Dissertation Abstract

Components of Cultural Thermodynamics: Visual Understandings of Energy 

April 8, 2016

Society and culture along with the world at large, can be thought of as a thermodynamic system, where thermodynamics is synonymous with ontologies of energy in interactive states. Numerous visual artists have sought to present understandings of these energetic systems in varying ways.

Situating artworks within a field of intentions, where those intentions are to visually present understandings of energetic forces at work, whether in society and culture or the world at large, requires a contextual identification of artists to be considered, along with works which are exemplary in their approaches to presenting visual understandings of energetic activity or functionality. In choosing which artists to be a center of focus in this type of study, one is presented with almost limitless ways in which energetic forces may be visually modelled vis-à- vis creative works.

Theoretic aspects of the artworks in question must be identified as modellings (or direct appropriations of) of energetic forces at work and analyzed in terms of the way(s) that energetic activity may be modelled or mapped. Many avenues of inquiry spring to mind in relation to this proposition, especially when one considers the myriad forms of media and combinations thereof seen in contemporary culture.

My intention is to focus this inquiry on artists who work in more or less traditional mediums of visual art, namely drawing and painting. Initial choices include early abstract pioneer Frantisek Kupka who according to University of Ontario professor of Art History John G. Hatch, was concerned with wave patterns appearing in nature, and metaphysician and visual artist Emma Kunz, whose drawings in her own words depict energetic patterns in nature. These, along with a constellation of contemporary artists working in a more “visionary” or shamanic framework will be analyzed, along with correlations to modern scientific and more metaphysical or “para-scientific” theories and syntheses thereof, which seek to present understandings of human subtle energies and ways they are expressed visually in these contemporary works.

This research can ultimately fit within an overall extended field of research which seeks to understand creative works and the cultures they operate within, in terms of thermodynamics as defined above. The focus in this project is on ways that natural and human subtle energies can be understood through visual means, and grounding these understandings in contemporaneous theories which support their expressions.

Keylontic Science Related Independent Research


 My name is Greg Delapaix, I am in the Fine Arts Doctoral program here at Tech, and I anticipate the coming Fall as being my last semester for coursework here, after which I will return to Oregon to research and write my dissertation. 

I am looking for faculty members here who are teaching coursework which intersects on some level with my dissertation topic, which is a visual (and musical) culture study of a branch of metaphysics called Keylontic Science.

This topic deals with a multidimensional universe and the manipulation of energies within these dimensional structures, along with other topics such as relationships between sound and light, ancient and pre-ancient histories involving interactions with numerous off-world races, and an egalitarian system of conscious living principles.

Feel free to let me know if you wish more information on the subject of Keylontic Science. There are communities emerging around the world who are working with these principles in various contexts including creative fields such as visual art and music.

Possible independent research topics include visual cultures of various paranormal subjects, such as the human subtle energy body in relation to out of body projections, shamanism, other comparative religions, etc, the use of visual symbols as encryption codes in contemporary culture and corollaries in ancient cultures, sacred symbols, sacred geometries and crystal structures in relation to sound, music, visual symbols, etc.

I am also interested in reconciliations between diametrically opposed thought systems such as transhumanism and ascension mechanics, cyborg culture vs. goddess culture, comparative religions in relation to metaphysics and the paranormal, etc. Certain aspects of science such as quantum and multidimensional models might also be useful. My topic may also intersect various disciplines including Sociology, Anthropology, Ancient History and ‘Human Sciences,’ Comparative Literature, Urban and/or Ethnic Studies, and Music.

Because no one has yet written about Keylontic Science on an academic level, I will be drawing on many disciplines besides the material published by those intimate with Keylontic Science over the last ten to fifteen years. This essentially means that I’m developing a cultural study entailing searches for overlaps and departures between various thought systems and Keylontic Science.

I would be interested to read/hear any of your thoughts about these ideas and how any of them might intersect with coursework you will be involved with in the Fall, or ideas you may have regarding the possibility of independent research related to your areas of expertise, or areas of research your colleagues may be involved with. 

Thank You!


Greg Delapaix

Course Substitutions

[I am re-sending this to include Dr. Steele and Dr. Ortega, since I forgot to use ‘reply all’ the first time.]

Hi Dr. —-, and thank you for your response ~
There was a letter included with my original submission for the course substitutions. I believe this letter was included when I re-submitted all of my original documents to you, and also included when I re-submitted the documents to Dr. ——. My submission included/includes also the syllabi and class outlines/descriptions of the three classes taken as the Art History component of MFA studies.
I am attaching a copy of the letter as a separate PDF document, titled “proposal,” to this email. Feel free to let me know if there is anything else you may need for me to do; thanks again for your prompt response.

Once you hand in a letter regarding your course substitutions, as was asked of you more than a month ago, I can get them taken care of. (Note that similar requests for course substitutions for —- —— and ——- —– have been put through this semester.) No need to involve Dr —— at this point. If you handed in a request previously to Dr ——, resend it again to me at your earliest convenience.
I kindly suggest that you focus your attention on what really is at issue – locking down your dissertation topic and committee.
Thank you.

Dr —-

PhD Art Coordinator

Hi Dr. —— –
I am of the understanding that at this point the course substitutions I submitted over a year ago can be applied to my coursework credit hours as a part of the next steps forward in my FADP process. I am writing to you for verification of this, but also in the hope that these course substitutions be expedited/processed in the short term.
I have been asking the various PhD coordinators, faculty members, and chairpersons for help in resolving/completing the substitutions for well over a year now, since I first submitted them to Dr. —— during Spring of 2012. This is so that I can proceed with planning the last part of my coursework, especially with regard to what I will be doing this Fall. I believe that Dr. Ortega has also asked Dr. —- for help in this matter, so I am including them in this email; I thank you all in advance for help in knowing the status of my course substitution requests.

Best regards,

Greg Delapaix

PhD Core Exam Script (passed the core exam on May 13, 2013)

1: Present the Question
The notion that arts activity does not need to result in artifacts or other conventional artistic products has raised a number of unprecedented questions during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For example, conceptual art often leaves nothing physical to “consume,” which causes some to question art itself as a definable notion.
Can anyone produce/pronounce random objects to be art (Marcel Duchamp), produce sounds… (John Cage) and call it music, or engage in random activities (Vito Acconci) and call it a performance, or do such acts have complex meanings rooted in the histories of the arts that make it possible for them to be accepted as artworks?
Explain whether artistic acts sans artifacts, in particular, subvert, threaten, or enhance the notion of art. Is there any point to defining art today?

2: Philosophical Background
Before I present my thesis, I want to provide the first bracket of a general philosophical framework…

In 1914, Clive Bell asserted that a starting point for all systems of aesthetics required the experience of certain emotional states associated with the arts– a kind of variable emotional resonance toward whatever art form was being experienced in a formalist sense. In doing so, the ability to appreciate art in a qualitative sense depended on the aesthetic sensibilities of those apprehending the works of art. This in part contributed to arbitrary systems of aesthetics based on characteristics and properties of various artworks.

Seeking to formulate less arbitrary directions toward defining art, Morris Weitz with the help of Wittgenstein and writing in 1956, moves the effort to define art forward into more conceptual domains. He does this by pointing out that the effort to discern what art is should be based on how it is employed culturally and linguistically, rather than forming classes of objects based on their properties. While pointing out that various aspects of art deemed as necessary and sufficient can help to evaluate art qualitatively as components of existing theories at the time, Weitz shows that these various theories fail to approach what really defines art on a more fundamental level.

With the writings of Arthur Danto (and certainly others), art emerges as a new kind of expressive reality above and beyond art as imitation. Writing about the philistine who does not understand abstraction, Danto asserts the value of the artworld by positing that the philistine has not yet navigated the allegory of a process which the Zen Buddhist Ch’ing Yuan writes of and which I quote here:

“Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got the very substance I am at rest. For it is just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.”

The allegory is the history of art and its theories which together constitute the art world- a foundation for a historical essentialism courtesy of Danto.

Ten years later, George Dickie leans on Danto’s theory of the artworld as arbiter of what is art, in order to qualify artworks on a more authoritative level. Dickie uses the world of theater as a formative example of the artworld as institution, explaining that plays exist as a form of art because of practices established over a long and varied history. Dickie then points out the way that Duchamp’s readymades found their place of importance in the world of art theory, namely by a unique leveraging of the institutional nature of the artworld. Anticipating later writings of Carroll and Levinson in some regards, Dickie states that it is the predecessors of radical changes or bizarre innovations found within the artworld as an institution which create and allow the spaces for innovation. It is in Dickie that we see arguments emerge regarding the qualification of the artifact. Dickie argues against Weitz, when he states that the artworld as institution is a pre-requisite for the designation of otherwise random artworks as artifacts. It is important here to note that Dickie does not remove the necessity of the artifact, he is attempting to qualify the designation of an object as such.

Carroll points out some of the strengths of historical narratives in the identification of works of art, focusing on relative economies and freedom from controversy. Carroll points out the value of history in freeing designations of artworks from the containment of definitions- by stating that the authority of the definitional approach to concepts is not unqualified. There are networks of familiarity involved after all. Thus, historical contexts are very useful in explaining what may otherwise seem a random designation of something as a work of art to one who is less informed historically. By shifting networks of familiarity over to the artists and by defining art based on the way it relates to existing artworks, Levinson anticipates the work of philosophers such as George Kubler and David Summers who seek to define art globally, i.e. to include non-Western art.

3: Thesis Slides

My Thesis:

    •     Artifacts are points of attentive focus. They exist in every instance of energy expended within a context of creativity, whether it is designated as art, music, or performance. The ability of artistic acts to enhance or subvert notions of art based on the absence of physical artifacts being produced during the effectuation of those artistic acts is a function of relational scope to artifacts outside of the artistic act in question. Artistic acts cannot exist without the generation of artifacts; “traditional,” “conventional,” and “consumable” are designations of certain types of artifacts within a larger ontology of artifacts.

      These artifacts are situated within semiotic domains. Artifacts are not characterized by arborescence in a relational or temporal sense, they exist within fluid webs of morphogeneity and referentiality.

    • •In the way that sansabelt pants actually do have a belt in the form of hidden elastic connectors of varying widths,
    • ”sansanartifact” artistic acts actually do have artifacts in the form of hidden elastic connectors of varying widths.
    • These connectors are trans-temporal, trans-dimensional, and transdisciplinary.

5: Points of Arrivals and Departures

The ability of the artifact to subvert, threaten, or enhance the notion of art whether through a physical presence or lack thereof depends largely on the way that artifacts function intrinsically within art works of various types. I would like to show, by means of a larger qualification and definition of the artifact, that worthwhile conversations centered on the definition of art can be generated. These conversations can reconcile both pedestrian and encapsulated institutional polemics, as well as random pronouncements and complex meanings..

In light of numerous anecdotal and theoretical directions involved with artifacts in relation to theatre and live performance, visual art, and music, artifacts always exert a powerful role. It is the market which empowers the consumable aspect of artifacts. From the days of guilds and apprenticeships in drama, art and sculpture, or conservatories in music, it is the market which has always fueled the production of the conventional consumable artifact, even in a non-linear temporal sense.
As theater director Jonathan Miller points out in his book “Subsequent Performances,” the very act of putting Shakespeare’s plays on stage pre-empts alternative meanings in the minds of various private readers of the plays, and implicit in this is the primary status of Shakespeare’s texts as literary works, written over four hundred years ago. But what also follows from this is that any theatrical performance outside the mind of an informed reader may somehow fall short of an imagined understanding of the author’s intent. Does this mean that great plays can exist without ever being performed? Not, as Jonathan Miller points out, unless distinctions between drama and other forms of literature were to be completely collapsed. Miller thus concludes (and I agree) that all performances are a kind of limitation. It is these limitations which give theatrical creations along with other creative works the opportunity to develop or evolve over time. These developments are not always linear in nature. At times, artworks or their artifacts enter a kind of afterlife period. Miller takes this idea of afterlife from the art historian Aby Warburg, who used it in the context of rediscovered cultures and the way they are revived. The revival of classical Roman and Greek culture during the Renaissance is described by one of Warburg’s colleagues as an “undulating curve of estrangements and rapprochements.”
From here we can appropriate a somewhat similar concept which the German philosopher Martin Heidegger writes about. Describing the way that a broken tool, when failing to function as it is supposed to, suddenly reveals to us the excess of its being, Heidegger shows us a broken tool as a kind of emergent energetic presence. When taken for granted under normal conditions, the tool recedes into a web of referentiality, but when broken, the tool becomes an intrusive singularity. Art is like this- it is the creation of energetic singularities out of webs of referentiality. Unlike the broken tool however, creative works have mobilities which transcend being anchored in specific properties and processes. It is the artifacts which allow for this, and it is the autonomy of artifacts which allow artists such as the politically motivated Dadaists to reject the institution by means of choosing objects from the real world and designating them as artworks in their own right.
Tools and artifacts can exist in the realm of the non-physical. For instance, someone who wants to develop their powers of concentration may use a specific mental picture to focus on, or someone who wants to perform complex mathematical calculations may employ specific shortcuts– the use of known quantitative functions, equations, or tables. These are tools. The artifacts of creative works, being a step removed from the more specific processes in which tools are embedded, are not limited to being physical in nature. As a representative for the rejection of the institution, Duchamp’s urinal allies itself with other non-physical artifacts in the form of ideas, impulses, emotions, and concepts.

By the same token the afterlife of creative artifacts of all types endows them with trans-dimensionality, trans-temporality, and trans-disciplinarity all in one fell swoop.

examples of Globe theater, Belvedere torso, Uccello here

Pitiless sleuth that he was, Duchamp cannot come close to the pitiless and sleuthing nature of the market. Though in 1917, the market and the institution were not nearly as integrated as they are today , it is the rejections of the institution as market in the early twentieth century, and the anti-consumerist rejection of the market by artists in the 1960s, which, like the metaphor of the broken tool, caused new singularities to emerge- Surrealism and aspects of modernism in the 20s, minimalism, land art, body art, and more literal forms of conceptual & performance art in the 60s. Nonetheless, the ubiquity of the artifact has allowed the market to subsume all of these, notwithstanding the lack of gallery artifacts seen with conceptual art forms. This is due to the morphogenetic nature of artifacts. This can be seen in the writings of artists in the 1960s, when they began to have access to publishing outlets for their ideas, thus generating new streams of artifacts. These new streams of artifacts were new iterations of non-physical artifacts or perhaps virtual or sans artifacts- the word as adjective rather than preposition. Could there be an inverse relationship between the level of ephemerality in creative works and the sans artifacts they generate? Perhaps not in a universal sense, but it might be worthwhile, while thinking within this larger qualification of artifacts as multidimensional things, to consider what Steven Shaviro points out, writing in an essay called “The Universe of Things”:

“To reduce a thing to its presence-at-hand – which is to say the sum of its delineable properties – is precisely to regard that thing as only the correlate of a consciousness perceiving it (Meillassoux, 2008). But a thing is always more than its qualities; it always exists and acts independently of, and in excess over, the particular ways that we grasp and comprehend it.”

Certainly this is true of all art works, no matter what level of ephemerality they exhibit.
Show examples of Kandinsky, Varese, Mask Factory, Cage, Nauman, Abromavic

Cage’s 4’33” though seemingly quite ephemeral in terms of artifact, relies on a large number of artifacts. First is the score, which designates the articulations of the three movement piece. Second is the innumerable sonic artifacts present in the room during the performance of the piece. The venue chosen was a “serious” performance venue, which was chosen based on normative qualities of formal performance- the audience would sit quietly, allowing for the performance to proceed without interruption, the ambient artifacts of sound were thus allowed to represent the piece better. The concept of the piece was a generative impulse, which when actualized, generated large numbers and types of other artifacts. The original idea of the piece could be considered an artifact, resulting from Cage’s study of Zen Buddhism, and the notion he arrived at, that any sound can be considered music. The philosopher Levinson argues that traditional music is a combination of a sound structure and a structured means of performance. In this case, the score is certainly not the music.
The philosopher Peter Kivy has written about the possibility of music as a process of discovery, rather than creation. It is difficult to imagine the process of traditional music composition as a purely creative process. Some ideas are ‘found’ through improvisation, some ideas are borrowed from others, and other ideas do seem to come in the form of pure inspiration. If what seems to be a pre-formed musical idea comes to a composer through a flash of inspiration, is that truly creation? Music created through improvisation relies on the non-physical artifacts which improvisation creates. These too may be rooted in webs of referentiality, connected by other artifacts.

Show Acconci

David Summers, in the sixth chapter of his attempt to create a world history of art in a single book without relying on chronology utilizes the idea of virtuality- the ability to see things based on what is absent. Certainly artifacts, whether physical or not, play a part in this, by their connective capacities, whether during the creation of art, music, literature, theater, or other realms of creativity in which artifacts inevitably circulate.

Visual Examples Scripts:
Regarding the Globe Theater reconstruction:
Quoting from an online blog: One item made my Bucket List from the instant I heard that it was being built:  Attend a Shakespeare play at the recreated Globe Theater in London.  I love Shakespeare.  I love theater.  I’ve always wanted to go to London.  That makes it an automatic something to do.  It was easy to envision sitting in the ring or at worst cheering with the groundlings.  Now I have found the ultimate bells and whistles way to join the Lords and Ladies of the Court.  Move over Lizzie.  He may have written the plays for you, but I’m all for doing the Globe in style.
The Globe can never be as it was originally…
Quoting Miller (regarding the Belvedere torso):
This is a torso by default. The sculptor could not have anticipated its afterlife with a completely different mutilated identity. It is in this form that it has assumed a canonical status. We do not see it as a representation of a damaged body, nor as a damaged representation of a complete one. In its afterlife, it has assumed a self-sufficient identity so that the restoration of the missing parts will seem just as vandalistic as the knocking off of the bits that survive.
Uccello- sections from ‘The Profanation of the Host’ (Predella)
now subject to a completely different type of gaze than originally intended. A dramatic gravity in its afterlife far greater than the artist could have anticipated.
Kandinsky (example from “Der Gelbe Klang” sketchbook page)
Varese (example of musical lines from jazz improv sessions in New York, 1957)
In 1957, before his departure for Europe to continue work on Poeme, Edgar Varese worked closely with some of the leading Jazz musicians in New York in 1957, in a series of jam sessions. Among the musicians in these sessions were Art Farmer, trumpet; Teo Macero, tenor saxophone; Hal McKusick, clarinet and alto saxophone; Hall Overton, piano; Frank Rehak, trombone; Ed Shaughnessy, drums; and Charlie Mingus, Bass. The attendees of these events extended beyond the jazz musicians to the likes of John Cage and other friends of Earle Brown and Varèse. This example shows an artifact as idea, improv can produce non-physical artifacts as ideas also, which themselves can spawn numerous other artifacts, some physical, such as recordings, some not, such as subsequent changes in subsequent performances.
Mask Factory (song title, example of DAW visuals using Apple’s Logic 9.0 software)
Cage 1
Cage 2
Bruce Nauman (portrait of self as a fountain)
Self portrait as fountain by Bruce Nauman transforms spitting into absurdist architecture by means of the photo as peculiar artifact, and equates the artist’s body with the notorious turned up urinal of Duchamp’s ‘fountain’ Theatrical performance art subsequently gave way to “Body” artists, who began to focus more on the isolated physical self subjected to acts and conditions which attracted attention through risk and distress. Numerous non-physical artifacts as points of attentive focus mentioned in my thesis emerge from these performances in the form of dialectics, impulses, emotions, and thoughts.
Retrospective of Maria Abramavic at MOMA NY:
Quoting the NYT: With the opening on Sunday of “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” a long-building energy wave of performance art hits the Museum of Modern Art full force. The show is a four-decade survey of work by one of the field’s most visible and magnetic figures. The combination of stressed-out flesh in documentary films and live nude bodies in the galleries is pretty radical fare for this institution.
–A different type of performative afterlife, and a fertile field for the non-physical artifact, based on the way that the audience is placed in the position of facing their own sensibilities in relation to the work being engaged with
Acconci’s “Following” piece:
I want to use probably the lesser known of the three examples given in my question to further develop the multifaceted nature of an ontology of artifacts:
Vito Acconci, Following Piece, performed in New York City between October 3 and 25, 1969. 

Conceived by performance and conceptual artist Vito Acconci, Following Piece was an activity that took place everyday on the streets of New York, between October 3rd and 25th, 1969. The terms of the exhibition “Street Works IV” were to do a piece, sometime during the month, that used a street in New York City. So Acconci decided to follow people around the streets and document his following of them. But why would he do this? Why would Acconci follow random people around New York?
By selecting a passer-by at random until they entered a private space, Acconci submitted his own movements to the movements of others, showing how our bodies are themselves always subject to external forces that we may or may not be able to control. In his notes that the artist kept during the performance, Acconci wrote:
•  I need a scheme (follow the scheme, follow a person)

•  I add myself to another person (I give up control/I don’t have to control myself)

•  Subjective relationship; subjunctive relationship

•  A way to get around. (A way to get myself out of the house.) Get into the middle of things.

•  Out of space. Out of time. (My time and space are taken up, out of myself, into a larger system).
Artifacts produced by artists, directors, musicians, and other creative agents often exist unseen by audiences. Artifacts produced subsequent to the actualization of the creative work, whether by the creative agents themselves, the audience, or others, may appear at any time or in any number of formats, and may expand themselves, join with with others, modify others, or eventually have afterlives of their own.

Paper Response

Hi Greg,

I’m giving you feedback on your paper in this email. I apologize for the length of it but I though a lot about how to approach your work and it lead to wordiness. I will include a much shorter and heavily edited version on the blog. I do not intend to insult so I hope I have not, but I decided its best to be as candid as possible in the hopes of making this class worthwhile to you.

Your personal interest in multidimensionality, human energy, a unified cosmology, and the developing the ability to harness and direct energy to ascend consciously to higher reality is commendable and interesting. I find myself wondering how your academic work is being accepted. I am just teaching at Texas Tech for this one class and have not long-term associations to any of the programs. Your future success is in no way dependent upon my position and you grade for this class is strictly tied to the requirements of this class so I am going to take a chance and give you the feedback I would like to receive if I were in your shoes.

I found myself approaching your essay about Keylontic Science the same way I approach student works that use the Bible or Qur’an as ‘evidence’ for their research. Ultimately, as you state Keylontic Science is ‘steeped in views of reality outside those of mainstream consensus.’ I find it much easier to think about it as a source of inspiration for your creative work than to feel I need to assess its validity as a belief system. (I have in my circle of friends and artists other people who have great interest in Keylontics).

Your paper states as its intent to share an overview of KS “along with a cultural perspective centered on the way that creative visual work and music are being created today, with a conscious focus on the application of principles of Keylontic science” which you hope can mitigate the negative influences on humanity you have described with a goals of helping to raise humanity to a new and better reality.

I did enjoy imagining visual and musical art works developed around such ideas such as cosmic resurrection cycles, light and energy bodies, out of body travel, levitation, and transmutation. This would seem to me to carry much possibility. Ultimately you want to make art that changed the world through ‘positive/transformational paradigm shifts in contemporary society.” (Interestingly enough, that’s what I want to do with my art too!)

I especially liked how you drew parallels between goals of KS and applications with accepted science such as using color to effect psychological change, the way that corporations use visual materials to reinforce positive responses, and the ways that sound can be used for healing purposes.

You describe the research and dissertation you are working on as structured to analyze elements that exhibit the presence of Keylontic principles in the plastic arts and music. I was curious how the specific frequencies you mentioned as being in music that are known as Krystic frequencies in Keylontic science are described and discussed in traditional music theory? I was also curious if you see ‘crystalline spirals’ represented in anywhere in current art and music. I know you are interested in how these principles can be combined with spiritual teachings and existing visual and musical codifications within KS, but how does this relate the established norms of your disciplines? You are going to have to make this connection or you are just going to be talking to yourself.

You include a painting that you describe as embodying ‘attempts to visualize forms of multi-dimensional structure beyond the domain of visible frequencies seen by humans in a very subjective way.’ You could have focused this whole paper on a deeper analysis of that one image as a microcosm of your larger effort and made it more concrete for your non KS readers.

Your thesis makes me think of the journey of the Constructivists . While the movement is generally identified by the use of constructed materials and geometric forms, it also had the goal to create art with social and political purpose. They, and Suprematists like Malevich, were interested in the fourth dimension and sought to create sublime non-representational compositions. Thanks to Einstein and non-Euclidean geometry they were grappling with the non-visible, intangible, and theoretical too, influenced by the idea that was that time was not the constant that was generally assumed. While many of the artists interpreted the fourth dimension as a metaphor for higher enlightenment and thought, their ideas were viewed by many lay folks as pure science fiction. This did not stop them from creating amazing art as they used their artmaking as a process of thinking and visualizing the concepts they sought to understand. In much of their work the goal was to reference and interpret ideas and concepts of mathematics and physics. Their goal was not often to create literal visualizations of these studies but to be inspired by them as the sought to visualize the abstract.

There are some concepts that are impossible to give material form. Just as you seek to explicate KS they attempted the task of visualizing the concepts of non-Euclidean geometry and the fourth dimension. They were most successful when they approached these studies in artistic and poetic manners.

Your essay does a good job of describing the beliefs and interests that motivate you and other KS followers. It is the foundation from which you are working and I’m sure it will be of great interest to the worldwide KS communities. It sounds like there is much to draw upon for inspiration and guidance that could put you in line with everything from Beuy’s shamanic performance to Malevich’s abstraction. I suspect, however, the success of your graduate work as a musician and an artist will ties to the power of the artistic and poetic in your art and music as interpreted by the non -KS world.

How has your work been received by your graduate program? I’m just curious if you are finding support and guidance or not. You are a good writer but I’m guessing you are being asked to ground your work in additional, more traditional art theory.

I did a series of paintings in which I tried to understand string and ribbon theory. I cannot imagine what I would have had to do to get my major professors to understand what I was doing had I been working on that in graduate school.

Paper specific, I appreciate you sharing the core of what you are working on. Ultimately this paper was too long for the first assignment, but your citations were appropriate. I would have better enjoyed having your images within the paper to further engagement me. This was useful background for me but I would also have liked you to have done a close analysis of your painting and how it exemplifies what you are trying to do in your art.

Do you think it would be possible for you to write about your art/music and what you are trying to do without citing Keylontic Science as evidence? If you break down what you are doing into the goals, specifics of how you seek to meet them, and an analysis of your success based on how you intend to measure your success (which could be aesthetically) you will be doing the same work without the danger of being dismissed. This is just a well-intentioned suggestion. If your art and music are the focus and they are wonderful your inspiration will be better received.



Hi Helen-

Thank you for your thoughtful response to my paper. Curiously, there have been some major changes in the way that KS is being disseminated.
I won’t go into detail here, but these changes have affected my personal approach to KS, which is now comparable in some ways to my approach to many
religions as being compromised by custodial entities.

The suspicious element common to all is a binding of matter to spirit. Also, I don’t know if your friends are intimate with inner circles of KS, but there are two or more
“schools of thought” emerging within the KS paradigm as we speak.

Interesting that you bring up the Constructivists and early abstractionists, as they both were reaching toward elements of matter and energy within conscious fields.
At the same time, I am finding that a semiotic approach used by some academics causes distinctions to be distorted that should really be left alone. Just today I read
an essay about a science fiction story where aliens were using living tools derived from biological material and imbued with aspects of consciousness.
This was called a “literalization of Marshall McLuhan’s thesis that all media are prosthetic extensions of ourselves.” Tools that are alive and have consciousness are not prosthetic extensions.

Entanglement is not the same as vitalism. It’s just a small example of the way that deconstructive thinking has led to destructive thinking. But I’m ok with that, in fact it’s probably a good thing, since the closer we get to becoming cyborgs, the more we will realize how, with the help of others much smarter than we are, we have lost our way.

Sorry, I’m rambling a bit…. I’m a few days behind with class, I plan to catch up shortly, I’ve just been swamped with presentations, more papers, and my core exam, which is May 13th at 10 A.M. in the Art conference room in case you want to come and watch my version of the dance.

Thanks again,

Annual Review

Subject: RE: Annual & Second Semester PhD Reviews

Dear PhD students,

On Friday, May 3rd, 1-5pm, in the SOA Conference Room, we will have our annual & second semester reviews of students. The entire PhD faculty will meet individually with you, to inquire about your current status, as well as progress towards your dissertation. The review is conducted for all students in residence (see the paragraph from the PhD handbook below). Please be prepared to speak on what you have accomplished this semester, and how your courses this semester fit into your larger plan for your dissertation.

Annual Review [25 minutes each]

The following students require annual review: Alqabba, Black, Delapaix, Kattan, Monawar, Wheeler, SP White (?)

“Each spring, prior to the beginning of registration for the following semester, the Ph.D. committee-of-the-whole conducts an annual review for all students in residence. Its purpose is to review student’s progress in program and/or to discuss ideas for dissertation direction.” Ph.D. Handbook, p.25.

Here is the tentative schedule:
1-1:30 Alqabba
1:30-2 Black
2-2:30 Delapaix
2:30-3 Kattan
3-3:30 Monawar
3:30-45 Wheeler
3:45-4 White

Second Semester Review [25 mins each]

The following students require second semester assessments: Derouin, Ortiz

Tentative Schedule:
4:00-4:30 Derouin
4:30-5:00 Ortiz

“The Second Semester Assessment is designed to help the Art faculty evaluate whether students will be successful in their doctoral studies, especially in the task of writing the dissertation. It is conducted in the middle of the student’s second semester, normally before pre-registration for the third semester. The Second Semester Assessment consists of an oral examination, fifty minutes in length, given by the doctoral faculty, or a designated committee, to each second-semester student. Broad questions will allow the assessment committee to evaluate the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and theoretical depth the student learned, retained, and synthesized in the first year. The following are examples of the kinds of questions that will be asked:

–List the theorists you have studied in your coursework thus far. Explain some essential components of each theory.
–List some major artists (Theater, Music, Art) you have studied. Describe the central concerns of their work. Are they important to you and your projects and if so, how?
–What critical or interpretive methods have you learned? Explain.
–How has your concept of your dissertation project evolved over the last two semesters?

With the help of an assessment rubric, the assessment committee evaluates each student’s performance as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If the assessment is deemed satisfactory, the committee may elect to make recommendations to the doctoral faculty-of-the-whole regarding coursework that might be beneficial to the student’s development. If the examination is deemed unsatisfactory, the assessment committee may recommend to the doctoral faculty-of-the-whole that they require the student to complete additional coursework, leveling, or that additional advisement is necessary. They may also recommend to the faculty that the student be advised to withdraw from the program. In such a situation, the committee-of-the-whole would review all student grades and records, confer with the student, and make a final determination.” Ph.D. Handbook, pp.24-25.

If any of you are unable to attend this meeting (your time slot), be sure to let me know as soon as possible.

Dr ____