Thursday, January 01, 2009

that's suitcase not baggage

01:20 AM 01 Jan 09


Happy New Year Mom

I wheeled my suitcase full of art goodies out the door at 11:59 PM so we were walking with suitcase from 2008-into-2009 this year; emphasis on art + communication, with walking as a given now.

See you in New Orleans!!
Happy New Year to US


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Friday, November 07, 2008

karmic seeds

sweetgum seed
A very good and succinct explanation by Geshe Tashi Tsering in his book The Buddha's Medicine for the Mind: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion:
"Intention is the most important of all mental events because it gives direction to the mind, determining whether we engage with virtuous, non-virtuous, or neutral objects. Just as iron is powerlessly drawn to a magnet, our minds are powerlessly drawn to the object of our intentions.

An intention is a mental action; it may be expressed through either physical or verbal actions. Thus, action, or karma, is of two types: the action of intention and the intended action. The action of intention is the thought or impulse to engage in a physical or verbal act. The intended action is the physical or verbal expression of our intention. Karma actually refers to the action of intention but in general usage it includes the intended action and the seeds that are left in the mind as a result.

How do we accumulate karmic seeds? Every physical and verbal action is preceded by mental activity. Goodwill motivates a kind gesture; ill will motivates nasty words. Ill will is the intention to cause mental, emotional or physical harm. Thus, before and during a bad action, ill will is present in our mind. The presence of ill will before and during this act has an impact and influence on the mind due to which a certain potential is left behind. This potential is a karmic seed, a seed planted in our mind by physical, verbal or mental action. The strength or depth of this seed is determined by a number of factors, including how strong our intention is, whether we clearly understand what we are doing, whether we act on our intention and whether the physical and verbal action is completed.

Seeds will remain in the mind until they ripen or are destroyed. Seeds left by negative mental events and actions can be destroyed by the four opponent or antidotal powers. The most important of these four powers are regret for the negative act and a firm resolve not to act that way again in the future. Seeds left by positive mental events and actions can be destroyed by anger.

Even if we do not act on a negative intention, a karmic seed of diminished potency is still left in the mind. This incompleted seed is easier to remove. If it is not destroyed, a negative seed will eventually produce an unpleasant and negative effect while a postive seed will produce a pleasant and positive effect. Karmic seeds do not go to waste even after one hundred aeons. They will come to fruition when the time comes and the conditions assemble.

Actions motivated by the wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings and dedicated to that end have a special feature. The positive effects of such an act will be experienced many times over without being exhausted. For this reason, virtue dedicated to complete enlightenment is likened to a magnificent tree that bears fruit every season without fail. Such virtues will bear fruit until Buddhahood is attained."


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Sunday, November 02, 2008

journey in the night

when all saints day
became Día de los Muertos
we sat together again
in the place where memory lives on


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Monday, August 04, 2008

hard sweet hard, the proposal

anne devine
hard sweet hard
a studio in the woods
changing landscapes

hard sweet hard is three card monte
hard sweet hard is tic tac toe
hard sweet hard is 7.66

hard sweet hard is science
hard sweet hard is math
hard sweet hard is art

hard sweet hard is alchemy
hard sweet hard is chance
hard sweet hard is magic

hard sweet hard is woods
hard sweet hard is water
hard sweet hard is walk

hard sweet hard is personal
hard sweet hard is perspective
hard sweet hard is performance

hard sweet hard is simultaneous
hard sweet hard is spontaneous
hard sweet hard is spectacular

hard sweet hard is collaboration
hard sweet hard is community
hard sweet hard is context

instructions for hard sweet hard:

01. begin with a willingness to engage anything
02. believe that people can do anything
03. proceed with joy
04. stop as needed to bring the humanity back
05. conclude in knowing no connection is too small

KEYWORDS: connecting, reclaiming, seeding, seeding behavior, networks, proximity, locus of control, translation, transformation.

THEORY: 7.66 is a changing landscape: loss of canopy (trees reaching a high level) is resulting in greater light and new strategy, seeding a more dynamic structure. Observing experiencing and examining this landscape will inform creative ways of reaching new and existing audiences for the dispersal of educational environmental information and the seeding of strong personal connection to our global ecosystem.

hard sweet hard is a series of investigational walks:

01. in the woods (7.66) – solo walks, walks with those knowledgeable of the local ecosystem (ie ASITW Environmental Steward/Curator Dave Baker), walks in communication with others/general public, and with invited guests as available

02. in the surrounding environment (beyond 7.66 among the woods, along the Mississippi River and the area’s natural environment, connecting with the local parish and its residents),

03. and a performative distance walk connecting ASITW with Tulane University (the academic site of Environmental Studies) and the residents of the city of New Orleans.

DIALOGUE: hard sweet hard is a working dialogue of exchange between the artist and the public, especially residents of the area. in presentation, I would like to hold an open studio day, invite people on a public group walk in the woods, and give an artist’s presentation of walks taken and work completed during residency, to include a text piece and a sound work.


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