Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Monday, 9 November 2020
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled (Decay)
The Chinese character ku represents a bowl in whose contents worms are breeding. This means decay.
Ku: black magic: The method is to place poisonous snakes and insects together in a vessel until there is but one survivor, which is called the ku. From this survivor is venom obtained. (via the operation known as 'Milking the Serpent').
(an obvious, tho' horrible analogy, is the contemporary chinese 'wet-markets' and their breeding of new strains of virus. terrible movement from the harmony of tao, to the contemporary 'yeast-culture' that is modern china.)
So maybe the I ching and the black magic bowl/vessel are analogous, and the worms are not just symbols of decay, but of virulent life. the bowl is a thunderdome, an alembic, from which, as in highlander 'there can only be one', and this alchemical winnowing, gives us the pure ku.
and as in life so in art. within the skullcup/chalice swim the many serpents of our noise-arte. some are abortions and stillbirths, the qlipthotic shells. others gain strength and sound more powerful and alien to us as their conception is forgotten. I have tried and tested and ended up with 18 pieces from the recent era, that all in some way, are from outside us, but imbued with our power.
Some of these have been collected on three cdr's (six pieces on each disc) each disc is seperately housed in screen printed covers/plastic wallets, and those collected in a sugarpaper envelope emblazoned with the skullcup. the individul disc glyphs are: 1. Lightning and the sword (sowhilo rune/zain) 2. Red pyramid and infinity symbol (alchemical fire and the 8, tarot trump:strength) 3. Twin vudu serpens emerging from the bowl and returning to the star.
Blood/Decay breeding Vitality (cakes of light, baudelaire 'a Carcass', fly agaric)
hexacomb / honeycomb - the honey sustains on the journey to amenta / western lands
23 have been made and will be available on 11-11 via the accurs'd platform