circle project


Elena Chernyshova aka Елена чернышова (Russian, b. 1981, Moscow, USSR, based France) - Days Of Night, Nights Of Day project, 2012-2013. Days of Night, Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000.  The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this project aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.  Photography 

Modern Spirits

I think about a Lot how when we think about spirits, whether be energetic beings or faefolk or mythical figures or Japanese demons, they’re all depicted as wearing or acting or speaking like whatever time period and region they’re from because we humans made art and recorded findings.

Japanese demons in kimonos and ukatas and robes with swords and bow n’ arrrows. Greek gods and beings wearing togas and wearing wreaths or other headpieces. That whole deal.

What I think about a lot is how since these beings presented themselves to match the era, when in the modern days practitioners or fans go “I can’t believe that artist drew Satan in a leather coat and gave him piercings and tattoos, he looks so edgy!!!” you know, the thing is: he could totally be wearing that. Maybe when you summon Satan in your summoning circle he might project himself to you as a 90’s metal band bassist. Or just in sweats.

Of course, I see spirits that look like some wild inconceivable amalgamation of figures and shapes and energy. But think about it. Maybe that faerie is wearing a t-shirt and leggings just because they can, with some cool theme. You know we got cool designs for those these days. Maybe these spirits look like some pastel anime otaku.

Maybe that angel is in sweats. Maybe they all wearing sweats. Or look like a scene kid. Maybe that spirit you summon decides to look like Dwayne The Rock Johnson because that was the appearance you’d be most receiving to when they relay their message.



Richard Anthony Proctor - Antique Celestial Map, “On the Stereographic Projection”, 1880.

“This Celestial Map is showing all the space covered by the six Northern Maps. On the globe the circle 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are equal to each other, and also to those circles to which the overlaps 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 belong. The dates around the Map are those on which the corresponding Meridians come to the South (in Northern Latitudes) at midnight.”
'Force Awakens' One Year Later: John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's Post-'Episode VII' Gigs | Hollywood Reporter

This is exactly what I’m talking about.

A year after TFA, Daisy Ridley is set to star in 4 films and in talks for another. Only 1 is a CGI/voice over role.

Meanwhile, the article lists John Boyega’s roles in Pacific Rim 2, Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled project, The Circle, and his theater role in Woyzeck.

On face value it seems that they’re doing equally well, until you remember that John booked and filmed The Circle before TFA and that his staring role in PacRim2 is partially because he’s also producing the film.

So Daisy Ridley has four staring roles lined up where all she had to do was basically audition, if that, while John Boyega has a theater role, a voice over in an animated ensemble Netflix remake (Watership Down), and a live action ensemble role (Bigelow’s Untitled Project). The only new starring role he has is in a film that he’s helping to make.

John had prior film experience before TFA and yet she’s the one with more booked, new gigs. Whiteness has always been a commodity and “qualification” in Hollywood. This is just another example of Black folks working twice as hard and getting half as far.

The things we do for love like this are ugly, mad, full of sweat and regret. This love burns you and maims you and twists you inside out. It is a monstrous love and it makes monsters of us all.