Friday, January 22, 2010

DREAM AWAKE - HOW JAMES JOYCE INVENTED EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA & DISGUISED IT AS A BOOK

Poet John Sinclair just shared details of a filmfestival scheduled in his home of Ann Arbor later this year, featuring a lecture that sounds like the perfect sand-wedge, between Bobby Campbell's fantastic artwork and recent mind-cleansing MCLUHAN/JOYCE postings:

Friday, March 26 at 5pm: ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL LECTURE -
at Ann Arbor Library, 343 South 5th Av, AA, MI 48104, 734-302-7774, free admission http://www.aafilmfest.org/

DREAM AWAKE - HOW JAMES JOYCE INVENTED EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA & DISGUISED IT AS A BOOK - Paramedia-ecologist Gerry Fialka's challenging interactive workshop probes how Joyce's 1939 book/epic collage/meta-narrative film FINNEGANS WAKE (and Marshall McLuhan's Menippean Satirized translation of it) presaged experimental & political activist cinema. How did the WAKE influence Hollis Frampton, Owen Land, John Cage & Peter Greenaway? How & why does the WAKE tell the history of everything that ever happened and will happen? Why did Joyce hang out with Masons and reveal their secrets? Why did the British secret police study the WAKE? How did the WAKE invent MK-ULTRA, the CIA's mind control program? How does the WAKE write a detailed history of the future? How and why did Joyce anticipate the Facebook-Google-Wiki-Twitter-YouTube-Blogosphere swirl (social networking), TMZ, Girl Talk and whatever comes after the Internet? Harry Smith, who claimed Giordano Bruno invented cinema, stated that the function of film viewing is to put people to sleep - dreaming awake. ReJoyce interconnecting Finneganese "funny funereels," "allnights newseryreel," "they leap looply, looply, as they link to light," "cellelleneteutoslavzendlatinsoundscript," and "a ... riot of blots and blurs and bars and balls and hoops and wriggles and juxtaposed jottings linked by spurts of speed." Fun for all at Finnegans Wake. "Gerry Fialka's 'Dream Awake' is a great, entertaining, eye-opening, mind-widening, and provocative event. It amply demonstrated for me Marshall McLuhan's assertion that Finnegans Wake is 'a memory theater for the entire contents of human consciousness and unconsciousness.' Highly recommended." - John Bishop, seminal James Joyce scholar, author of "The Book of the Dark," and author of the intro to the current in-print edition of Finnegans Wake.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

F FOR FAKE


Wikipedia: "F for Fake (French: Vérités et Mensonges) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger; de Hory's story serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Far from serving as a traditional documentary on Elmyr de Hory, the film also incorporates Welles's companion Oja Kodar, notorious "hoax-biographer" Clifford Irving, and Orson Welles himself, in an autobiographical role."

420 KABBALAH

420 KABBALAH With Eric Wagner.
Feb 22 - May 18 (2010)

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR FURTHER COURSE DETAILS.

Dude, like, Aleister Crowley said you could learn the Holy Kabbalah, in, like, two ways. You could memorize all those tables of correspondences, OR you could tackle one Kabbalistic problem and focus all your attention on it. Well, a few years ago I noticed that the Hebrew word for “smoke” adds up to 420, which I found an interesting coincidence. Man, that sounds like a Kabbalistic problem. This class will explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah through the number 420. I think this will provide a wonderful entryway into the thought of Aleister Crowley and a playful approach to the Golden Dawn material which so greatly influenced Crowley, Israel Regadie, Robert Anton Wilson and many others. Along the way we will discuss the history of the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, the relationship between the Kabbalah and the Western occult tradition, and the interrationships between the Jewish, Christian and Sufi traditions. Please join us on this Kabbalistic voyage.

Text: 777 by Aleister Crowley




Also, read Eric Wagner at full steam in "AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO ROBERT ANTON WILSON"

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