ARCHEVERSE

 

The Universe is everything there is.

The Archeverse is the bit that is responsible for imagining the you that is imagining the Universe.

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly,

Mr X

 

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ARCHENAUT

 

An Archenaut is a journeyer,

a traveller of self and of not self;

and of not not self,

and of the reflection that others call ‘World’.

And of the reflection that others call themselves.

And a reflection of what others do not call themselves.

 

An Archenaut becomes:

They are a process;

They embody process;

They are processes;

processing archetypes,

which are, in themselves, processes.

 

They do this for many reasons:

One, is to become.

To become becoming.

 

An Archenaut changes. Shifting from this to that and back.

Again and again.

And again.

Again and.

 

An Archenaut knows and does not know,

and does,

and does not,

and know this.

 

An Archenaut ventures,

and gains,

and looses,

and leaves,

sometimes.

And sometimes not.

 

Pure.

Simple.

Always.

and never.

 

This is Archenaut:

Being in the state of becoming.

And not needing to be or to become.

 

Pure.

Simple.

Always.

and never.

 

 

 

Thank you for your intention.

Message ends.

 

Mr X

 

 

 

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Film: Human Nature

Human Nature was a commission through a department of the NHS that deals with mental health in Devon. It was very low budget, covering one days filming and two days editing (plus expenses).

Our interpretation of the brief was to trace a line from the south coast to the north coast in a single day, approaching random strangers we encountered on the way and asking them an approximation of the following question:

“What is your philosophy on life?”

 

We paused halfway and filmed the sky until the sun broke through. We had planned that much. Why? Well, because that was what the day suggested to us, and because there is beauty in the sky, and it is symbolic of thought, and the sun breaking through the clouds works as a metaphor, and so do the silver linings on the clouds, and the camera left on auto going in and out of focus. It wasn’t planned that way. We shot it like that because it felt like the right thing to do. Pretensions to cleverness can abound in the wake of such moments of inspiration. It can be all too easy to take credit for something, that in truth was suggested by the world, by the subconscious responding to it; the intersection of elements, time and space conspiring.

It was a good day. If nothing else it reminded us of how generous people can be, how open and how genuine. How we have all overcome something to get to where we are. What value there is to be found in reflection and what beauty in the stories of lives.

 

Yours in reminiscence,

Mr X

 

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The Magic of Film: Children of the Tide

Back in 2005 I became involved in a collaborative arts project with Phil Smith and Maggi Squires located at Shaldon Primary School, which sits at the mouth of the river Teign in South Devon. We worked with them for a week running a series of workshops that included a mythogeographic survey of the village, the creation of a puppets from gathered materials, poetry making and the creation of a piece of music. These creative explorations culminated in a ritual act of performance which saw 130 children process their puppet avatars to the sea shore and set messages, folded into paper boats, afloat on the waters for the tide to take away to the waiting world. Sadly, due to a omission of planning on our part, the tide, which was coming in, washed straight back onto the red sand in waterlogged clumps, but the sentiment was there, and the rest of the day went as smoothy as these things can.

My role, in part, was to provide a document of the performance in the shape of a film. Of course, I declined to make this a straight forward affair and attempted to integrate as much of the process into some sort of narrative, shaped by the general theme,  described by the children narrating the film.

One month later we returned to show the finished film at the school. We drove through torrential rain to get there, only to discover that the school and much of the village had been evacuated due to a freak flash flood combined with a high tide. Once you have seen the film you will be better placed to understand why this felt quite so significant. It was not until we collectively viewed the film a couple of weeks later that the significance of the films theme came home. It felt  as though we had collectively, albeit unintentionally, designed a magical act that would summon the sea to us in an act of unity.

Of course the whole thing was just a coincidence. Yes, of course it was. Cinema is not a magic act. There just happened to be a high tide combined with a flash flood on the day we planned to show the film. Nothing strange there. Nothing strange at all. Other than the film perhaps. I can’t remember what the children thought of it. I seem to remember a lot of fairly blank stares. I do remember one of the parents telling me that they felt it was a cross between a David Lynch movie and the Blair Witch Project but I can’t remember whether is was supposed to be a critique or a threat. I took as a compliment and have kept it to this day, to share it with you, here.

 

 

Yours dubiously,

Mr X

 

 

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The Great Walk: Conversations

It was one of those party’s that started in the middle of the afternoon. One of those parties where those attending are old enough to know how to pace themselves to make it through to breakfast the following morning.

We were in costume; a future imagined by imaginary Victorians – steam powered, tea driven, opium crazed adventurers, delighting in the whimsicality of the post colonialism of it all. Or at least I was.

At about six in the evening that an attractive aviator handed me this…

Map Tube

“Read the label.” She said.

MapTubeCathy2

…it said.

She smiled as I un-scrolled the contents of the tube.

MapGiftCathy1

“That is Fantastic!” Was my response.

Those who have seen the film will get the joke.

She then ordered two more copies of the film, we talked for a while longer and then parted.

Suffice to say it was an interesting trip home.

 

Two days later I received a text from her.

It said: ‘Retraced Anton Vagus walk in Exeter up Prospect Steps.’

This is a level of engagement with the film I had not expected but absolutely delight in.

 

My current definition of art is this:

That it speaks of a soul, or it speaks to your soul.

I am beginning to think that this might be because, in what each of us calls art, we recognise a soul; a complete experience, one that might be changed or altered by it’s context but retains something that withstands relocation; it can stand by itself.

The Great Walk appears to be just that for some people. There are people who appear to be in conversation with it, beyond any relationship they have to those of us who made it.

I like that.

In fact I think it’s rather great.

So thank you all for playing.

Yolo.

Mr X

 

 

 

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Economy and Revolution

There are many ways in which Art can be perceived as a revolutionary act. The most powerful for me is through the internal revolution of the self; to engage in experience in a way that shifts our perspective, that transforms our understanding of ourselves and the world. In this way we expose that which is submerged in our subconscious: attitudes, opinions, beliefs; complexes that drive us. We bring them to light, reflected in the attention we bring to the things and the events that we create, that we craft into being. In doing so we discover more about who and what we are. It is a path to self knowledge. 

So to say “I am an artist and my life is my art” is to ally oneself to the idea of being an attentive and reflective producer of your own experience of living. Without this sentiment we are destined to become consumers of our lives and not the producers of them.

This sentiment is the core of all economies and the soul of every revolution.

 

Yours tenderly,

Mr X

 

 

 

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