“only at a crisis do I see both the scene as I’ve been trained to see it (that is, with Renaissance perspective, three-dimensional logic - colors as we’ve been trained to call a color, and so forth) and patterns that move straight out from the inside of the mind through the optic nerves. In other words, in intensive crisis I can see from the inside out and the outside in…I see patterns moving that are the same patterns I see when I close my eyes; and can also see the same kind of scene I see when my eyes are open…What I was seeing at the birth of Neowyn most clearly, in terms of this “brain movie” recall process, were symbolic structures of an animal nature.”
- Stan Brakhage
(quote from P Adams Sitney’s Visionary Film, The American Avant-Garde 1943-2000)
I’ve come to think that flourishing consists of putting yourself in situations in which you lose self-consciousness and become fused with other people, experiences, or tasks. It happens sometimes when you are lost in a hard challenge, or when an artist or a craftsman becomes one with the brush or the tool. It happens sometimes while you’re playing sports, or listening to music or lost in a story, or to some people when they feel enveloped by God’s love. And it happens most when we connect with other people. I’ve come to think that happiness isn’t really produced by conscious accomplishments. Happiness is a measure of how thickly the unconscious parts of our minds are intertwined with other people and with activities.
- David Brooks
“…I wanted to see if the experience of what I saw would have any correspondence to what I felt— the intimacy of the lovemaking… And I wanted to put into that materiality of film the energies of the body, so that the film itself dissolves and recombines and is transparent and dense— as one feels during lovemaking… It is different from any pornographic work that you’ve ever seen— that’s why people are still looking at it! And there’s no objectification or fetishization of the woman.”
AND I GET TO PLAN FOUR FULL DAYS OF FUN!
FOOD and BARS
east side kings food truck / the liberty bar (http://www.eastsidekingaustin.com/)
east side show room / farm to table restaurant that also has amazing drinks (http://eastsideshowroom.com/)
the county line / really great bbq (especially the pork ribs. my mouth is watering just thinking about it) (http://www.countyline.com/)
parkside (great restaurant with half off happy hour menu…the oysters are apparently spectacular but i had the steak and it was amazing) (http://www.parkside-austin.com/)
curras (tex mex with $6 avocado margaritas….amazing)
breakfast tacos at torchies
- swimming at barton spring (dont worry you can go topless there and its open until 10pm) /http://www.flickr.com/photos/54167295@N00/5222064412/
- you can borrow a dog and take it for a walk on saturday and sunday mornings from the animal shelter. no joke.
- 101 swimming holes in/around austin / http://www.texasoutside.com/austinframes/101swimmingHoles.htm
- rent a kayak or other boat and take it on lady bird lake (which is just a sectioned off part of the colorado river which runs through the middle of Austin)
- going to see a movie and eating delicious food and getting drunk all at the same time at the alamo draft house
- vintage shopping (i know leah, you hate this. its ok - they have a saks here too and a really amazing store that nancy sells too called By George — the vintage stuff is more furniture. if you find cool stuff i can always send it to you guys)
- record stores like waterloo and end of an ear
- amazing farmers markets every day of the week
both are on april 9th…
Warpaint (PVT and family band are opening…never heard of them but i am obsessed with warpaint)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (twin shadow opening)
There is a tide. I can tell that much about anything. What’s before me, what isn’t. How it got there is a mystery involving only itself—I have no part in that, none at all—my job remains in the thing as it is in the moment it’s before me, having left all of its other places, having come this far to show up at all.
(excerpt from jennifer denrow’s poem: the more i go, the harder it becomes to return)
“Unless you know to call it ‘South By,’ you shouldn’t be at South By,” explained Mark Sullivan, a Houston-based publicist.”
Also the whole thing.
My one goal at this event is to walk away from anyone who calls it South By, although being *at* the actual event hopefully means it is seldom referred to as anything but, you know, “This” (gestures to area around self), or “This” (shakes fist).