs register on their eyeballs.

7) Take note of your real friends in the stage of poverty and weakness...In the stage of strength and riches, your friend list seems to grow along with your bills.

8) Make sure your spouse married you before you got rich...if this needs explaining then you obviously never read celebrity news.

9) Make sure you live in the right country...somehow people have been mind controlled into accepting the principle that half your wealth belongs to the government, some governments are better than others but they all seem to be thieves operating an exploitation racket.

10) Don't waste your money on a whole load of stupid expensive things you don't need....if you really needed them, you would have died before you became rich.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Death at the Door - 27th August 2014

Death at the Door

Death is knocking at the door,
Don't want to let him in,
He wants less but I want more,
He knows about my sin.

Death is knocking at the door,
No place for me to hide,
I once felt rich, but now I'm poor,
He's soon to break inside.

Death is knocking at the door,
I can't resist, I can't delay,
I'm second best in this short war,
I'll soon receive my pay.

(Zayd Depaor - 27th August 2014, 6:46am)

AGEING LINES - 27th August 2014

More lines upon my face today,
I'm rushing to my grave,
More problems passed my way today,
It's time to hide in caves.

No time to sleep, no time to think,
Words grow dry before the ink,
Fading fast and dying faster,
Coming close to meet my Master.

Hair receded, growth impeded,
Bones are aching, limbs are shaking,
Memory faded, feeling jaded,
No more passion looks my way,
More lines upon my face today.
(Zayd Depaor - 27th August 2014, 6:07am)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Smoking Marijuana to Escape the Mess We Made - Finding our own guilty hand in the society we run from

[marijuana as an escapism by Zayd Depaor]

Smoking Marijuana to Escape the Mess We Made

Whenever I walk through the streets I seem to be smelling marijuana everywhere. With so many people smoking it, despite it being illegal the police and the government have softened their approach to it. It has virtually become legal in all but name.

I can't stand the smell of it, it smells awful and I end up inhaling it as I go about my daily business. But I don't want to inhale it. People's use of it and the societal toleration (or encouragement) of it, directly impacts on me negatively along with its indirect harmful consequences.

Apart from medicinal use, many people take marijuana socially and recreationally. A form of physical and perhaps psychological pleasure. But marijuana, like the use of alcohol and other drugs, for many people is an escape from reality. It alters the mind so that the awareness of the surroundings is distanced. People seek refuge in it from oppression, depression and aggression. An escape from the present mess to somewhere else, even if that other place is nowhere.

An ostrich ducks its head in the sand when problems arise and people take drugs. But taking drugs will not improve the reality. It will only make people incapable of judging that reality and less able to fix it.

There is of course now a growing group of people who not only call for legalization of marijuana but the legalization of all drugs. Legalizing a thing does not change its essential reality nor its natural impact. Marijuana will still be marijuana and it will have the same effect in terms of clouding judgement. And covering your eyes, so that you don't see the mad axe killer in the woods wont make him vanish.

A society where so many people want to alter their minds so as not to face reality tells us society is not working well. People hide from the society as though they are separate from it, but denying a problem rather than confronting it is part of what sustains it. We are in the society, we are its building blocks and its directors.

The society consists of the beliefs, ideology, thoughts and relationships of the people, along with the systems collectively created and administered by an authority emanating from the people and generally supported by them. Therefore the society we live in is the result of our own ideas, actions and relationships.

So next time you reach for that joint, those pills or that whisky which you hope will shield you from the problems outside, ask yourself this – Where is my own hand in the mess? Did I not agree to turn a blind eye to oppression and leave it someone else? Did I not put my trust in the untrustworthy? Did I not follow the crowd without knowing where they are going? Did I not agree to be robbed by barbaric levels of taxation? Did I not willingly enslave myself to those who wish me no prosperity? Did I not support the thoughts and ideas that sow the seeds of chaos in the first place?

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Art is not without Limits - Freedom of Expression is a Lie, a Delusion and a Mechanism of Social Engineering

Art is not without Limits - Freedom of Expression is a Lie, a Delusion and a Mechanism of Social Engineering
We often hear artists, critics, commentators, academics and libertarians say 'art is without limit' or 'art and expression should be unlimited'. But is this correct in reality? And is it even desirable?

This is yet another of those societal slogans which are followed by many, repeated by many, but thought about by none, or at least very few.

The Nature of Art is Limited
In reality, art is limited. It is just a medium of expression and expression is limited. Our tools of expression are limited, we can't talk forever, we can't paint and draw forever. Our materials of artistic expression are limited, do we have paint brushes that are unlimited? Do we have unlimited supplies of paint, wood, canvas and stone? Of course we don't.

Our Bodies are a Prison
We are limited by all the physical limits that exist for any of our activities. We are limited by our strength, endurance, speed, lifespan and senses. We can only see as we see, hear as we hear, say what our tongue, teeth and lips allow and we can only touch what we can reach.

We are held captive by our own nature
We are limited not only physically, but also by our own human nature. Our instincts and emotions limit our artistic expression just as they limit any other activity. If our body demands something, that often hinders what our dreams call us to. If we are in a state of shock, we may not think clearly and may not be able to do what we would have wanted. If we are depressed we may not be able to work as normal, if we are happy we may lose control and get depressed about the results. If a performance artist wanted to end his life with a televised suicide, his personal doubts and fear may prevent him from doing it or someone else may intervene, or he may even die naturally or by some other external cause before he can fulfil his wishes. Artistic ability is limited, externally and internally, just as our lives are generally.

Our Epoch is a Limit
We are limited by the tools of our time. Could people one hundred years ago, express themselves in digital (computerised) art? They could not, it didn't exist. And these limits applied to all media whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pencil, charcoal etc. If it hadn't been discovered or invented, then you would have a tough time using it. Indeed we expect new media to be discovered and invented, but that maybe after we have gone. We can't use what we don't know and we can't use what we don't have access to and this seriously  limits us. If I had all the actors I desired and a professional crew, I'm sure I could make excellent movies, but instead I maybe stuck on Youtube talking to myself. What will the writer do if the paper runs out, if the ink runs out? What will the blogger do when the electricity stops? 

It is not just the material limits though. We are limited by the influences in culture and wider society. These influences can motivate or demotivate us. We are limited by how our work is received by the masses or by specific groups. These are partly products of our time and we can't control that, and even if we could, they are certainly limited.

Our Words are Limited
If we express ourselves in words, then again, we are limited by the rules and words of the language in addition to our ability to learn multiple languages and our ability to access and learn vocabulary. I would like to know many languages to express myself in, but time and responsibilities of priority prevent me. Words can only go so far and they can't reach everyone in a way that they are understood anyway. You speak to two people directly at the same time and they can end up with opposite understandings.

Our Internal Limit
We are also limited by the seed that drives all artistic expression, our own mind. Can we express matters that we don't even know about? Mostly not. We can unknowingly express something and then discover a meaning later, as we act as conduits for unseen or unknown forces inside and outside of us. But mostly we act upon a will that is limited by our own experience, knowledge, intellect and psychology. You can't express what you can't think of and we have limited control over our own thoughts. We can even try to think of something and fail or try not to think of something and fail.

Art isn't the only painting in the gallery
Artistic thought is just one type of thought among many. Art has its role and capabilities and spheres of application but so do other types of thought such as political, literary, scientific, rational, spiritual, ideological, philosophical etc. Some types of thought are more fundamental and comprehensive than others. Society suffers when a group of people try to build a society on a type of thought that society can't be built upon. A house made of chocolate isn't very practical, especially in summer.

Political Fences and Chains
Now lets look to restrictions on us from the political order.

We are limited by the laws that are imposed on us. Whether we agree with or recognize those laws or not is another thing, but it is likely at least we will curb our expression and application of artistic skills in order to avoid the hassle of law enforcement. Every nation in the world puts limits on the movements and behaviour of its citizens regardless of the deluded claims of 'freedom' that exist in 'democratic societies.'

Are people free to say what they want and do what they want, just because they categorize it as an artistic expression? Do governments allow artists to unveil State secrets or official secrets as part of an artwork? They don't. Do governments allow artists to pretend to be doctors, police etc without informing them first of these games? They don't.

Just as speech and action is restricted by thousands of laws that exist, so to artistic expression is limited by those same laws. Copyright, patent and a whole range of other monopolizing laws and principles which prevent creativity, expression and more importantly accountability and justice exist all over the place like white on a primed canvas.

Many artists are deluded into thinking they are free to act artistically as they please as they find that they seem to be free in two particular areas, the freedom to insult religion and the freedom to insult politicians and represent sexual imagery. In two of these cases, we have to remember that in most places in the world (if not all when analyzed accurately) we live in secular societies. This means societies where religion is separated from governance. That is, the State has based its authority on an ideology of opposing religion in all but the personal sphere. Therefore when an artist attacks religion and religious law in particular, he is in alignment with the objectives of the secular government. So far from being an act of rebellion, it is in fact an act of compliance and conformity by the artist. As for the issue of expressing sexual imagery in art, then again this is something which religion puts restrictions on based on its defining objectives and roles in human relations and protecting the family according to a religious criteria. So representing sexual imagery is not something which secular government regards as a threat to its authority, rather, politicians calculate that it serves them well that their population is busy with stimulating its own sexual instincts rather than paying attention to the contradictions, inadequacy and exploitation that emanates from government, its laws and policies.

As for the issue of artists targeting politicians for ridicule, then know that again this generally isn't regarded as a threat to the establishment. Journalists and artists can expose and mock politicians and this is unlikely to bring about any change. This is because firstly, change requires an alternative and most journalists and artists have no alternative. Secondly, an attack on an individual is not an attack on a system, even if an individual falters in their political ambitions or falls from 'grace' altogether, they are expendable and will be quickly replaced and the system lives on. If an artist actually engages in an artistic expression which does expose the nature of oppression, corruption and exploitation within a system but more importantly exposes the intrinsic flaws, fallacies and contradictions in the foundations and philosophy of an ideology or system then this is much more dangerous. If such an artist or writer did this along with proposing a viable alternative (especially if connected with a movement or body of people to carry it) then this truly threatens a radical change to the existing political structure. Such an artist may swiftly realise that his freedom of political and artistic expression was a figment of his imagination or rather, his unknowing acceptance of indoctrination.

When it suits a government to talk about freedom of expression they are its champions, such as when they want to invade another nation or target an idea that threatens them. But when it does not suit a government to talk about freedom of expression they talk about responsibility, patriotism, the rule of law and everyone's right to practice this or that imaginary freedom. We have people imprisoned, killed and tortured all over the world for expressing their religious and political beliefs while those doing the persecuting are on other occasions the loudest advocates of the fictitious principle of freedom of expression. People need to look beyond the slogans and spin they have been chanting at the behest of others without awareness.

Do we really want art to be unlimited?
Finally, let us consider this as an ideal. Do we want to freedom of expression absolutely in society? Is it ideal that people can express themselves however they want, with whatever they want, whenever they want?

Do we want doctors giving us the wrong prescriptions and then afterwards telling us they did it for artistic reasons? Do we want people to kill babies and make sculptures out of them to show us how willing they are to shock in the name of art? Do we want people to turn the whole landscape into a blank canvas by chopping down all the trees? Do we want people to make a continuous streaming art video compiled from all the bathrooms and bedrooms of the whole population without their permission? Do we want new genres of art to arise such as 'murder expressionism' or a whole range of other vices and harmful acts to the person, mind and society? I think everyone with sanity, sense and decency will agree that such artistic liberalism is not worth its costs.

Consider a person who follows you everywhere, photographs and films you from all positions and places at all times. He says "You own yourself, but you don't own my vision of you, this is my artistic right." So he continues to film, then merges your photographs with those of scenes of child abuse, animal abuse, hatred and oppression. He does this with such skill that thousands of people are now seeking to kill or harm you. You appeal to him to stop for your own safety, and he replies "We can't abandon our principles out of fear, art is unlimited and I am free, whatever happens then so be it, at least art has not been restricted." So his religion of artistic freedom has become your death warrant.

People say 'Express yourself in any way as long as it doesn't harm or affect others'. But in reality everything we do affects others. As soon as people see us we are affecting others, we affect both by our our actions and inaction, even by what clothing we wear. As soon as we show a picture to someone it affects them, as soon as we communicate with someone it affects them. You may say something and ten thousand people might end up dying because of it. You may say a word to someone and they become depressed for the rest of their lives, or end up an alcoholic, drug addict or gambler. You might make someone happy or sad by what you say or do. You may inspire someone to change their beliefs for the better or for worse. Some people may see a photograph and become physically sick and not be able to get the image out of their mind. They may react with anger and then change all the priorities in their life. You put a seed in society by any expression, creativity or act and you don't know what it will grow into.

In reality no-one or hardly anyone believes in this principle of 'freedom of expression' or 'absolute artistic freedom.' Freedom of expression and freedom of speech are just slogans used to justify an individual's, groups or nation's attacks on other people. But whenever they are tested to be victim of the same principle, they change their mind or the rules which govern it, even if they claim otherwise.

Regardless of anyone's deluded beliefs, art is limited in every aspect, sphere and sense you can think of.

I am an artist, I love art and I love expressing myself artistically and delving into the symbols and meanings of various artistic media, but I don't believe in talking nonsense about it and making claims for it that don't hold up. I don't believe in putting one sphere of thought on a delusory pedestal and clothing it in a false and nonsensical status.

I believe in acting with responsibility and consideration of consequences. I believe society needs organization, law and order and I believe in individual and collective accountability. Society is a mess but that mess has been fostered by the false principles it is built upon and people's blind acceptance of them.

So next time you find someone insisting that the harmful art they have just expressed is justified by the principle of 'freedom of expression' and 'art without limits,' then ask if they are also willing to be a victim of the same philosophy as they are turned into a human paintbrush dipped into a vat of sulfuric acid.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

FORCED INTEGRATION - the reality & the artwork

 [Forced Integration - Zayd Depaor]

Mainstream societies, especially democratic societies under the threat of radical change from organized separatists and alternative ideological groups often will make calls for 'integration'.

Integration, meaning to make separate parts into one (originally from the Latin 'integratio' meaning 'renewing, restoring')in the social sphere it effectively means the coming together of two or more different individuals, groups or  ideational movements so that they can function together relatively harmoniously. This implies that these divergent parts in their original and nature are different, and so have to be forged together in some respect.

Integration, usually means in practise that one will abandon its nature, principles, attributes  to a certain degree to be accepted by the second party. This is of course, is not the only way for two divergent bodies to co-exist. There also exists the possibility of isolation where two separate things exist perhaps in the same vicinity but remain separate from each other. Another possibility is interaction but without integration. Interaction, would be that there is a communication, transaction and relationship which does not involve abandoning the original reality and nature of either party.

Forced integration is a situation where neither group wants to abandon their nature or do not want to be forced to mix. Two substances like oil and water will avoid the efforts to integrate. The problems with forced integration are many including:-

  1. Artificial harmony which harbours and underlying hostility
  2. People acting against their nature so that they malfunction
  3. People forced to be dishonest in order to maintain the illusion of agreement. A society then becomes built upon lies as it builds its house with false bricks.
  4. Distrust in other sub-communities as it is known that compliance and agreement is forced and not genuine.
  5. The swelling of pressure which leads to a forceful fracture. Rather than the differences being treated as they occur they are stored until problems become compounded.

A community where forced integration exists will perhaps mask an underlying hostility or frustration due to the hampering of its own genuine aspirations and feelings. Society then harbours misery on many levels so escapisms and self destructive behaviour is initiated.

A community based on interaction on the other hand, as opposed to artificial integration, will be able to express itself so that a dominant idea can emerge which acts as some harmonizing factor between the divergent groups. If an idea does not arise capable of unifying the varied groups then at least communication and relations are based on what is known and expressed rather than what is suspected, invented or suppressed.

Maintaining the Order of Forced Integration by Means of Deception
A group that controls the political, cultural and social order in society through means of forced integration will not want to open a society to genuine integration due to the potential threat to its own control, unless it genuinely believes in the supremacy of its own foundational ideas and has the confidence for them to be scrutinized and challenged by opposing ideas.

Such an order though can be upheld with minimal friction from the duped populace if the illusion of transparency, conviction and interaction is projected. A population who believes it is free, will not seek escape from its various shackles. If people see false debates, where the outcome is already decided, false challenges where the nature of the challenge is always restrained and false representation of divergent views, where the representative is only in fact a spokesman for the group he is claiming to be accounting and opposing, then people may continue to cement their own stagnation and tie the blindfold upon their own eyes.

The Artwork 'Forced Integration'

My artwork 'Forced Integration' is an abstract expressionist symbolic representation of forced integration. It represents forced integration absolutely, in terms of any forced integration between divergent substances and objects or the socially and politically forced integration between social, cultural and political groups and communities.

This is visually indicated by the picture being at first glance harmonised and integrated but then not so on further analysis. It is integrated in the following ways:-

  • The scene is integrated in that it is one work
  • The scene is integrated in that their is a uniformity of monotone colour (black, greys, white)
  • There is a form of integration between the square, rectangular shapes.
  • There is a form of integration in the overlapping colours and shapes.
  • The whole picture is characterised by background scattered pigmentation
  • White 'shines' through the background of the picture
  • There is an overlapping of many circles
  • Some circles contain other circles

Signs that the work has been falsely or forcefully integrated exist in the notable differences and imperfections of form denoting visible friction and exposure of that which is artificial or misplaced. This shown by:-

  • The illuminated borders of shapes due to breakage in colour or pigment distribution.
  • Some circles and squares stand out more than others and appear less integrated, they differ in size, shape and tone
  • The circles do not have an even distribution
  • Most circles are overlapping but some are isolated and independent
  • The circles are excluded from the borders of all but one of the rectangles
  • The squares are actually all placed in the corners
  • One of the rectangular shapes is floating towards the middle and differs significantly in shape from the other rectangles that are more 'squared' and placed in the corners.
  • The rectangle containing circles (that which integrated them) also contains random lines which are alien to the geometric harmony of the whole scene.
  • The 'integrated' rectangle, containing the circles is the only rectangle which doesn't possess a defined continuous border.
  • The distribution of background pigment is not uniform.
  • The shining white glow is not evenly distributed but is suppressed in some areas more than others.
  • There is no overlapping of squares
  • There is no overlapping between the circumference of circles and the sides of squares.
  • Many of the circles appear to be perfect but are in fact either squashed to become shorter or squeezed to become narrower.
  • The walls of the circles have varying thickness.

Clearly these observations can have many parallels and multi-layered meanings in the real social, political and cultural world.