In a thoughtful essay included in his novel ‘Invisible Cities‘, Italo Calvino, an Italian journalist and author of ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler‘, wrote on our society’s obsession with morality and despair, described by his narrator Marco Polo to his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan:
“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.” (p.165)
“The leading moral philosopher of the 19th century, Henry Sidgwick, spent much of his life looking for evidence that human consciousness survived bodily death. For this eminent Victorian (born in 1838, he died in 1900, having spent all his adult life as an academic in Cambridge), there had to be an afterlife if ethics was to have any meaning. If we are extinguished when we die, there can be no basis for morality – no reason why we shouldn’t follow the dictates of self-interest, or simply obey the whims of the moment. The only way of avoiding this “intolerable anarchy” was what he called “the Postulate of Immortality”. (more…)
I actually enjoy creating media art and written content. Mastery of a programming code function, completion of reading a well-loved and deservedly battered print book from title page cover to the annotations reference just before the book jacket, and sometimes, distillation of the aria floating wondering thoughts that appear every 6 months or so in tangible reading format. Since the beginning of this year, the majority of ‘internet creative’ activities is centered on my Instagram feed of strictly square-format delightful photographs. Shooting with an iPhone camera, DSLR digital camera boyfriend, and analogue film camera lovers is the best craft thus far that ‘inspo happiness’ whenever in daily life: a sense of happiness that precludes the harmony of the colours as a result of darkroom editing, and more of a focus on the moment of composition when “snapped” with the shutter.
Pinterest is where most of the Internet ‘insta’ popularity I enjoy is located, and it is quite clear to see why: Content is well-curated, neatly organized in specific ‘themed’ albums, features a wide variety of techniques and styles, and, most importantly, is consistently updated. Though really, that’s they key word of the source of ‘insta’ popularity: curated. None of the media content is owned nor was created by myself. And while you may argue that ‘lifestyle’ and ‘fashion’ photographers do enjoy a popularity of their photography, is it not also true that the clothing, accessories, and sundry items were created by craftsman and artisans, while these photographers are the owners of a possession? That being said, there’s a difference between capturing a moment for advertising purposes of the ordinary life of objects, and creating a narrative from a composition (example, any modern blockbuster film versus art director Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express (1994).
It’s not that thoughts are difficult to translate. It’s the opposite: public silence as a contribution to the sharing economy of being in your twenties. And if there’s something important and to difficult to say, then I will speak up.
While I was growing up as a child on the shores of the Pacific Northwest, my parents and accompanying family friends or relatives were often visitors in the city of Seattle or Los Angeles.
More often than not, we would be travelling on road trips with colouring books and accompanying radio music (I was never comfortably healthy while reading printed words in fast-moving vehicles) with brief interruptions in five-storey family friend’s homes or motels. The destination of these journeys were often tourist locales, such as Disney Land, or event functions related to Thailand culture or life’s milestones (say, for such, a family friend’s gala wedding).
When I wasn’t travelling with my family, I would be attending youth-direct fundraisers and social events, including the mandatory mountain hiking and forest or meadow camping trips as a Brownie, then Girl Guide, and finally, a Pathfinder.
You might say this was all very exhausting, and once I reached adolescence, I said to myself the hell with it and focused on the rare but highly recommended art of solitude and enjoying my own damn company, thank you very much.
All that this really means is that What I Think About When I Think About Travelling is stories.
I wrapped up my internship with Mozilla on December 31st, 2014. It’s been a crazy eventful and amazing collection of memories. I completed a 3D Printing Teaching Kit, available for new learners or educators, and a educational kit for Action Incubators: the design thinking process for community it project building. (more…)