#101 – The birth of Gaia (Static)
#101 – The birth of Gaia (Panimating)
They say there are forgotten tales,
Of Jesus himself, traveling to India,
Through Persia, along the silk trails.
What really happened there, no one tells!
Did he try the opium, that one inhales?
Or got acquainted with the local females?
Did he find an old encyclopaedia?
Fulfil one prophecy of Zechariah?
And indulge in living like a pariah?
If only, he had one more rupiah.
If only, to Judea, he did not set sails.
If only, he renounced to be a Messiah.
Rather than being pined up, on a cross with nails,
There, in the ancient heart of the Himalaya,
He would have witnessed the birth of Gaia!
For #101, which is the first prime number after 100, I wanted a new beginning, a birth, something organic. It had to be primitive, marine, in these green and purple colours that you can spot on the rocky shores of New South Wales. Binding what’s below and what’s above, the raw materials of the planet with its highest level of sophistication and conscience, beyond the atmosphere, the noosphere, this level of planetary supra-conscience, where we can only hope that, one day, the whole world will become self-aware: This is the birth of Gaia.
In the Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth, one of their primordial deities, along with Ouranos, the sky. But in our modern days, the word is used in a systemic view of the world, as part of the Gaia Hypothesis, developed by chemist James Lovelock in the seventies, and brilliantly illustrated by Isaac Asimov in the Foundation series. It proposes that living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic and self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. I simply hope this might come true soon enough, that our species does not disappear out of all the systemic unbalances it causes through industrialisation and over-population.
Regarding Jesus going to India, during his so-called “unknown years”, this is a faint conjecture linking him with another Indian god-man saviour, Krishna. There’s more to read about that here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknown_years_of_Jesus . According to some ancient muslim scrolls, Jesus reportedly crossed Punjab and reached Puri Jagannath where he studied the Vedas under Brahmin priests. He spent six years in Puri and Rajgirh, near Nalanda, the ancient seat of Hindu learning. Then he went to the Himalayas, and spent time in Tibetan monasteries, studying Buddhism, and through Persia, returned to Jerusalem at the age of 29. Who knows?
First step was to create an organic shape in Chaotica, a life cell, something between a virus and a neurone.
The next step was to set the colors right and give it some texture, and I used for that the usual combo, Pixelmator and FX Photo Studio Pro
The rest was about weaving some magic with Magic, and handpicked GLSL shaders!
Music courtesy of Joséphine De Retour, as part of her “Frostbite” set recorded as Schirmchendrink #57
Timestamp is: 00:32:30