Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Electroglobicity


One of my slacker projects over the last 10 years or so was to take pictures of electric poles when I saw them on any of my trips and then frame them. This was part of my Electroglobicity project, the ultimate goal was to have a wall full of pictures from remote places all over the world of electricity poles to document the scope of how the world is wired. These are a few of the photos, I have about 20 or so all together, the bottom sunset was taken from a bus I was on, going from Arusha, Tanzania to Nairobi Kenya after I climbed Kilimanjaro and went on safari to the Ngorogoro crater, the pole in the field was taken near the Waimea caves on the north island in New Zealand and the bigger poles in the field was taken outside Prague in the Czech Republic while I was bicycling near Budvar. Just a couple of weeks ago I thought of this project which I had basically mothballed and put away due to space, lack of traveling, the thought that it was kind of a silly project and I wrote a brief essay on the subject.......
                "I sit on the bus to Urbana from Chicago and I see power lines in a field. I could be in the Czech Republic, Zingjiang province in northwestern China, Bolivia or Urbana, Il and the picture will basically be the same. a power line in the middle of open space. The world is a grid, I wonder how far one could travel if you linked the wire from all the power lines and cables on the planet, would it reach Mars, Venus or the ex-planet Pluto? The world is an electroglobal planet, we are all linked by power. The energy of electricity is everywhere, you know what they say, electricity is in the air. When I flew into Nairobi and drove to Arusha, a lot of the landscape was dark, there was no grid 10 years ago. I bet if I went back there, they are now linked in, turned on, lit up.  The planet is all about power and being linked in..............................

So now onto my next project writing a chapter a week about the fictional store, the Jagged Edge.....The first chapter opens with my character muttering to herself, "lobotomy, lobotomy, lobotomy" which is my mantra now in order to keep my sanity when I work at the store, if I tried to use my brain and look around and question things I would go insane so it is better to just turn myself off.....However, right now I do feel like life is a bit like living on a jagged edge.....
                   JB