Bom Dia! :-) Happy Halloween!
I was surprised to read this years Halloween Parade theme is actually a metaphor for social media? I’m interested to see what everyone thinks. The last time I thought of eye’s at a Halloween party was when I was 10 and were told to close our eyes as we passed around bowls of mysterious items while we listened to creepy stories…The peeled grapes (eyes) freaked me out, try it on a friend, pretty funny stuff.
Social media, I say it can take up all our time or it can link us to cause and ideas around the world. All in all I think it is good:-) and, at the end of the day it is a necessary evil (I typed into my tunblr blog which I also will post to facebook;) …
“Odilion Redon’s iconic Floating Eye Balloon.
What is it about the Disembodied Eye that is at once so disturbing and yet so strangely familiar? …
“As the technology of Facebook and Flickr offers us the possibility of seeing everything, we risk seeing nothing but ourselves, eyes wide shut, in a collective feast of Narcissism.”
Be apart of the action, send your eye in a video, see details below
see re-posted article below or click the link below to go to the original site, thanks!
2011 PARADE THEME
The i of the Beholder
We’ve been taking a look at Odilion Redon’s iconic Floating Eye Balloon.
What is it about the Disembodied Eye that is at once so disturbing and yet so strangely familiar? Tradition associates the all-seeing eye with inescapable power and authority – coldly remote, yet as near to us as the back of a dollar bill. From the Masonic Eye-in-the-Pyramid, to the Thousand-eyed Avalokateswara (whose eyes emanate from his palms), to the Glowing Eye of HAL 9000, the disembodied eye evokes the ancient awe of omniscience and the modern anxiety of surveillance.
But all this has suddenly started to change. Lewis Hyde recounts a tale in which Coyote the Trickster learns to throw his eyeballs high into a tree to sight distant prey on the horizon. We, too, are learning Coyote’s trick of remote viewing, sending our eyes out into the world and pixel-by-pixel crafting a parallax view of ourselves. Where we once hid from Big Brother’s ubiquitous gaze, now – with every Youtube upload, with every Facebook post, and every Google (Go ogle!) search, we revel in our own reflections, no matter how mundane. The anonymous eye of authority now lies in the palm of our hand.
“They” have become “We”, and we have become eyes. Like the eye-covered body of Argus in Greek myth, we have become a matrix of ever-wakeful omnivorous observers.
But in the end, Coyote’s eyes get stuck in the tree. Having lost vision of his own, he stumbles on with borrowed eyes. As the technology of Facebook and Flickr offers us the possibility of seeing everything, we risk seeing nothing but ourselves, eyes wide shut, in a collective feast of Narcissism. Argus, for all his vigilance, is slain by Hermes (God of Communication), and for his sacrifice, is turned into a peacock.
This year the Village Halloween Parade stares back at the disembodied eye, as we celebrate I of the Beholder. Parade artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Superior Concept Monsters will lead a cloud of floating eyes up Sixth Avenue, inviting everyone to join, both physically and virtually.
We are calling for video images of your eyes (one eye, actually, close up) to be projected onto our Great Eyeball high in the Parade sky, in a succession of images at once intimate and anonymous. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org We will post them on YouTube so everyone can see each others!
Send your video to US.
After years of being electronically ogled, captured, and youtubed en route, we are returning your gaze, with a thousand borrowed eyes, and with a lot of help at our annual puppet workshops in October.
Come and lend a hand or an eye at Volunteer.
Here’s looking at you, kids…
—Jeanne Fleming, Artistic and Producing Director, Village Halloween Parade
—Alex Kahn & Sophia Michahelles, Master Puppeteers