Why do Writers Write?

Writing is a way to find rest and repose amidst an incredibly busy and bustling life — an oasis found through the writing process and its fruition. It helps me to release some complex and convoluted thoughts that I foist with the narrative of a historical fantasy. This provides me with an effective source of grounding and stress release and takes a greater burden off of my shoulders.

Writing in Times of Pestilence

Now that society is struggling to deal with a devastating flu pandemic, I found the time ripe to give this subject some thoughts in a literary context. The first plague writings emerged around 1665 and resulted in innovative dialogues on a long endured illness. While the collective memory of the plague as an affliction was … Continue reading Writing in Times of Pestilence

Transitions

During the past weeks the word transition was prominently echoing through my mind. The primary cause for it was that I’ve been traveling extensively lately before settling down again in one of my familiar lay backs, Grand Canary. Soon after my arrival, the island was hit by a heavy sandstorm (locally referred to as a … Continue reading Transitions

Islands and Literature.

I’ve relocated recently from Barcelona to Utila, a little rock in the Caribbean with 6,000 habitants. It’s a writer’s paradise since islands have always occupied a powerful place and have been a source of fascination in the literary imagination. From the discovery of the Americas to the period of decolonization, European writers and artists translating … Continue reading Islands and Literature.

The Lovecraftian Universe as a Cornerstone of The Maharajagar.

Howard Philips Lovecraft created an alternate universe populated by malevolent sea-creatures and gods whereupon multiple artists have been expanding. Although he died in poverty, Lovecraft is now heralded as one of the greatest horror and fantasy writers of his time. In modern fiction and art, his work  is frequently referred to as “The Cthulhu Mythos,” … Continue reading The Lovecraftian Universe as a Cornerstone of The Maharajagar.

Rebirth

"Rebirth" by IKEDA Manabu originated in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster of 2011. The artist uses his expressive capabilities to depict in juxtaposition the continuously recurring existence of disaster throughout the world and to illustrate in a light and imaginative style the relationship between disasters and humanity. Ikeda spent 10 hours a day for three … Continue reading Rebirth

Dispersion; Personal and Cultural Identity in the Globalized World.

Dispersion (2002), is the name of a painting by Julie Mehretu. It is an amalgam of calligraphic swooshes and monochromatic geometric forms – that appear to swirl around as if caught in some mysterious vortex – but behind it lays an elaborate linear structure. It is as if a painting by Kandinsky has collided head-on … Continue reading Dispersion; Personal and Cultural Identity in the Globalized World.

Life is about adding value to your existence.

Intelligent behavior is sometimes defined as the behavior that is adaptable variable during the span of lifetime of an individual and has three fundamental characteristics; The capacity to react in an unusual way towards the stimulus-situation. The ability to remember learned lessons. Having the capacity for generalization. The individual can only develop itself by laying … Continue reading Life is about adding value to your existence.

The Illusions of Art and Science.

As far as I’m concerned, the title of this post could as well have been The Illusions of the Art and Science of Plumbing, Cooking, Cleaning or …why not….Living. There really are no such things as Art or Science. There are only artists and scientists. Take as an example all those discussions about Leonardo; his … Continue reading The Illusions of Art and Science.

The Poly-semantic Paintings of Alexander Rodin.

I stumbled upon the works of Alexander Rodin in 2011 during  an exposition called East Meets West in Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany. Rodin currently lives and works in Berlin, because (as he describes it himself in an interview with website n-europe.eu) 'Berlin is a place interested in art. [...] I am an artist and exhibitions … Continue reading The Poly-semantic Paintings of Alexander Rodin.

The Artist as an Einzelgänger

In this post I would like to explore some artistically personality traits as inspired by the compositions of Giorgio Morode.  The album Einzelgänger was first produced in Germany in 1975 and contained some electronic experimental soundtracks that at the time of its release attracted almost zero attention. The Englishman Bellotte was in charge of the … Continue reading The Artist as an Einzelgänger