inspired people

[note: This list is used to give presentations on inspired people]

M.C. Escher

Johann Sebastian Bach

    • play music from the Bach playlist
    • Quotes:
      • “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” – J.S. Bach
      • “The aim and final end of all music should be none other then the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – J.S. Bach
      • “Bach's harmony consists in this melodic interweaving of independent melodies, so perfect in their union that each part seems to constitute the true melody. Herein Bach excels all the composers in the world. At least, I have found no one to equal him in music known to me.” J. Forkel (Bach's first biographer)
      • “One of the most extraordinary things about history's most extraordinary musician is the fact that this man's music, which exerts such a magnetic attraction for us today, against which we tend to measure much of the achievement in the art of music in the last two centuries, that this music had absolutely no affect on either the musicians or the public of his own day.” - Glenn Gould (pianist)

Nikola Tesla

Dhamma Brothers

    • “Convicted murderer Grady Bankhead described the retreat as, “tougher than his eight years on Death Row.” (wikipedia)
      • course description
        "For the first nine days there will be complete silence among the participants with each other. They should not communicate verbally, nor by notes, gestures or eye contact. Participants may speak to the Teacher for guidance at any time, and to the other meditation course personnel for any material needs."

        "The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation. The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one's attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them. Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings." - [[http://www.dhamma.org/en-US/about/vipassana|source]]
  • meditation:
    • Samatha (stillness)
    • Vipassanā (insight / knowledge)
      • “Vipassana is one of the most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills”
    • Kriyā (action)
  • The Dhammapada“ book: “The best of ways is the eightfold; the best of truths the four words; the best of virtues passionlessness; the best of men he who has eyes to see.”

Andrei Tarkovsky

  • video: Cinema of the Soul (collage with Bach music)
  • video: Poetic Harmony (introduction) (15 min)
  • cinematic style "Tarkovsky developed a theory of cinema that he called "sculpting in time". By this he meant that the unique characteristic of cinema as a medium was to take our experience of time and alter it. Unedited movie footage transcribes time in real time. By using long takes and few cuts in his films, he aimed to give the viewers a sense of time passing, time lost, and the relationship of one moment in time to another. Up to, and including, his film Mirror, Tarkovsky focused his cinematic works on exploring this theory. After Mirror, he announced that he would focus his work on exploring the dramatic unities proposed by Aristotle: a concentrated action, happening in one place, within the span of a single day." - wikipedia * stream of thoughts in art and psychology * "In a 1962 interview, Tarkovsky argued, "All art, of course, is intellectual, but for me, all the arts, and **cinema even more so, must above all be emotional and act upon the heart.**" His films are **characterized by metaphysical themes, extremely long takes, and images often considered by critics to be of exceptional beauty.**" - wikipedia * "Several people involved in the film production, including Tarkovsky, died from causes that some crew members attributed to the film's long shooting schedule in toxic locations. Sound designer Vladimir Sharun recalled: We were shooting near Tallinn in the area around the small river Jägala with a half-functioning hydroelectric station. Up the river was a chemical plant and it poured out poisonous liquids downstream. (...) Tarkovsky died from cancer of the right bronchial tube. And Tolya Solonitsyn too. That it was all connected to the location shooting for Stalker became clear to me when Larisa Tarkovskaya died from the same illness in Paris.

De Oerakker van Ruurd Walrecht & Co

“In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” - Henry Thoreau
  • intro:
    • insecten en planten soorten teloorgang
    • EU oer-zaad handelsverbod *
    • wat heeft een mens eigenlijk nodig? (water, voeding, huis, relaties, natuur?, …)
  • ruurd_walrecht.jpg “Ruurd Walrecht is an amateur gardener of Dutch origin, moved to Sweden where he has adapted to the local climate many varieties, including Dutch ones. But he is more than just a vegetable gardener as he has been interested in saving old varieties since 1960 and has also created a foundation in 1965 in Holland - De Oerakker - to save those old varieties.”
  • “In 1995 richtte Ruurd Walrecht Stichting De Oerakker op, met als doel om historische land- en tuinbouwgewassen als levend cultureel erfgoed te behouden.”
  • video: Eternal Mash (53 min), 2009

John Muir

sequoia tree
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Renaissance

Hermes Trismegistus

Rudolf Steiner

Goethe

James Joyce

  • ….

William Shakespeare

William Blake

Hilma af Klint

Peace Pilgrim (Mildred Norman)

Sri Aurobindo

Leonardo da Vinci

Tizian

Walter Russell

Stanley Kubrick

Dante

Hellen Keller

Giordano Bruno

Auguste Rodin

Masanobu Fukuoka

Wilhelm Reich

Buckminster Fuller

Benoit Mandelbrot

John Lennon

Allan Watts

Bruce Lee

John Coltrane

Che Guevarra

Bob Ross

  • (Heijn project)

Rumi

Kahlil Gibran

Dogon tribe

Tibetan yogi's

  • ”The Mountain Yogi“ (Pooye Lama Gomchen Milarepa)

Eric Laithwaite

Marshall McLuhan

Kees Verhoef

various ideas

  • various films / directors 1:
    • Kurosawa's 100
    • Tarantino
    • Scorsese
    • David Lynch
    • Werner Herzog
    • Woody Allen
    • Wes Anderson
    • Luis Buñuel
    • Roger Ebert
    • Susan Sontag
    • Scorsese
    • video: Agnes Martin
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