Archive for April, 2013

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.

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Bifurcation

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,
Greg

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.

Regards,
Dr ____

Course Substitutions…

This communication follows a period of time exceeding one year, where I submitted all information needed two times to two different faculty members. Each time I submitted the information along with a letter justifying my request, I was told this was all that was needed in order to process my course substitutions. Unfortunately, according to this email, either the procedure changed or I was not properly informed as to the correct procedure. I suggested that since this wasn’t in the PhD handbook, perhaps the handbook should be updated.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you Dr. —-, for the status and procedural update.
GD

Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 4:04 PM
To: Delapaix, Greg
Subject: Course Substitution
Greg,Have you submitted the information for the course(s) you want substituted?
What you need to do is to fill out your degree plan with the substitutions (approved by your committee chair), write a letter of justification for the course(s) that you’d like to substitute (see sample letter as attached), and send these back to me. I’ll be able to send it to the PhD committee for approval, and then up to the CVPA.

Regards,
Dr —-

Dr ———
Associate Professor of Art History
Texas Tech University
School of Art
PO Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409 USATel:  (806) 742 3825 x —
Fax: (806) 742 1971
———@ttu.edu

Finding Independent Research Coursework- Initial Letter

Hi Dr.

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 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, comparative religions, 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.

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.

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, and if you would be willing to include a student such as myself under an independent research rubric/syllabus.

Sincerely
Greg D.

Seeking Independent Research Classes Related To My Dissertation Topic

Hi Dr. ——–

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 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.

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, comparative religions, 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.

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.

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, and if you would be willing to include a student such as myself under an independent research rubric/syllabus.

Sincerely

Greg D.