Random sculptures work best outside in nature. There is a strong contrast between nature itself and the man made found objects that are put into nature. The man made objects will naturally change over time by decay and of course the surrounding nature that will work them into their natural fabric to a degree that ultimately there will be totally overgrown and invisible. In this fact alone, lies already a lesson for the two legged animal. Interestingly enough, I myself, but other people as well, like that contrast of natural and man made as well as the reminder that all things must pass. Random sculptures show that way that ultimately nature will survive and this fact alone has to be very consoling factor for us to trust in the strength of nature as well as in the cosmic plan which nature is part of. As we live in an age of pollution, waste, and abundance, we can use all that junk to create artworks which ultimately is nothing but playtime for people of all ages to take time out of their prescribed daily routines which are not in harmony with natural and cosmic flow. Random sculptures also show change because nothing stays the same and in that sense they are a reminder that everything is alive.
Photography: SX 70 Polaroids
When polaroid cameras came out, they were the means to capture an instant memory which means you had a photographic print a minute after you have taken the photo. The quality of these photos was very poor, and sometimes appalling having nothing to do with the so called reality that photography makes us believe to catch as a memory. In other words, SX 70 Polaroids were so bad that they were ideal to be used as an art form itself to get a result in form of a photo that was to a large degree unpredictable. I enjoyed to use polaroid cameras that way eventually getting more daring in terms of the use, ie swinging the camera around my head after pushing the button, or obstructing the photographs to come out properly from its release slot, or using them outside the camera altogether by exposing them, for example to a certain amount of destructive violence and then afterwards squeezing the exposure and fixing liquids over the photographic coating just to be surprised by the strange structures and non figurative images. I also exposed polaroids to heat inside the oven of the cooker or I injected chemicals into the little photographic chemical pouches to change the whole chemistry of the process. The beauty of working in such experimental ways was the total unpredictability and the surprise of seeing something unimaginable. I admit making art is for me about the surprise and also about entertaining myself, entering a sphere of the unknown.
The Story of "Vision"
(that really did happen)
I once had a strange occurrence to my senses which I like to refer to as a vision for easier communication. In the springtime of 1983, I was parked up with my Mercedes ambulance camper van in a small town called San Leo in the north of Italy. Without any warning or indication, there was suddenly a very strong storm which is not very usual for the area. I was sitting in the ambulance that was shaking from the storm and suddenly my whole being was conquered by a strange sensation which felt very electrical but without the pain. My brain but also every cell in my body was vibrating from being bombarded by lots of information of which I only could remember very little because it was so fast and beyond my normal comprehension. I would think it didn't last longer than minutes, but there was a whole lot of information going through me and of which I only could remember a fraction which I wrote down after I had more or less regained every day consciousness. I must emphasize that this happened without any intake of any drugs, neither the use of any shamanic techniques. The information that I remember was of a structural cosmic nature. Everything was somehow geometrically structured but at the same time everything was just one, and one was all. One part of this information I painted later as some sort of a universal diagram which was going along the numbers 0 to 9.
Another transmission was the sound of the vowels according to Latin or German pronunciation: A - E - A - O - U, in English pronunciation ee - ehh - ahh - o - oo "I": "I" is a high and piercing sound, it vibrates at the top of your head and is sometimes slightly unpleasant. The direction of that sound is straight up into infinite space. The "ee" is a calling horizontally out into the world. It's a message that could be translated "I am here". The "ay" is an opening of the chest and originates in the heart. It can grow to be a very strong sound after you allow it to flow and can vibrate your whole body and even beyond. The "o" is a very round sound. It originates inside of your belly button and is able to cross the transition points of birth and death, which are doorways into another sphere, either the physical manifestation on earth, for example, or the return to the omniverse. These are ultimately the same transition. We are born again and again on the other side:) The "u": this is a very healing sound and at this stage of our two legged animal existence it only can be achieved with practice. This practice is very important as it grounds us and ultimately makes us enjoy our physical manifestation on the third rock from the sun.
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