I met Philippos one night at a bar in Nicosia and we actually talked for about 5 minutes. I asked him what he does, he said he writes. - “What do you write about, what interests you the most?” - “The soul…” he replied.
He is the kind of a person that when he talks to you, you definitely want to pay attention. He moves you with his simple calm way of looking and speaking to you.
I immediately asked him if he would like to share with me a couple of his poems and he said yes, right away.
Find out more about Philippos, by reading the mini interview below and the two poems he sent me.
Rare Book: Wunderzeichenbuch, or ‘Book Of Miracles’, 1552
“In AD 1119, fiery arrows or spears appeared in the sky, everywhere in the whole sky. And stars fell from the sky and when water was poured over them, they made a sound or screamed.”
It doesn’t exactly have the militaristic crispness of a Patrick Moore, but in these words (or, at least, their High German equivalent) we can see the modern science of astronomy emerging from under a shroud of superstition and folklore. The words are taken from an unparalleled Wunderzeichenbuch – or “book of miracles” – recently sold by James Faber, of Bond Street fine-art dealers Day & Faber. The miracles in question, all 167 of them, are hand-painted in gouache and watercolor and arranged in chronological order, from Old Testament scenes (the Flood, the parting of the Red Sea) to the Last Judgement. The main body of the work, however, is given over to events from recorded history, apocalyptic scenes such as a rain of meat in Liguria or a plague of vipers in Hungary; it’s a Renaissance equivalent of cranks’ newsletter The Fortean Times, albeit with a distinct focus on the astronomical. Some 60 or so of the folios depict cosmic events, particularly comets, painted with inventive élan and highlighted with gold leaf.
An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections.
Frühzug (Morning Train)
After spending the night together, a couple parts ways. Guided by the activities of the man’s morning rituals, she travels into a dream accompanied by the rhythms of the morning train and finds herself alone once again.
The Eager Reader #3
written by Ivana
Murakami Haruki is a Japanese writer born on January 12, 1949, and is an important figure in postmodern literature. He writes fiction which is often surrealistic and nihilistic, marked by a Kafkaesque interpretation of themes of loneliness and alienation. Many of his novels have themes and titles that call upon classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: The Thieving Magpie (after Rossini’s opera), Bird as Prophet (after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird), and The Bird-Catcher (a character in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute). Others of his novels take their titles from songs: Dance, Dance, Dance (after The Dells’ song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune), Norwegian Wood (after The Beatles' song) and South of the Border, West of the Sun (after the song “South of the Border”).
A short film by Jordana Spiro
A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.
An American stenographer, who, to escape the humdrum existence of his daily life, created dazzling, complex drawings in his spare time whilst in a trance-like state. Untrained as an artist and working from a kitchen table in a house he shared with his troubled, ailing mother, Andolsek worked on simple graph paper with nothing more than a straight edge, a pair of compasses and colored inks which he mixed himself, to wild effect.
Θηλυκή παροχή #3
γράφει η Χαριτίνη τόση δα
Θα ‘θελα να γράψω για την Τζένη, την δική μου και όλης της Ελλάδος.Την πιο όμορφη, με τα πιο όμορφα μάτια, την ελιά και τη βραχνή φωνή… Θεέ μου τί γυναίκα!
Λάτρευα το προφίλ της. Την ταινία της «Η νύφη το ΄σκασε» την αντιγράψαμε από την τηλεόραση, συγκεκριμένα απο το ΡΙΚ, σε βιντεοκασέτα και την βλέπαμε επανειλημμένα με το μεγαλύτερό μου αδελφο και πάντα γελάγαμε και λέγαμε τις ατάκες και τα τραγούδια απ’ έξω.
Από διάσημα πρόσωπα, είναι της Τζένης και της Lhasa οι θανάτοι που με έκαναν να κλάψω.
Σήμερα είναι τα γενέθλιά της, αν ζούσε θα ήταν 80. Της κάνω δώρο αυτή τη στήλη, μέσα από την καρδιά μου για τον πόνο και τις χαρές που βίωσε.
Ήμουνα 13 οταν πέθανε, το θυμάμαι πολύ έντονα και μου φαίνεται περίεργο, γιατί δεν θυμάμαι γενικώς… ήτανε καλοκαίρι… ξύπνησα και πάντα ο πατέρας είχε τις ειδήσεις στη διαπασών. Εκεί έμαθα το νέο, ήταν η πρώτη μου επαφή με το θάνατο, το ράδιο να παίζει “μην τον ρωτας τον ουρανό”… πήγα στο δωμάτιό μου και έκλαιγα, όταν με ακολουθησε η μητέρα μου για να μου εξηγήσει τί ειναι ο θάνατος.
WIND is an animated short about the daily life of people living in a windy area who seem helplessly exposed to the weather. However, the inhabitants have learned to deal with their difficult living conditions. The wind creates a natural system for living.
director: Robert Löbel
sound design: David Kamp
particles: Jochen Weidner
+ Σώ:ματι κίνει #3
written by Παν
Romeo Castellucci: the angel of art is Lucifer
Referred to as an iconoclast, he himself says that he creates meaningless theatre, which has an immediate impact on the spectator. A quest to shock with real purpose.
Romeo Castellucci, born in 1960, is an Italian theatre director, playwright, artist and designer. Since the 1980s he has been considered as a great figure of the European theatrical avant-garde. He completed his diploma in set design and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and founded along with his sister Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, the Societas Raffaello Sanzio.
generative art by
Spherical iterations and emerging symmetrys.