Lucid Stead is and installation in Joshua Tree, CA. created by artist Phillip K. Smith III.
Phillip describes Lucid Stead this way: ”Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteaders shack reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness”.
Thank you to Phillip K. Smith III & Royale Projects: Contemporary Art for giving us the time to create this video and images (images can be seen at http://loumora.com/2013/11/04/lucid-stead/ ). Please go to Royale Projects: Contemporary Art to learn more about Phillip K Smith III & Lucid Stead.
Photographers/ Directors: Lou Mora & Sarah Yates
Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming
amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead
transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness.
This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.
Lucid Stead draws upon the ideas of the projected and reflected light of Smith’s recent works, while engaging with the isolation of the desert milieu. Smith III explores the seclusion of California’s High Desert and the abrupt austerity of its built environment.
Phillip K Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He draws inspiration from the reductive logic of minimalism and the optic sensation of California's Light and Space movement. Smith’s innovation and exploitation of new technologies keeps these ideologies current. He was honored as the 2010 Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum and was included in the exhibition, Smooth Operations:
Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, alongside artists such as Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, and Craig Kauffman at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster CA. He has been asked to return to the museum for a solo exhibition opening in January 2014. Smith III has been commissioned to create over a dozen monumental art works and his light based sculptures are collected Nationwide.
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On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
Producer: STEVE KENNEDY
Director: GUY REID
Editor: STEVE KENNEDY
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
Dubbing Mixer: PATCH MORRISON
Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes
PLANETARY is a feature length documentary that expands on the mind-blowing perspective shared by astronauts and indigenous elders alike — that each and every one of us is inseparable from each other, the planet and the universe as a whole, a realisation that is both humbling and comforting. If more of us start to experience the simple truth of our interdependence and connection, we believe there is hope for the next stage in our human journey. PLANETARY is meant to inspire awe and wonder by seeing things as they are, placing our individual stories in the context of the larger planetary / cosmic story.
Peter Russell – physicist and author of ‘The Global Brain’
Mae Jemison – astronaut, doctor & science educator
David Loy – Buddhist scholar and author of ‘The World is Made of Stories’
Joanna Macy – environmental activist and author
Wade Davis – anthropologist and author of ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’
HH 17th Karmapa – spiritual leader of the Tibetan people
Lawrence Ellis – complexity-science consultant and spiritual activist
Paul Hawken – environmentalist and author of ‘Blessed Unrest’
Ron Garan – NASA astronaut and founder of Fragile Oasis
Janine Benyus – natural sciences writer and expert on biomimicry
Sobonfu Some - Dagara spiritual teacher from Burkina Faso
Sam Mickey – professor in Integral Ecology at the University of San Francisco
Cynthia Brown – teacher and writer of Big History
Barry Lopez – environmental writer, artist and journalist
Anam Thubten – Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition
Bill McKibben – environmentalist, author and founder of 350.org
Grandmother Mona – one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Alan Senauke – Zen priest and author
Bernie Glassman – Zen Buddhist roshi and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers
Angel Kyodo Williams – author and Zen priest
Brian Swimme – cosmologist and author
Charles Eisenstein – economist and author
Sean Kelly – philosopher, author of ‘Coming Home’
Drew Dellinger – poet and social activist
Elizabeth Lindsey – Polynesian explorer and expert on cultural intelligence
Ethan Nichtern – meditation teacher and author
Joan Halifax – American Zen Buddhist roshi and anthropologist
Luntana – Arhuaco medicine man
Wes Nisker – performer and comedian
Mary Evelyn Tucker – scholar on the intersection of religion and ecology
Tiokasin Ghosthorse – a spiritual agitator, natural rights activist
Jon Grimm – professor of religion & ecology at Yale’s School of Forestry
Directed by: Guy Reid
Produced by: Steve Kennedy
Director of Photography: Christoph Ferstad
Edited by: Steve Kennedy
Executive Producers: Christoph Ferstad, Paul Hawken
Co-producers: Peter Glatzer, Adrien Grenier
Consulting Producers: Lawrence Ellis, Elizabeth Lindsey
Associate Producers: Jeff Gitterman, Andrew Appel, Gary Lin, Pati Sands
Production Manager: Blaire Embrey
Original Soundtrack: The Human Suits (humansuits,com)
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Watch our short film OVERVIEW: vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview
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Director, Concept, Animation - Kijek/Adamski
Production - Katarzyna Rup / Ab Film Production
Cast - Artur Cetnarowski
Gaffer - Heliograf, Blitz
Studio set - PlumArt Marcin "Śliwa" Śliwiński, Arek Szot, Joanna Kijek
PVC cutting - Dawid Krzyżanowski/ My-Art myart.com.pl
Thanks - Studio Las, Paweł Reyman