PERCEPTION

Articles in this section relate to how we see the world and cosnciousness; and how this affects our perception and interaction of both this world and other perceived dimensions

‘A Flint for the Memory’: A Note on British Ambient and Drone Music

A common theme throughout the history of earth mysteries is engagement with the spirit of places around us. Artists and writers have creatively explored this interface, and Mark Valentine suggests how drone music is exploring the same area For the past 10 years or so, a new musical form has been emerging amongst independent artists …

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#9: Para leer en forma interrogativa… Everyday Perception

Looking and seeing are different things, and understanding depends on what we do with them; this is where phenomenological perception is vital to our field Koyaanisqatsi, made 40 years ago, is a movie celebrating the beauties of the Earth, and the impact of modern civilisation upon it; a stream of images upheld by a Philip …

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#8: “We shall not cease from exploration…”

“We shall not cease from exploration…”  Eliot’s advisory for perception. 3 We have been talking of the past, and of the present, and of the hauntological membrane of experience between them. That membrane is of course unanchored, timeless, a hiatus between the twin towers of objective evidence and lived documented experience. Between the two lies …

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#6: That obscure object of desire: Leys, Watkins and ‘energies’

  (ill. Davina Ware) In 1972, walking up Glastonbury Tor, I was talking with a chap who, like me, had just hitch-hiked into town. As we approached the tower, he started talking about leys, which he’d just read about. For some reason, the topic sparked off something inside me; the next day I headed home …

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The Hollow Land

John Billingsley reports back from a more than usually liminal caving experience In 2007, a group of us had an excursion to caves in the N of England, and were moved by an unexpected experience in a small cave that had a history of prehistoric usage from the Upper Paleolithic through the Mesolithic and Neolithic, …

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Collective Amnesia

How far and how long can we trust the memory of a people? John Billingsley stirs the forgetfulness of a West Yorkshire village. Claims are often made for the longevity of oral tradition, and the belief that a people can hold memorable events in their minds and lore for long afterwards. The unspoken and quite …

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