Oct 15, 2010

ABANDONED PAST
PLACES AND PEOPLE

 

Part of the film " In the Middle of the Desert" was shot in the impressive gigantic flying saucer building called the Buzludzha. The monument is situated on the top of the historical peak Hadji Dimitar (1441m) in the Central Stara Planina, Bulgaria. On this peak was the final battle in 1868 between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Turks.


The architecht of Buzludzha is George Stoilov. The construction of Buzludzha was made possible thanks to government funds and supporters’ donations for an amount of around 14 186 000 leva (around 7 000 000 €). The site was built by civil engineering troops from the Bulgarian army and volunteers. The construction was finished on 1891. Buzludzha was built in honour of the socialist movement and stays as one of the symbols of the socialism in Bulgaria. The monument was hosting the congress meetings of the socialist party and mayn public celebrations. 





Ever since the superseding of the Bulgarian president Todor Givkov and the political changes that occurred in Bulgaria after 1989,  the monument was abandoned.  Since then no public institution seemed to be concerned about the conservation or the renovation of the building. After  media publicity in 2010 the history of the monument got some public attention again. Politicians from the Bulgarian Socialist Party stated that they consider the monument their property and showed strong interest in getting it back from the Bulgarian state. 




The renovation of the building is expected to be very high because of the bad shape of the building in the last 10 years. Eventually the current Prime Minister Boiko Borisov officially handed the ownership of the building back to the socialst party. Nowadays Buzludzha is still falling apart and there is no intention from the BSP Party or the state institutions to start soon with its renovation. It is also not clear what purpose the building would serve after the reconstruction- if it shall be a museum ot can also be used for commercial purposes like restaurant ot party centre. While the destiny of Buzludzha is still vague, many artists, filmakers and travellers continue visiting the abandoned monolite building and report about it.










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IN TIMES OF DESERT

The apocalypse is not happening in the future,

it is happening NOW...

To our parents, civilisation offered houses in the suburbs, computers, and automobiles.
And civilisation delivered. To the children of these workers, civilisation offered life on the moon, artificial intelligence, endless peace. All of which have failed to emerge. This world offers nothing to us: no meaningful work, no rest, no futureonly fear.







 











The apocalypse is not happening in the future,
it
is happening NOW.

It is not the result
of our personal sins and
it is not the
collective responsibility of humanity”.
Climate change (or God, or whatever)
will not bring about the apocalypse.
The
apocalypse began with the advent of our
current form of life based on industrial


production.
It is easy to assume that
there is no alternative to this form of
life,
that the way we live in this present

moment is simply a reflection of the way
things are.
Implicit in this common-sense

is the not-so-hidden assumption that the
present will extend indefinitely into the
future,
which both provides a measure

of comfort as well as the feeling of
imprisonment.
In times of crisis, a space
of freedom returns,
and the possibility of
a rupture with the present opens.
History,

long banished to dreary scholastic books,
returns to us fresh and alive.
To
push away that which is closest to us, our
very form of life, and see it objectively
this might seem impossible.
Yet it is
not:
the first step is to give our form of

life a name, to identify it as something
finite in time and space, so capable of
ending.
This perpetual present that has

its only favor being the certainty of its
own destruction has a name:
capitalism.




IN TIMES OF DESERT
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Sep 24, 2010



Body Suspension
A suspension is the act of suspending a human body from hooks that have been put through body piercings. These piercings are temporary and are performed just prior to the actual suspension. 


EN.
Historically, suspension rituals were performed by the Mandan tribe, located along the banks of the Missouri River. The Oh-Kee-Pa type of suspension was derived from this ritual. Modern day suspensions are closely related to the artwork of performance artists that use their own bodies as canvases. Roland Loomis was an artist who specialized in suspension and piercing performance pieces, also starting the Modern Primitivism movement. He helped to bring attention to the suspension 'scene' in the United States.[citation needed] Allen Falkner helped to bring suspensions to people who weren't spiritual, as well as a plethora of different and unique suspensions types.

DE. 
Body-Suspensions wurden vor allem von der Modern-Primitive-Bewegung in Anlehnung an das indianische Sonnentanz-Ritual adaptiert. Die Durchführung einer Suspension kann auf unterschiedlichsten Beweggründen beruhen. Sie kann sowohl eine Herausforderung darstellen, als auch durch den Nervenkitzel und die erhöhte Adrenalinausschüttung motiviert sein, wie sie auch bei Extremsportarten gegeben ist. Meist liegt die Motivation jedoch in der damit einhergehenden Körpererfahrung, basierend auf Belastbarkeitserprobung und Bewusstseinserweiterung. Häufig begeben sich Personen dabei in einen meditativen Zustand. Auch das Gefühl des freien Schwebens dürfte für so manchen ein Beweggrund sein.Indianerverbände lehnen die Aneignung traditioneller Rituale durch westliche Subkulturen ab und distanzieren sich von Suspensions die entgegen der ursprünglich religiösen Bedeutung der Unterhaltung oder persönlichen Erfahrungen dienen.

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PYRODULIA   

 Ambiguity of Fire


As fire has also destructive capabilities, the worshiping of fire is necessarily ambiguous.
Worship or deification of fire is known from various religions. Fire has been an important part of the human culture since the Lower Paleolithic.There are so much different rituals, celebrations, tradition connected with the coming of the evils spirits.

Exactly this human belief in the ability of the fire to connect different worlds , realities and states of mind, will send us to different points of the world, where such worship might be still practiced.


Correfoc  The Fire run in Barcelona

The correfoc is a very popular Catalan tradition always seen at neighbourhood fiestas. It consists of "colles de diables" which means "groups of devils" chasing and dancing to the beat of traditional gralla drums and spewing out sparks from fireworks attached to forks.

The legend of Correfoc is that the Mascle Cabró (Catalan) or Macho Cabrón in Spanish - a male goat or ram in English - hears the arrival of the "diables" the devils, and commands his armies to cross the gate of hell called "Porta de l´Infern" which separates the real world from hell.

This video does not try to reproduce the celebration Correfoc realistically. It is a curfew of an abandoned world that appears from the fog and celebrates its powers one time every year. Just a small piece of the pagan heritage spread on five continents that cerebrates the arrival of evil spirits and fire worship.

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The Correfoc is one of the most popular events of La Merce with up to 70.000 spectators. About forty groups of "colles de diables" - “groups of devils” from in and around Barcelona, as well as dragons and other "bestiari de foc" - fire beasts, take part in this festival of fire. It starts with spectacular fireworks of the "Porta de l´Infern " - "Gates of Hell," which then open and release the "diables" from hell and so the "Correfoc" - firerun starts. About 80.000 fireworks are used during the correfoc. It's very noisy and to get it all going the "Trabucaires" Catalan "bandits" fire their blunderbuss guns.


Kukeri }{ Kукери

Bulgaria 2005



Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits, with a costumed man performing the ritual. The costumes cover most of the body and include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around New Year and before Lent, the kukeri walk and dance through the village to scare evil spirits away with the costumes and the sound of the bells, as well as to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year.
The ritual is attributed to Thracian origins. Similar rituals can be also found in Romania and Serbia. The masked goat-type figure is known as Capra in Moldavia, Brezaia in Muntenia, Cerbul in Bucovina , and Turca inTransylvania.






"Gritería chiquita"

Nicaragua , Leon 2009




Anlässlich der Gritería chiquita, die heute Abend in León stattfindet, begann der heutige Vormittag mit einer Einführung über die Bedeutung dieses leoneser Festes. Es hat seinen Ursprung in einem einmonatigen Ausbruch des Vukans Cerro Negro, der sich unweit von León befindet. Die Stadt war den gesamten Monat mit Asche bedeckt. Die Leute begannen Kerzen anzuzünden und vor dem Bild der Jungfrau Maria zu beten. Am darauffolgenden Tag hörte der Ascheregen auf. Seit diesem Zeitpunkt wird dieser Tag in León gefeiert. Und wir waren natürlich mittendrin!


Um fünf Uhr nachmittags marschierten wir zur Kathedrale, wo der Erzbischof den Startschuss für das Fest gab. Ein wildes Feuerwerk begann, bei dem unter anderem einige Männer Holzkisten über dem Kopf trugen, an denen Feuerwerkskörper befestigt waren und ständig quer durch die Menschenmenge abgeschossen wurden. Diese Männer, die Stiere symbolisieren sollten, rannten über die Plaza und lösten damit einen riesen Tumult aus, da natürlich jeder Angst hatte, von dem Feuerwerk getroffen zu werden. Es war wirklich spaßig. Danach begann aber die eigentliche Gaudi, bei der alle, und wir natürlich auch, von Haus zu Haus rannten, in denen meist riesige Altare aufgebaut waren mit Jungfrau María und oft auch dem Cerro Negro. 

Alle rannten zu diesen Häusern und schrien: QUIEN CAUSA TANTA ALEGRÍA??? Daraufhin antworteten die Bewohner des Hauses: LA ASUNCIÓN DE MARÍA!! wir: QUE VIVA LA VIRGEN!! sie: QUE VIVA!!! und dann bekam man allen möglichen Scheiß. 

Meistens handelte es sich dabei um knallige Süßigkeiten, teilweise aber auch noch um traditionelle selbstgemachte nicaraguanische dulces. Am meisten haben uns aber die anderen Sachen gefallen, die wir tonnenweise abstauben konnten: Blockflöten aus Plastik, frescos, Ketten mit Kreuz, ein Pediküreset, kleine Säckchen mit Zucker, kleine Bildchen der Jungfrau María, Ansteckbuttons, Streichhölzer und lauter anderes Gedöns. Vollkommen erschöpft und heiser vom Schreien und Herumrennen ließen wir den Abend im Vía Vía ausklingen, wo es ein tolles Konzert einer typischen nicaraguanischen Band gab.

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