Alternative Realities: Mass Media Clues

 

 

Looking at Mass Media artifacts ( plays, book & movie titles, pop culture tag lines) through a Mandela Effect – Mandala Mirror, we find a list from an alternative history.

 

 

Titles

Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stoned ! – from the fantasy series by J.K.  Leary

For Whom The Bell Trolls  – historical novel about the Nordic Civil War by J. E. R. R. Hemingway

Prides & Prejudice – H. R. Haggard’s epic  verse novel about class structure and the British-Hungarian African Empire.  Haggard’s tragic hero, Lord Darcy Greystoke ( Tarzan of the Lions ), represents the African European identity at the crossroads of a new century.

Sons and Loafers  –  self help/autobiography by G. K. Chesterton about growing up in the family bakery business.

Oklahoma Crude !  – first Hollywood 3D Musical was directed by Carrie Fisher.  Fisher’s screenplay & triumphant adaptation of the beloved Broadway Musical by Lenny Bruce and Richard Rodgers started the new era of film musicals.

The Good, The Bad and The Bigly  – political thriller movie  directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Star Wars: The Last Deli –  the final  part of George Lucas’s Broadway musical trilogy about New York ‘s great Chefs.

The Maltese Trashcan ( The Age of Art Deco Noir 1920-1957 )  – art history text by Ivanka

Arsenic and Old Origami – Louis Armstrong’s ragtime operetta about the birth of the Civil Rights Movement & Trade Unions during the 1937 General Strikes led by the North Western Origami  Workers.

Hamlet, Prints of Cranes  –  Collodion Photography, Cyanotype Art & Poetry by Akira Kurosawa, translated from Japanese by William Shakespeare

 

 

Tag Lines, Phrases & Slogans

 

In Space no one can hear your WIFI Stream

Just Stew It

Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a Hydroelectric Dam

A Diamond is for Drilling

All the Chews that fit with Mint

The Seven Purple Sages of Man

Stray Palms and Carry On Ragtime

I’d walk a mile for a Caramel Malt Shake

Smelts in your mouth, not in your hands

Please Don’t Squeeze the Chairman

 

Words & Signs on Tenement Walls

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And the sign flashed out its warning

In the words that it was forming

And the sign said:

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“The words of the prophets are

Written on the subway walls-

And tenement halls,

And whispered in the sound of silence.”

– Paul Simon

“The Sound of Silence” 1964

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Then I grew angry and cursed, with the curse of silence, the river, and the lilies, and the wind, and the forest, and the heaven, and the thunder, and the sighs of the water-lilies. And they became accursed and were still. And the moon ceased to totter in its pathway up the heaven –and the thunder died away –and the lightning did not flash –and the clouds hung motionless –and the waters sunk to their level and remained –and the trees ceased to rock –and the water-lilies sighed no more –and the murmur was heard no longer from among them, nor any shadow of sound throughout the vast illimitable desert. And I looked upon the characters of the rock, and they were changed –and the characters were SILENCE.”

Silence – A Fable

(published 1838)

by Edgar Allan Poe

Found Poetry: Tag Verse

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Fall Golden Hour;

Having fun during the Winter, Board Games –

The Advent Candle nearly gone…..

 

 

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Perspective

Early Morning,

Marlee on Broadway.

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Big Fat SEX

frozen wishes.

 

Notes: Guess I have another excuse to sit in front of the computer screen – even less reason to leave the house as a warm front turns Boxing Day into a mix of contradictory precipitation, or perhaps a precipitation of contradictions.  Ice pellets, drizzling fog, rain,  freezing something or other, maybe even snow.  So here is the latest exploration of the implied spaces of Mass Media. While looking at the new WordPress Reader  Format, of which many have exclaimed , I noticed that if one looks at the post titles, Found Poetry can be discerned/imposed.

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem([1]) can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original. Examples of found poems can be seen in the work of Blaise Cendrars, David Antin, and Charles Reznikoff.

Each line in the above stanzas is a post title found on the Reader using the Photography Tag. The hyperlinked lines will open in a new tab revealing the original post ( make sure to visit all of them). The context and meaning of the stanzas are now inter-connected with the posts and the posts are likewise re-imagined in the poetic context . In some cases, the posts appeared directly after one another in the Reader.  In other cases, some posts were skipped because they lacked titles ( impact of new Reader  Format processing the original post – haven’t figured that one out yet ), others were very commercial or seemed to be multiple posts selling service/product.  As a further challenge, I attempted to create visual compositions that  are inspired by/reflect on the stanzas, thus expanding the visual context of the words and the original posts.  If anyone else has experimented with this type of Found Poetry, Tag verse, I would be very interested in your process and finished product.

Antique Aged Asemic Memory-Text

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Scans and photos of an old Secondary School English Literature textbook, yellowed mystery novels and boy’s western adventure books were all used to create these compositions.  The lines layered, twisted, reversed and broken into words and letters. Fragments of  illustrations become combined with text to create new context and new visual forms.  The recombined context reveals and hides meaning that creates new forms of relevance.

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Meaning and memory are linked

to a constructed reality.

We build it up in layers,

submerging lines of text,

compartmentalizing words

into letters,

letters into dots,

dots into pixels of meaning,

context hanging in the spaces between

the meaning constructed out of memories

that fade,

age & reform .

 

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When the letters are reduced to pixels has the meaning been lost, or has it continued – becoming a quantum  level of intention, context, and coherence ?

Does the large distorted text create spaces, which become their own glyphs & sigils ? 

 

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Where There’s Smoke

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

 

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

 

Photo of Domtar Paper Mill, Espanola Ontario, Canada ( 2013 )