Re: [-empyre-] summ(er)ing up thank you
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just wanted to say thank you for this months
i have not been to new zealand in 2 years and
miss the art o the people 2 it was nice to be
exposed agian and revisit....
"THE LAND OWNS YOU, YOU DO NOT OWN THE LAND"
thank you agian
--- Helen Varley Jamieson
> i've been trying to shape some intelligent
> summing-up comments but
> the fact is that summer is what's up in
> wellington & i just want to
> go outside & lie in the sun ...
> & it's difficult to sum up a 'discussion' which
> has been a series of
> divergent views & opinions, peering into some
> corners of aotearoa/nz,
> shying away from others, some false starts &
> stops & back-ups &
> moments of brilliance & moments of irritation &
> random musings &
> interesting links ... maybe the whole is not so
> different from the
> reality of being an artist in/from nz/aotearoa.
> when thinking about place & home & distance, i
> keep coming back to
> the simple fact of how geographically isolated
> new zealand is. the
> internet allows us to bridge that distance -
> but close the connection
> & the distance is back again. i've met many
> people in the northern
> hemisphere who were astonished to learn that
> it's at least a 3 hour
> flight to get *anywhere* from nz. think london
> to istanbul, or paris
> to moscow - that's how close we are to
> australia; it's the tasman sea
> not the english channel. if you're in europe &
> someone at home gets
> sick or dies, you feel like you're on mars.
> anyone who's endured the
> whole journey in one go (involving 2-3 flights
> & up to 40 hours in
> travel-limbo) then spent 3 days falling asleep
> at inconvenient times
> & unable to concentrate while you wait for your
> soul to arrive, knows
> that distance.
> whether it's the whiff of the moss or the sight
> of the harbour cone,
> the first (em)bracing gust of wind or the fine
> white sand between
> your toes, we all recognise the
> emotional/sensory umbilical cord that
> ties us to the land of our birth - and to other
> significant places (i
> also feel it when the old JAT bus rolls me into
> the dusty streets of
> belgrade). we're all from *somewhere* & that
> fact can be irrelevant
> even as it permeates everything.
> what does all this have to do with art?
> everything & nothing, imho
> ... it's been a pleasure to have contributed,
> albeit sporadically, to
> aotearoa month on empyre & i hope you've found
> some small insight(s)
> into this corner of the globe amongst it all.
> ka kite ano,
> h : )
> helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
> empyre forum
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