Thought Forms              


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The first time i noticed the thought-forms, i was sitting in a room that no longer exists. It was called Space 46. Time has that way of closing doors behind you.

The Thought-forms can nearly drive you crazy - make you long for a simpler world. Thought-forms can make a child riding a tricycle look  more like this:

Everything expands to 50 times it’s size, the interlocked ideas that form our vast and complicated shadow-universe unfolded for a moment and did a little pirouette, a smile and a bow - before slowly packing themselves back into the compact, mundane - and wondrous physical world that we all more or less agree on.

it took years of “can-opening” to naturally see them - and yet - it’s no great accomplishment, after all designers, architects, engineers, physicists etc.  routinely work directly with the thought-forms. Thoughts are real. Nearly every thing you see was once a thought before working itself into physicality.

but where do they come from? They clearly outlive and pre-date their human friends.

I always loved  diagrams - or for that matter - doodles - subconscious diagrams with undefined terms. I loved the idea that you can graph anything.

I loved how the diagrams look; shimmering with half revealed meanings. 

I was fascinated by any intricate patterns and spent hours pouring over the giant
Paolo Soleri picture book "Arcosanti".

Soleri’s Arcologies were utopian mega-hives, self supporting and truly large enough to resemble the great city-states.

Buckminster Fuller was another favorite of  mine.  My father took me to one of his lectures at his University across the street.

Here’s his one-piece stamped copper bathroom module for his Dymaxion home. Such things were unheard-of outside of the aircraft industry in 1940.

Both these guys were visionaries to be sure, but what really turned me on was their crazy-intricate illustrations. 

Peter Max, the Whole Earth catalog,

I actually can’t remember where i first learned about Rapidograph pens, technical drawing pens capable of such tiny hair-like spidery lines, i nearly went blind.

I Was obsessed with line. That really got to me. Op Art was at its apogee - in Detroit it was all around me.

I was very fortunate that computers were not readily available. I could just spend hours watching them rendering...  And of course i have. It’s a job now. 

For years one of my favorite toys was a set of electronics component stencils.

I loved to play with graphs, diagrams and lists as the first step of visualizing a desired outcome, otherwise (for me) the ideas can stay vaguely hidden in the realm in between "legitimate" thoughts - hidden relationships and significance.

it's my feeble flirtation with rational thought or rather a way to explore the space between feeling and thinking... It gives me something to hang my thoughts on... and a way to judge the fine tuning of intent by lining up the phase relations of meaning.

There is another reason that the wave model seems fitting to me,and

that is an audio artist, the wave model is the closest

to the actual process that i used (in the beginning) to synthesize sound using the voltage

controlled oscillators that make up the voices in a analog synthesizer.

that turned  out to be really elegant,  because i could use the same model

to imagine the entire form of a piece as i use to imagine a certain passage, or indeed, even the most momentary of acoustic events. 

I have a theory that what people naturally react to in art is the presence of buried meaning. It may be close to the surface, or it could be far below, depending on the level of abstraction in the piece, but it's presence below the surface is what  gives the piece a sense of mysterious value that may not even have a conscious  place in the mind of the individual audience member.

Thus, using the -waveform model it is much easier to imagine ways of creatively submerging various themes and having them near the surface, and interact with  each other  during various periods of the piece. Notice that i say periods. This is because the wave-form model works best for 4-dimensional pieces, because they also occupy space in the direction of time, so that they more closely resemble the

wave form itself.

    The equation of hidden meaning equalling "beauty" is one of the

leading ideas of modem art. The whole mechanics of abstraction are Involved with this. The reason for this is as follows. The Human organism is highly trained to perceive sameness and differentness.  On a higher level this becomes pattern awareness. The first thing a person does when they can't immediately recognize something is to look for patterns.

If an object or event contains any signs that are consistent with it's

form, a sense of completeness and inner life...a sort of additional

dimension of ^Thingness'' will  he imparted to the piece. The piece will

simply become more like what  it's trying to simulate. This i think, is one

of the mayor goals of Artists - facility in simulation.

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Tools may provide conceptual maps

Suggesting avenues to fine solutions.... 

Tools can teach their usage when

When we study their language... .

Wise, understanding men value tools;

Skilled users care for them....

      —EAGLE AIR

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