My return home to France has seen almost non-stop activity. I’ve been working on finalising the manuscript for This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age, and trying to control a very errant and unruly index. Luckily, it’s all coming together and I hope to be finished soon. Xlibris will be publishing and promoting the book. Watch for more information coming soon on the book and details on ordering copies as well as booksellers where the book will be available. Here is a short excerpt from THE SCENE OF THE SELF by Paul O’Kane:
We are lost in a labyrinth of disputed realities, like Chuang Tzu the legendary Chinese philosopher who awoke dreaming he was a butterfly only to reflect that it was equally likely that he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man.
We might argue that, rather than losing us in a labyrinth of deceits, images rescue us from the folly of maintaining an established notion of reality. Once we relativise images of various kinds (those drawn from without, those drawn from within) we can live more vigilant, critical lives, monitoring and measuring our particular, shifting relationship between our particular, shifting images.
Nevertheless, a certain type of pumped-up, hyped and mendacious image, serving a particular purpose, today dominates our environment, and, by its very dominance unbalances any wise relativism. What is this kind of image and precisely what is its purpose? (Let’s return to the labyrinth).
|We have our first Artists in Conversation video! I’m so pleased to have Henrietta Thomas filming the talks and creating the videos, she is doing a great job.Henrietta is a freelance Filmmaker with a background in Art and Design and a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Broadcast Production. Her films often take a sideways look at the world, twisting and reinventing reality in unexpected ways. Most recently her short film, ‘Day Off’, was selected & screened by the ‘Bang! Film Festival 2012’ as part of ‘Crash Bang Wallop’. Another, ‘WIN WIN’, was screened at ‘The Raindance Film Festival 2011′.View Henrietta’s work at: http://vimeo.com/user2022197http://bit.ly/M7KLScYou can see This ‘Me’ of Mine: ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Strange Cargo, Folkestone on the Strange Cargo page under VENUES in the navigation menu or by clicking the link above. By the way, you can see the Left-Handed Bricklayer in the video as he made his way into the gallery and became part of the fabric of This ‘Me’ of Mine.|
Arnold Borgerth has been photographing This ‘Me’ of Mine in all the venues and providing us with beautiful archive images. He also photographed all the work for the book, no easy task as he had to do it in situe in Folkestone at Georges House Gallery. You can see his work and the growing archive of This ‘Me’ of Mine images on the APT Gallery and Strange Cargo pages under VENUES on the navigation menu or click the links above. www.arnoldborgerth.com