who knew one had so much to say - today i reached 650 blog posts on the QJD blog and 3000 tweets on twitter - "talk about whispering into the night" - as a person who enjoys exploring conceptual design ideas and looking to make sense of the chaos within the eye of this storm we are all experiencing - these tweets and posts have been a way of trying to cope with the perpetual noise that constantly surrounds us all.
finally heading into the desert this weekend for some respite and internal reflection. 4 hrs outside of cape town - "sewe weeks poort". ive learnt one doesn't have to be in a place long to get the essence of what you need from the experience. a weekend can actually suffice. a creative CEMP (Creative Electro Magnetic Pulse) moment is immediate. one is adjusted and aligned within seconds of the new experience. its just a case of opening oneself up for the realignment process when one feels its now necessary. for me this definitely happens in nature, it can happen in conversation with someone who has much to offer - for myself mostly it happens in the silent canyons of the African desert - i remember walking into the Namibian Komsberg reserve - parking my car on the side of a very lonely road and heading up a kraans. when i reached the top of where i could go no further, i came across leopard spoor. reasonably fresh - i realized i had a very long lonely 3 hr walk back to my car. i put my sunglasses on the back of my head and walked back as if i was a hunted man. for a desert leopard im sure i would have made a good meal, that is what i thought at the time anyway.
ive used these tweets and blogs as a self exploration process, as an artist these sketches are for me rather than an audience - but its nice to have a diary of thoughts outside of oneself. if someone reads them thats great - if not , thats perfectly fine. the material is mostly from within and is a reaction to my surrounds. Africa is a very dynamic space to derive influence from - so im hoping the 4hr drive this Friday afternoon - the late in the evening whiskey and the very early morning stillness of the desert saturday morning - will inspire a different direction in my conceptual design approach.
wildetect 2 is in Budapest now, wildetect 1 is heading to Japan next year - for me im going to be heading into the wild bush - the African bush - going to buy a Land Rover asap - kit it out - brand wrap it up with half zebra stripes going into black leopard spoor with wildetecture woven into the imagery. and head into the lonely bush - exploring the far off highways and byways of an untamed land - the lonely kraanse with an eagle silently circling overhead and the spoor of the silent hunters. one cannot ask for a more forefilling process of aligning the mind - so if all goes to plan my next 3000 tweets and 650 blogs will be a much slower process. because the internal reflective process will be done far from the maddening crowd.
"When whispering softly into the night. Don't ever worry if your words are being heard. Because your ears are listening & your heart is focused, now its just a matter of aligning your whispers with action." QJD wildetect 3 of 3
2 threads of artistic design inspiration in an Africa inspired landscape.
Thread 1. In established architectural cultures with deep existing heritage. It's really those of that culture who are tasked with the design of the architecture, art & design of their own culture. as observers we can just marvel. Africa has age old established cultures with rich artistic design architectural heritage, who just need to keep adding to their incredible depth & continue to create their dynamic future vision as set out by their previous poets artists and architects. Thread 2. Those of us born on this incredible African continent , 2nd , 3rd generations , who now don't really have 1 established cultural heritage. Who's new cultural blue blood comes from several heritages, that they now look to and explore. these recently arrived Africa borns Can establish their own unique inspired Artistic design identity. An interpreted creative design artistic journey from being inspired by living on a dynamic African continent. below is just one such thread 2's interpretation of being inspired by living in Africa. African fauvistic design style, wildetecture , erxell, evokatism
the idea of being part of an artistic perpetual motion conversation, that is held over many hundreds of years is an exciting notion. participants in this artistic dialogue dont have direct access to the now dead artists who started the conversation. but we have access to their work, this is the inspiration for the conversation itself.
then to interpret ones own perspective into this dialogue - creates the artistic conversation over time - evokatism. below you might be able to see who is part of this artistic conversation - this way one can open up several lines of communication with a few previous artists. and carry the dialogue along into a far future time.
it also allows for a building of artistic notions without saying the same thing. art allows one to speak to a fellow earth traveler 1000 yrs from now - whether its written artistic endeavor or painted. the skeleton of end product paves the way for the flesh of conversation in the current moment.
the hand prints or the incredible animal sketches on the cave wall. what say you?
on Friday evening wildetecture was privileged enough to attend the Morukuru beach lodge opening in De hoop. its about 2 hours from cape town and is in an incredible setting. we where treated to incredible food by the hosts and spectacular sightings of whales from the shore -
wildetect 2 of 3 designed 3 whale lights for the space - they came out mint and look incredible - the dining room is pulled together nicely under the deco cubist lighting. an incredible evening with a great live band and fantastic food - wow - and thank you.
below is my answers to a questionnaire relating to a sustainability project - from time to time i wrap my small experience around my current limited knowledge to answer a few questions for someones project.
happy to fill in this questionnaire - i am part of "QJD design studio" and "wildetecture design studio" - google images for both - that's what we do. i prefer the term wildetect when referring to what i do, because i try to be an African fauvistic designer. (what is that? will let you know once its in place (might take a lifetime) - its all still very much under construction.
the answers below. - are my opinion (hate opinions, but i reckon its best to formulate one rather than to have one thrust upon you) i also feel certain opinions are organic and should be - so what i write below is a snapshot of what i currently think. but as i get older, hopefully wiser i will change these opinions for better ones. so my current personal thoughts on architectural sustainability and design is also organic. you see as humans and in our current design mindset. we are sadly currently rampantly harvesting the earths resources and then we use them against our environment - we are by definition the perfect little mankind virus - destroying our host, every brick, every tar encrusted road and every concrete structure we put up. this can only change when we start to put back 99% more than we take out of the environment, at the moment that equation is very much reversed.
one or 2 cultures over time have managed to live without causing 2 much damage to the environment - they never tried to own the land but rather worked with nature to maintain a perfect balance. the KHOISAN and the Native Americans are 2 cultures that spring to mind. i love the way they both went about living as communities, taking it very seriously when they had to kill to eat - showing utmost respect towards nature , at every single turn. they embodied wisdom we could and should be applying today.
answers to questions below
i would love to and i do try promote this concept. but sadly design now days is driven by price and affordability and the clients budget - at present all these words representing green, sustainability , disassembly mean the project is going to cost much more and the client doesn't like that. so its a great concept and currently i try put these ideas forward - but when the costs come back - it seems to be cheaper to go with the new building materials to site. hopefully that will change very soon. companies capitalizing on these sexy sustainable word picture concepts might want to dial back their costs and approach more from a humanitarian level. (not all companies are like this - but when i see green - i sadly do feel the price to build has just shot up considerably)
absolutely - if we can stop this tar, concrete encrusted jungle expanding right now - re-use the current building blocks we have already harvested and created up till now. put this kind of policy in place as a way forward in architectural construction - with limited and controlled new materials being introduced to the built environment system - we can arrest back our planet from the greedy and short sighted. but this sadly is an idealistic view point - so we just do small obeisance to the green concept, whilst we currently rip the eyes out of mother nature.
this mindset needs to change asap.
yes definitely - for design to be pure it needs to be holistic - at the moment our designs are driven by budget - which means the cheapest and nastiest building blocks are used on site- when we design and the end product goal is absolute sustainability - when a city can produce pure water and oxygen like a plant, at the end of its many processes and not plastic, vile sewage waste and pollution. when our design system supports this holistic design process positively - we will be putting back more than we are taking out - we will have reached a point in our built environment that is to my mind the "beautiful city design." at present we dont have enough altruists to make this concept viable. more dreamers and less capitalists are urgently required.
yes this is what every futurist has been putting forward from the Khoi to Tesla. the idea of working with the earths resources sofly, softly is a very important concept. but man being the vile little creature he is - we only respond when the fires we have created and maintained start running out of fuel and start burning our very own backsides. that is why we have these words currently called disassembly, sustainability - but they are just words for now to my mind, used to fill in a contract. these words need the flesh and blood of designers who genuinely are concerned about how our processes are destroying our planet. and that is the challenge - taking it from sexy speech into viable action.
shopping malls for one - represent the extreme consumerist mindset of us all. old school markets are better and have less impact on the environment - in the past people catered for just their daily needs. milked the cow, made cheese and butter themselves, picked the vegetables, traded and still enjoyed a full life. now everything is done for us - we just buy it in a plastic throw away container. so we can have products that last years, to store for generations, all the while turning gold (our environment) into trash. our current design system is losing value with every small plastic item created. the balance between old school and new school will allow us to slow down enough to then realize when we are going to fast. people are aware of the plastic nightmare - but its no where near as controlled as it should be.
no - would love to - my only concern is it will drive up the budget and the time taken to complete. if we stop wanting things instantly, we can go back to a time when magnificent design was thought out and implemented over time using all facets of current human knowledge and expertise.
yes materials are important to sustainability - and hence to this concept of disassembly. in the future we must look to organic building materials - growing our architectural built environment - look to the tree - a perfect machine that has oxygen as its end product, and many creatures hinge off its branches and roots. - if our materials can boast that type of track record, then we will lose the tag of being the earths number 1 - VIRUS. so when our scientists and clever people stop looking for ways to kill as many people in war and start looking for ways to live this life with nature in mind - we will have a full sector on board who can really help with designing our architectural materials better.
i think this concept of permanence is the problem with our approach to architectural design - every few generations should have the privilege of designing their own working and living spaces - at present we inherit a building and then heritage romanticizes the place and we then try keep it going for ever. buildings get old and tired over time - when i worked in London measuring up old buildings to draw onto CAD, i realized old buildings develop a unique smell - "a too many people smell". i think we need to look at creating building blocks that can interchange and be reused within the context of new structures. this building architecture to last forever is a lazy mans notion of causing future generations to sleep. ive never seen a wigwam city that was built 400 years ago still in place. maybe their is something in that notion. architectural designers want glorified permanence - then maybe they should dabble in artistic sculpture and leave the habitation challenges to those who dont mind not leaving a megalith in their wake.
i say these things as an idealist but as a realist i know their is only really one solution to this systems architectural challenges - and its not disassembly or sustainability it is something much, much more magnificent than anything we as humans can ever create.
Amongst this and that i enjoy spending time writing a short story or 2 - like listening to certain music - writing aligns ones mind - whether one is good at it or not is irrelevant to the need to achieve this alignment.
outcome although important is secondary to the process. if one writes for others then im sure that one is called a brilliant writer - however to write solely for oneself - then one is just someone who writes. then its not so important how good the work is - just that the creative work is now set outside of oneself. my latest NDCP short story is an interesting loop.
i write what i feel - the last few weeks have been really tough - what with hectic external happenings i have no major power to help with. huge violent protests close to where i live, escalation of murders between people i dont know across the world. world leaders shaking with this hand, punching with the other. if one is a sensitive sort , then these things effect one immensely. couple ones personal work stress to this and things can get out of your control quickly. you now have a perfect storm to write within.
my sum of short stories is 8 , with a man is a virus essay in between
for me when im doing anything creative i feel im stealing time from something more important. an ideal scenario for me would be to get an old barn in the karoo - a big space with high volumes. then i would build a massive stone fire place within its confines. i would attach a bungy cord to the centre of the barns ceiling inside. around me in a circle from the center i would set up 8 complete creative work stations. 2 for artistic painting , 1 for creative sketching, 1 for comic writing, 1 for architectural designs, 1 for creative writing, 1 CAD station and then a dreamer station.
obviously a full carpentry / model building workshop for building stuff would be part of the periphery - not part of the creative circle. i so want to build a model of wildetecture coral city. time , time , time.
i would plug myself in to the bungy cord with my custom built harness. then i would start for the day. the cord allows me to jump / fly between stations. - oh a good coffee station would be within the flight path. so as soon as my synaptic thought process wants to do something , i jump to that station. every station would be fully set up, fully loaded for each task. so no need to break the process. i reckon 1 day a week just doing that I would fuel incredible alignment. i would be doing this for me - not for anyone else - the pure enjoyment of being able to flit between creative stations is the goal. the outcome of thought - the skeletons of endeavor - well that will be a the personal journey of making sense of the bigger picture.
just remember one doesn't have to be brilliant at anything to try - you just need a small spark - this tiny little spark deep within your own mind - ignites an inferno of creative thought - many depressives dont have an outlet for this inferno and it consumes one. many sensitive to this worlds utter brutality dont get respite. a small part of dealing with stress is to just get ones creative process outside of oneself - on paper, on canvas. dont do it for others - thats the biggest mistake - do it for yourself.
i love music and i would love to write a symphony - do i have any experience in this field yet - no i dont - but i feel if i could just concentrate on the building blocks of an array of small sounds. approach this from a direction never before conceived. my own direction. i can create something that you will never hear - but for me the process would be incredible - this notion of perfection stifles the process. just do creative endeavour for oneself - listen to what you have put together and afterwards get rid of it and then start again. one must sometimes simply be captivated by the creative process, not always this outcome based idea of all things creative. learn from the process - enjoy the process.
remember when one places ones heart at cold foul feet - the soft warmth will simply get squished between gnarled filthy toes. always be selective of where you showcase your creative work. and if the time is not correct - rather keep it close to yourself and enjoy the process - make the outcome secondary. but never ever stop, no matter how much rome burns.