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Trans_end is an attempt at creating a constellation of viewpoints looking towards a future through and
beyond the imagined and awaited apocalypse of consensual thought

Pariticipants

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Adele Bahlmann
Amalie von Maltitz
André Venter
Anni Snyman
Boitumelo
Belinda Lewis
Cheryl Gage
Chris Taute
Diek Grobler
Diana Page
Debbie Rogers
Eugenie Grobler
Erica Lüttich
Jaco van den Heever
Jakes M. Mbele
Janine Lewis
katty vandenberghe
Kai Lossgott
Khobi Ledwaba
Kim Trollip
Kirsty Macfie
Louise du Toit
Majak Bredell
Melanie Grobler
Melodie Schoeman
Pauline Forshaw
Ronéll Meijerink
Sarah Fraser
Strijdom van der Merwe
Templar Wales
Tian van Heerden
uXolo

 

Updated 05 APRIL 2008,
www.trans-end.org.za,
editor: katty vandenberghe

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Adele Bahlmann

02 October 2007

Is the political scab covering an infected wound or can it heal with new thinking?

As South Africans we live on a fence between positivity and negativity. On the one side liberation, freedom, racial tolerance and hope, on the other side the growing culture of violence has sown a seed of fear in every South Africans heart. Can the political games played by the past and present government be blamed for this fear, for breeding a culture of violence? Has politics moulded our thoughts, creativity, fears and aggression? Has the mistakes, evils and struggles of our fathers manifested the souls of the children that stab their fellow classmates? Is it possible for new thinking to bring about a culture of caring?

trans_end blog : political-scab

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Amalie von Maltitz

Amalie von Maltitz

03 September 2007

A sculptor working in clay, I was fascinated by the continuing re-creation of the earth: erosion, sedimentation, sheets folding into the core, melting, pushing up, consolidation, erosion.... processes repeated in the forming and use of clay. Playing also with thoughts of the passing of generations, as I seem to have become the family archivist, and have to note the coming and going of the young and old - holding on to the records, to trans_end the finality of death?

trans_end blog : Cycles go trans_end

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André Venter

Monday, February 12, 2007

Trance formation

All human action transforms the world. This is true even if change bears no resemblance to intended change. Transformations effected through human actions are always spatiotemporal. Through action man creates himself and the world. In other words, the self is produced in relation to a world where man’s actions always effect spatiotemporal transformations.

Disciplined actions or normalised actions - like image making writing and the combination of both - transform the world into a disciplined normalised spatiotemporal experience for other men. Experience in turn produces selves in relation to such a normalised world.

Disciplines function as control systems, regulating production in relation to norms. But for this to be true, norms must function as goals (or reference points) for productive outcomes. Such outcomes in turn produce spatiotemporal transformations with a high degree of regularity.

Regularity - rhythm, monotony, pattern, etc. - produce trance . To end trance one must disrupt regularity. To disrupt regularity is, to trance-end. To transcend is to create unexpected outcomes.

Trance formations are established in the world which fulfill all the requirements for man to relax into deep unconscious mental states from where it is not possible to return without catastrophe.

http://nomadicexploration.blogspot.com/
trans_end blog : The % Project

André Venter

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Anni Snyman

Anni Snyman

09 August 2009

The proposed installation is a meander - a footpath forming the outline of a snake woman - an ancient and almost universal symbol for the ear th goddess. The figure is to be placed on both sides of a long straight road, symbolising the earth and our own sense of belonging that has been ravaged by our fast moving modern culture.

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13 June 2007

Daar is drie lyne wat ek volg: die eerste een is ek reeds mee besig (omdat my pa op die oomblik vir tien dae by my is) en die ander twee sal ek (een vir een) aanpak sodra hy na my broer toe gaan.
  
Die strek van die gedagtes is as volg:
  
Daar is heelwat instansies waar die wêreld soos sy was reeds vernietig is vir individue en groepe. Dit is nie nodig vir my om na die einde van my wêreld te travel om te sien hoe hierdie eindes verwerk word nie. Hulle is reeds hier by my: My pa se geheue wat elke dag minder vashou het is ‘n einde van die wêreld wat hy geken het juis omdat hy dit nie kan onthou nie. Sy ‘self’ lei aan ‘n erosie wat amper nie beskryfbaar is nie. Tien dae met my pa is dus die eerste werk in ondersoek. Die persoonlike einde wat aanhou nadat die einde reeds gebeur het.
  
Die tweede lyn wat ek sal aanpak wanneer ek klaar is met die verwerking van ‘tien dae’, kyk na die dieretuin as metafoor vir wesens wat oorlewendes is terwyl hulle habitat totaal vernietig is, sommiges die enigste oorblywende ‘eksemplare’ van hulle hele spesie. Ek het ‘n gedagte dat ek dalk ‘speelgoed’ vir die diere sal wil maak, want ek het een oggend baie vroeg gesien hoe van hulle speel, aangesien daar niks is om te doen nie. The ‘form’ that contains an action/meaning... Hier is nog baie dinkwerk wat moet gebeur, maar dit sal kom wanneer ek daar is. Ek dink dit kan baie goed werk.
  
Die derde lyn is meer langtermyn, maar pas die maklikste in by ‘FACE’ se profiel: daar is honderde vlugtelingskinders in Johannesburg. Hulle kom vanoor die hele Afrika, veral die DRC, Rwanda en Burundi, maar ook Zim, Ethiopië, etc. ‘n vlugtelingskind wat derduisende kilometer gestap het sonder ouers of enige iemand wat hulle ken, wat oorleef in lande waar hulle nie eers die taal kan praat nie, het duidelik by trans_end uitgekom. Ek het die boekie ‘Suitcase Stories’ nou die dag raakgeloop, en ek weet Erica werk met daardie kinders. Op die stadium het ek geen idee hoe dit in kuns gaan omskep nie, maar ek wil kyk of ek vir hulle van nut kan wees.

trans_end blog : The Siren

www.annisnyman.co.za

How did you find out about trans_end?

See katty's answer.

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Belinda Lewis

12 June 2007

Trans_cend to Trans_eiver

Begin Trans_mission

Universal patterns and archetypes exist in our otherwise individual and subjective Universes.  We understand the world through a system of norms and outliers. This is the trans_conscious (both containing and beyond consciousness) code with which we run our biological hardware. These culture sculpted reference points are our only means to share experience, and it is only in sharing experience that we become human. An individual animal has no species as it has no shared traits.

The technological trans_human has the potential to share experience so that realities may merge, but the current imbalances in power will ensure that these experiences are not shared through humanity as a whole. Homo sapiens will fragment, new species will occur.

I'm interested in mapping human experiences in a way that highlight both shared and subjective realities. Organic star charts of experiences that can be used as reference points for who we are.

Trans _end blog : Trans_cend to Trans_eiver

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Cheryl Gage

Cheryl Gage

10 November 2007

The idea of reciprocity is informing my sense of our sustainability in the experience of our earth. My current body of work deals with the notion of sacred space. I have positioned my concept within the nature of the land - creating a type of  "cathedra natura", in celebration of the indigenous and alien life forms.

trans_end blog : parallel universe


0794972902

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Chris Taute

8 August 2007

All my life I have been facinated by two things; Art & Religion. Art, in all it's forms was the easy one. just observe with all your sences and become part of it in any way you feel moves you. Religion on the other hand was easy untill the age of ten. Then the shit started. Logic (and reality) stepped in and the puzzel shattered.

trans_end blog : DOG

www.ctphoto.co.za

083 282 2246

How did you find out about trans_end?

Janine Lewis told me.

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Diek Grobler

Diek Grobler

2 December 2007

exploring the fear that stems from naivety and ignorance

I tell stories: Parables or myths that deal with various aspects of human being.

My theme for trans_end is fear of the unknown, and its effect on people – how it fuels our need for religion, prophesy, divining and insurance policies.

trans_end blog : under_the_bed

www.fopspeen.co.za

How did you find out about trans_end?

Blame Katty.

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Diana Page

28 March 2008

sound/performance/installation of womens voices begun on the rooftops of istanbul, turkey currently heading for New York city with a need to return home to Africa sometime soon

I am an artist, recently moved from Cape town, now living in istanbul, turkey. Inspired by the resonant sound environment of Istanbul, but the absence of women's voices in it, I produced a sound performance of womens voices on the rooftops of istanbul. The resulting piece performed with megaphones, and performed by four women all from Istanbul but different nationalities, drew on three different chant traditions. The conversation will be continued during May, under the auspices of Axis Gallery, in New York city. I am a painter of cites, and the sound installation is an extension of my thoughts, drawings, paintings of cities, their spaces, and the people who live in them.

http://www.youtube.com/

trans_end blog : sound_piece

www.artbeat.co.za/dianapage

How did you find out about trans_end?

Annie Snyman's link through Ampers blog

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Debbie Rogers

Debbie Rogers

2 June 2007

Although it was not always the case, we are living in times when the arts and sciences are seen as dichotomous. Not only that, but specialisation within the seemingly apposite fields of knowledge seems to discourage the sharing of knowledge even withn the arts or sciences. To me this conjures an image of hundreds of academics frantically working to solve one problem, on different scales, with different view points and each getting more and more useless answers. How can we solve problems that affect us all on so many scales without beginning to break down the divides between specialisations and fields? To me in order to trans_end we need to look to collaboration, not simply in an interdisciplinary manner, but in a transdisciplinary one. Interdisciplinary work too often simply cements divides betwen different disciplines with each working towards different goals. In contrast, transdisciplinary work aims to be "that which is at once between the disciplines, across the disciplines ad beyond all discipline" (Nicolescu). I am not naive to the problems which we will encounter when trying to work in this manner. After all we are all so used to divides between disciplines and have known no other way, but without attempts at this kind of work we will all keep fighting our own little battles and losing the war.

Nicolescu, B. "A New Vision of the World: Transdisciplinarity"
http://nicol.club.fr/ciret/english/visionen.htm
last accessed 2 November 2006

trans_end blog : transdisciplinary

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Eugenie Grobler

June 2007

Trans-end constellated in my field as a logical conclusion to the previous constellation event in which we looked into the past towards our cultural, biological, spiritual and natural ansisters in an attempt to get guidance in how we create today. Another way would be to step into the future, and use imagination and visioning to contact our tr_ancestors (those who come after us) and enter a conversation. The need to do so, springs from a wish to impact the present. When we meet our future selves and create a space in which their voices can be activated in the present, the possibility exists to find a way (amongst many) to move beyond the current confines of consensual thought and collective fears about the future. We move beyond an experience of time as linear, of identity and outcomes as fixed, into a landscape of possibility.

In answering the call of the tr_ancestors, my platform of departure is the concept of earth as the middle world where the form of paradox and its active principle of polarization resides. It is through the function of polarization that we manifest the realities of Armageddon (hell in action) and active compassion (heaven in action) and all that falls between. Within this form I place myself and all other expressions of life on earth as the fluid content contained within the vessel of paradox.

In an attempt at moving beyond my “current self” with her bias towards finding paradise as physical manifestation of heaven in the middle world (thus aligning with one side of paradox), my first challenge is to address habitual thought patterns that lead to mistaking content (fluidity) for form (fixity) and result in me being stuck, falling out of flow into fixating myself onto paradox.

The tr_ancestral call can be heard in the ripple reverberating on the wavelength of flow. For now the call is beckoning me below – to take a dive into the dark well of the underworld – towards an encounter with shadow, in its individual as well as collective forms. It is not only our actions that create outcomes in the field, our non-actions are as powerful. An inability or refusal to recognize the personal shadow by aligning only with that which one perceives to be “of the light” or “good”, thereby refusing to give the shadow what it is owed, contributes to the emergence of polarized outcomes in the playing fields of the middle world.

If the symbolic visual representation of unconsciousness is the shadow, then the vocal counterpart of the shadow is the echo.

Tracing the echo-sound of tr_ancestral whisperings in the form of a soundtrack to Anni’s animation project “The Land of Lu”, is one possible outcome that makes my body melt.

An inquiry into The Black Madonna as archetypal image and what she has to offer as a guide into trans-end is a second line I will follow.

The rest will come when it comes.

trans_end blog : tran_cestors

How did you find out about trans_end?

I listened.

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Jakes Mfaladi Mbele

September 2007

Visual Poetry

It's all about expression, writing poetry in pictures to bring inspiration to those who are drowning in this ocean called life!!!!!!

Life is serious enough, so laughter with some veggies of inspiration, a pencil, pen & paper, paintbrush or even a can of spray paint is enough to keep me going. Music is the well that I drink my cup of inspiration from.

Simplicity is my best friend and aRt is my LiFe....!!!!!!

trans_end blog : Visual Poetry


078 429 2955
www.myspace.com/jakes203

How did you find out about trans_end?

I heard about it from an inspirational Artist and a former lecturer of mine....Katty.

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Janine Lewis

Janine Lewis

5 August 2007

‘the vortex is .... well.... vortexing, and you'll be swirling down that bowl like everybody else in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, depending on whether you're in the northern or the southern hemisphere...’ (from Atalanta 07)

vor·tex

  1. a whirling mass of water, esp. one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirlpool.
  2. a whirling mass of air, esp. one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado.
  3. a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc.
  4. a state of affairs likened to a whirlpool for violent activity, irresistible force, etc.
  5. something regarded as drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it: the vortex of war.
  6. (in Cartesian philosophy) a rapid rotatory movement of cosmic matter about a center, regarded as accounting for the origin or phenomena of bodies or systems of bodies in space.
    [Origin: 1645–55; < L, var. of vertex vertex]

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)

trans_end blog : vortex

www.janinelewis.com

How did you find out about trans_end?
Having been involved in Ansisters (previous art constellation - www.face.org.za) both Katty and Eugenie Grobler eagerly introduced me to the
third, and I jumped in enthusiastically!!

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katty vandenberghe

katty vandenberghe

June 2007

A hurricane lantern is a wonderful symbolic image for how I'm feeling about this quest into our next journey. In many ways the internet is still a largely unexplored territory by artists as a venue of experimentation and expression. Our theme 'trans_end', implies the exploration of the apocalypse myth, but the threshold gap between 'trans' (change) and 'end' (apocalypse) also holds hope if one inserts the missing 'c' - to 'transcend', to rise above...

(...)

trans_end blog : hurricane_lantern

www.katty.co.za

How did you find out about trans_end?

Eugenie Grobler came up with the concept for our third constellation and Anni Snyman picked up on my wish to start this one online. Our previous art constellations ("kunstellasies" in Afrikaans) were Searching for a Saviour and Ansisters (www.face.org.za).

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Kim Trollip

2 August 2007

untamed

Participants: jupiter, mielie, the Pierneefrif nagapies, the Pierneefrif cane rats, the Pierneefrif klipvye, the Pierneefrif wildesering trees, the rocks and their interpreter kim.

The apocalypse is happening all around us. If human animals transform, we survive. If we do not transform, we die - physically and spiritually - along with the planet. The non-human animals and plants have assured me that they are intimately aquainted with the genocide being wrought upon them by humans. But the human animals would rather watch tv and pretend it's not happening. Achieving trans_end is dependant upon humans once again engaging, not only with each other, but with the natural world. If the constellation comprises only human participants, transformation cannot occur. Transformation is only possible when we reconnect with and listen to the natural world and the spiritual world. We need to listen to what the animals, the rivers, the mountains, indigenous people and plants are saying. They have not forgotten original wisdom. Until we all remember it, our efforts will be but the sound of one hand clapping.

I have invited some of my domesticated friends, as well as some of my wild friends to join me on trans_end. I will act as their interpreter. Some of the words I post on the trans_end blog will be mine, but most will be theirs. I am a writer and an interspecies communicator. My contribution therefore will be in the form of words. My words and the words of the natural world, the untamed world. One of the participants on my team, is a beautiful wildesering tree with whom I share my home. It has been there much longer than I. It's species has never been tamed. The wildesering has never been successfully cultivated/domesticated. It only occurs in the wild. It's habitat is being destroyed fast. Are we ready to hear what it has to say to us?

trans_end blog : untamed

www.thewriter.co.za


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Louise du Toit

Louise du Toit

04 September 2007

african goddess

philosophical deliberations on the current need for diverse manifestations of the feminine of the divine

Been teaching philosophy at RAU (now UJ) over the past 11 years; PhD was on 'The Making and Unmaking of the Feminine Self' to be published by Routledge; currently thinking of ways to take philosophical ideas beyond academia and to extend my prospective partners in conversation; interested in extending knowledge about African (especially southern African) versions of the feminine of the divine, which are often associated with rivers, lakes and fountains. Passionate about saving the planet's capacity to support human life and about realligning our spiritual vocabulary and experience to help make this possible and to restore a respectful and mystical relation between humans and the environment. Also interested in alternative economic models and living patterns (new forms of community) in line with environmental sustainability. Would like to be part of projects to plant trees and re-establish wilderness, and also projects which rebuild human dignity and integrity through something like 'nature therapy'.

trans_end blog : african goddess


072-232-8601

How did you find out about trans_end?

I met Anni Snyman after she read an abstract of my paper at Cafe Riche entitled The Goddess and Global Warming.

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Majak Bredell

Majak Bredell

5 October 2007

Post-Christian Alter Images

The image of the great regeneratrix was powerfully captured during the Neolithic Age by the juxtaposition of the nurturing breast implanted with the beak of the bone-stripping vulture. This notion of nurture and death as part of deity forces the idea of no-end, of everything being transformed sooner or later. The Earth Goddess as life-giver and receiver of the dead was eclipsed by the martyred God who rose from the dead to return to his father's house ... I see the sacred earth as our original home ... from dust to dust ... the cycles are endless.

trans_end blog : Alter Images


www.art.co.za/majakbredell
082 885 1945

How did you find out about trans_end?

Amalie von Maltitz

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Melodie Schoeman

Melodie Schoeman

5 August 2007

I was walking all day absorbed in my surroundings in Vancouver (Dec 2005) and basically the fist time I stopped (due to exhaustion), I stood on the only loose stone in the sidewalk.  I like those moments where something so small lingers with you. A small physical experience, that moment, that time, with me.

trans_end blog : Loose Stone


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Ronell Meijerink

21 October 2007

My present experience of life is one of a process of fragmentation. My whole life is literally falling to pieces in every sense of the word. I am exploring this theme at present by investigating "pieces" of things through various processes such as photography.

trans_end blog : fragmenting


082 3141 529

How did you find out about trans_end?

Through e-mail from Katty.

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Sarah Fraser

10 August 2007

Sarah Fraser is living in London and will join the trans_end project across the waters...

trans_end blog : across the waters

www.crimsoncielo.blogspot.com

+44 7 91 057 6372 (Mobile UK)

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Strijdom van der Merwe

24 October 2007

I am a land artist working with natural material in the landscape making sculptures and taking photographs as a documentation to show my work. Hope to have other blog members to enter into discussion about my work and to learn more from them about there related discussions and contributions.

trans_end blog : about the land

How did you find out about trans_end?

Louise du Toit

www.strijdom.co.za

South Africa : 021-8866496

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uXolo

09 August 2009

uXolo means peacemaker – that’s what Gloria told me it meant when she named me. It was a beautiful gift, like a pebble rolling off her tongue, welcoming me into her family twenty seven years ago.

Artwork:

The ten days calendar is cluttered with days that are numbered.

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I am an artist, recently moved from Cape town, now living in istanbul, turkey. Inspired by the resonant sound environment of Istanbul, but the absence of women's voices in it, I produced a sound performance of womens voices on the rooftops of istanbul. Diana Page

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"I tell stories: Parables or myths that deal with various aspects of human being. My theme for trans_end is fear of the unknown, and its effect on people – how it fuels our need for religion, prophesy, divining and insurance policies." Diek Grobler.

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"All human action transforms the world. This is true even if change bears no resemblance to intended change." Andre Venter.

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"Daar is heelwat instansies waar die wêreld soos sy was reeds vernietig is vir individue en groepe. Dit is nie nodig vir my om na die einde van my wêreld te travel om te sien hoe hierdie eindes verwerk word nie. Hulle is reeds hier by my." Anni Snyman

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"Universal patterns and archetypes exist in our otherwise individual and subjective Universes.  We understand the world through a system of norms and outliers." Belinda Lewis

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"Although it was not always the case, we are living in times when the arts and sciences are seen as dichotomous. Not only that, but specialisation within the seemingly apposite fields of knowledge seems to discourage the sharing of knowledge even withn the arts or sciences." Debbie Rogers

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"In answering the call of the tr_ancestors, my platform of departure is the concept of earth as the middle world where the form of paradox and its active principle of polarization resides. It is through the function of polarization that we manifest the realities of Armageddon (hell in action) and active compassion (heaven in action) and all that falls between."  Eugenie Grobler

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Lantern must be kept dry and clean after use, particularly in wet weather to prevent decay and prolong life. Do no Store in damp place. katty vandenberghe

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Participants: jupiter, mielie, the Pierneefrif nagapies, the Pierneefrif cane rats, the Pierneefrif klipvye, the Pierneefrif wildesering trees, the rocks and their interpreter kim. Kim Trollip

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‘the vortex is .... well.... vortexing, and you'll be swirling down that bowl like everybody else in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, depending on whether you're in the northern or the southern hemisphere...’ (from Atalanta 07). Janine Lewis

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I was walking all day absorbed in my surroundings in Vancouver (Dec 2005) and basically the fist time I stopped (due to exhaustion), I stood on the only loose stone in the sidewalk.  I like those moments where something so small lingers with you. A small physical experience, that moment, that time, with me. Melodie Schoeman

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A sculptor working in clay, I was fascinated by the continuing re-creation of the earth: erosion, sedimentation, sheets folding into the core, melting, pushing up, consolidation, erosion.... Amalie von Maltitz

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Passionate about saving the planet's capacity to support human life and about realligning our spiritual vocabulary and experience to help make this possible and to restore a respectful and mystical relation between humans and the environment. Louise du Toit

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All my life I have been facinated by two things; Art & Religion. Art, in all it's forms was the easy one. just observe with all your sences and become part of it in any way you feel moves you. Religion on the other hand was easy untill the age of ten. Then the shit started. Logic (and reality) stepped in and the puzzel shattered. Chris Taute

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