“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”—Charles de Lint
The French called this time of day “l’heure bleue.” To the English it was “the gloaming.” The very word “gloaming” reverberates, echoes—the gloaming, the glimmer, the glitter, the glisten, the glamour—carrying in its consonants the images of houses shuttering, gardens darkening, grass-lined rivers slipping through the shadows. During the blue nights you think the end of day will never come. As the blue nights draw to a close (and they will, and they do) you experience an actual chill, an apprehension of illness, at the moment you first notice: the blue light is going, the days are already shortening, the summer is gone.
“Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”—Lao Tzu
Delia Derbyshire and Barry Bermange "Falling" from Within Dreams, Radio Broadcast 1964
Part of the four programme “Inventions for Radio” series, created in collaboration with Barry Bermange, Dreams is a collection of spliced/reassembled interviews with people describing their dreams. Delia’s editing and repetition, together with her dissonant, often terrifying musique concrete soundbeds, make this distinctly uneasy bedtime listening. The entire piece is 45 minutes in length. (x)
When Marina Abramović dies, she requests the following procedure, as stipulated in her last will and testament:
In case of my death I would like to have this following memorial ceremony: Three coffins. The first coffin with my real body. The second coffin with an imitation of my body. The third coffin with an imitation of my body.
I would like to appoint that three persons would take care of the distribution of the three coffins in three different places in the world. (America, Europe and Asia.) The special instructions will be written and put in a sealed envelope, with their names and instructions to follow.
The memorial ceremony will be held in New York City with all three coffins present and sealed. After the ceremony the appointed persons will follow my instructions for the distribution of the coffins. My wish is that all three coffins should be buried in the earth.
Everybody at the final ceremony should be informed that they shouldn’t wear black and that every other color is encouraged. I wish that my former students… create a program for this occasion. For the beginning of the ceremony I wish that Antony from Antony and the Johnsons will sing Frank Sinatra’s song: My Way.
The ceremony should be a celebration of life and death combined. After the ceremony there will be a feast with a large cake made out of marzipan in the shape and looks of my body. I want the cake to be distributed between the present people.