The changing nature of totems

3 photographs taken at the end of September 2017 in the City of Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

The Native Totem pole used to be a ritual pole placed in front of Long Houses of Big Houses on Vancouver Island, BC Canada. Now the nature of the totem pole has transformed in the City of Duncan to be a tourist commodity. These totem poles in the City of Duncan have for the most part been carved by natives from the island, however the purpose of the totem poles is like a business. I have taken tours of the City of Duncan where the Entrepreneur foundation hired a local to show the totems to be in the City for a fee.

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Engaging in a conversation, 2017

When you engage in a conversation, and the other starts judging you based on factors that are beyond your control – the best thing you can do is lead by example, by:

  1. not being afraid
  2. identify what is happening
  3. put the experience into perspective
  4. have an open mind

In other words, when you meet someone for the first time, try hard not to judge them.

When you feel yourself scanning the other person and creating your first impression on anything but the facts, try hard to contain that thought pattern and go back to listening with your heart to what the other is saying and base your impression on that instead.

You can learn techniques to enhance a good experience and there are ways to diffuse a bad experience but if the dynamic is not right, the best thing that you can do is acknowledge it within yourself and not to fight it. It is one of those mysteries of life.

Not everything in life can be controlled.

Not all conversations will flow smoothly.

In these cases, there are no techniques to use – the only thing you need to do is experience this when it happens.

Appreciate the mystery and respect the fact that life is full of surprises, unexplained circumstances and enriching enigma’s.

On a practical note, this invisible dynamic component could be:

  1. the positioning of your facial features
  2. the sound of your voice
  3. stereotypes
  4. prejudice

This secondary component can also be solely based on instinct and not on facts, emotion or logic of any kind.

When the secondary – dynamic component is in sync, this can lead to a good experience. For example, a good experience is shared when both parties resonate with each other i.e

  1. by sharing some kind of common ground
  2. having the same interests and
  3. sharing information with each other openly

When a secondary – dynamic component is off- balance – this can lead to a bad experience. For example, a bad experience could occur when:

  1. there is a personality conflict
  2. when information is kept secret
  3. when there is some kind of invisible unidentifiable tension between the two parties

This kind of conversation experience could occur on a conscious or unconscious level. It slips into the conversation like a garden snake slips through the grass and can leave the two conversationalists feeling very uncomfortable around each other.

In a conversation there are two primary components that highlight how to have a good flow conversation: on the one hand is the emotional intelligence component and on the other is the intellectual intelligence component.

Emotional intelligence means when you listen you use empathy to really feel what the other is saying to you.

You would say things like: “I feel (….)”

Intellectual intelligence means that you use common-sense, logic and rational thought to decipher the message conveyed to you.

You would say things like: “I think (…)”

However it is neither the emotional nor the intellectual intelligence components that makes the conversation flow. There is something else.

That something else is the third secondary component which is the invisible dynamic component. It can be considered the glue that pastes the emotional and intellectual intelligence components together. It makes everything fit  together like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle. It is this invisible component that makes you succeed in the interview, share enriching conversations with friends and family and enables you to succeed in a personal relationship. It is the connection between you and the other that makes you a match and compatible with each other.

Funny enough this component is the most important but – it is also the one you have least control over.

Photo, September 19, 2017. Title: “Fall in Victoria”

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Operation Satsang

  1. Operation Satsang is the name of an act of visually documenting the deconstruction of something old in order to reconstruct something new.
  2. It involves the organizing, triaging, selecting, packaging and transporting of specific items for long-term storage; like the storage of museum pieces for long-term preservation, conservation and protection.
  3. This act will take place from August 2017 and September 2017 with the possibility of extension. [Sister operations are Operation Maple Bay and Operation Five Easy Pieces – except their guidelines and playbooks are different to Operation Satsang]. Greater Victoria Area, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Photograph shot on August 22nd, 2017 UVic camp, Gordon Head.

Title:  “Windows spy through trees”

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Operation Five Easy Pieces

Operation Five Easy Pieces is a solo creative visually documented work program used to dismantle something that is broken by donating selected books out of a unique book collection to the University of Victoria, McPherson’s Library with the hope of the selected books to be preserved and conserved for the education of others in the Greater Victoria Area, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canadian area.

The picture is of Five books that were donated, August 22nd, 2017.

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Operation Maple Bay

Operation Maple Bay is the name of an art project that is happening in the sub-section called Fernwood, found in the Victoria City of British Columbia, Canada and it involves passing personally owned books to the community at large. It also involves creating drawings and art work between passing personally owned books to the community at large. Operation Maple Bay will be a project lasting August to the end of September 2017 (with the possibility of an extension – yet to be determined).

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Upside down Minimalist art example

Working for a huge corporation means that the employee often is subjected to employment restructures. Many companies have gone through this stage in order to survive financially. Top management and CEO’s of leading corporations often believe they are forced to have an employment restructure in order to save the corporation at hand. To them, and to many of their share-holders the company is like a baby who needs adults to make sacrifices for them in order for the baby to continue to exist in the world. In a sense this element of a business restructure is a Natural Selection element in our dog eat dog world.

One of the world biggest companies have recently created a restructure which has been labeled “Generation X.” This work restructure entailed the corporation to hit the internal hierarchical structure on the proverbial head hence shattering their skeleton model of a very basic hierarchical organization structure into creating many more complex and a condensed version of the skeleton model structure. The simplicity singular component became a complex set of components. This is an example of upside down Minimalist art – namely having a minimalist skeleton model basic organizational structure replaced by a multitude and a much more complex designed structure.

This restructure mimics Totalitarianism and Despot ruling; but at the same time disguises herself under the cloak of decentralization. It is not a fair decentralization because the power all rests at the top with the lead authority. Virtually zero power rests in the hands of the decentralized, rendering employees affected by this change-over:

[a] stripped of the autonomy in their departments

[b] being completely controlled by authorities.

Date: August 3rd, 2017. Location: University of Victoria Campus – I am an autodidact not a UVic student nor UVic faculty member. I am autonomous.

(Painting by Frank Stella)

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My Personal 1 Nighttime Dream, 07-2017

Last night I dreamt of a rectangle natural gas fire table with a fire flame coming out of it. This dream has significance to me because it represents my life and my abilities. This little fire in a self contained unit, which is domestic and small in size is what I can handle and take care of well versus a huge British Columbia wild fire which is almost 100% out of control due to environmental, natural and ecological factors. This fire in my dream is a controlled fire which is calm and warm versus terrifying. This dream made me feel safe and comfortable within my self and my understanding of my life and capabilities. It is a dream representing personal knowledge and self understanding. A very insightful dream to me. I am very happy I had it and feel safe because of my dream.

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