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The Six Principles of Chinese Painting

In the 6th century CE, Chinese art historian and critic Xie He devised a set of rules for analyzing and critiquing art. In order, they are:

  1. Spirit Resonance, also known as Chi or Energy - This is by far the most important of the rules, but it is also the most difficult to define. Spirit Resonance is the energy that flows from the painter to the brush - it is the vitality or life that seems to take over a work of art and propel it into the imagination of the viewer. Xie He said that if the painting has no Spirit Resonance, there is no need to look further. [Pictured here is the 13th century C.E. art piece Nine Dragons by painter Chen Rong.]
  2. Bone Structure/Method - This refers to the way the painter uses the brush. It is the line work used by the painter, as well as the personal style or handwriting of the painter. In Xie He’s day, calligraphy was inseparable from painting, so Bone Structure also refers to the calligraphy of the painter. [Pictured here is a section of the 4th century C.E. piece Intelligent Ladies by Gu Kaizhi.]
  3. Correspondence to the Object - A relatively simple rule, this means that the subject of the painting must look like what it is trying to represent. A person in a painting should resemble a person in real life, a tree should resemble a tree, etc. [Pictured here is Peaches and a Dove, by Emperor Huizong in the 12th century C.E. The painting is an example of the literal style of Chinese painting, a style marked by intense correspondence to the object.]
  4. Suitability to Type Regarding Color - The choice of color for the piece must be appropriate for what the piece is trying to convey. This includes the layering of color as well as the tone and value of the piece. A piece does not necessarily have to have color or have realistic color. Rather, the choice of color simply needs to be appropriate. [Pictured here is a detailed image of a larger painting, Grand Scenery, by Song Dynasty artist Wang Xi. Notice that the blues and greens of the painting are more fantasy than reality, but they are an appropriate choice as they emphasize the height, distance, and coldness of the mountains.]
  5. Division and Planning (Composition) - Division and Planning refers to the way in which objects are arranged the space of the painting. The placement of objects in a painting should give some sense of depth, or the object’s relationship to one another. The size and placement of the objects can also give a sense of the hierarchical nature of a piece (larger objects in the center of the piece are more important than smaller objects to the side). [Pictured here is Six Persimmons, a piece by 13th century artist Mu Qi. Six Persimmons is an example of the spontaneous style, and despite its simplicity it is considered one of the most important works of Chinese art of all time, mostly due to the arrangement of objects in space.]
  6. Transmission by Copying - Artists should copy from real life and older works. In Chinese tradition, motifs and styles are repeated from years past, and it is considered honorable to seek inspiration from past works. Artists often seek to emulate the styles of old masters, an example of the Chinese taste for archaism. [Pictured above is another work of Gu Kaizhi! It’s a section of the handscroll entitled Admonitions of the Intructress to the Court Ladies.]
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Jordan Hunt performing Fall, at Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, May 2013.

On April 25 independent rock band Her Name Is Calla presented their brand new CD Navigator with a live show at London’s St. Pancras Old Church. On the same day I took the chance to have a chat with the band’s long-time violin player Nicole Robson, who was joined by Gavin Miller, who accompanied the band as bass player during their European tour. The show presented the occasion to introduce the incredible talent of Principle Six, “a collective of songwriters, performing ensemble and recording label based in London“. Her Name Is Calla delivered an interesting show in the cozy old church, immersed in quite a surreal atmosphere made of low lights, ringing bells and fantastic music, with Tom Morris delivering particularly enchanting vocal performances. Highly recommended for alternative music lovers.

Following is our interview with Nicole and a photo report of the show.

Q: Why did you choose this name for the band?
A: It’s always been a bit of a myth within the band. Nobody will really find out who or what is about. It’s best to keep it secret.

Q: Who’s your inspiration?
A: Each member of the band has a different sort of music they like. And also sometimes it’s something different from music, like what’s going on in our lives, and so. Adam likes very folky music, quite obscure music, me and Tom like certain songwriters. We all like really different things.

Q: Who writes the songs?
A: It used to be Tom would have the most ideas for the songs, but he never really enjoyed that. Since me and Adam joined a couple of years ago, it’s been a bit more collaborative. We get together, maybe one person would bring a frame-work or maybe just the lyrics, and we jam it out. We also use the internet, like sending parts with dropbox.

Q: So you basically jam through the internet…
A: Yes, we pass files with dropbox.

Q: Dropbox jamming… that’s a new way of making music. That’s cool. How did you come up with the idea of forming a band?
A: The only real founding member is Tom. Him and his friend Mike, he was in the band until a few years ago, they met at Uni. They wanted to do something different, so the band sort of started from that point, but then people’s lives change so Adam joined about 6 years ago, I joined 5 years ago. It feels quite natural, the band has changed in time, people joining and leaving, he joined for a week (pointing at Gavin smiling).

Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: A lot of songs on this album are quite different, while people seem to pick a more electronic sound on this one. I would say quite a rock band with more singer songwriter’s elements cause of the violin and the cello and the acoustic guitar. We often get called post-rock, but we got too many vocals for that.

Q: How is your new album Navigator different from the previous works?
A: Probably because we’ve all taken part in it, we’ve all collaborated and added a thing here and there. It seems like it’s taken 4 years for us to make, cause we’ve had very busy lives, I remember what was going through our lives, whether it’s good or bad. It feels like it’s a real diary of the past four years.
Gavin: I think bringing the strings section, it really helps feeling the songs a lot more, if that makes sense?

Q: What’s the fil rouge of Navigator, and why this title?
A: I think it does sort of refer to our real lives where 4 years ago we had two members leaving, changing patterns; it feels like we were navigating from that point of our lives, we’re still together, after what happened. The album hopefully should show how this is a sort of journey, with the ups and downs.

Q: I was particularly stricken by the song Dreamland. How did it come to life?
A: It felt like it was always gonna be like that, it was very cathartic to do that middle part. It’s like the song that represents the whole album as well.

Principle Six live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Principle Six live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Principle Six live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Her Name Is Calla live at St. Pancras Old Church photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for http://www.rebelrebelmusic.com Her Name Is Calla Interview + Live @ St. Pancras Old Church On April 25 independent rock band Her Name Is Calla presented their brand new CD Navigator…
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Another productive thing happened: Heterotopia

I was not fully sold on the theory I had originally proposed and felt there could be more - something more suited to what Taylor and I were working on. Whilst reading something on ecology, I came across the theory of heterotopia. It was originally told to us by our Place lecturer last year and referring to my notes then, I was surprised I had not thought of it earlier. Foucault was the first to coin this, giving it six principles and defining how it fits in society not only in the 1980′s but across history also. I had never thought of the ‘honeymoon’ being a non place and a deviation from ones normal state. This reading has opened my eyes to many things. 

I found that the terrariums Taylor and I are creating relate most to Foucault’s sixth principle of heterotopia where the space “has a function in relation to all space that remains”. It is to create a space that is other, another real space that is perfect, whilst also jumbled. I love this obscure theory and the more I discover around it the more I smile at my own surroundings and become aware of the non space around me. Heterotopia in its simplest form is the ‘intersection of places’. More around this will be looked into for my exegesis but this will be the focus of my exegesis for this project.

The key reading: Foucault, M. (1986) ‘Of Other Spaces’, Diacritics 16: 22–7.

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Jordan Hunt / Principle Six - The Sea

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What To Look For In A Job (Besides Salary)

Don’t judge a job by its paycheck! While it’s important to earn the best living possible, there are many other factors in a potential job that can benefit you in both the short and long-term. Why not find a job that has more flexible hours or perhaps more vacation days? The infographic below by Accounting Principles highlights six important factors that can make a potential employment opportunity that much sweeter. Entrepreneurs, consider these boons when recruiting new team members- a little perk can go a long way!

Co-operative breakfast business referrals event - 8.00am on 29 April, Aldgate, London.
This ‘Principle Six’ style event is a great opportunity to tell people about your business or organisation. The aim, quite simply, is to create as many new partnerships and business opportunities as possible in a short space of time, so it’s a high-energy format. There will be plenty of time before and after to have one-to-one conversations with other co-operative and social enterprise people. http://buff.ly/1BAiLdN

6 Up's that will transform your personal and professional life

6 Up’s that will transform your personal and professional life #purpose #entrepreneur

Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Butterflies, Rome, and Google weren’t made overnight. Any thing worthwhile takes time to develop.

Here are six “Up’s” that can transform both your personal and professional life. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a cubicle-keeper, working mom or college student, nine-to-fiver or night shift worker, the power of these six principles are indisputable. Put…

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Would you like to be a more persuasive speaker? Do you ever have a need to influence others?

This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.