12/5/07

Catmasutra - Big Mind, Small Mind

This is a play on Play Imaginative's flagship designer toy, Trexi - a 3-inch tall action figure with a rotating head and articulated limbs. The Catmasutra cat draws its essence from my cat Halo, and the Trexi "mini-me" draws its essence from the Catmasutra cat. They are different, yet the same, as they are both the essence of the artist. And yet in creating them, the artist is both catmasutra cat and the Trexi! Haha... And Trexi has a new Catmasutra manifestation now in addition to the ones by Tokidoki and Devilrobots... "Big Mind, Small Mind" is also an abstraction using a little Zen as a reference philosophy... So still yourself as I indulge myself...
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Trace every man-made thing around us and you will be led back to the same origin - a singular thought that sets into motion new cycles that intertwine and create even more and newer cycles, that reinforces one more than the other. If the cycle gets big enough, you'll have a powerful engine that manifests and make real, our hopes and dreams, our fears and greed, just as electricity was discovered, just as the atomic bomb was made, just as our capacity for war and peace manifests themselves internally and externally.

"What happened did happen, but not before it was so powerful an idea
that it took shape and form and ripped through the thin skin
that separates potential from event."

~Jeanette Winterson , "The Stone Gods",
on the actuality of a third world war, a nuclear war


Just as the atomic bomb was built to end all wars...

In 1942 the Manhattan Engineer Project was set up in the United States under the command of Brigadier General Leslie Groves... By the time the atom bomb was ready to be used Germany had surrendered. Leo Szilard and James Franck circulated a petition among the scientists opposing the use of the bomb on moral grounds. However, the advice was ignored by Harry S. Truman, the USA's new president, and he decided to use the bomb on Japan.

On 6th August 1945, a B29 bomber dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. It has been estimated that over the years around 200,000 people have died as a result of this bomb being dropped. Japan did not surrender immediately and a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later. On 10th August the Japanese surrendered. The Second World War was over. ~source, spartacus

...the atomic bomb was built to end all wars.
The nuclear age had begun.

Our personal history is the history of the world - just that we don't know it yet. The way we think, the way we live, choosing one over the other, reinforcing one over the other, is the history of the world. Our reality is never All or Nothing. It is not a complete physical reality, and at the same time it is not completely in our mind. Our reality is All and Nothing.

Everything is included within your mind. Nothing can come from outside. If they do, it only means that something appears in your mind. If you do not exist, then everything else ceases to exist. In order for me to exist, you have to exist and everything else must exist. This is the essence of big mind, neither coming or going, but ever present in everyone and everything; it is only in the reality of this present that we can find peace and harmony.

When we dwell only in the physical reality, then we are always affected by external circumstances. We will always be waging wars with ourselves, with good, evil, injustice, with what we think is right or wrong, with the idea of lack or abundance. This is our mind that is related to something outside itself, one that sees differences between you and I, between the colors of our skins, our beliefs, our possessions. This is the small mind. This is us with a rotating head and articulated limbs, in a modern consumer world, where we are conditioned to protect ourselves from every insecurity, difficulty and discomfort...

A quantum universe - neither random or determined.
A universe of potentialities,
waiting for an intervention to affect the outcome.
Love is an intervention. why do we not choose it?
~Jeanette Winterson , "The Stone Gods",


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been reading too much zen...
Shunryu Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield

there is always magic

Catmasutra 4, the exhibition!


UTTERLY ART - 13th - 23rd DECEMBER 2007
CATMASUTRA IV PAINTING EXHIBITION

229A South Bridge Road Singapore 058778 2nd Level
Opening hours: 11am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday

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