Archive for May, 2008

World Telekinesis Competition

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

As stated before, the Ministry has entered a Team (TEAM EMOAJ) in the WTC 2008 in Canada. Perhaps someone is asking themselves:

WHAT is The World Telekinesis Competition!?

For your information:

May 16 to June 14, 2008

Opening Friday, May 16, 7 to 10pm

Deluge Contemporary Art

636 Yates Street

Victoria, BC, Canada

The 2008 World Telekinesis Competition is a first if its kind event, in which teams from around the world compete to psychically influence the behavior of a candle. Players are not expected to be physically present during during competition, but rather will compete remotely from their home locations around the world. The World Telekinesis Competition is an open event, and all teams who satisfy the submission requirements have been included in the competition.

Project StatementThe 2008 World Telekinesis Competition brings together teams from disparate geographic locations to enact their own visions of telekinetic potential in competition with one another, with the ultimate aim of crowning a singular winning team. The winning team will receive a trophy as well as bragging rights, both of which will — eventually — be returned for next year’s competition. The first of a yearly series of competitions, the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition is open to artists, psychics and otherwise interested parties who are willing to engage with the competitive framework according to which this tournament will proceed.

Telekinesis — the remote psychic influence of object behaviour — has a history of controversy and provocation. Neither proven or dis-proven, the possibility of remote psycho-kinetic influence remains active as a potentially relevant force within our current modalities of understanding. We invite explorations into possible strategies for telekinetic influence — not stated, but enacted through competitive interaction with other like-minded teams. Stated otherwise, our mission is not to explore rhetorical strategies for telekinetic participation but rather to assess the relative merit of any given method of psychic influence by its equally relative efficacy in a competitive structure.

Competition StructureThe 2008 World Telekinesis Competition follows basic competitive rules for multi-team events. Based on an assessment of the number of participating teams, a preliminary competition structure was randomly determined, in which two teams will compete remotely to psychically influence the behaviour of a game candle. The winning team will advance to the subsequent round while the losing team will be eliminated. This competition structure will continue until only one team is remaining. This team will be crowned the winner of the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition.

Selection of TeamsNoxious Sector Artist Collective — in collaboration with Deluge Contemporary Art — composed and disseminated an international call for submissions for the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition. Teams responded to the call for participation on an international level, resulting in the 28 teams comprising the tournament.

About Noxious SectorNoxious Sector is a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse.

http://www.noxioussector.net

http://www.deluge.ws

Contact: Deborah de Boer, Director/Curator

Read more at this blog about TEAM EMOAJ at WTC

Luck

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Luck

“A tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius.”

This week (19) – In between Bird Cherry (swe. Hägg) and Lilac (swe. Syrén)

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

The President and Minister of Art & Jump made a little road-trip at the end of the week, meeting people in the eastern Skåne hemisphere, which was very uplifting. Especially the visit at the ARS & MODUS in Hammenhög, which is a facinating project run by the artist Amit Sen.

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The Ministry Gardener reports that the week has meant extreme heat, going at 30 degrees celisus! (Thats 86 fahrenheit and is considered very good on a swedish summer, this early it’s considered an act of a divinity…). Everything is growing like weed, the lawns, the hedges and the bushes. The leaves of the Hollyhock (lat. Alcea, swe. Stockros) has begun growing up to half a meter already. The black bird has been spotted looking for worms. The gardener also reports that the typical SkÃ¥ne summer air is here with blooming bright yellow rapeseed fields and their strong flowery scent with a touch of honey. Still a few frogs and lizzards has beenn relocated to the Ministry pond (4 specimens this week). The cherry threes and the Appel threes are reported in full bloom and the bees are starting to wake up. During the hot weekend they have been visible after a cold and wet springtime. All of a sudden it feels like full summer and the Ministry Pool is being set up as this is written.

Pub

Friday, May 9th, 2008

PUB

“A place where people attempt to achieve advanced stages of mental incompetence by repeated consumption of fermented vegetable drinks”.

När man har tid…

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

“När man har tid att tänka, bör man begagna sig av den möjligheten.”

[Travis McGee]

99 %

Monday, May 5th, 2008

“99 percent of the inhabitants of this world are fools, and the rest are living in danger of contamination.”

This week (18)

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

During the week the Ministers/Presidents banged up foot has returned (mor or les) to normal and the Minister has parked his walking stick for this time. Hopefully it will take a long time before it’s needed again…

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Tulips at the Ministry!

At the Ministry the spring has arrived for real now and is especially obvious in the reports from the Ministry gardener. The gardener reports this week that hedges, bushes and threes at the Ministry are budding and going green fast now. The tulips are growing tall. The lawns are growing at an alarming rate and and the lawnmowers are about to receive the regular spring-service. The summer is definitely closing in on the Ministry. The Ministry gardener also reports that the frog-move has been going on during the whole week, and 18 specimens (+ 4 lizards) has been located from the cellar to the Ministry Pond. Also 5 frogs were rescued from a pipe during a downpour and relocated to the Ministry pond. By the way, the fence around the pond has been fortified with a few new fence-posts. And the pond itself has been cleared up a bit from grass growing around the brink.
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Aspargus outside the Ministry greenhouse.

The Ministry gardener has also reports from the green-house. The temperatures is climbing and are about 30-40 degrees Celsius during the days. The strawberries in the greenhouse has begun to bloom and the Ministry grapes are also started to get leaves. And outside the greenhouse the early spring produces has already started to get up. The asparaguses (Asparagus officinalis) are getting longer and thicker every day now. Time to harvest the goodies!

DÃ¥ren…

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

“DÃ¥ren drömmer om rikedom, den kloke om lycka.”

Fun

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Fun

“[the] Employment of time in a profitless and non-practical way”.

Protester och himmelsfärder…

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Det är Första maj idag, även pÃ¥ Ministeriet, och dÃ¥ gÃ¥r ju alla i lÃ¥nga led och protesterar mot tingens ordning. De som gör det idag här i Svea Rike lär dock fÃ¥ en kalldusch, det regnar rejält idag pÃ¥ Ministeriet och i stora delar av södra riket…
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Första Maj har faktiskt en lÃ¥ng “förhistoria”. Redan under antiken har folk i Europa och pÃ¥ andra hÃ¥ll i världen firat vÃ¥rens ankomst med en fest. De tidigaste Första maj-firanden gÃ¥r lÃ¥ngt tillbaka i tiden, innan kristendomen anlände till Europa. Till exempel det keltiska firandet av “Beltane” som var en av kelternas största Ã¥rsfester. Beltane var en fruktbarhetsfest som utspelades kring första Maj och som innefattade stora eldar – och möjligen även sexritualer. Beltane-festerna var särskilt till guden Belenus ära. Även Valborgsmässoafton firades mycket tidigt i de germanska länderna. Trots att de hedniska firningarna lÃ¥ngsamt började försvinna när Europa blev kristet, överlevde en mer sekulär version av firandet inom skolor och kyrkor i Europa. I denna form sÃ¥ är Första maj mer känd för sina traditioner som att dansa runt en MajstÃ¥ng och kröningen av Majdrottningen i vissa länder. Än idag firas de gamla hedniska riterna frÃ¥n 1 maj av nyhedniska grupper som till exempel wiccanerna. Deras religion kallas för Wicca och är en slags nyhednisk naturreligion skapad pÃ¥ 1950-talet av britten Gerald Gardner.

Första maj är annars kanske mest känd som arbetarrörelsens internationella högtidsdag som firas sedan 1890, bland annat till åminnelse av Haymarketmassakern i Chicago 1886, då polis och strejkande drabbade samman och en kastad bomb satte igång en regelrätt gatustrid. För vilket flera, som det visade sig senare, oskyldiga dömdes och avrättades för. De strejkande arbetarna i Chicago strejkade för 8 timmars arbetsdag.

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OvanpÃ¥ allt sammanfaller första maj i Ã¥r med Kristi himmelsfärds dag, som är en kyrklig högtidsdag, och en helgdag i den svenska almanackan, som infaller 39 dagar (40:e dagen) efter pÃ¥skdagen. Kristi himmelsfärds dag infaller tidigast den 30 april och senast den 3 juni. Dagen firas enligt den kristna mytologin som den dag dÃ¥ Jesus lämnade jorden och fördes upp till himlen. Men Jesus är lÃ¥ngifrÃ¥n ensam – det är mÃ¥nga som enligt traditionen gett sig ut pÃ¥ dylik himmelsfärd bl.a. Enok, Elias, Jesaja, Jungru Maria och Muhammed.

Enligt en tidig katolsk och ortodox uppfattning har Jungfru Maria tagits upp till himlen med kropp och själ; detta firas i både öst- och västkyrkan den 15 augusti, men blev katolsk dogm först 1950 då Pius XII uttalade sig ex cathedra. Inom ortodoxa kyrkan kallas högtiden Marie insomnande. Uppfattningen om Jungfru Marie himmelsfärd saknar belägg i Bibeln och har därför inte heller en plats i protestantiska kyrkor.

Jesajas himmelsfärd är en av de äldsta kristna skrifterna, bevarad i etiopisk översättning tillsammans med det judiska Jesajas martyrium. Jesaja sägs ha förts till Guds tron och bevittnar därifrån hur Kristus stiger ned till jorden, utför sitt verk och sedan återvänder.

MÃ¥nga muslimer tror förresten att Muhammed gjorde en himmelsfärd frÃ¥n platsen i Jerusalem där idag Klippmoskén stÃ¥r. Därav Muslimernas ovilja att släppa in andra religiösa utövningar pÃ¥ den platsen kanske… MÃ¥nga muslimer tror förresten ocksÃ¥ att Jesus lever i högsta välmÃ¥ga i Himmelen, även om detta inte är allmänt erkänt. Jesus anses i Islam vara en profet som sändes med ett nytt gospel till “Israels barn”. Islam hävdar dock att han aldrig dödades eller korsfästes, utan togs upp till himmelen levande… Kristendomen Ã¥ sin sida räknar inte Muhammed som profet (det gör inte heller Judendomen). Dante avbildade i sin “Inferno” dessutom Muhammed som en “söndrare av religionen” som därför evigt pinas i helvetet…