The Art of Receiving

Many people have learned how to give but a lot of people still have difficulty receiving. On some deep level, the saying “tis better to give than to receive” is still omnipresent in our bodies. Despite the inherent fallacy in that phrase, there is still guilt and discomfort for “taking” or for being “selfish”! Yet…

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Tips on Receiving

When someone gives you a compliment or gift: a) Receive it with appreciation and feel good about their wonderful gesture. b) Focus on how this act reflects their generosity and remember that goodwill is spread when you receive graciously. You both deserve to enjoy the circuit of kindness! When you feel like you need help:…

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Vancouver Stories

Over the last 4 month, the Arts and Culture Office of the Vancouver Park Board collected diverse personal stories in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. I was invited to contribute a personal story about my relationship to Vancouver through photos and narration. I decided to talk about the gift of the various communities that I’ve…

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The Legacy of Surrealism

by little woo, September 23, 2011 Though I never studied Art History in University, I was intuitively aware of a great personal resonance with the Surrealist Movement of the 1920-30’s. Throughout my life, Surrealist Art floated into my world via film, theatre, visual art, dreams and through of my own aesthetic tendencies. When I went…

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Wonderment is everywhere

Every August, my Mom asks me if i am going to “Birmingham” again.  It’s a little joke we enjoy sharing and though I’m not attached to going each year, I do appreciate the chance to travel down to Nevada and enjoy the “Birmingham Festival”… For many people, this event is a pivotal point of change…

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The 3d Stroboscopic Zoetropes of Peter Hudson

Interactive Masterpieces: The 3d Stroboscopic Zoetropes of Peter Hudson Since Peter Hudson’s work is some of my favorite pieces at Burning Man, i thought i’d compile a quick visual summary of his work via youtube videos i found today… Playa Swimmers (Peter’s 1st Burning Man project in 2000) Sisyphish (Peter’s first 3D stroboscopic zoetrope in…

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A Mermaid’s Search for Pirates

In 2005, I started dreaming of desert pirates. I thought this vision was heralding the arrival of my soulmate in the guise of a pirate – a very romantic fantasy for a little mermaid! But I was perplexed by the strange notion of “pirates in the desert” until summer of 2006, when I was headed to my first Burning Man festival. As I packed my costumes for this…

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Dreams of A Little Mermaid

Childhood Beginnings Many people enjoy the mythology of the mermaid at some point in their lives but my own fascination since childhood has never abated. Around the age of 5, I encountered the story of The Little Mermaid illustrated by Japanese artist Makoto Takahashi. The illustrated tale stayed true to the original bittersweet ending of Hans Christian Andersen’s story with themes…

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