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Electronic Awakening

‘Untitled Form’, Digital Image. Anna Sadler. Installation View. August 2011. (46.8 x 33.1 in)

I have just come across a ‘work in progress’ documentary that addresses the transcendental experiences that are evident within Electronic Music Culture.

Andrew Johner received a full grant through the online ‘Kickstarter Fund’ – a sign that this research project is valued and inspirational. See link below.

His documentary seeks to analyse the culture’s collective evolution and lift the veil of these mysterious events and rituals to reveal the true nature of this phenomenon and its practitioners.

As I research further into spirituality in relation to the mind, body and creativity – I am drawn to the Electronic Sounds as a way to support and inspire my life and practice. The film explores the relationship between music and consciousness, the metaphysics of mythology, and the spiritual experience of ‘God’ as revealed through the cultural and ritualistic elements of dance. Interestingly, the film quantifies the phenomena of electronic dance music culture as an emerging form of spiritual practice – relating to the collective experience of the sacred.

As I enter into a longer and deeper practice of meditation and creativity this forthcoming week, I shall be interested to review the effects of listening to the pioneering work of Eliane Radique as I seek to explore a place within – through sound, movement, expression, drawing and video.

The epic culmination of the film reveals from an ethnographic standpoint how all of this information coincides with our planet’s alignment in the center of the galaxy on December 21, 2012, and investigates why the Rave Culture is preparing for a massive synchronized party on that date.

For more information, follow the links below:




Eliane Radique – Electronic Music Composer

To listen to Eliane Radique’s piece Kyema; 1998 click on the link below:

Eliane Radique - Electronic Music Composer. b.1932

The work of Eliane Radique is very influential to my arts practice.

Up until a couple of months ago, working in my studio meant working in absolute silence. However, I was recently introduced to the electronic sounds of Eliane Radique and have since opened up my practice to allow these sounds to resonate through me and therefore my work.

Elaine Radique’s work is deeply related to meditation and as a practicing devotee – she makes work that relates to hours of meditation practice and altered states of consciousness. As a visual artist and meditator, I feel it offers me some rare rewards and benefits that I have received and am yet to receive.

Her sounds have been described by ‘Pascal Wyse’ of the Guardian as ‘a tectonic plate of sound that evolves so slowly it seems to move and stay still at the same time’.

It is also interesting to listen to how Eliane Radique describes how she found the ‘tiny little field  of sound and I just dug under its skin’. These words are particularly inspiring to me as I am in search of the ‘other’ – the subtle awareness of the mind in relation to the body and how we can begin to grow from a deeper place that lies below the surface of the skin.

Eliane talks of discovering ‘small cells of sound getting slower and slower, stretched out across time and revealing their microscopic innards’. This description relates closely to my interest in discovering and interpreting the microscopic functions of the kidney as a way of understanding the self from this microscopic scale – the fundamental workings of the body – in relation to the fundamental workings of sound as Eliane describes.

Eliane describes sound as changing state and form – from one to another but also reminds us that this takes time – little by little – subtler and subtler. This slow evolving relates directly to meditation practice and the slow and subtle states of the mind as it evolves and changes with time and practice and deepening with awareness.

Another interesting aspect to Eliane’s practice is her solitary nature of composing; her dedication to Buddhism and its hours of private meditation – I feel I am working more and more towards this practice of awakening through creativity – spending increasingly more hours in solitude in my studio, working in half-light, with the sounds of Eliane being absorbed under my skin and allowing the process and practice of being present to emerge in what I do.

To read a review of Eliane Radique’s work by Pascal Wyse from the Guardian click on the link below: 

Vipassana Course Timetable

The Vipassana Course Timetable that I experienced as a participant in the 10 day Silent Meditation Retreat in January has become an inspiration for a new investigation into my art practice.

Between Monday 13th August and Friday 17th August, I shall be creating and re-creating a timetable of yoga, meditation, rest, creativity and discourse. For best results, I shall follow the timetable that I create as closely as possible and maintain a continuity of practice.

4:00 am Morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 am Meditate in the hall or in your room
6:30-8:00 am Breakfast break
8:00-9:00 am Group meditation in the hall
9:00-11:00 am Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions
11:00-12:00 noon Lunch break
12noon-1:00 pm Rest and interviews with the teacher
1:00-2:30 pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30-3:30 pm Group meditation in the hall
3:30-5:00 pm Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions
5:00-6:00 pm Tea break
6:00-7:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
7:00-8:15 pm Teacher’s Discourse in the hall
8:15-9:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
9:00-9:30 pm Question time in the hall
9:30 pm Retire to your own room–Lights out

Everything Changes by Bertolt Brecht

Everything changes. You can make

A fresh start with your final breath.

But what has happened has happened. And the water

You once poured into the wine cannot be

Drained off again.

What has happened has happened. The water

You once poured into the wine cannot be

Drained off again, but

Everything changes. You can make

A fresh start with your final breath

Quote for today

“The body is a part of every perception.

It is the immediate past in so far as it still emerges in the present that flees away from it.

This means that it is at once and the same time a point of view and a point of departure—

a point of view and a point of departure that I am and that I also go beyond as I move off towards what I must become.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre.

A Book Of Silence

I have just finished reading…

A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland.

I found it to be deeply personal and intellectually exciting. The book foster a deep understanding of silence through first-hand experience and research into psychoanalysis and mythology.

I recently experienced a period of 10days in silence at a Vipassana Meditation Retreat Centre in Hereford, England and have been inspired to write my own account of this journey into silence and within the self.

A Book Of Silence by Sara Maitland