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Nimoy’s Kabbalistic Photography

Photo by Leonard Nimoy

Photo by Leonard Nimoy

It was sad to lose Leonard Nimoy, but it’s wonderful to look back on the man’s productive creative life and feel gratitude for his gifts. An interesting point of focus in many of the remembrances I’ve seen is Nimoy’s work as a photographer. Some of Nimoy’s photographs connect directly to his spiritual life, but so does the character of Spock. Nimoy’s photos aren’t as well known as his acting, but the fact is that whether he was on a television screen, in front of a movie camera or working behind the lens to create his own still images, Nimoy was a mystic who grounded his creativity in the sky. Here’s what art critic and poet Donald Kuspit had to say about Nimoy’s and his art…

Nimoy is a gnostic mystic—a radical spiritualist, indeed, a spiritual rebel…I am suggesting that Nimoy’s fascination with the female body involves an element of temptation as well as transcendence.Read the rest

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Altered States and Paranormal Narratives with Jeffrey J. Kripal

Like most readers, fellow Disinformation contributor Jeremy J. Johnson and I are both big fans of author Dr. Jeffrey J. Kripal (Mutants & Mystics and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred).
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We caught up with him recently to discuss Philip K. Dick’s precognition abilities, global shamanic culture, synchronicity, and a new documentary Supernature that he has in the works.

JJ/BR: Dr. Kripal, it is an honor to speak with you. Graham Hancock, Rak Razam, Jeremy D. Johnson and I have recently come up with the concept of entheodelic storytelling. It signifies the archaic revival narrative and gives definition to a new movement of art that is influenced by the usual subjects; altered states, the evolution of consciousness, entheogens, occultism, paranormal phenomena, shamanism, and metaphysics. This also seems to be entangled with what our friend Rak has called the “global shamanic resurgence.” 

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To Resist and to Survive: A Conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Dunbar-Ortiz’s book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is out now

 

Stephyn Quirke writes at Earth First! Newswire:

It’s been said that education is what you are left with after forgetting everything you learned in school. And unfortunately for us, American history books already forgot to mention a few things: like human beings inhabiting North America for over 20,000 years prior to Europeans. In fact, the Europeans our history books call the “original Americans” and “Founding Fathers” didn’t start calling themselves Americans until they started to see themselves becoming more like the indigenous peoples they encountered – a special kind of free people who belonged to this land.

Inside the U.S., it is almost impossible to get a standard education in U.S. history and come away with the knowledge that the United States was founded on genocide – the largest in world history up to that time.

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Self-taught artist El Gato Chimney rises from the street as a modern day Faust

"My Black Heart" 2014 100 x 71cm Watercolor and pencil on cotton paper

El Gato Chimney “My Black Heart” 2014 100 x 71cm Watercolor and pencil on cotton paper

El Gato Chimney is a 34-year-old self-taught former street artist who lives in Milan, Italy. Local lore has it that while he was a street artist, the devil visited him and offered him success. El Gato will himself not comment, however his work has since been featured in many prominent magazines and galleries throughout the world.

His first US exhibition open March 5 at the bewitched Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn NY.

Disinfo interviewed the artist a few days ago with the assistance of curator and scholar Michela D’Acquisto who is co-curating the exhibition “El Gato Chimney: DE RERUM NATURA”  (“El Gato Chimney: On the Nature of Things”)…

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Beauty is Truth?

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E=mc2. Einstein’s great equation represents a pinnacle of mathematical purity. But as the evidence piles up which general relativity struggles to account for, is the very elegance of Einstein’s theories preventing scientists from updating them? Is there always beauty in truth, or are aesthetics a distraction from the fundamental mission of science?

Excellent interview on this with Jon Butterworth, a physics professor at University College London and author of Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs.

 

You have said in the past that beauty is found in simplicity, but isn’t it actually the complex nature of the world that inspires awe? 

Obviously it’s a subjective point of view but, for me, what inspires awe is the fact that such complexity can arise for some very simple underlying principles. It’s the combination of complexity and simplicity. If the universe was all manifestly simple, that wouldn’t be so impressive.

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Multidimensional Patterns by Justin Lovato

Prima Materia, 2014

Prima Materia, 2014

Justin Lovato is a psychedelic artist based in California. He recently wrapped up a solo show curated by Brian Chambers of the Furtherrr Collective entitled “Prima Materia” which opened on 11/7 at Space Gallery in Denver, CO. He was willing to let me interview him in which we talk about his art, J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, spontaneous combustion, and more.

You can find Justin on Instagram at @justinlovato23.

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25 Years of “Wild at Heart”

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This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of my favorite David Lynch film, Wild at Heart. Released in 1990, Wild tells the tale of Sailor and Lula, a red-hot couple who are reunited when Sailor is released from prison. The pair take off on a cross-country road trip that turns into a journey that resembles The Wizard of Oz on mushrooms. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival before becoming mired in controversy. The movie’s opening scene finds Sailor (Nicolas Cage) smashing the head of a would-be attacker hired by Lula’s (Laura Dern) mother against a marble stair step until his brains slurp out of the back of his head. Commentators claimed to be shocked by the scene — and they probably were — but the reaction against the film seemed to have more to do with the overall violence of the bizarre imagery and strange set scenes that make up this weird and wonderful tale.… Read the rest

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“Mobilize” Q&A Video + Free Screenings in VA and VT

Disinformation’s Mobilize will be screening for free in Arlington, Virginia and Norwich, Vermont on January 30th. Special thanks to all of the non-profit sponsors who put together these events. More details and information about screenings can be found on the official Mobilize website.

Back in December, the San Francisco Public Library hosted a free screening of Mobilize. Above is a video of the Q&A with the filmmakers including: director Kevin Kunze, CABTA’s Ellie Marks, UC Berkeley’s Joel Moskowitz, and EHT’s Lloyd Morgan.

If you can’t make it to the Vermont or Virginia screenings, Mobilize is available as a download, stream (below video), or as a DVD. Visit the product page for more information.

Mobilize from TDC Entertainment on Vimeo.

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