Beyond The Black Rainbow: Aborea Institute Psychospiritual Development Handbook

RND/ To consider an conceptual Imaginary Book (ala Borges meets Eno) from the cinematic “Beyond The Black Rainbow” universe, as directed by Panos Cosmatos (2010).

A speculative theory-fiction. 2160 x 1080, Underlying page images by Ray Ogar.

> On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 10:52 AM Robert What wrote:

> > Hi Ray

> I’ve used some of your textures as pages for an Imaginary Book.

> Just type in neuropink to view this page: https://robertwhat.com/beyond-the-black-rainbow-aborea-institute-psychospiritual-development-handbook/

> Is it OK with you to put this up online? Please let me know if there’s a problem.

> I hope you like it! Stay safe,

> Robert

On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM ray ogar wrote:

> Very good to hear from you… I will take a look in the next day or so and give you my thoughts. I’m excited to see what you’ve done!

> Without seeing it yet, the main caveat I will probably suggest is that you include my Instagram link somehow. But again more in a couple days.

> Regards,

> Ray

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 1:32 AM ray ogar wrote:

> Second reply,

> Goodness, this is glorious and very unexpected, in all the best ways. And oddly/perfectly your project parallels (in a neatly skewed way) with my encyclopedic Zero Landmass Institute Book Series and Sleep Report project I completed in January (and of which I started exhibiting pieces of in 2019 and have been slowly revealing over time) .

> And yes, please post your visual remixes online on your site!

> During this xmas time, and after I finish grading and finalizing university projects for my students, I am hoping to begin adding work to my website for the project I mention above. And with that in mind, I would like to then add a web link to your own Aborea project and do a short write up of the project from the perspective of one of the Zero Landmass Institute’s surveyors. I have conceptualized Zero Landmass as a meta-project to warehouse other projects, concepts, collaborations, and more (I am currently working with another designer on something called the exo.sphere data project which will (like your project) strangely ghostly synchronize with other of my projects unexpectedly in the best ways).

> Would you be interested in me making such a link to your Aborea work (website/webpage) on my website when I get around to it?

> During research I have been conducting recently, I have come across many magnificent and strange writings, books, and journals, (and sound)…. I have no clue if either of the audio LPs or the written works below are items that might interest you, but take a look.

> 1.Likeness on the Edge of Town by Raft of Trash (prose reading over sound collage)
> 2. A Thought of Ecstacy (OST) (dialog and synth/electronic sound)
> 3. Hakim Bey, Peter Lamborn Wilson – T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism (I have only skimmed, not read yet)
> 4. Shaviro, Post Cinematic Affect (not read yet, table of contents is intriguing)

> Regards!

> Ray

Yo, Don Analog

> And yes, please post your visual remixes online on your site!

Cool, thanks!

> I have conceptualized Zero Landmass as a meta-project to warehouse other projects, concepts, collaborations, and more

Nice.. very ‘Big Science‘ ;-)

> Would you be interested in me making such a link to your Aborea work (website/webpage) on my website when I get around to it?

Please, feel free.

> During research I have been conducting recently, I have come across many magnificent and strange writings, books, and journals, (and sound).

You too? ;-) I’ve gotta 1TB ssd I call the Basement Archives which (kinda like the end of Indiana Jones) I dive into, in order to extract thin veins of potential artistic gold.

> I have no clue if either of the audio LPs or the written works below are items that might interest you, but take a look.

Clutch! I’m familiar with both the texts you suggested, but I need to re-read them. Liking the music.

Some cool reads available here:

> https://punctumbooks.com/
> https://monoskop.org/log/
> https://www.urbanomic.com/
> https://www.e-flux.com/

As for musics, a few recommendations:

Enjoy

– Bob

> Second reply,

> On a serious note, I have thought about your original email for a while now and from the standpoint that we are both researchers and colleagues endeavouring to unfurl the universe using somewhat similar methods: *You should have asked me first before using my imagery.*

> There is no doubt, as I expressed in my last email, that I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate what you have conceived in your brilliant composite image/text project you shared with me (and again, it “feels” appropriate, and I want to do a write up which honors it at some point.. and of course I wish I had thought of it!). I believe in my heart that your original intent was meant as sympatico-ness – however, I was stunned (both positively and negatively) upon receiving your email. And my initial conflicted personal response reflected my understanding that work of this nature does not exist as a malicious act: art, artist’s research, life, and any artist’s attendant emotional landscapes are so much more gloriously complex.

> As for my own process: I go to great lengths to curate my imagery and/or to take my own photos and I have very strict rules for myself on how (if and ever when) I appropriate images to incorporate into my own compositions (based on a very specific formula dealing with copyright and non-copyright images and guidelines). As a remix artist and a collage artist, I very much believe in fair use of images/sounds in the mainstream, as well as sourcing images from the public domain, and of course creating my own original source material (it is also something I teach in a variety of my courses). And it only makes sense that our own works might have an occasionally awesome convergence; I feel lucky that we both tread parallel (and yet equally distinct) trajectories in portions of our work domain.

> In ruminating on this topic, I can’t help but note many of the controversies regarding the of the pros and cons of appropriation:

> Contemporary artist Richard Prince has many a negative controversy surrounding his image appropriation of other’s images on Instagram

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/richard-prince-appropriation-instagram-1696413

> and

> https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/richard-prince-portrait-detroit-controversy-13504/

> vs.

> Bansky’s hilarious Dismaland parody https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/08/dismaland/

vs.

> the awesome Gerhard Richter _Atlas_ and Batia Suter’s remarkable _Parallel Encyclopedia_ being two examples of positive appropriation

> again, complex!

> I have always admired your vast output and keen insight in your writing and analysis. As such, I seriously look forward to seeing more of your visual output as it takes on new forms in the years to come.

> As always, warm regards to you,

> Ray

… Ray Ogar
… rayogar.com

Dear Ray

Yo, thanks for your kind (and concerned) words. It was rude of me not to ask you for permission first, and I do apologise. Having said that.. some thoughts arising:

  1. [The whole of] MODERN ART IS A SCAM. It’s all a colossal ‘con’. (Aside: watch that cool bit about Free Ports in Tenet.)
  2. “I am not Richard Prince.” He, and other ultra-privileged pink art-parasites of his ilk (eg. Andy Warhol) can go twist in the rarefied synthetic air of a White Cube orbiting a black hole: https://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2015/june/11/richard-prince-is-a-jerk-and-he-sucks/
  3. As a bad conceptual performance artist, I am utterly skint, and heavily in debt. I am not casually charging $100,000 for hipster selfies to sell to other rich holes without taste, or any working sense of irony.
  4. I dare ya Ray, make absolutely everything you do Public Domain: it won’t make a pixel’s worth of difference to you artistically, financially, philosophically, existentially, or emotionally. Art doesn’t automatically equal ‘freedom’ but can’t it at least stand (/up) for it?
  5. ‘Banksy’ smells like an all-too drearily inevitable / emergent property or manifestation of the pre-existing Art-(/as)-Spectacle.
  6. Read my other RND on this subject area: Unsatisfactory Europa: DMCA and Fair Use in the digital arts

As always, good to hear from you!

Bob

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A.R/borea Mirror Deconvolution by Ray Ogar

Note: Ray states, “None of these images may be used in other artist’s work.”

Respond thoughtfully; politeness and intelligence reciprocated

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