Halahala

A weird new world.

Legends of Halahala

It is quite similar to our own, with the crooks and politicians, the aerated caffeine addictive to the big breasted models advertising them in skimpy cloths, the questions of existentialism and love.

The difference being you end up being what you are in Halahala. The monster gains monstrous proportions, the meek inherits a rabbit’s characteristics. There are the different stages of Halahala in space and time.

It begins with the beginning, with a simple life form, attaining complexity, creating soceity, forming an image of our current world, and ending in a dystopia.

Moonward is where it all begins, a crash course into the world that is Halahala.

Legends of Halahala is an exploration of various themes – love, obsession, war, insecurities and existentialism – among others in Halahala. The first time I read them – not technically read them, since the “written word” is limited to an occasional outburst or exclamation – its a silent comic – scomic – cosmic – I found the absurdity and the dark humor hilarious.

The panels are intricate complex detailed and stunning. They capture the mood of the space and story wonderfully.

I went from cover to cover twice and realized I have to keep going back to it.

Ship of Theseus.

Watched Ship of Theseus.

The movie was visually beautiful. The shots were oh so pretty. The characters were believable, the conversation intelligent, the story well thought out.

Simply put, there are three characters, who are given an organ from the same person – Aaliya gets the cornea, Maitreya gets the liver and Navin gets the kidney. After the transplant, each of the characters find a change in themselves.

Aaliya a blind photographer, who has an ear for great pictures, tries to adjust to the visual photography and fails miserably. With sound, she could discern so many things, which she can’t quite focus on with her eyes. Her eyes create a mirage, providing her with too much information, and she fails to filter out the unnecessary. I think with her ears, she could concentrate far more easily on the things which are important, but with her new found vision, she realizes she is unable to do that. Aaliya loses her very visual art, when she herself gets the vision. There is an irony here as well as Aaliyah losing her identity as an artist, a visually handicapped person, I’m sure she was proud of the fact that she was very fiercely independent when she was blind, but once she got eyes, what was she?

Maitreya’s story is a bit more complicated. He is a monk and an activist. With his frugal lifestyle, and his deep set convictions, and uncompromising nature, he reminded me of Mahatma Gandhi. Maitreya was ready to set down his life for his thought experiments, but as the story progresses, and his pain grows, he starts questioning his beliefs, and the complicated questions it entails. Does taking the medication tested on animals, make him a hypocrite? Is killing himself for the sake of his principles a suicide? Is his convictions and the life he has based around it true? Are his beliefs correct? Maitreya I guess decides, he cannot be sure of anything, and his thoughts might not be true.

Navin is an interesting character. I guess a very regular fellow, doing his job, making money. He doesn’t have an artistic inclination. He knows he is kind and compassionate, but is he really doing all he can to help the society? A kidney transplant, leads him to ask uncomfortable questions, and leads him to a racket of stealing human organs. He tries to set it right, with his righteousness and his sense of justice. But is the right thing which is true for him, true for everyone?

The Ship of Theseus raises a lot of difficult questions, and there are no answers. And that probably is the beauty of the movie.

Read about the philosophy behind Ship of Theseus here.

Of course the email which gives you cyber enlightenment – the one with no attachments. 🙂

Car Art

Went to the Car Art museum today. A quaint place, with some really cool exhibits.

The building looks like a castle from a fantasy where the evil queen hatches her plan to kill the silly young princess.

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The metal-head ghost rider who never stopped smoking.

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Faith by David Best

1984 Chevy Camaro, Cape Buffalo head, ceramics, metal, glass, plastic, plastic toys

Cape Buffalo is one the most unpredictable and hence a dangerous animal (lesser than human but more than say a bunny.)

Having a buffalo head on the front, gives the car a raw edge and power. The car is adorned with ceramics – including cups and saucer, plates etc, toys, beads and mirrors – probably for irony and sarcasm. I’m sure there is a hint of human essence as well.

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Another installation by David Best – Milan Car on a Cadillac

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Its got a really long tail, with mirrors, crockery and skulls.

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The steering wheel to the highway to hell!

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Exhaust-ed

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Bad-ass

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Hope is another artifact by David Best – a schooner made to model, with the flag of faith instead of any country.

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The shadow play was quite interesting. The different orbs with lights inside which goes on and off apparently randomly,  creating momentary transient shadows.

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More information on Art Car Museum here.

There is an Art Cart Parade in Houston on 11th May. More info on that here.

More on David Best here