• HER LONG BLACK HAIR | Janet Cardiff | 2004 – This audio tour in central park felt, in away, like a life changing experience. It made me feel like time was transcended, and everything was intertwined and present at the same time. The audio recordings went so deep, it felt natural and engaging. I didn’t want it to end. It felt like she was with me, and in that sense it made me feel protected, someone was accompanying me every where. I think that it make me understand that what I actually really want it to know that I belong, and I’m just a part of the whole, that I am actually never alone.For many years I was pretty convinced that being human is a very lonely experience, as you are here to be born and die by yourself, and having all of  your relationships end sooner or later. Eventually you will have to say goodbye to everything. This view was really based on the form of things, on the physical manifestation of living. But lately, I started giving more space for space, more space for the spirit. Deep within me I was always trying to explain to myself that my lonely assumption was wrong, and I am finally starting to really get it. What I want most of all is to deeply feel the connection between all things, let go of any attachment to the body, structure and definitions and make space for this space. I want to shell out the body limits, at least metaphorically.

 

  • After last week’s Thesis class Lisa mentioned Joseph Campbell to me as I talked about wanting to express the shared stories and archetypes across cultures. The next day I listed to the 1988 PBS documentary series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth while I was at work. Then on my lunch break I decided I’ll use my extra half hour to wander to places I don’t know, and accidentally came across The Archive for Research in Archetypical symbolism. This is the place that curated and edited The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images which I own and love. This encounter blown my mind.The research floor is open to the public only 2 days a week, on of which was Wednesday the day I walked by it. I planning to go back tomorrow to spend more time, looking at archetypal images and learning more about spiritual rituals across cultures. The books I want to go back to are:

  • I went to the library to pick up some of the books. From above books the only one I was able to check out was Primal Myths. The rest, are for view in the library only. I also checked out the book Six Myths of Our Time by Marina Warner, and through reading the introduction I learned that there’s a BBC radio series she gave, and the book is based on these talks. So next I want to listen to here radio lectures.
  • I went to see the shoe exhibition a walk of art and contacted Yaara Keydar who is a fashion historian and curator in order to set up a meeting with her to discuss my thesis ideas.