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On The Wires > qarrtsiluni / Animals in the City

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 04/24/2013 at 22:46

They woke me up at the crack of dawn.
Looked out my window. Here’s what I (heard and) saw …

On the Wires now live at qarrtsiluni in the ‘Animals in the City’ issue.

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It was early. It was loud. It was the beginning of June and I’d just returned from a trip abroad. I’d spent a full month  in Read the rest of this entry »

POP UP: a poptagon

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/28/2012 at 05:20

Another trip down memory lane; another collaboration with Dorothee Lang. ‘POP UP poptagon’ went live in Locus Novus on September 22nd a few years back.  The day/month strikes me as significant in more ways than one: My long-time animal companion died on September 22nd this year. The passing was, and still is, sad. The project, however, was floral and fun: “a collaborative exploration of the pop culture lexicon as it pertains to four overlapping processes that set and keep pop culture in motion: distribution, commodification, (re)production, and consumption”.

 Here’s the link:

POP UP: a poptagon / Locus Novus

Thank goodness for Dorothee’s blog notes. They contain email excerpts that remind me of how the project began. She wrote:

it started with some images of backyard flowers sent back and forth as mail additions. then came some floored peonies. and a tossed thought in a mail:

“here, a rain front washed through. the peonies are floored. i just was outside, trying to perk them up a bit. picture to follow.
we could start to work on a flower-collaboration ;-)”
- d.

For the full blog post, and my response to her suggestion, go here.

Locus Novus features projects that synthesize text, image, motion, and sound.

reconnecting with my senses in hévíz

In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 03/10/2012 at 06:11

My memory of Hévíz—a Hungarian spa town—is a memory of sensation. My time there is sacred. It’s not a particularly “exciting” time; it’s a rejuvenating contemplative retreat more than anything. For close to a month, my routine consists of eating, walking, resting, sleeping, soaking in mineral hot springs, and receiving wellness treatments (massages, mud packs, etc.). For me, it is bliss. It’s the closest to I get to God.

On more than one occasion I’ve gone there to disconnect from life-as-I-know-it where I live; to disconnect from computers; phones; responsibilities. Solitude is available in large quantities. I slow down. I stop thinking. And when I stop thinking, I begin to sense life in and around me in ways I tend to overlook during the rest of  the year. What I find through disconnection is a reconnection with the language of my senses—and nature.

For example …

From my window each morning
I hear and see:

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From the cobblestone streets
I watch and listen:

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From the lake—a thermal lake—
I feel my skin enveloped in heat and liquid nutrition:

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I smell
sweetness in the earth; air; trees:

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Well … there’s earth, air, and trees in that video, but you can’t really smell them.
Perhaps one year I’ll capture the scent and share it here …

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This post was prepared for:
Language > Place Blog Carnival #14:
Locating the Senses in Language / Place

The challenge > just a moment

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 01/05/2012 at 21:01

This one is all about blog-hopping. Funny how it goes…

It began with three photos I’d posted over at my image gallery VisuaLiving. I later decided to feature them together in a blog post here at Living ?s. I snapped the photos on a walk I’d taken while preoccupied with planning a trip and escaping. At some point, I returned to the present and realized the beauty I was missing while daydreaming.

Meantime, Dorothee Lang was in the midst of editing a BluePrintReview issue on the topic of  ‘challenge’.  She’d stumbled across my post containing my images and musings. Apparently, the post fit well with her theme, so she published it as an issue preview in the literary and visual art journal’s blogzine.  The feature highlights my post at Living ?s, and links to the photos at VisuaLiving. From blog to blog to blog. Dizzying.

The challenge > just a moment

As for the ‘challenge’ issue of BluePrintReview, here it is.

Contributors include:

Arlene AngMarcia ArrietaJenni B. BakerAlex BernsteinJessie CartyJeff Crouch,
Julia Davies (+1), Daniela ElzaSusan ErsinghausSusan M. Gibb (+1), 
Stephen Hastings-King (+1),
Rose Hunter
Claire Ibarra,(+1), Ron KostarSherry O’KeefeKim McMechan (+1),
Jean MorrisBrigita Orel (+1), Ron Riekkibl pawelek (+1), RouchswalweRay Scanlon,
Nancy ScottMichael J. Solender,
Steve Wing (+1), Mary Stone Dockery

Lucky Star

In Random Curiosities on 01/03/2012 at 10:08

Some folks are penny wishers, others are star wishers.
If you prefer stars, here’s a chalk star to wish upon …

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This is a re-post from a couple of years ago. Thought I’d revisit it now–
at a time of year devoted to intentions, resolutions, success plans.

Sometimes, perhaps, it’s better to drop the effort and hope for something grand  …

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home sense memory

In About Word Works, Blog Carnivals / Events on 10/08/2011 at 17:51

a sunny august moment unfolded like this, if I recall it correctly …

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head, spinning fast spinning right up down left i’m
meandering home from the station, i
deas and fantasies
dreams and ambitions of elsewhere of there of

away far away, other lands other times other spaces
back then wonder when
but not now and not here and not present
old breath vision time and sensation

away, until 

2 blinks they open, my eyes so wide open i see that it’s me

in my fresh in my nation my city
so fragrant
 this moment

right here and today

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written for: > Language > Place Blog Carnival: Edition #11

featured in:  BluePrintReview Newspaper

 

VisuaLiving > 2 Views

In Treks, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 07/27/2011 at 03:52

It came together in a flash of inspiration when I had a list of other things to do…

I felt the urge, desire, to capture a memory, yet my attempts to contain it recalled the circularity of a familiar moment that changes hue.

The sunrise each day—in Hévíz, Hungary—would greet me with
variations on a particular sky view.

Below, two renditions—complete with visuals, words, and links to avian tunes:

View 1  /  View 2

Baby Hail

In MicroMoment Videos on 07/14/2011 at 16:53

In Vancouver, it rains. Occasionally, it hails. When it does, it’s micro-micro-micro-sized.

> language > place blog carnival #7: oenisplx igrnimeeg spnimirt

In About All Publications, About Image Works, Blog Carnivals / Events, Treks on 06/24/2011 at 16:10

oenisplx / igrnimeeg / spnimirt is an asemic project I put together with Dorothee Lang.

It’s included in the language/place blog carnival #7–assembled by Julia Davies:
“unwritten language / unnamed place”.

A larger version of the asemic images appear in life as a journey >  the direct link is here.

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The term ‘asemic’ is variously described as “post-literate”, “nonsensical”, “non-symbolic”. Like abstract art, asemic work promises viewers the opportunity to generate personal meanings from their own cultural and linguistic standpoints rather than having meanings imposed by writers and artists.

In keeping with the spirit of asemics, I won’t tell you the origin of the images. I certainly won’t reveal that the images began as photographs I took  inside the bathing complex that sits at atop the mineral-rich Hungarian Lake Hévíz–the largest thermal lake for swimming in Europe; the second largest in the world.

Something else I won’t reveal is the video below; that water in motion–a MicroMoment I captured on camera while standing inside the Hévíz Complex after a long afternoon of soaking:

Other things I promise to keep secret are the symbolic meanings in the title of the project. I won’t tell you the nonsensical three-part name carries the following interpretive content:

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oenisplx = the letters of the word ‘explosion’
[explosion of energy that leads to the elements]

igrnimeeg = the letters of the word ‘emerging’
[life emerging, colors spilling into one another]

spnimirt = the letters of the word ‘imprints’
[dried out world, only imprints remaining]

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Other collaborations with Dorothee Lang include: Induction/Deduction,  The White Squares, POP UP Poptagon, and Dealing with Family and Friends.

Swamp Work

In MicroMoment Videos on 02/06/2011 at 18:34


For more MicroMoments, go here, here, here, here, here, here

 

Where Is Home? [7]

In Home Reflections on 02/05/2011 at 21:28

Home is on a lily pad …

Peek-a-Boo Green

In Random Curiosities on 01/16/2011 at 21:40

Today … early signs of spring in my yard.

Anything popping up for you?

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More garden shots here, here, and here.

Where Is Home? [3]

In Home Reflections on 11/25/2010 at 18:49

.. Home is wherever the snow falls …

Where Is Home? [2]

In Home Reflections on 11/23/2010 at 17:32

Home is the path you walk alone …

Contest > Fill-In-Blank

In Random Curiosities on 11/20/2010 at 17:15

Winter approaches.  Perennials die–become unrecognizable.

Here’s the question:

The plant in the photo above is/was a _____________. Read the rest of this entry »

Color(less)

In Random Curiosities on 11/16/2010 at 17:43

Cold November days make vibrant flowers fade from memory…

What fades in November for you?

Vespa

In MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 11/04/2010 at 07:08

This is the only traffic I encountered along the 5 km stretch of forest
that connects Hévíz to Keszthely, Hungary.

Before heading down the pathway, I asked a local woman:

Any wild animals that should concern me?

No, she said, then laughed, and looked at me funny.

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For more on Hévíz, go herehere, and here.

Arboreal Halloween

In Celebrations on 10/31/2010 at 21:01

……..leaves of orange
……………………………………………………. trick or tree
………………………………………………………………………………………………dressed this morning

(Banff) Hot Springs Testimonial

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 10/30/2010 at 20:57

Three words.

What’s amazing in your world?

Tree Dwellers

In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/28/2010 at 17:32

Trees, the forest, the view from my room in the Hungarian spa town of Hévíz.

Every day, for 21 straight, these birds broke my sleep at 4 in the morning.

Wonder what they’re saying…

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Prepared for Festival of the Trees
a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal.
Festival #52: Healthy Curiosity

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 09/18/2010 at 03:26

A burgeoning project on flowers and culture splits in two…

One half morphs into POP UP Poptagon–a collaboration with Dorothee Lang, published in Locus Novus last year. The other half starts with a query from Dorothee, who mails from Germany to my office in Vancouver.

“Shall we write some poems now?” she asks.

Words are crafted, then stored in a file. I travel to Calgary–work with designer Lawrence Eisler on illustrations to accompany the text. Meantime, back in Germany, Dorothee is curious about literary hypertext–she’s engaged in consultations with U.S. hypertext author Susan Gibb.

I eventually leave Calgary; return to Vancouver with a series of illustrated poems in hand. Dorothee–stoked about what she’s learned from Susan–writes, “Want to turn these poems into hypertext?”

“Why not?” I write back.

We craft more illustrations and poems, and, inevitably it’s more complex than that, but at the end of the day, here it is:

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse Magazine
a hypercosmos by D. Lang + K. Eisler + L.  Eisler

Dorothee’s virtual notes on the process are here.

A review of (R)Evolution in Hypercompendia.

Note: He’s my brother, not my husband, if you’re wondering who Lawrence Eisler is.

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Wheelhouse Magazine is a publication of the Wheelhouse Arts Collective: “a collection of wayward artists, many of whom are progressive activists, labor unionists, and dilettantes, stuck inside the cramped confines of a seafaring vessel’s main cabin. Luckily…We know where we’re going: towards land, specifically a land where art is defetishized (not appreciated but wrestled with) and politics is a civic duty, where the New Yorker is not the arbiter of literary history (and no, it’s not necessarily Canada). We come from New York, Philadelphia, the Midwest, and abroad. We cling together in cyberspace and are bounded by the covers of our books.”

Fall Faces

In Random Curiosities on 09/16/2010 at 15:59

Morning greets me with crisp air and fresh Toad Lily blooms.

In your yard, are there any bursting blossoms for you?

Lake Hévíz, Hungary: elimae

In About All Publications, About Image Works, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/07/2010 at 03:28

Two photos of Hévíz, Hungary are featured in the September issue of elimae. I took the photos of the lake in broad daylight back in May–the water was warm; centigrade, about 33 degrees.

Here’s the link → Lake Hévíz, Hungary

And below, a MicroMoment I captured the same day:

In case you’re wondering, the correct pronunciation of elimae is el–ee-may. It stands for ‘electronic literary magazine’.  It’s been around since 1996, features creative writing and occasional images, boasts an elegant minimalist design, and is currently published under the joint editorship of Cooper Renner and Kim Chinquee in the U.S.

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Arctic (from) Air

In Random Curiosities, Treks on 08/19/2010 at 15:56

Always been curious about the High Arctic.
Hadn’t occurred to me I’d fly atop it on my journey to Europe.

After a nap, I look out the window–ice floes everywhere.
Baffin Island. Baffin Bay. Greenland. Norwegian Sea.

In-flight TV monitor reads:
Minus 86 degrees celsius at over 35,000 feet.

Go here for more on Flight 493.

July Sunset

In Treks on 07/28/2010 at 20:41

I look in awe at my surroundings,

move my head to the left, and see a man with a shovel:

“What’s with that?”  I wonder.

Upward Ivy

In Random Curiosities on 07/27/2010 at 22:33

My Variegated Algerian Ivy on a trellis. Slowly, it climbs; grows tall.

In which direction does your Ivy crawl?

Image Play Night Play

In Random Curiosities, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 04/16/2010 at 07:26

I ask myself:

What might a garden look like after midnight through tired eyes and dim light?

Kind of like this, I reply.

The discovery took place in my sandbox — VisuaLiving — while half asleep the other night.

April Garden Party 2010 Continues

In Celebrations, Random Curiosities on 04/12/2010 at 03:11

Sweet fragrant daffodils, in full bloom, poke through astilbe leaves to say hello and ask:

Where are you?

The April Garden Party is in full swing.

There’s room for more, and it doesn’t matter where you live.

The point of the party is to share what is (or isn’t) growing in April near you.

For directions, and to see who’s arrived, follow this link.

Hope to see you soon!

Karyn

April is over and submissions are closed.
To all who stopped by to view and/or share, thank-you!
The April Garden Party photos are preserved. Have a look.

April Garden Party 2010

In Celebrations, Random Curiosities on 04/02/2010 at 15:17

Birthing blooms vines leaves, my window spring morning fresh, I see.

© Karyn Eisler, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Your view?

Send video or 515 pixel-wide jpeg [or wider] to:

k_eisler AT telus DOT net

Words, name, link, location — please include.

Look forward to seeing what’s growing (or isn’t) near you!

April is over and submissions are closed.
To all who stopped by to view and/or share, thank-you!
Scroll down to see the April photos. They’re preserved.

Read the rest of this entry »

Reflect/Absorb: BPR #23

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 02/19/2010 at 12:09

Words: Father of the Suicide [David Jordan, USA]
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Image:  Reflect/Absorb [Karyn Eisler, Canada]
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Matchmaker: Editor of BluePrintReview [Dorothee Lang, Germany]
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unanticipated international collaboration in:

BluePrintReview #23 / (dis)comfort zones

How does the editor, Dorothee Lang, explain this particular coupling?

“the essay is about a painful subject: teenage suicide … and your water image has just the right mood: sadness, depth, a closing focus, things and thoughts underneath the surface”

I took this photo on the same day, from the same bridge, at the same time, save a moment or two, as the The Bow — an image that also appears in Issue 23, paired with Jennifer Jackson Whitley’s words on (addict)ion.

These word/image couplings provide a study in contrasts:

(addict)ion and suicide → two tales of discomfort;

and,

two photographs taken in Banff, Alberta, on a day when the mood was so different. It was such a happy day for my family and I; my mother’s birthday, my father and brother in attendance; all of us together, laughing, reminiscing, making moments of joy, memories of comfort …

The Bow: BPR #23

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 01/28/2010 at 08:27

The Bow River, a view from the bridge, a blue afternoon in Banff, Alberta.  Moss topped rocks promise rapid descent into the depths of the milky water.  Inviting. Dangerous. Delicious. Repellent.  These are the impressions I remember.

My photo of The Bow appears in BluePrintReview, where founding editor Dorothee Lang seeks “unexpected connections between texts and images from unrelated places.”

In Issue 23: (dis)comfort zones, she couples the photo with a Georgian author’s words on (addict)ion — Jennifer Jackson Whitley’s tale of desire and cautionary, yet reckless, compulsion.

For The Bow/(Addict)ion → go here

NewPages.com describes BluePrintReview as “an online journal constructed to ease the complex and beautiful convergence of language and art and all the possibilities this entails.”

A link to the entire (dis)comforting collection → Issue 23: (dis)comfort zones

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Which Earthquake?

In Random Curiosities on 01/17/2010 at 07:38

The ambiguity makes me wonder:

Is the fundraiser for Haiti disaster relief?

or

Did the earthquake in Haiti spark fear in Vancouver,
and efforts to stockpile emergency funds for when

The Big One

shakes the Canadian west coast,
which we’re told is inevitable?

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