October 23rd, 2006
a million universes all connected
what a journey i am on these days, (in between working on ‘the books’). what I cannot seem to get over is, how in doing my “research” (life process/investigations) all of my readings are somehow connected to each other. I feel a bit like a character in an Umberto Eco novel. this may seem obvious, due to the ‘cross-culture’ nature of artists and writers and there will always be links between them (visible or not). but these links (between my readings and my life experiences lately) continue to surprise me.
for example, I am currently studying the concept of phenomenology, which brings me to a number of different authors and concepts while at the same time working on a book that incoporates all of these philosophies, on the subject of guerilla art, (only I didn’t know that when I originally wrote the book). I am now and always was a phenomenolgist but didn’t know it. this pursuit brings me to new concepts and artists, (psychogeography, alan fletcher, fluxus, allan kaprow, eva hesse, modernism, David Abram, the art of the everyday, john cage, culture jamming, walt whitman, the situationists, jane jacobs, the list goes on,) they are all connected to space, nature, the everyday, movement, poetry, art, community, creativity, chance, and jumping off the edge of the known world.
last week i bought a card with a picture of walt whitman on the front it, (not knowing who it was at first), because he had such beautiful eyes, and for the line “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”
now i am reading whitman everywhere. today a stranger sends me the most amazing book about corita kent (to which I am eternally grateful) and I open it up and read,
“His [Whitman's] favourite occupation seemed to be strolling or sauntering about outdoors by himself, looking at the grass, the trees, the flowers, the vistas of light, the varying aspects of the sky, and listening to the birds, the crickets, the tree frogs, and all the hundres of natural sounds. It was evident that these things gave him a pleasure far beyond what they give to ordinary people.” ~John Dewey
every day that i wake up i cannot wait to see what new connections the day will bring.
(one observation I have made is that EVERYONE is connected to john cage.)
time to clean up the pile of books at my feet, put away my research for the time being, eat some lentil soup for lunch, and later sweep the floor.
even if you discover all of the secrets of the universe during your research, the floor still needs sweeping.