The Dream Of A Shadow
3.0K views | +0 today
Follow
 
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
onto The Dream Of A Shadow
Scoop.it!

Embracing Oneness « the Epiphany Project

Embracing Oneness « the Epiphany Project | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
This post was inspired by the wisdom of Liza Persson and Alyssa Del Rosario) Two years ago, I wrote my first post on Oneness, and without any knowledge or assistance intuitively realized the nature of Oneness and the role ...
more...
No comment yet.
The Dream Of A Shadow
Zen Of Being One
Curated by Jan Bergmans
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Dream of a Shadow - Cinema.nl

Dream of a Shadow - Cinema.nl | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
1995. Pim de la Parra. Met oa Ralph Wingens, Elske Falkena, Catelijne Brokke, Marcella Padmos en Jeanette Vondersaar.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Restore and Bring to Blu-ray Five Cult and Rare Films

Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Restore and Bring to Blu-ray Five Cult and Rare Films | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Restore and Bring to Blu-ray Five Cult and Rare Films
Posted November 1, 2016 07:26 PM by Webmaster

U.S. label Cult Epics has launched a campaign to restored and bring to Blu-ray five cult and rare films: Marco Ferreri's The Flesh (1991), Nico B's 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager (1998-2016), Carl Andersen's Mondo Weirdo/Vampiros Sexos (1988/1991), Pim de La Parra's Obsessions (1969), and Agusti Villaronga's Moon Child (1989).

Also included in the campaign is a 250-page hardcover book, CULT EPICS Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema, edited by the label's founder, Nico B.

The project's official listing at Indiegogo can be accessed here.

Official label statement: Over the past 25 years, Los Angeles based Cult Epics has released nearly 150 videos of the most sought after, obscure, provocative and previously unknown films to the home video market. As the video distribution model continues to evolve, additional funds are required for transfers, restoration, production, replication and rights acquisitions. Now, Cult Epics is reaching out to our fans & film lovers to help support us in our efforts to continue bringing you new releases in definitive editions.

Being a niche distributor with a small operation, Cult Epics releases an average of 6 to 12 films per year. If you are a fan of our label or simply like some of our releases, please support the future of independent cinema as presented by no other label, including the most memorable films by visionary directors, who are not afraid of controversy, always ahead of their time. We need your help to get the next 5 titles off the ground which we are offering in advance of general release as Perks, and we are currently negotiating the rights to some of the most sought after cult movies for Blu-ray/DVD. Your support is needed to continue our journey.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

About Jonathan Zap

About Jonathan Zap | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
bout Jonathan Zap
Jonathan Zap grew up in the Bronx and attended the Bronx High School of  Science. He graduated from Ursinus College with honors in Philosophy and English and received his Masters degree in English from NYU.

Jonathan is an author, philosopher, journalist, and teacher who has written extensively on psychology and contemporary mythology. Jonathan has worked as a staff gemologist and instructor for the Gemological Institute of America. He has taught English in High School and College and worked with troubled youth as the dean of a South Bronx High School. As a wilderness guide, Jonathan has led inner city kids and other young people on expeditions to remote desert canyons and to the summit of Mount Rainer. (See Crossing the Great Stream—Education and the Evolving Self published in Holistic Education Review for more on his experiences in education.)


(with Alex Grey at Cosm in New York City)

Jonathan is the author of numerous published articles, essays, experimental works of fiction and the Zap Oracle.  His most recent book is Crossing the Event Horizon—Human Metamorphosis and the Singularity Archetype.

Jonathan has done numerous radio and television interviews including five three hour shows on Coast to Coast AM—the world’s most listened to late night talk show. He is a featured correspondent and editor for Reality Sandwich, the popular online magazine, which has published dozens of his articles.

Jonathan has an extensive background in Jungian psychology, paranormal research and dream interpretation. For over thirty years he has been using the tools of Jungian psychology to study popular culture and contemporary mythology.

Jonathan currently resides in Boulder, Colorado .

Anyway, that’s the dry recitation of resume like facts expected in a bio section in which it is impossible to recognize anything resembling a human being. My most autobiographical work is The Path of the Numinous where you can find a slightly more fleshed out version of some of the factoids listed above.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Nina de la Parra gets Sylvia Kristel Award

Nina de la Parra gets Sylvia Kristel Award | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
De Sylvia Kristel Award gaat dit jaar naar Nina de la Parra. De 29-jarige regisseur, zangeres en stand-upcomedian krijgt de prijs op 16 september tijdens Film by the Sea. Dit maakte het filmfestival in Vlissingen zondag bekend. De prijs wordt jaarlijks toegekend aan iemand die de gedachte aan Sylvia Kristel (1952-2012) als cultureel fenomeen doet…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

This blog comparing pictures of David Bowie and sea slugs makes total sense

This blog comparing pictures of David Bowie and sea slugs makes total sense | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Share on Facebook (186) Tweet Share (3) Pin (2)
It might not be immediately apparent why a blog comparing pictures of ocean-dwelling nudibranchia and David Bowie is a brilliant idea. After all, one is a flamboyant and mysterious organism, known for its variety of colorful and imaginative looks, and the other is a type of mollusc.

But honestly, it works to such an uncanny degree it's hard not to imagine that a young Bowie received an illustrated book of nudibranchia at a young age, and spent the rest of his career mining the pages for new looks. There's Labyrinth Bowie (above), side-by-side with a terracotta-and-rust-colored nudibranch with similar head fronds, and check out Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie (below) next to his striped sluggy cousin.
Jan Bergmans's insight:
Share your insight
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jan Bergmans from Semantic Gnosis Web
Scoop.it!

This Is Why You Prefer To Be Single Now

This Is Why You Prefer To Be Single Now | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Read our best tips on single life, and how to appreciate a positive relationship with your self
Jan Bergmans's insight:
Our possibilities are limitless, and the more time we spend with ourselves, the more we begin to see just how large we can actually dream. In the words of Bob Dylan: “When you ain’t got nothing you got nothin’ to lose.” Which is true, in terms of responsibility. Except you don’t have nothing. You have everything, right at your fingertips. The greatest joys I have ever known within a relationship are when you can share the joys of your own life, of the things you love and strive for – the things that make you who you are. When you know those things and live them, they are only then exacerbated by the people who come into your life and love them too. And vice versa. We can be proud and excited and strong for our loved ones when we are strong in ourselves. We can also exist entirely in the moment, without thinking about the future. Being single means a lot of traveling, sleeping over the whole bed, flirting, and wreckless fun. It’s about enjoying our own achievements, answering to no one, going where the wind takes you. It is a time we can fully commit to our education, our careers and hobbies. We spend so much of our lives either in love or thinking about being in love. So we must cherish those precious moments in between, the moments where we don’t have someone else to think about, the moments where we understand the true value of selfishness, and its place in the balance of all things. Because if you don’t know these things about yourself, you cannot truly understand your needs in compliance with somebody else’s – the bright somebody of your future. The somebody who will someday run alongside you, as your best and most wonderful single self. “My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.” – Warsan Shire
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Earth Wind and Fire - Live '99 by Request Concert

Tracks with minimal gap between each tune.. Meaning I cut out most of the applause and needless chat.. Shining Star Fantasy 07:34 Let's Groove 12:07 Devotion...
Jan Bergmans's insight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mTLd9dpzas

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Want Your Children to Survive The Future? Send Them to Art School — Medium

Want Your Children to Survive The Future? Send Them to Art School — Medium | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Why creativity may be the only skill of value in a post-work world
Jan Bergmans's insight:
Can you imagine a world in which most jobs are obsolete?

If not, you are most likely in for a rude awakening in the coming decades of radical shifts in employment. This is particularly true for new parents propelling the next generation of workers into an adulthood that many economists and futurists predict to be the first ever “post-work” society.

Though the idea of a jobless world may seem radical, the prediction is based on the natural trajectory of ‘creative destruction’ — that classic economic principle by which established industries are decimated when made irrelevant by new technologies.

When was the last time you picked up the hot new single from your local sheet music store? Many moons ago sheet music was the music industry, with the only available means of hearing pop songs being to have a musician read and perform them. This quickly eroded with the advent of the phonograph, leading to a record industry that dominated the last century and is now itself eroding due to the explosive growth of independent online publishing.

It’s hard to justify using a massive workforce of recording engineers, media manufacturers, distributors, and talent scouts to accomplish a task that a musician can now do by herself in an afternoon with just a laptop. The same goes for the millions of skilled labor and manufacturing jobs that will soon be crumpled by 3D printing technology, the thousands of retailers whose staff and storefronts can readily be supplanted by automated delivery systems, or the dwindling hospitality and transportation industries currently being pecked away by app-based sharing services like Airbnb and Uber.

Never heard of 3D printing, ridesharing, or “post-work” theory? That’s okay; you can just Google them. In fact, thanks to Google we may now add the very concept of knowledge itself to our growing list of no-longer-scarce resources. When anyone can access the world’s greatest library from their cellphone, even the long-revered skill of knowing things loses its marketability.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Theater for the New City - Home & Schedule

Theater for the New City - Home & Schedule | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Jan Bergmans's insight:

Almost Mata Hari plays in Cabret Theater, New York 7-24 january

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jan Bergmans from ☯ Song For A Friend ☯
Scoop.it!

Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. - Henri Nouwen at BrainyQuote

Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. - Henri Nouwen at BrainyQuote | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
"Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey." - Henri Nouwen quotes from BrainyQuote.com

Via Mary E. Berens-Oney
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff | Riverbank of Truth

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff | Riverbank of Truth | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Jan Bergmans's insight:

“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.

“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

“Yes, but—-”

“Why ruin it?” he said.

“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.

“I am,” said Pooh.

“Oh? Doing what?”

“Listening,” he said.

“Listening to what?”

“To the birds. And that squirrel over there.”

“What are they saying?” I asked.

“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

“But you know that already,” I said.

“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied…

– The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Restore and Bring to Blu-ray Five Cult and Rare Films

Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Restore and Bring to Blu-ray Five Cult and Rare Films | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it


OBSESSIONS (1969) dir. Pim de La Parra. BD/DVD Combo

Hitchcock, Scorsese & Sex, Made in Holland.

The Obscure film OBSESSIONS (aka HOLE IN THE WALL) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de La Parra and co-produced by his longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (Blue Movie). This gritty psychedelic Hitchcockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch English-language film, starts in a savagely brutal fashion when a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole that eventually leads to student protagonist Nils Janssen (Dieter Giessler) becoming an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door. When his young fiancée Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Truffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if one has to do with the other. This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland, and inspired filmmakers such as legendary Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven to make films. Originally released in over 80 countries, the film stayed unreleased in the U.S. (and France) until now. Arguably most notably, the film was co-written by a-then-young Martin Scorsese. Scored by legendary Hitchcock composer
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Why more and more young women are identifying as bisexual

Why more and more young women are identifying as bisexual | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
The Office of National Statistics has released its latest data on sexual identities in the UK, and some striking patterns jump out – especially when it comes to bisexuality.

The number of young people identifying as bisexual has apparently risen by 45% over the last three years. Women are more likely to identity as bisexual (0.8%) than lesbian (0.7%), whereas men are more likely to report as gay (1.6%) than bisexual (0.5%). That last finding chimes with other studies in the UK and the US – but why should this be?

Women’s sexuality has historically been policed, denied and demonised in very particular ways, and for a woman to be anything other than passively heterosexual has often been considered an outright perversion. Lesbians have historically been seen as a more dangerous breed, a direct challenge to patriarchal structures, perhaps explaining why women may be more likely to self-identify as bisexual. Some research into women’s sexuality has also suggested that women take a more fluid approach to their relationships than men.

But then there’s the more general matter of how much sexual labels still matter to people – and here, the ONS findings really start to get interesting.

Among young people aged between 16 and 24, 1.8% said they identified as bisexual – exceeding, for the first time, the 1.5% who identified as lesbian or gay. In total 3.3% of young people identified as LGB, a significantly higher proportion than the 1.7% of the general population who identified as such. (Just 0.6% of the over-65s did).

In a society that still tends to see the world in often false binaries – man/woman, gay/straight, white/black and so on – how can we explain such a difference?

A pessimistic view of why more young people are identifying as bisexual rather than as gay or lesbian might be that conservative, rigid and polarised understandings of what gender is still hold sway. This, in turn, might also have an impact on attitudes to sexuality, where an investment in a lesbian or gay identity may be more frowned upon than a bisexual one – which in many people’s minds still has a “friendly” relationship with heterosexuality.

And yet it’s clear that identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual carries less stigma for the younger age group than it does for their elders.

0:00
/
0:00
 
Gay Pride in London earlier this year
Older generations grew up in a time where any orientation besides heterosexuality was taboo, stigmatised and often criminalised. The lesbian and gay movements of the 1970s and 1980s, inspired by the US’s Civil Rights movement, were often staunchly radical; the concept of the political lesbian, for instance, was a very prominent and powerful one. At the same time, both heterosexual and lesbian and gay communities were also marked by misunderstandings and distrust of bisexuality (in a word, biphobia).

But in the UK at least, gay and lesbian identities have lost a good deal of the political charge they once carried. Once “peripheral”, these sexual categories are well on the way to being normalised and commercialised. Many in the community remember or identify with a more radical era of political lesbianism and gay activism, and many of them are dismayed that non-heterosexuals’ current political battles for equality and recognition are often focused on gaining entry to heterosexual institutions, especially marriage.


Bisexuals march at Pride in London. Katy Blackwood via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
But that doesn’t mean people have become more rigid in the ways they think about themselves. So while many in society will be the victims of homophobic and biphobic hate crime, things have improved, at least in terms of state policies.

This, alongside the now extensive reservoir of queer thought on gender and sexual fluidity, and the increasing strength of trans movements, may explain why the younger generation are taking labels such as bisexual, lesbian and gay in greater numbers than their seniors. That celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevigne and Anna Paquin have come out as bisexual in recent years can’t have hurt either.

Beyond labels?

The ONS survey raises empirical questions which are connected to those of identity. It specifically asked questions about sexual identity, rather than exploring the more complicated links between identity, behaviours and desires.

The category “bisexual” is also very internally diverse. Many would argue that there are many different types of bisexuality and other sexual identities which the ONS survey does not explore.

This much is made clear by the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL), which has taken place every ten years since 1990 and is perhaps the most detailed picture we have of what people do (or don’t do) in bed. It suggests that the number of people who report same-sex experience is much higher than the number of people who identify as gay or bisexual.

Laud Humphreys’ infamous 1970 book Tearoom Trade, a highly controversial ethnographic study of anonymous sex between men in public toilets, showed us that plenty of people who seek out and engage in same-sex sexual contact do not necessarily identify as exclusively gay or even bisexual – in fact, only a small minority of his respondents did.

However far we’ve come, there’s still a social stigma attached to being lesbian/gay/bisexual. That means the statistics we have will be an underestimate, and future surveys will need a much more complicated range of questions to give us a more accurate picture. If we ask the right ones, we might discover we live in a moment where people are exploring their sexualities without feeling the need to label them.

But are we headed towards a point where the hetero/homo binary will collapse, and where gender will play less of a role in sexual preference? Given the continued privilege that comes with a heterosexual identity and the powerful political and emotional history of gay and lesbian identities and movements, I don’t think so.

Still, it seems more people may be growing up with the assumption that sexuality is more complicated than we have previously acknowledged – and that this not need not be a problem.



Megan Todd, Senior Lecturer in Social Science, University of Central Lancashire
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Reality Sandwich: Evolving Consciousness, Bite by Bite

Reality Sandwich is a magazine of ideas for the transformational community. We cover subjects like shamanism, non-local consciousness, visionary art, alternative economics, psychedelics, permaculture, transformational festivals, meditation, democratic engagement, near death experiences, and tantra.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

'Buurman, heeft u een kopje suiker?' 45 jaar na polderpornoklassieker Blue Movie | Panorama

'Buurman, heeft u een kopje suiker?' 45 jaar na polderpornoklassieker Blue Movie  | Panorama | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Carry Tefsen en Hugo Metsers spiernaakt en copulerend in de Nederlandse bioscopen. Het was de ultieme wraak van twee rebelse filmmakers op een betuttelende overheid. Want de film had maar één doel: de Nederlandse filmkeuring oplazen. Die missie slaagde. Een GRATIS voorstukje van het verhaal uit de Panorama van deze week. 

Het beroemde shot van de allereerste erectie in de Nederlandse bioscopen is te zien in de 32ste minuut van Blue Movie. De poedelnaakte hoofdpersoon Michael (Hugo Metsers) staat in een deuropening tegen zijn al evenzo blote buurvrouw Elly (Carry Tefsen) aan te schuren en ineens werkt zijn apparaat zich speels tussen hun lijven uit om daar een aantal seconden behoorlijk dwars te blijven liggen. Volgens producent Pim de la Parra en regisseur Wim Verstappen was het een ongelukje. “Wim wilde graag dat ze staand tegen de muur zouden vrijen,” zegt Pim de la Parra. 

“Toen bleek Hugo’s geslachtsheer steeds omhoog te komen en hoewel Jan de Bont (de cameraman) heeft gepoogd dat buiten het onderkader te houden, bleek tijdens het bekijken van de rushes dat de beste scène toch die was waarin die erectie enkele seconden vanuit het onderkader het beeld in floept.” Het zijn inderdaad maar een paar seconden dat hij in beeld is maar hij floept beslist niet vanuit het onderkader het beeld in. De zich niet aan de regieaanwijzingen houdende dwarsligger bevindt zich gedurende de hele scène (al dan niet zichtbaar) halverwege het beeld en komt niet in de buurt van het onderkader. Ook vanwege de niet geringe afmeting is hij moeilijk te missen.

De filmkeuring moet eraan
Het is 1970 en het filmduo Pim en Wim voelt zich artistiek beperkt door de betuttelende en calvinistische Nederlandse overheid. Overal ter de wereld is de seksuele revolutie (die in Amerika in 1972 haar cinematografische hoogtepunt beleeft met de film Deep Throat) in volle gang en ook in Nederland dringt de jeugd aan op een vrijere seksuele moraal. Pim en Wim willen graag op die behoefte inspelen, maar krijgen weinig steun (in de vorm van subsidie) omdat de overheid hun plannen doorgaans ‘inhoudelijk zwak’ vindt. Wat wellicht nog een reden is waarom het Productiefonds voor Nederlandse Films Pim en Wim niet financiert is dat de heren hun verzoeken voor subsidie plegen te beginnen met de zin: aan het Ministerie van ‘Kutluur’.

Maar subsidie is niet de eerste levensbehoefte van het filmkoppel. De S van hun filmproductiemaatschappij Scorpio Films is in de vorm van een dollarteken. De mannen willen de snurkende Nederlandse filmindustrie wakker schudden én rendabel maken. Eind jaren 60 worden maar drie Nederlandse films per jaar gemaakt waar een handvol mensen op afkomt. Pim en Wim willen een voortdurende stroom van snel geschoten en dus relatief goedkope films in de Nederlandse bioscopen vertonen.

Commerciële films die bieden waar behoefte aan is: gekte, vrijheid, bloot en seks. Iedere Nederlandse vrouw is aan de pil, de eerste Nederlandse aidspatiënten komen pas over tien jaar in beeld dus condooms gebruikt niemand en de seks is onbekommerd en speels en stelt soms niet meer voor dan een verlengde handdruk. Slechts één obstakel gooit roet in het eten om deze dynamische tijdsgeest vast te leggen: de Nederlandse filmkeuring. Dus die moet eraan.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Top 50 Jiddische woorden in het Nederlands

Top 50 Jiddische woorden in het Nederlands | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Het Jiddisch is de Hebreeuws-Duitse mengtaal van de Joden die zich in de zeventiende eeuw in de Nederlanden – met name in Amsterdam – vestigden.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Welkom

Welkom | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Informatie voor groep 8 over de brugklas van het OLV Breda
Jan Bergmans's insight:
olv HOME CONTACT ONDERWIJS AFDELINGEN ORGANISATIE ROOSTERS VACATURES Deze website geeft veel informatie over de school, de koppeling naar Magister 6, het rooster en roosterwijzigingen, verzonden brieven/mail op de afdelingspagina's, de digitale schoolkrant Sleutelring etc. Voor onze actuele agenda: >>lees meer Jaarprogramma: >>lees meer Actueel Facebook OLV Bericht geplaatst op: 9-5-2016 Voor actuele zaken, foto's e.d. verwijzen wij u naar onze Facebookpagina: Sleutelring Bericht geplaatst op: 19-4-2016 Onze schoolkrant Sleutelring april 2016 is verschenen >>lees verder Informatie Schoolgids 2015-2016 Voor onze digitale schoolgids >>lees verder Voor onze ' bewaarkaart ' >>lees verder Snelle toegang Paul Windhausenweg 11 | 4818 TA Breda | tel: 076-5224707 | info@olvbreda.nl
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Awakening & Ascension

Awakening & Ascension | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Ascension, Awakening, Descension, Expansion.. they are all part of the soul awakening & expanding from this little light that ignites within our heart. The words separate the process, but there i
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jan Bergmans from ✽ Bipolar Disorder & Fibromyalgia ✽
Scoop.it!

Scientists Discover Why Highly Sensitive People Are Extraordinarily Creative And Artistic

Scientists Discover Why Highly Sensitive People Are Extraordinarily Creative And Artistic | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it

Highly Sensitive people are extremely creative and I can tell you why.


Via Mary E. Berens-Oney
Jan Bergmans's insight:
Scientists Discover Why Highly Sensitive People Are Extraordinarily Creative And Artistic

Communication Personality Trait Scienceby Mandy Waysman

Your soul has so much depth. Let me take a guess, you’re highly sensitive aren’t you? Yep I can call them. We sensitive people are so creative and artistic due to the layers of our personality. I’ll get into some more details below, but just know what once was a curse can be something to be proud of. When you aren’t crying in the corner over spilled milk, hold your artistic head up high and creatively.

Where Are You Getting This?

Well, I’m glad you asked. A book called Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and HuffPost Senior Writer Carolyn Gregoire.

One of the most powerful quotes is as follows;

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.” – Pearl S. Buck as quoted through this link.

Famous Example

I know that saying you are much like me is not going to suffice to make you feel confident in this new finding. Let me tell you about a little someone named Michael Jackson who was very sensitive. You wouldn’t guess when he was performing that he had been through much suffering and loneliness. However he did and that was some of the places he drew from to create his art.

In one interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael (sure I’m on a first name basis with the deceased) was quoted as saying “I feel I was chosen as an instrument to give music and love and harmony to the world.”

Performers At Odds

The book and the article on HuffPost point out that many performers seem to have this paradox in their lives. On one hand they are people that are open and then on the other they are sensitive. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi pegged these two personality traits as opposites. He identifies these as not only the elements that exist together in most creative performers, but that they are actually the core of the personalities. This is the only way to explain how performers would be able to own the stage with their antics, and yet be emotionally charged enough to convey the feelings.

In fact the easiest way I can see to explain is this quote from Csikszentmihaly:

“Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.”

Reading that quote brings home the circular nature of the sensitivity and creativeness.

Additional Example

I get it. You think Michael Jackson could be a fluke. What if I up the ante with Yo-yo Ma the great cellist. “What,” you say, “He couldn’t even moonwalk. How is that going to help your case?”

Well first of all, how do you know he was unable to moonwalk. Second: his good friend Mark Salzman was able to give some insight. He described Ma as one of the most joyful people he ever met. Noting also that in the times that he experienced negative emotions, they were just as deeply negative. He had the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Ma was sensitive to the emotions of those around him. If he perceived grief from those around him he reflected and felt that with them.

That ability to feel those feelings from others most assuredly is one of the reasons that we are able to feel that come through in his music.

What Is the Population Breakdown For Sensitives?

Highly sensitive people make up about 15 to 20 percent of people. There is in fact a quiz in the link below to see if you are one of those people.

The link (drum roll and anticipation please) is here: Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Phase Two: Connecting through Synchronization: Mirrored Empathy - Lidewij Niezink, PhD

Phase Two: Connecting through Synchronization: Mirrored Empathy - Lidewij Niezink, PhD | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Resources on Empathy, Compassion & Altruism
Jan Bergmans's insight:

Although the discovery of mirror neurons has been probably one of the main reasons why empathy is so widely discussed today, the role of mirror neurons in empathy is much less clear than our folk knowledge established around it. Even more, the claim that we are hard-wired for empathy because of the automatic activation of our mirror neurons is not correct.

Mirror neurons and their role in empathy

Mirror neurons are a type of brain cell which respond equally when we perform an action and when we witness someone else perform the same action. A lot of research has been done and is ongoing on the role of the mirror neurons in empathy. Research has for instance shown that when people watch facial expressions of well known emotions (i.e. anger, sadness, happiness etcetera), they themselves activate the facial muscles involved in these emotions. Areas associated with mirror neurons are activated in the brain when doing so. This made mirror neurons likely candidates to be the building blocks and precondition for empathy.

 

Why we need to be careful with mirror neuron-claims

The question we have to ask ourselves is what these shared neural activations reflect. Caution is needed for several reasons. One problem is that mirror neurons have been found in macaques (monkeys) but due to the nature of the research (single-cell recordings) have not been shown to exist in humans. When studying empathy in humans, social neuroscience can only speak of brain areas involved in human empathy but can not speak in terms of individual neurons. Also, mirror neuron activation has always been so called motor-activation (seeing a hand reaching for something and imitating that reaching in the brain) but there has been no evidence linking mirror neurons to emotional reactions in monkeys at the sight of emotion expression in other monkeys. Yet motor-resonance might, through affective processing in other brain areas, lead to emotional-resonance.

Interestingly, motor-action is not a prerequisite for empathy. We can for instance empathize with others when reading a book or a newspaper article, which does not activate any of the brain areas involved with mirror neurons. Early learning experiences, culture, mentalizing and socialization all contribute to the development of empathy. So, although mirror neurons probably play a role in empathy, it is not clear whether that role goes beyond automatic imitation into action understanding.

 

Why then "mirrored empathy"?

Despite these concerns regarding the neural processes involved in empathy, mirroring and imitation have played a role in defining empathy since the very beginning. Already in 1759, Adam Smith noted that people who place themselves in another's situation, display mimicry. In conversation, people automatically and continuously mimic and synchronize their movements, facial expressions, voices and postures. Also, einfühlung (feeling into) has been studied extensively in the field of aesthetics in the 19th and 20th century, linking the appreciation of artworks to the ability to feel into the performance of the artist. And lastly, mimicry serves a communicative function. Actively mimicking the people in front of us communicates "I show how you feel" and with that a fellow feeling and support. Thus, the way we understand a great variety of observed actions, sensations, and emotions is via a kind of direct representation of those actions, sensations, and emotions. In other words, we synchronize with one another.


“The mob, when they are gazing at a dancer on the slack rope, naturally writhe and twist and balance their own bodies as they see him do, and as they feel that they themselves must do if in his situation”
-Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

A List of Books that May Change your Life

A List of Books that May Change your Life | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach: I used to think “acceptance” was a strange way of confusing yourself, of deluding yourself into believing that it was ok to be angry or anxious or upset. For those who might see themselves in this statement, Tara’s book is a good place to read about an alternate viewpoint. Per Brach, radical acceptance has two elements: it is an honest acknowledgment of what is going on inside you, and a courageous willingness to be with life in the present moment, just as it is. Basically, to recognize what is going on and be sufficiently self-aware in order to parse through it, and to look at those feelings with self-compassion. Tying into Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability and shame, albeit in more Buddhist terms, this book was one that challenged the ways I saw myself and the world, and I found to be a really valuable read.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

Duende Studios Rotterdam - Tamboerstraat 9, 3034 PT Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Duende Studios Rotterdam - Tamboerstraat 9, 3034 PT Rotterdam, The Netherlands | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Jan Bergmans's insight:

Tamboerstraat 9
3034 PT Rotterdam
The Netherlands

info@duendestudios.nl

MembersActivitiesAboutResidencyContact 

Search

Brak Duende on Facebook Subscribe to our newsletter

Duende is an independent self-organized artist-cooperative located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In forty-two studios housed in a former school, independent artists carry out their practice on a professional basis.

Besides the permanent studios, Duende offers a residency program, providing three large studios and living accommodation, available for foreign artists for a period of three months.
Read more…

Duende’s last AiR show: Improved fragmentsOpening Friday 7 December 2012, 7–9pm{activity_images limit="1"} {/activity_images}

With work by Duende’s last artist in residence:
Kathrin Borer (CH)
Hyungji Park (KR)

Opening Friday 7 December 7pm - 9pm
Open Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2pm - 6pm

Read more...

Duende Dicht4-7 Oktober | Open Atelier, Performance, Tentoonstelling & Feest{activity_images limit="1"} {/activity_images}

Op 31 december 2012 komt er een einde aan 28 jaar Duende. Voor het pand aan de Tamboerstraat is een andere bestemming gevonden. 48 economische eenheden moeten noodgedwongen op zoek naar een andere werkruimte.  Met deze teloorgang komt er tevens een einde aan alle bijzondere Duende activiteiten die gedurende 28 jaar bijdroegen aan het culturele leven in Rotterdam.

Read more...

BRAK 4.1: Remco Torenbosch and Nickel van DuijvenbodenOpening October 13, 2012 at 3pm{activity_images limit="1"} {/activity_images}

BRAK is proud to present BRAK 4.1, a duo presentation of the artists Remco Torenbosch and Nickel van Duijvenboden.
The fourth BRAK theme Writisms revolves around the usage of text as artistic medium, whether as artobject or as reflective and analytical medium that is part of the artproduct.

About BRAK
BRAK is a Rotterdam exhibition platform organizing four presentations annually within Duende. BRAK’s programmatical approach focuses on giving space for the expression of individual artistic practices while building up an overview of current methodologies specifically focusing on the development of autonomous art.

Read more...

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jan Bergmans
Scoop.it!

The dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson – Aeon

The dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson – Aeon | The Dream Of A Shadow | Scoop.it
Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?
Jan Bergmans's insight:

Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative is us’. Likewise the American cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner: ‘Self is a perpetually rewritten story.’ And: ‘In the end, we become the autobiographical narratives by which we “tell about” our lives.’ Or a fellow American psychologist, Dan P McAdams: ‘We are all storytellers, and we are the stories we tell.’ And here’s the American moral philosopher J David Velleman: ‘We invent ourselves… but we really are the characters we invent.’ And, for good measure, another American philosopher, Daniel Dennett: ‘we are all virtuoso novelists, who find ourselves engaged in all sorts of behaviour… and we always put the best “faces” on it we can. We try to make all of our material cohere into a single good story. And that story is our autobiography. The chief fictional character at the centre of that autobiography is one’s self.’

So say the narrativists. We story ourselves and we are our stories. There’s a remarkably robust consensus about this claim, not only in the humanities but also in psychotherapy. It’s standardly linked with the idea that self-narration is a good thing, necessary for a full human life.

Popular nowLet’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a storyBan the burqa? Scrap the sari? Why women’s clothing mattersWhy boring streets make pedestrians stressed and unhappy

I think it’s false – false that everyone stories themselves, and false that it’s always a good thing. These are not universal human truths – even when we confine our attention to human beings who count as psychologically normal, as I will here. They’re not universal human truths even if they’re true of some people, or even many, or most. The narrativists are, at best, generalising from their own case, in an all-too-human way. At best: I doubt that what they say is an accurate description even of themselves.

What exactly do they mean? It’s extremely unclear. Nevertheless, it does seem that there are some deeply Narrative types among us, where to be Narrative with a capital ‘N’ is (here I offer a definition) to be naturally disposed to experience or conceive of one’s life, one’s existence in time, oneself, in a narrative way, as having the form of a story, or perhaps a collection of stories, and – in some manner – to live in and through this conception. The popularity of the narrativist view is prima facie evidence that there are such people.

Perhaps. But many of us aren’t Narrative in this sense. We’re naturally – deeply – non-Narrative. We’re anti-Narrative by fundamental constitution. It’s not just that the deliverances of memory are, for us, hopelessly piecemeal and disordered, even when we’re trying to remember a temporally extended sequence of events. The point is more general. It concerns all parts of life, life’s ‘great shambles’, in the American novelist Henry James’s expression. This seems a much better characterisation of the large-scale structure of human existence as we find it. Life simply never assumes a story-like shape for us. And neither, from a moral point of view, should it.


more...
No comment yet.