Author Archives: John Griogair Bell

Summary for the week ending Mar 26, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending March 26th, 2017.

Lots of posts to the blog this week, starting out the New Year, Annus V:iii, catching up on the old visual and video pools, which I’d not been keeping up on. Of course, I’ve been trying to move those in-house, but not much participation on those pools on the BBS yet. It takes the wind out of their sails to move them in-house, but one hopes there’s enough interest to keep them going. Honestly not sure if I should just call it done for those, but maybe I’ll give it a little bit more time.

If I weren’t using the BBS for Omnium Gatherum posts and, recently, posting pitches and submissions to the private Patron Lounge, there wouldn’t really be a reason to keep the BBS going. Of course, the importance of having a reason for the forum to exist beyond itself was one thing I contemplated and was intentional about for the BBS.

This week I completely plowed through getting all of the Thelema Coast to Coast pages and audio files back up on the site. Those pages were some that simply didn’t make it through the import process I used (which was a total SNAFU but so be it) so they were in worse shape as a whole than they would’ve been otherwise. I should have all the content back up to snuff, and redirects for all the old media URLs to the new URLs, so all the old links, wherever they appear, should still be fine. I did plow through these quickly, so I may have fumbled while fatigued, but I’ll keep an eye on it and look for anything amiss.

As I was working, I noticed that it was 10 years ago that TCTC was active for a couple of years. With 44 episodes over just a couple years, it sure made a stir; and there’s still a lot of interest in that historic podcast.

I also notice while I was working on these pages that I ran the final automated import for the new site a whole year ago. While I only put the new site into production at the beginning of this year, I actually did that last import back in March 2016, a year ago. From that point on, until the new site was put into production, I was having to maintain two sites, and duplicating all my effort across both for any updates or changes; and it was just super slow going. I really did think it was going to be much faster, and I’d have gotten much further along on clearing the dust and chaos. But, in the end, I just had to put the new site into production in spite of it not being ready.

The new site has been much better for my efforts to maintain and expand the site, and I keep burning the candle at both ends to get all the old content up to standards again while continuing to introduce new materials and improve the whole site beyond where it was before.

Even after a year working on the new site, and putting it into production for 2017, there’s still so much work to do! I definitely enjoy the work, and being of service doing it; but, whenever I stop to survey how much time and effort I put into the site, and through various frustrations and setbacks related to the site and my own life since I took over in 2009 (getting closer and closer to 10 years now! Wow! And wild!) … I wonder just how sane I’ve been and am to have kept going!

Faint gibbering heard from somewhere near the restricted stacks, indeed, amirite?

Here’s an illustration Binding Trump – to The Phantom Zone!! by Suzanne Forbes, a public domain work of art created for the ongoing #BindTrump ritual action started by author Michael M Hughes.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

DUCHAMP SPINNING GLASS from Francesca Fini on Vimeo.

video by Francesca Fini
music "Duchamp" by Isuzu Kochiwa

Uno spezzone di Telegiornale RAI è stato digitalizzato, allungato verticalmente fino a spappolare l'immagine, quindi fatto ruotare vorticosamente su se stesso, trasformandosi in un fascio di colore. Così una registrazione del mondo reale diventa una trama astratta, come nei dischi di vetro rotanti di Duchamp nei quali il mondo di fuori si disintegra. Su questo video manipolato digitalmente è stato sovrapposto il frammento di una pura fiction hollywoodiana, trattato graficamente alla stessa maniera, creando intrecci la cui valenza simbolica non è dato sapere, perché quello che i due video raccontano e documentano si è dissolto nel trattamento digitale.
Questo video nasce anche dalla scoperta della musica di Isuzu, artista giapponese che ha Duchamp ha dedicato un suo brano.

> Francesca Fini videoartista, performer e filmmaker romana.
> Isuzu Kochiwa vive a Osaka ed è il leader del gruppo post noise giapponese "Amok". Isuzu usa il suo computer, la sua voce e differenti elementi acustici per creare microsuoni, pesaggi acustici stratificati verso la totale psichedelia.

A sample of an Italian tv news program has been captured and digitized, stretched vertically to crush the image and then spun wildly on itself, turning into a beam of light. So the Italian tv distorted registration of the real world becomes a feverish plot made of pure color, as in Duchamp's rotating glass disks in which the outside world disintegrates. On this piece of digitally manipulated video was then superimposed a sample of an hollywood motion picture film, treated the same way, but along the horizontal axis, creating plots whose symbolic value is not to be known, because what the two videos illustrated and documented dissolved in the digital manipulation.
This video is part of a project that aims to remix and reinterpret the historical and contemporary imagery dealing with reality.
>video By Francesca Fin
>music "Duchamp" by Isuzu Kochiwa