universal lingo

universal lingo
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Oct '14 MusicPoetryMotion


RECREATION - 2:50s, orig.: 3 loops 720p, color, no audio 
(©michaeldouglashawk 2008-2012)

Gislaveds konsthall - Gislaveds, Sweden 
August 30 - October 5, 2014  

video art curated by Alysse Stepanian
by invitation for the Global Art & Moving Images Awards
October/November 2013. 
Artists:
Kelly Monico (USA), Liron Kroll (UK)
Michael Douglas Hawk (Germany)
Payam Mofidi and Ila Firouzabadi (Iran & Canada)
Sonia Laura Armaniaco \\ aka svonica (Italy)
Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Yuko Takemura (UK)








Feb 2013 - New: still work ICICLES


Gallery simulation of this year's quadruptychon work ICICLES.
It's a high resolution print panoramic on four wood boards, from a series of hi-res DSLR shots, taken
in Winter 2012/13 by the banks of local Wümme river, here in Lower Saxony, near Rotenburg.
This assemblage refers to the rhythmic character of evolutionary phenomena; in the true sense, a 'still, frozen'
like a drawing of (or from) the river's waters former motion; which will be re-entering movement
as soon as the crystal molecular structure will melt (back) in to the flow of the river's waters...

This work is for sale.
original measurements: 4x 80x60cm (= 320cm x 60)

May 17.'13 Volkshochschule Rotenburg (Ger)




THE GLOBAL ELEMENT
Medien-Reisebericht des Rotenburger Künstlers Michael Douglas Hawk  
über sein globales Installationsprojekt 

Vortrag / Lecture @ Volkshochschule Rotenburg

Seit den Anfängen wissenschaftlicher Forschung im Westen aber ebensolcher im Fernen Osten sucht der Mensch nach den Grundkräften in der Natur - teilweise mit wissenschaftlicher Disziplin, teils mit der Erforschung alter Überlieferungen, aus philosophischen Texten und mit spirituellen Methodiken, um der Natur der Dinge und damit auch unserer menschlichen Natur, als ihr Bestandteil - auf die Spur zu kommen.nWAS macht unsere Welt aus - Was hält sie, wie Goethe schon  formulierte, "im Innersten zusammen"..?
Der Rotenburger Medienkünstler und Photograph Michael Douglas Hawk (der am Turm der hiesigen Stadtkirche 2010 bereits seine große öffentliche Videoinstallation TRANS-FORMATION im Rahmen des “Diesseits-Jenseits”-Kultur- und Kunstprojektes installierte) reiste 2007, als Artnomade, in vierzig Tagen einmal um die ganze Welt, um an 5 Orten auf verschiedenen Kontinenten, Prozesse der Elemente ERDE, FEUER, WASSER, LUFT und RAUM aufzuzeichnen. Es werden - neben einer Einführung zum Projekt, Reisebilder und High-Definition-Videos mit fast bis zum Bildstillstand gehender Verlangsamung dokumentierter Natur-Prozesse präsentiert. Als künstlerisches Ergebnis der Arbeiten des Projektes soll eine begehbare Medien-Installation mit fünf Projektionen entstehen. Es gibt für Sponsoren, gerne auch aus der regionalen Wirtschaft oder der Kultur, bei Interesse Möglichkeiten für eine Beteiligung am künstlerischen Projekt.


The number four is sacred to many Native Americans. There are four sacred mountains, four directions, four sacred plants, and four times of day (Griffin-Pierce 1992a:70). Attempts to create new things are usually unsuccessful the first three times but are successful the fourth time (Griffin-Pierce 1992a:67). Time and space are defined by the four cardinal light phenomena: Dawn (white, east); Midday (blue, south); Evening Twilight (yellow, west), and Night (black, north). (Griffin-Pierce 1992b:123). Griffin-Pierce explains this in more detail:

The four cardinal light phenomena are results of the sun’s apparent daily motion. These phenomena are a composite of the four directions, the four times of day, and the four sacred colors linked with them. A Navajo does not think of the east without envisioning hayoo[k11[, Dawn, and the white color of the sky at this time of day. Next is nahodeet['iizh, which is usually glossed as “horizon blue” or “blue haze” in reference to the band of relatively darker blue that lies on the horizon at midday; this light is associated with the south. Nahootsoii follows and literally means “around the area becomes yellow,” although this word is usually translated as “evening twilight”; it is linked to the west. Finally, chaha[heel, darkness, is associated with the north and with the blackness of the night sky (Griffin-Pierce 1992a:88).
The Navajo believe that the four directions are alive, places where sacred things happen. Tribal elder Avery Denny is currently using string games to teach children about the significance of the four directions and the four cardinal light phenomena. Four string games, each representing a constellation, star, or planet, are used as mnemonic devices that facilitate the recall of concepts that are essential for correct living (Denny 1996):
East Direction: S='tsoh (Great Divine Star, Big Star):
• Symbolic of Nits1h1 kees (Positive Thinking).
• Nits1h1 kees is associated with the development of concentration and the senses.
South Direction: Dily4h4 (The Pleiades or Seven Sisters):
• Symbolic of Nah1ta' (Planning).
• Nah1ta' is associated with organization, communication, comprehension, and the planting of seeds.
West Direction: S='[1n7 (Cluster of Stars, Many Stars, Galaxy):
• Symbolic of Iin1 (Life).
• Iin1 is associated with clan system, kinship, social development, and life cycles.
North Direction: S='bidee'7 (Horned Star, Comet):
• Symbolic of Siihasin (Spirituality, Hope, Strength).
• Siihasin is associated with the natural order, sacred songs, prayers, ceremonies, and protection.