Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. War Child is a Digital Collage that cries out at the thought of a simple political or tactical miscalculation leading to the spread of war. Tensions mount at global flashpoints when the worlds most powerful militaries engage in posturing behaviour with one another. Flashpoints occour where countries spheres of influence overlap and a struggle for dominance ensues. For instance the naval collisions and near misses between China and the USA in the disputed islands of the South China Sea, Russian military aircraft probing British airspace, Mounting tensions in the Middle East over attacks on Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the recent downing of a US drone nearly resulting in American military action against Iran, these all carry a real risk of large nations blindly blundering towards disaster.
Part of the So Many Styles, So Many Symphonies Series. Set Synths To Stun is a Digital Collage that celebrates the evolution of electronic music through the introduction of sythesizers, drum machines and polyphonic keyboards. These new and powerful tools enabled an unprecidented range of sound manipulation and the ability to electronically replicate a wide variety of instruments, giving even one musician an awsome range. This new found freedom ushered in a fresh era of experimentation and possiblity, giving birth to a huge variety of new musical work.
It lead to the vast and expansive sounds of acts likes Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno and Kate Bush. The technical supremacy of Kraftwerk. The fantastically unapologetic pop-cheese of bands like Spandau Ballet and Men With Hats; while setting the stage for the darker edgier tones of Depech Mode and Joy Division, as well as other amazing acts of this era such as The Human League, Soft Cell, Gary Numan and Tears For Fears.
In recent years the creation of electronic music has crossed new thresholds with the advent of live digital sampling and the powerful and elegant accuracy of software manipulation. While these have provided new ways and means for artists to experiment and evolve, they owe their rich heritage to the distinctive sounds of the pioneers of this period.
I was delighted to recently receive a lovely message from the poet and photographer @curiositykilledthecatri inviting me to respond to some of her words.
Her prompt was:
"Let's come together
In chorus, together"
It was lovely to get a prompt to make something related to Music and its also given me some ideas for a new series which will be arriving soon. So a great big thanks thanks Catri !
Happy Christmas to all my family and friends. I hope you all had safe travels home and went unhindered by the Robotocizied Flying Demons of Gatwick Airport (Unrelated to the Ghost Cars of Croydon). I hope you are all happy and safe during this holiday season and in the year ahead!
I am very proud to announce that I have had my logo selected by the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health this week in the re-branding of their Conscious Baby Program. The APPPAH carries out pioneering research in understanding how the conditions of the intrauterine environment, birth and early infancy influence human development.
Through this they gain fascinating insight into the importance of strong parental bonding experiences, attunement, communication, loving responsive attention, and how these things help to develop healthy attachment patterns, resilience, stronger immune systems, better emotional self-regulation and a deeply ingrained sense of self-worth.
At the same time deepening our understanding of what happens when pre-natal, birth or early life neglect, distress and trauma occur; how this presents in later life and this leads us to more informed and effective Psychotheraputic practices.
After all if we wish to fully understand any story we need to start at the beginning.
For anyone with little ones, working with children or an interest in Psychology, I would highly recommend checking out their resources over at:
Or the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health’s main site at: www.birthpsychology.com
An Emergence To Consciousness is a Digital Collage which manifests into being by synthesizing meaning from our environments and experiences. Our intuition guides our focus, absorbing some information and highlighting some aspects of our experience and editing out other elements based on our immediate situation; but also through the most intimate elements of ourselves, our personal histories, our values, our interests, our agendas, our vices, our pleasures, our hates and our loves. A subtle and powerful process of questioning. What feels pertinent? What feels meaningful? What feels right?
In Gestalt psychology we describe this process as a figure (That is something of meaning, needing our attention) which emerges from the background of our experience, to be engaged with and then when the necessary change comes about the figure of our focus fades into the background again, altering it to in the process. There is a cycle to our experience of the world, awareness, engagement, creative enterprise, integration and finally a return to rest, making space for a new figure to emerge into awareness.
Part Of The Inner Space Series. A Ministry For Loneliness is a Digital Collage which resides in solitude and with a dull ache at its core. For all of modern technologies promises of greater connectedness and access to wider digital communities, our society is undergoing a profound epidemic of isolation and loneliness. As we retreat further behind our screens, our real world communities fragment as we leave genuine human connection further and further behind. Loneliness is an emotional state arising from a loss of connection with others, it can be experienced just as readily in a crowd as when we are isolated. Loneliness is an adverse state, which as social beings inspires us to reconnect with others, to seek out and rejoin the tribe as it were. If we are unable to bridge that gap, long periods of loneliness can have detrimental impacts on our physical health. Being indicated for greater risks of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. In fact just this year Britan appointed its first Minister For Loneliness to combat the problem.
The distinction between Loneliness and being Alone is an important one. The desire to be comfortably Alone is in fact an indicator of psychological and emotional health. It is our own time spent, doing our own things, dreaming our own dreams, reading a book, dancing to a favourite song, or just sitting with ourselves and being comfortable in our own skin, without depending on the input of another. Unfortunately due to circumstances whether they are internal or external, sometimes whats missing is the choice. Keep on bridging those gaps!
Part Of The Inner Space Series. Daydream Believer is a Digital Collage which is struck by flashes of creative insight whilst tumbling through the heady clouds of a Daydream. Daydreaming, once an activity much maligned as a feckless lack of concentration and focus, has in recent research been shown to play key roles in the integration of new knowledge, the promotion of fluid intelligence, processing personal memories, identity formation and problem solving through the emergence of novel ideas. When the mind is not focusing on the outside world or engaged in task oriented thinking, the brain instead switches its activity to suite of regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). Daydreaming and Mindwandering are trademark activities of the DMN's neural processing style of Spontaneous Assosciative Thinking.
When we are engaged in this mode of processing instead of focusing on outside tasks, the mind joins loosely related dots, dots that we had not previously considered to be dots and that thing over there thats not a dot, but lets get it in the mix anyway. In this way we can generate new perspectives, contexts, narratives and meanings, finding ourselves suddenly struck by our most wonderful 'Eureka' moments of inspiration, whilst singing in the shower, casually sitting on a bus, getting out for a run or just pottering around the house. Daydreaming is indeed important work.
Part of The Inner Space Series. A Tangled Mass is a Digital Collage which works its fingers to the bone in an attempt to unpick the various strands of its inner world. In life we are inundated a vast array of experiences, interactions and relationships of all flavours and kinds. Each of these creates an internal response, sometimes miniscule, sometimes overwhelming. Memories are formed, imprinted with emotional meanings and rationalized contexts. These memories can influence our responses to future experiences, as our future experiences can also alter our relationships with our previous memories. We all live with our own dynamic, ever changing inner worlds. In this place cause and effect is rarely seen as a straight line, instead experiences hang together like constellations in the the night sky, change in one effects the configuration of all of the others.
So when we are blind to the effect an experience has had on us, either through our own defense mechanisms or because of traumatized memory, we can no longer see how its gravity has altered the complex constellations of our inner world. We may then become tangled up in the dark, unable to find that akward knot which is binding us and keeping us stuck. As always, with patience, honesty and self-reflection we can catch a hold of that elusive thread and tease apart those invisible ligatures that keep us in the dark.
Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. Suffer The Little Children is a Digital Collage which is currently detained in a 'Tender Age' camp near the US border. Over 2,000 distressed children have been forcibly seperated from their families and detained in cages as a punitive measure taken against those who would attempt to cross the southern border of the United States. When children and especially infants suffer prolonged periods of separation from their parents and other primary care givers, deep emotional trauma is usually the result and thats to say nothing of the other distressing circumstances and conditions at play here. Thankfully the American people and their public backlash has forced an ending to this cruel policy. Hopefully those children can be identified and reunited with their loved ones soon.