About banactee

This blog is my personal playing ground where I like to share my varied views of the world. Plants amaze me very much, especially trees, so the new name of this blog “banactee” means a symbiotic mixture of a cactus and a banana-tree. I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos, visions and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © banactee (which may please be respected).

BIZARRE IMPRESSIONS AT YUCATAN

Preparing for the Day of the Dead – public skeleton sculpture

In late October of 1997 I had the pleasure to stay for a week in Mexico D.F and Merida / Yucatan. What I did not know this is the time when Mexicans prepare themselves for the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). Especially in Merida I was dazzled to see shops full of plastic skeletons of any kind, souvenirs, decoration and weird disguise all related to the topic of death. This reminded me all of European carnival however with a different purpose and a more strange direction.

Central place with nice green shadows and town hall at Merida

Sweet death – delicious sugar coffins in a shop

Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration of death took place at the beginning of summer. And the origins of the modern Mexican holiday  can be traced back to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christianity, nowadays legal holidays to remember friends and family members who have died.

View on Chichen Itza Castle with really steep steps

View from Chichen Itza Castle on the jungle of Yucatan

Today the view from the old temples and buildings at Chichen Itza just reveals a total wilderness and endless rainforest which more than thousand years ago meant the homeland for the Maya, a loose alliance of city-states in southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. You do not see anymore the cities, roads, reservoirs, channels or terraced fields being swallowed again by a thick jungle.

Around the year 900 the Maya quickly and more mysteriously left the country and vanished most probably due to a climate change, little food and too much fighting. Estimations say that the population dropped around 90 % during this time. At a few locations, such as Chichen Itza, the Maya still lived furtheron, though they would never gain their former grandness.

Cryptical message and petroglyphs from the past

 

HOUSES OF FALL

A rather dreamy place worth a visit is the former rehabilitation centre Beelitz Heilstätten near Berlin in Germany. It is a vast area of varied buildings being constructed in the early 20th century with a quite modern concept for healing and recovery.

After WW II it was seized by the Soviet Red Army which left Germany and this area in 1994. Nobody felt responsible for the place  afterwards or had an idea for further use so nature took over control quite easily.

Some years ago the place was changed into some kind of openair museum, and a long freestanding bridge was built for viewing the amazing ruins from the very height which requires however the payment of an entrance fee.

You will find there also a lot of other houses on the huge premises which you can view free of charge. Guided tours are offered there also inside some buildings.

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-49/

 

 

LATE SUMMER MIRRORINGS

What is nowadays more touching and impressing, a reflective artwork swimming on an apart lake and becoming part of nature or the fluid mirror image of a tree transforming to a fragile visual sculpture being only changed by cool waves and smooth breezes? 

Although these pictures show a lot of water we are still waiting for some real rain now for six months here in Central-Europe. The summer started by mid of April and has not ended so far till today making it really easy to stroll around such eye-minded finds.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Reflection

 

WHEN TWILIGHT TOUCHES US BY GÜNTER SPECHT

DRAWINGS AND WORD ACROBATIC

Do you also breed crayons in your mind
to sell them to the market?
I did it when being a child.

Dramatize your daily life,
the smallest at the beginning,
freedom as a goal.

Victory is a mere question of willingness

When the city sleeps, oblivion sweeps the streets.

The thoughtless word

God’s goodness is limitless, you assholes, just keep that in mind.

The 4 enraged citizens.

Pegasus lilli lalli

The Master of the exact metaphors

He fondly remembers a certain time
when sitting at the breakfast table
together with bear, fox and mice
to share everything even comfort
that healed all rather quickly.

URBAN MAZE AND VISION

Urban realities tend to be cloudy and incompatible from time to time. The familiar surroundings of yesterday may vanish as simple dust the other day. Tamped to the ground by effective machinery much faster than being built, one must be happy that some old buildings are rescued and prepared for a second life. Old and new are playing wellknown games as dateless competitors on urban fields in order to establish a vision of reality.  The movement will not stop at a street-corner, let’s follow it and search the next challenge in the municipal maze.

 

 

 

 

CHALLENGING HABITS AND EMPOWERING YOUTH BY JULIA BENTZ

Our world is becoming warmer and climate change poses great risk to natural and social systems. Both human and non-human species are vulnerable. Dealing with it as a technical problem that can be addressed through greater knowledge, know-how, innovation and expertise, has not led to the substantial changes needed to address this challenge.

 

Art and creative practices have the potential to challenge current thinking on climate change by presenting new ways of approaching complex problems. Artists are often at the forefront of innovation, addressing problems in novel ways free from disciplinary constraints. Art has the capacity to not only raise awareness but also use creativity in addressing complex issues, encouraging reflection and acting as a conduit for cultural renewal. …..

 

>>> You will find the complete post and article here:

https://artistsandclimatechange.com/2018/08/16/challenging-habits-and-empowering-youth/

 

 

THE THREE APES

Where do we go and what do we see and recognize when strolling around some unknown places of life just not being connected by the wide boulevards standing in our detailed maps.

The distinctive planning can not be realized because the found path and situation will immediately draw another picture and dreaming of reality. Time to listen to the many unheard voices hiding in the fringed relicts of the green.

 

MAIL-ART – ANALOG BLOGGING OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Postcard by Artistampex, Canada

Photocollage on postcard by Clemente Padin, Uruguay

Art stamps by Pat Fish, U.S.A.

People think today that everything is so much better and unique today with all this technical progress and the digital virtual world. But people managed to live quite well with analog techniques in former times, and even blogging did exist long time before in the 20th century (and till today) by using simply the old international postal system which till today connects the world.

Creative people following the ideas of fluxus formed in the last century an international mail-art network of artists for collaboration, inspiration and support beyound the commercial and institutionalized forms of visual art. And I have been part of the same in the 80s of the last century such leading to a lot of nice and unexpected surprises when going early in the morning to my letter-box.

Mixed technique postcard, Jorge Orta, Argentina

Serigraph on postcard by Ryosuke Cohen, Japan

Stamp-art on envelope by Matty Jankowski, U.S.A.

Especially for creative people in the East-European countries this communication was very important and vital before the political changes of 1989 and the years to follow. But also for all others this was an appreciated independent and free gate to the wide world. The collaboration in this network comprised also real projects and challenges like in the blogosphere today.

Very common were mail-art object magazine where for each edition people could send 100 copies or pieces or originals, etc. in a special size, the editor would then compile the diverse entries to 100 diverse mail-art object magazines, and afterwards each participant would receive one copy of this back home by the post.

Other forms of collaboration in this sector are wandering changing art objects (more on this in a future post), and mail-art shows with special topics where each entry from the diverse countries will in any case be presented in the show whereever (living-room, institutions, public showcase and today also in the internet or blogs) followed by some kind of documentation for each of the participating persons (poster, brochure, small catalogue, etc.).

“I know nothing than art”, postcard by Robert Rehfeldt, Germany

Quarterly published mailart object-magazine by Vittore Baroni, Italy

Stamp-art on envelope by H. R. Fricker, Switzerland

This kind of mutual international exchange follows of course another velocity than the contemporary digital world, but movements like slow cities or slow food proove that not everybody is happy about the recent virtual developments which have happened mainly in the last 2 decades. So, here you see some pure analog artistic stuff like beautiful postcards and envelopes, varied stamp-art and inspiring objects which reached  me via the international postal services.

Mail art object by Géza Perneczky, Germany/Hungary

Collage/Copyart on postcard by Richard Meade, U.S.A.

Postcard by Juliana Hellmundt, Germany

The last piece shown here at the very end is really a quite robust-crazy object from my archive brought to me by a postman, a simple red brick with the inscription Einstein standing for both a stone and the famous physician. The brick was delivered by the post unpacked as a parcel, on the backside of the brick my name and adress were also inscripted reminding a little bit to petroglyphs from ancient times.

Information on actual mail-art of today and present times can be found in the blog-links hereunder:

http://mailartprojects.blogspot.com/?m=1

https://julianahellmundt.wordpress.com/

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/m?id=2496677%3AMobilePage%3A1032481

 

 

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