Doing Time with the Archetype

I have uploaded to youtube a ‘screen recording’ on June 28, 2013, at Woolston, 4.40pm – using Quicktime Player’s ‘movie recording’ and ‘screen recording’ with the onboard laptop camera.

Unmediated, nil interference or ‘reconstruction’ of – me, time, studio or process. As a professional television editor/director – the temptation to meddle is huge! But I wanted to just capture time_thought_work. The only intervention is the START, the END, and the ANGLE.

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Video still “Screen Capture, 28.6.13, 4.40pm” G. Barnes

It is about observing myself (my ego), all the while knowing I am not just this ego making stuff – I think I am more – the person turning  the camera on and off – watching myself? It makes for an interesting meditation anyway! The camera watching me… like the Omniscient One perhaps? It keeps me in the present, and mindful.

… the Way of Love is about alternately distancing ourselves into a meditative and self-integrating silence of our own being and empathically uniting with the eyes and world-views of others. (Uskokovic´, p. 360)

All that we are aware of as our experience derives from the interplay between creative actions of two sides: the subject and its environment. (Uskokovic´, p. 362)

It reminds me that what it is I am doing, creating, painting, etc – I need to do from a place of core truth. What is the truth? A friend said to me today – ‘You will know the truth when you hear it, because you have always known it.’ Brilliant woman!

Furthermore, we should know that the core of our thoughts, emotions and aspirations becomes embedded in the products of our actions in the world. Play chords on a musical instrument with the heart filled with devotion, and the music flown into the air will mysteriously shine with a grace concealed within. It is likewise with all the creative acts and events in the world.

In the end, miraculous accomplishments in life are all about great wishes that have burned within their creators. Whether we are trying to make inspiring works in the fields of arts, sciences or ordinary, casual communications, cultivation of great wishes inside ourselves presents the first step towards a successful embodiment of our visions and dreams. (Uskokovic´, p. 368)

I have been ‘captured’ ever since I was a teenager by an Archetype. It has such a hold on me, that no matter which way I turn – to Nature, to Space, to Atoms, to the Heart of Humanity, or to the Mundane or Media,  to the I, or to the Many – the Archetype continues to hold me in its power – while my feeble brain and spirit stumble along this postmodern road.

Contact with an archetype cannot be revealed in the language of everyday experience; it requires exclamatory and idiomatic expressions; it is always attended by some measure of entrancement. But a sense of archetypes can also dawn on ordinary minds, caught in the web of manifold, benumbing experiences. (Zolla, p. 191)


Uskokovic´, V. (2012), ‘On love in the realm of science’, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research 10: 2+3, pp. 359–374.

Zolla, Elemire (2001) ‘Archetypes,’ Phi Beta Kappa Society: Rome


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