The Force at work / La Force en action

The Force at work / La Force en action
As the past is removed, a new beginning emerges.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Présence Instable @ MAC > 09.09.2018

 Rafael Lozano-Hemmer ( centre ) nous guide dans son oeuvre Zoom Pavilion, 2015 / Photos  © Lena Ghio, 2018 
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Pulse Spiral, 2008,

Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal réussit un coup avec l'exposition individuelle de Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Présence Instable. L'artiste mexicain installé à Montréal est célébré autour du monde. En visitant l'exposition vous comprendrez pourquoi. C'est la plus grande exposition individuelle de l'artiste jamais présentée au Canada et aux États-Unis. Elle rassemble un corpus de vingt et une oeuvres significatives réalisées dans les dernières dix-huit années. Parmi celles-ci vous trouverez des installations immersives à grande échelle. 

En visitant le Musée, vous vivrez une expérience inédite dans laquelle vous serez appelé à interagir avec l'exposition pour devenir partie intégrante de l'oeuvre. 

Par exemple la captivante installation Pulse Spiral ( gauche ) qui scintille et vibre comme une rivière au coucher du soleil tout en captant les battements de coeur de ceux qui interactent avec.









Vicious Circular Breathing, 2013
La pièce monumentale Vicious Circular Breathing( droite ) m'a fascinée pour un autre raison mais je ne l'essaierai jamais car il faut entrer dans une chambre pour vivre l'expérience de respirer de l'air recyclé dans laquelle s'ajoute le CO2 de chaque nouveau visiteur.  Trop étouffant pour moi mais l'artiste dit que plusieurs personnes ont osé l'expérience.

Ma pièce coup de coeur est Call on Water . ( plus bas ). Dans un bassin vaporeux au fond d'une pièce sombre se manifestent des motifs éloquents dans l'eau inlassable. Tantôt un poème se dessine tantôt c'est un motif abstrait qui captive l'imaginaire. C'est magnifique! 








Call on Water, 2016 
Ce qui m'a interpellée le plus c'est la compréhension exceptionnelle de l'humain que possède l'oeuvre de Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Je suis devenue très émue par les éléments qui nous unissent tous un à l'autre comme les battements de coeur, l'eau, le besoin de respirer. Cet aspect de son oeuvre la rend sublime sans qu'on ne se rend compte qu'on vient d'être touché par quelque chose d'inéffable.

Il décrit sa pratique axée sur la participation et les médias numériques de « language de notre époque ».

Les commissaires de l'exposition sont: Lesley Johnstone, chef des expositions et de l'éducation au MAC, François LeTourneux, conservateur adjoint au MAC, et Rudolf Frieling, conservateur des arts médiatiques au San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Parmi les nouveautés proposées cet été: il faut visiter le site https://chronologie.macm.org/ qui retrace la merveilleuse histoire de l'art contemporain exposé au MAC, ainsi que le nouveau blogue mené par Marjolaine Bourdua https://macm.org/blogue.

Finalement vous pourrez voir deux expositions composées des oeuvres de la collection permanente du MAC Seuls ensemble et Les prophètes jusqu'au 26 août 2018.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

18e ÉDITION du FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN 20.08. > 25.08.2018


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Lundi 23 juillet je me suis rendue au dévoilement de la programmation de la 18e ÉDITION du FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN. Je me sentais très petite au centre de tous les jolis mannequins professionnels et sauvages venus pour le casting de cette édition. 

Voici les détails de la programmation:



-LENA GHIO

Thursday, July 19, 2018

PARIS EN VITRINE les boutiques du 18e siècle @ Musée Stewart > 24 MARS 2019


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Situé sur l'Île Sainte - Hélène, au Parc Jean - Drapeau, le Musée Stewart  est un lieu où on peut retracer l'histoire du Canada et par conséquent, les nations qui ont contribué à son évolution. David Macdonald Stewart fonde le Musée en 1955. 

Pour nous, l'île est un espace d'évasion pleine d'oiseaux et verte. L'été est un moment sans pareil pour se rendre sur le site où vous pouvez profiter des aménagements tout en visitant les expositions permanentes et ponctuelles. 




Cet été on rassemble des artefacts, des livres, des oeuvres d'art qui nous transportent jusqu'aux pieds de Louis XIV et Madame de la Pompadour! 

C'est totalement fascinant de voir les beaux objets qui ont survécu au temps là devant nous comme on peut imaginer le roi les regardant comme nous.

Dès votre arrivée, vous récupérez un catalogue qui vous permet de lire les histoires attachées à chaque objet. 

J'ai adoré les gravures qui illustrent comment les artistes et les gens interprétaient des concepts comme les saisons, les directions, les professions différentes. 


Profitez des beaux jours pour voir cette merveilleuse exposition qui durera jusqu'au 24 mars 2019.  Pour toutes informations suivez ce lien.

Aussi il reste deux soirs pour voir  L'International des Feux Loto-Québec 2018  à partir de l'Île Sainte - Hélêne:
Mercredi 1er août - Feux de l'Italie - Le songe italien 
Mercredi 8 août - Finale des Étoiles Loto-Québec 
Voir détails ICI

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

At the movies this week-end


Mary Shelley



It is unavoidable that historical dramas are tainted by a modern perspective. It is hard to endure the sexism of that time even though the movie is very beautiful to look at. The two lovers: writer Mary Shelley played by Elle Fanning and poet Percy Shelley played by Douglas Booth: are simply gorgeous and glow with the romanticism of their time. Through their writing they explore the mysteries of life and death that inspired Mary Shelley's iconic character the Creature in Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. I enjoyed the movie but I felt it remained superficial since the protagonists of the story were asking such deep and interesting questions.

Shock and Awe
Director: Rob Reiner
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Rob Reiner is very vocal about how much he deplores the Trump presidency. This film was a sort of cautionary tale about protecting the First amendment and the free press. Unfortunately, this past Monday's ( July 16 2018 ) bizarre summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin seem to take the wind out of the sails of this subdued movie. I found it hard to get into as I was preoccupied following the fallout of what I consider a huge treason on the part of Trump. I am not saying there should not be better relations between countries but, honestly, these relations should not be the fruit of treason.

-LENA GHIO

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Astrological insight into the Donald Trump / Vladimir Putin meeting of July 16 2018

This Emerge Art was taken on October 30 2016. Water reacted by creating images that strongly evoked Donald Trump. This image in particular evokes the 45th but in a caricature like way with jackass ears and a weasel face. This is how he is approaching Vladimir Putin on July 16 2018: he has spurned all of the US allies, he has corrupted the GOP even more, he has been ridiculed by huge demonstrations in England while Putin was elegantly hosting the FIFA. The face drawn by water reveals his weakened ego as he will face the man who helped him get elected at the cost of the USA. Photo © Lena Ghio, 2018
First I will summarize the synastry chart between the two men. The synastry chart illustrates how they
Chart drawn by the excellent site www.astro.com 
relate to each other. The red glyphs are Trump and the blue Putin. They combine with each other splendidly: Putin's Libra planets form harmonious trines to Trump's Gemini planets. Their Mercury planet also form aspects of easy communications. Their Mars are exactly trine. This means ease in taking action. Putin's Pluto is very close to Trump's Mars in house 12. The definition of this signature is secretive actions with wide ranging consequences. Mars and Pluto combined equal aggression and war in an hororary horoscope chart. Trump IS aching to become a violent dictator. All normal people who are not under his spell can see he has a bloodlust that he will do anything to satisfy. We can all observe his cavalier cruelty towards American citizens let alone immigrants and their children. Both men are liars as demonstrated by their squares of Neptune: Putin has Neptune square his native Sun and Trump has Neptune square to his native Mercury. The strongest aspect in the synastry is Trump's Jupiter on Putin's Saturn in Libra. We do not know Putin's hour of birth but for Trump this falls in his 2nd house of earned income. Trump looks to Putin to consolidate his interests. This is how he is approaching the meeting of July 16 2018, like a beggar and a traitor to his country.

On that day, Putin is enjoying a powerful trine from Pluto to his native Jupiter enhanced by the recent eclipse in Cancer. He has ALL the cards. Trump on the other hand is damaged by the eclipse that falls in close conjunction to his Saturn in Cancer.

The real question is: What does Vladimir want? Will he really want to support a buffoon like Trump has proven himself to be? If Putin wanted to enhance Russia's standing by helping Trump will he honestly want to pursue an alliance with such a disgraceful leader?

Trump's planets suggest a serious downfall. The law is after him and his treason of the USA is so clear. We can all see that he misjudges almost everything he talks about, he doesn't know how world affairs work, and possesses many flaws a US president should never have on the world stage. Putin is already regarded with suspicion by the world at large so for him it is business as usual.

Pluto has been in a square aspect to their conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Libra since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Their alliance will not prosper. Putin will reap the benefits and Trump will be left to hang by himself with his GOP traitors. Putin does not have to give Trump what Trump wants. After all, Putin has been in it for himself all along.

To resume, and no one will be surprised, the meeting is about Trump begging Putin for help in retaining his power.

-LENA GHIO

Friday, July 13, 2018

The New Header



I wanted to see what water would do beside books about Cirque du Soleil. This image is the clearest.

-Lena Ghio

Monday, July 9, 2018

E = MC 2, Life and Death

Woman on a train, © Lena Ghio, 2017 
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Since May 1 2018 I have been dismantling my life. The process is not over yet and some facets are so embarrassing. I have been living at the same Montreal address since the last millennium. I periodically shared the huge space with my siblings  who moved in and out while one, my only sister, died. During that time I studied painting, sculpture, print making, watercolors, and drawing at the now closed Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. I was not paying attention to the stockpile of art supplies, art works and books I was accumulating. I was also oblivious to the stuff my siblings left behind each time they moved. This summer I have lost all my furniture and about 80% of my books. The past was encrusted in the wood and my books had done serving me. It was time to let it go. I am praying I can still save my artworks that are stuck in my landlord's garage as I wait for a storage unit to be delivered. The wait seems endless. This process led me to the idea I will stretch out for you below: E = MC 2, Life and Death.

I imagined I could live from my art like many artists do. When I began this blog in 2010 I was compelled to understand certain aspects of physics and astrophysics because I now had a digital camera to record phenomenon that were hard to describe without sounding foolish. Case in point, the extraordinary apparition in a bowl of water shown above. When I began creating Emerge Art, I did not know there had been a spiritist art practice in the late 19th century that was cast aside because scientific thought was taking over the 20th century and those who practiced these art forms were considered lunatics. Check this article in French.

I see my transdisciplinary art practice as an exploration of natural manifestations of physics that merit to be understood in scientific terms. Many occurrences that were classified as occult are now documentable and shareable. This changes the perspective about what is going on when an incident like the one above occurs. 

The 19th century understanding was that the phenomena of apparitions in water, mirrors, gases, and so on, that artists of that time could not document directly but perhaps re-create through art, were manifestations of the dead. My 21st century understanding tells me that the "visitations" are unified fields during  moments of pure, intelligent creation

So as I am moving towards an unknown future, like so many humans are doing right now, leaving everything behind, just focusing on staying alive and tuned into the force that creates our lives in the first place, I saw how E = MC 2 applies to my current process and I saw how what I am going through is a life and death metamorphosis we go through once, or often, in a lifetime. 



Gold atoms MORE HERE 
Physics has demonstrated that objects only appear solid from our perspective but that if we look at them at the molecular level we see atoms divided by infinite space. It then occurred to me that the MC 2 of my life was turning into E and that this is the exact thing that happens when we die, symbolically or actually. The MC 2 part of our totality dissolves, fluids escape from our bodies that eventually revert to various elemental molecules.

In this personal process, I am challenging the E of my total being to re-create a new MC 2 for my on-going life. I am trusting my personal power to create events and circumstances as delicious and surprising as those that have defined my blog so far.

I will keep you posted and I hope you will share your rebirth experiences in the comments below.

-LENA GHIO