Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Human, All Too Human : Nietzsche (1999)

Human, All Too Human : Nietzsche
1999 Video Documentary

"’Ee says somewhere that, “you yourselves are this will-to-power.” And I think that Nietzsche thought that, er, ultimately the task was one of self-mastery – that is, of acquirin’ a certain kind of self-knowledge that would not be merely intellectual or abstract, because for Nietzsche all knowledge is ultimately rooted in the body – so for him, self-mastery involves acquirin’ as much knowledge as is possible about the human body, about your body, about its physiology, about its psychology."
A verbatim transcript

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Eurythmy of George W Bush

Rudolf Steiner said "rhythm is the carrier of life." I believe how a person carries their body and moves is an insight into the character of the person. This video of George W Bush shows us the man has no sense of rhythm. He throws himself around like a sheet in the wind. Lacking coordination, timing and any sense of awareness or empathetic understanding for those moving and making sound around him. He fumbles between gestures, grasping for something that catches his attention, drops it and moves on to the next thing with an equal amount of clumsiness.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Films by Peter Whitehead

Extracts from Tonight Lets all Make Love In London (1967)

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Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4. (a long interview with Brian Jones)

Part 5.
Charlie is My Darling: This is the documentary that Peter Whitehead did of The Rolling Stones during their tours in 1965. It received only brief release in '66, until it became ignored entirely.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Viktor Schauberger (30 June 1885–25 September 1958)

Viktor Schauberger (30 June 1885–25 September 1958) was an Austrian forester/forest warden, naturalist, philosopher and inventor.

The inventor of what he called "implosion technology", Schauberger developed his own highly idiosyncratic theories based on fluidic vortices. Very little of Schauberger's work has received mainstream acceptance, and the bulk of his work would likely be classified as pseudo-science.

Viktor Schauberger could be called the father of implosion technology. The implosion principle is, of course, diametrically opposite to what today's explosion oriented technology utilizes. Implosion has to do with a self sustaining vortex flow of any liquid or gaseous medium, which has a concentrating, ordering effect and which decreases the temperature of the medium, in opposition to the dictates of "modern" thermodynamics.

Viktor Schauberger constructed water sluices, which, with controlled water temperature and vortex flow, were able to transport logs of a higher specific weight than would normally allow their transport on water. He proposed a more effective means of utilizing hydroelectric power by his jet turbine. In the second world war he was forced to develop his concepts of vortex dynamics at the service of Hitler's military goons, and, is said to have produced working prototypes of levitating disks using these principles.

At the end of the war, the remains of his work fell partly into Russian, and American, military hands. After the war, Schauberger worked on a concept of water-based power generation, through vortex action, in a closed cycle engine. In 1958 he was brought to the USA, by promises of a possibility he would get his technology further developed and applied. Afterwards, he was thoroughly debriefed, his writings and prototypes were kept, and, he apparently had to sign a legal document and 'promise' not to promote his technology further - all so that he would simply be able to return home to Austria. Five days after his return to Austria - on 25 September 1958 - he died. A book that details some of the life story of Schauberger was written by Olof Alexandersson.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Jason Nelson at Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities

The first ten minutes of digital artist and poet, Jason Nelson, discussing his work at the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) in College Park, MD. More from Jason at

Monday, May 07, 2007

Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport

Although this 10-minute work-in-progress draws from interviews used in the documentary Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport, it does not reflect the overall look, feel, and narrative of the full-length documentary.

Copyright Criminals will be completed in Spring 2007 and submitted to film festivals, to be followed by a DVD release.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Psychoactivity: the Fountain of Culture

Christian Raetsch on the ethnology of psychoactivity. The first of Friday morning's presenters was Christian Rätsch, who gave a talk entitled, "Psychoactivity: the Fountain of Culture." A Multidisciplinary Conference on Plants, Shamanism & States of Consciousness, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 1-4, 1998.