Streamers of Consciousness
July 23 - October 31, 2002

Streamers of Consciousness 1
Visual concepts:
movement, light, fluidity, color, filling and changing the space
Streamers of Consciousness 2
Intellectual concepts:
This installation is a commentary on consciousness, the development of thought, and the ways in which ideas are shared.

The presentation is intentionally informal, fluid, random, and unbalanced. It is a jumbled mass of color, shape and movement that is reminiscent of the consciousness.

Thoughts or concepts are invisible or not cohesive. They need to be discovered. Ideas overlap and cannot always be understood from one vantage point. The streamers in this installation represent the ways that thoughts are discovered or remembered.

Streamers of Consciousness 3


Streamers of Consciousness 4


Ideas are sometimes serious and relate to the overall consciousness of the world. Other ideas are playful and comment on the nature of the individual. Sometimes the idea is a goal or aspiration, while others are warnings about consequences of behaviors.

The quotes represent various nationalities of philosophers, entertainers, politicians, writers, artists, and others who span centuries of thought. Selection was limited by the space for presentation, the number of streamers that would fit in the space, and the size of the streamers.

Outcomes:

1. Create a visually aesthetic experience through color, design, movement and form that will provoke thoughts of the collective knowledge.

 

2. Create a reaction to the written word in an unusual presentation. 3. Explore the use of the space with form, color and movement.

Text of Quotations:

Every idea is an incitement.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gitlow v. United States, 256 US 652.673 (1925)

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
-Carl Sagan
Cosmos, Television Series

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
-Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus spoke Zarathustra, Prologue 5

Humor is reason gone mad.
-Groucho Marx

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
-Paul Cezanne
Eyes of Chaos

The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Man - a being in search of meaning.
-Plato

A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
-Charles Darwin
Quoted in Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist, 1994, p.457

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
-Charlie Chaplin

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
-Confucius
Analects, Part II, vol. XI: 15

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
-Bertrand Russell

Life itself is the proper binge.
-Julia Child
Baking with Julia, PBS television Series

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
-George Santayana
The Life of Reason, 1905, v.4:3

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
-Blaise Pascal
Pensees, v.4, p. 277.

Even while they teach, men learn.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Letters 7.8

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it.
-Kurt Vonnegut

It matters not how a man dies but how he lives.
-Samuel Johnson
Sir John Hawkins, v. 2 p. 106

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
-Mark Twain

Wisdom begins in wonder.
-Socrates

Fame is a food that dead men eat.
-Austin Dobson

Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
-William Shakespeare

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Address 10-26-1939

Fate keeps on happening.
-Anita Loos
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1925.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
-Sir Winston Churchill

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
-Soren Kierkegaard

Even in dreams good works are not wasted.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca
La Vida es Sueno, 1636.

So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
-Isadora Duncan

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
-Tallulah Bankhead

Exhibit photographs by Niki Schmaltz.

LOCATION: 1st floor Main Lobby
Curators: Jerrie Lee Parpart and Dr. Gary Jensen



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