Monday, January 9, 2017

Pixel Forest, Snow Storms and Faults in Our Stars from Scorpio to Virgo

Everywhere there are faults of our stars.  Shakespeare wrote about them:

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings." 

This is what we all seem to be worry about, what happened to us?

For most of my 47 years, I've thought I was a Scorpio.

That was what I thought going into the Feast of the Epiphany, a trip to the New Museum, and a party Friday.

Its what I thought during the snow storm Saturday.

Well, I didn't give it to much thought.  I’ve never put too much thought into the zodiac.

But I like the fierce feel of being a Scorpio.  A quick good search under traits of Scorpio suggests:

Scorpio is nothing, if not fierce! The 8th Sign of the Zodiac, the Scorpio loves a good fight, and can give 'intensity' a run for its money (worth). Well, to put it simply, the Scorpions are strong, commanding, intense, passionate and zealous. Driven, dedicated and loyal, they also are ambitious and security-loving. 

But then on Sunday at Judson, Micah reminded everyone that the zodiac calendar has gone through a few changes of late. They've added a new sign and dates on the calendar.

So now, I'm no longer a Scorpio, I'm a  Libra.

The people born under the Sign Libra are kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. However, in their effort to keep everyone happy, they find it difficult to say 'NO' to anyone, and as a result, they end up getting stressed. They have a lot of positive traits, but some negative ones, too.

Reading this to the family, everyone laughed. 

But they agreed.  The world has changed and so has my sign.

As Al’s blog points out, “With a symbol of the scales in the zodiac, the sign of Libra is the sign of justice, balance and harmony. That is why Libra’s are natural peacekeepers.”

Somehow, everything about what we thought our fates would be have changed.

That’s what it felt like walking through the snow, the streets, and the New Museum Friday for very surreal Pipilotti Rist show.  The New Museum posted:

“Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” will mark the first New York survey of the work of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

Over the past thirty years, Rist (b. 1962) has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.

Occupying the three main floors of the Museum, “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” is the most comprehensive presentation of Rist’s work in New York to date. It includes work spanning the artist’s entire career, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s, which explore the representation of the female body in popular culture, to her recent expansive video installations, which transform architectural spaces into massive dreamlike environments enhanced by hypnotic musical scores. Featuring a new installation created specifically for this presentation, the exhibition also reveals connections between the development of Rist’s art and the evolution of contemporary technologies. Ranging from the television monitor to the cinema screen, and from the intimacy of the smartphone to the communal experience of immersive images and soundscapes, this survey charts the ways in which Rist’s work fuses the biological with the electronic in the ecstasy of communication.

Snow storms and a cat café on a wondrous weekend of fun.

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