More on Imagination

June 6, 2015

In my posting on February 18, I spoke of a possibility of a sequel to my workshop, “Drawing What You Love,” which was offered at Easton Mountain earlier that month. There are now two workshops on the schedule: “Kink Imagination” will be part of the Kink Odyssey weekend, June 18-21 and “Infinite Imagination” during Summer Splash, June 26-28.

My ideas about erotic imagination have developed during that time – and an important impetus for that development has been some of the video’s on Vimeo. I’ve put a number of these videos on a channel called “Erotic Imagination.” In general, I’ve selected videos that go beyond just showing a naked figure posing or doing ordinary activities. I’ve included videos that have elements of art, dance and other disciplines. Some are there just because I thought what was shown might be tried at Easton Mountain. There’s a crazy boxing match from a Danish Music Festival that’s an example of this.

I’ve put my ideas about erotic imagination into a video.

Imagination from Sunfire on Vimeo.

While video certainly isn’t the only possible medium for expressing imagination, it is tool that, with new smart phones and apps being written for them, that is now available in to a much wider group of people than ever before. In addition to my workshop “Infinite Imagination,” which will focus on all types of expression, I’m also planning a workshop on what can be done with a smart phone or other readily available video tools.

This is my sixth posting on “Apotheosis,” the movement-art video that I filmed last October.

In editing it, I realized that the high resolution video gave an overly realistic quality to what is essentially a representation of inner truth. This work is about events happing in inner consciousness. David Townsend‘s scenic elements – which already contain symbols of how contemporary culture relates to our psyches – were altered electronically to create an environment that reflects inner vision.

Here’s an excerpt from the results:

Progress on “Apotheosis”

February 27, 2012

This is my fifth posting on “Apotheosis,” the movement art video that I started this past summer and filmed in October. In this posting I want to focus on the work of the artist David Townsend, who created two scenic elements for “Apotheosis.” 

Man at altarcloth

The ground-cloth that he painted represents the repressive world of contemporary culture – a world dominated by greed and the love of money, hence the currency symbols.

He also helped create an altar that shows spirituality as distorted by contemporary culture: An altar where Man – naked in his innocence – attempts to worship only to find himself bound by the restraints of contemporary society. The altar is not intended to represent the pure spirituality that is at the heart of all great religions, but rather how that spirituality has been distorted and made into a tool whereby the few dominate the many.

Man at Altar

Toward the end of the video, the altar bursts into flame – a purifying flame that liberates Man from the oppression of society and its institutionalized and repressive religions. I’ve edited the sequence of the burring altar in order to give you a sense of how this video is developing.

Filming “Apotheosis”

October 21, 2011

On Monday of this week, on what may well have been the last good day this year for a film shoot outdoors with naked dancers, I filmed “Apotheosis” in the High Meadow at Easton Mountain. Here are some still pictures from the shoot, which followed the scenario posted on July 16.  

Man with face boundThe figure in black takes a strip of greyish white cloth and blindfolds the man, wrapping the ends around his mouth and chin.
Bound man smeared with red paint

The figure in black smears the man's body with paint - a symbolic wounding.

The wounded man
Two men wreslting - one bound and blindfolrded, the other naked

The Higher Self wrestles with the man until the man surrenders.

Two men whose eyes meet for the first time

When the Higher Self removes the blindfold from the man's head, the man sees his Higher Self for the first time.

Now comes the tasks of first finishing the music and then editing all the video. Watch this blog for progress reports.

More on “Apotheosis”

October 16, 2011

On July 14 I posted something about creating a movement-art video to be called “Apotheosis.” We’ve had two rehearsals since then. Here’s a short video of parts of these rehearsals. The video has some of the music for this piece in it.

I’ll post more as the work progresses.

Agreements – V

February 22, 2010

Creativity at Easton Mountain

In the past few weeks, I’ve posted thoughts on Easton Mountain’s statement of value, the values that we who live at Easton Mountain have agreed to support.

Our sixth value affirms our support for “Creativity, celebration, fun and gaiety.” Easton Mountain has never had funds to support creative men the way we would like, but we have had several artists in residence who were able to work within our budget or find outside funding. One man created a series of temporary art pieces, another a series of photos of Christ blessing a group of naked men (one with “QUEER” tattooed on his back), while others have created painting, music and twenty-foot steel sculptures. This past summer, during Queer Spirit Camp, a group of men developed Spirit Theater, out of their own poetry and movement.

The video above reminds me of the words of William Blake: “Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed”.

In June we will have a long weekend devoted to Expressing Your Inner Self. It will include movement art, poetry, life drawing and video – and will be facilitated by the poet Douglas Allen (Weathervanes, published by Feral Press), David Kidd (M. A. with a concentration in Art History who has facilitated life drawing at other Easton Mountain retreats), and John Ollom (an accomplished choreographer and skilled dance teacher who also specializes in helping those who are not professional dancers find expression through movement). I will facilitate video for this retreat. The Spirit Theater video is an example of my work. There are also examples in other postings on this blog and on the blog Easton Mountain Experiences.

This covers creativity. In my next posting I’ll discuss celebration, fun and gaiety at Easton Mountain.

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