I’m Kim, a writer, author, designer, artist, yoga and meditation instructor, trained as an architect, living near Montréal, Canada.

MY NEW BOOK:
The Modern House Bus is now available for order (published by The Countryman Press).
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  • March 28, 2014

“I Am Not a Leader”: Russell Means

Plenty of food for thought, written by American Indian Movement (AIM) activist and controversial figure Russell Means in a 1980 cover story for Mother Jones: Distilled to its basic terms, European faith—including the new faith in science—equals a belief that man is God. Europe has always sought a Messiah, whether that be the man Jesus Christ …

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  • March 26, 2014

Bed Peace: Yoko Ono & John Lennon’s “bed-in” for peace

Several playthroughs of “Here Comes the Sun” in anticipation of spring got me down this Beatles road again. Yesterday marked the day that John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s honeymoon began in 1969, a week after their marriage in Gibraltar, near Spain (Lennon’s “Ballad of John and Yoko” gives a pretty concise rundown). Instead of indulging …

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  • March 25, 2014

Hypnotic drawings with clay & potter’s wheel

Created with wet clay spinning round and round on a potter’s wheel, this video is completely mesmerizing. Via This Is Colossal: As a person who’s spent more than a few hours at the seat of a potter’s wheel I can attest to the strangely soothing act of doodling around with wet clay sludge (called slip) before …

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  • March 23, 2014

On how we sacrifice (or don’t)

How do we sacrifice? This is an interesting question to ponder, as I wager many of us don’t do much sacrificing on a daily basis. We are too caught up perhaps in the daily grind, virtual worlds, a “me” mentality. But maybe sacrifice happens more often if you’re a parent, or a community volunteer, or …

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  • March 13, 2014

The Goddess & Signs Out of Time: Marija Gimbutas

A couple of years ago, I came across the ideas and writings of archaeologist and former professor emeritus of archaeology at UCLA Marija Gimbutas in a heavy tome that I chanced upon in one of my used bookstore haunts (The Language of the Goddess). Filled with diagrams of artifacts and patterns found in Neolithic sites all …

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  • January 28, 2014

Montessori method: “Igniting the flame”

These long winter days cooped up inside with the tot has compelled me to look around for some decent homeschooling materials to keep my three-year-old occupied. After trawling around for preschool worksheets, I stumbled on some free Montessori printouts, and onto ever more links of Montessori materials. This all brings me down memory lane, as …

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  • January 24, 2014

Indigo

One of my favorite remixes of all time (Androcell remix of Tripswitch’s “Indigo”). A must-love, the layered outer-space vastness of the beginning that touches down to a transmission back home to Earth. “Well, we’re two-thirds of the way to the Galactic center. [..] But we definitely are in outer space.” Whenever I listen to this track, …

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  • January 12, 2014

Happy 2014!

A belated Happy New Year’s post! Starting it off with much well-wishing for anyone who reads this, and for their loved ones, and on and on. Interdependencies; as they say in yoga practice, “may all beings everywhere be happy and free” (Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu): May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may …

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  • December 2, 2013

“The universe is the body of God, and God is still learning”

The sixth man on the moon, Edgar Dean Mitchell, talks to Ascent magazine’s Sarah E. Truman about looking at spiritual experiences from the point of view of quantum science. SET  What aspects of quantum science? EM  The quantum attributes that we are concerned with are entanglement, coherence, resonance and non-locality. The important part is that information is understood as a …

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  • November 30, 2013

Concinnity

Interesting new word of the day: concinnity. Came across it while listening to UK psychedelic dub artist Globular’s new album, Magnitudes of Order (found here on Ektoplazm and Bandcamp, created under a Creative Commons license, partially funded by Kickstarter, yeah!). An excellent one, definitely worth an ear, as are the rest (I remember being distinctly tickled by …

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  • November 5, 2013

We Are the Dreamed (Part 7)

Here follows Part 7 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. We Are The Dreamed Young Girl Playing Paper Game: Dream is destiny. – “Waking Life,” directed by Richard Linklater, 2001 A change of consciousness is the major …

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  • October 25, 2013

Memetics, Culture Jamming and Waking Up To Our Own Collective Lucid Dream (Part 6)

Here follows Part 6 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3,  Part 4 and Part 5. Memetics, Culture Jamming and Waking Up To Our Own Collective Lucid Dream Man on the Train: Hey, are you a dreamer? Wiley: Yeah. Man on the Train: …

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  • August 1, 2013

Rhythm & Hues: The Live EP

Combining jazz and the Chinese zodiac — a novel idea. The Live EP from Montréal-based group Rhythm & Hues — masterminded by musician and composer Parker Mah — does just that. Six tracks are available to listen (and download for free for a limited time) over at Bandcamp. Based on his brief, I worked with Parker …

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  • June 8, 2013

Risk-free Social Mapping: Dreams In Hominid Evolution of Consciousness (Part 5)

Here follows Part 5 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4. Risk-free Social Mapping: Dreams In Hominid Evolution of Consciousness Jung’s work is not without detractors – for some, his constant search for metaphor in clinical situations and attempting …

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  • June 5, 2013

Post-Expo

After an exhausting but satisfying weekend preparing and showing for the annual YES Art Expo, I am recovered enough to post a few thoughts on my experience. There’s always a bit of je ne sais quoi with exhibit-and-sales events like the YES Art Expo — a bit of bustling and hustling, but it was also …

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  • May 27, 2013

YES Art Expo 2013 at Marché Bonsecours!

Collective Psyche will be participating in this year’s YES Montréal Art Expo (my second year)! It’s taking place at Marché Bonsecours, in Montréal’s Old Port, and there will be sixty-five artists, performers and creatives also exhibiting. Admission is free, and will coincide with YES Montréal’s Artists’ Conference as well (happening on Monday, and Canadian singer-songwriter David …

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  • May 21, 2013

Sprout Out Loud! ‘Zine Launch @ Drawn & Quarterly

Montréal artist-activist Emily Rose Michaud is launching the second edition of her ‘zine Pouvoir Aux Pousses! / Sprout Out Loud! tomorrow at local comics powerhouse Drawn & Quarterly. Emily established the Roerich Garden* in 2007, as part of the Sprout Out Loud! gardener’s collective. The Roerich Garden is located on a plot of land formerly …

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  • May 16, 2013

We Are The Dreamed

We are our stories, our collective dreamings — nor are we alone, as our modernist, isolationist culture of self-destructive madness would like us to believe. Our imaginings, the thought forms we send out as a species, do matter — on a level that may not be physically perceivable, but it nonetheless exists. Thought is power, …

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  • May 13, 2013

From Jung To an Ecology of The Collective Unconscious (Part 4)

  Here follows Part 4 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. From Jung To an Ecology of The Collective Unconscious The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into …

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  • April 22, 2013

An accelerated life machine

Image: by Mark Henson It would seem to me that art is a creative doubled-edged sword. Confronted with the symbolic language of image, sound and sensorial effect, the original intention and calling behind any work would be quite important, wielding considerable potential power over anyone who is experiencing it. Says Edward de Bono: One of …

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  • April 18, 2013

The Dreaming, Dream Law and Ecological Ethics (Part 3)

Video: This incredible example of storytelling comes from the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony showing the unity of Australia’s 250 aboriginal tribes. Here follows Part 3 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1 and Part 2. The Dreaming, Dream Law and Ecological …

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  • April 18, 2013

Alison Bechdel in Montreal

Graphic novelist / cartoonist Alison Bechdel (of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For fame) came to Montréal to speak last week. She was humourous and humble in person, and gave some surprising insights into her creative process (lots of photo staging, writes in Adobe Illustrator). Though I haven’t picked up one of Bechdel’s …

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  • April 8, 2013

Neruda’s Bones & Nostalgia for the Light

I just saw Nostalgia for the Light, a brilliant documentary on Chile by Patricio Guzmán. It’s a beautifully told story of this South American country’s tumultuous history — the genocide and exploitation of Chile’s indigenous peoples in its mining industry, the violent coup by military dictator Augusto Pinochet and the subsequent “disappearances” of dissidents and …

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  • March 16, 2013

Destiny

One of the first things that struck me about Montréal when I first moved here were the spiral staircases. Winding, weaving, twisting upon themselves, these iron or wood stairways are treacherous in winter and yet add an element of elegance and fantasy to the city’s streets, while allowing for a greater density of residential occupation. …

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  • March 12, 2013

The Cosmogenic Dream (Part 2)

Here follows Part 2 of a research paper of mine that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Part 1 can be found here. The Cosmogenic Dream – To Divine Visions – To The Awakened Dreamer Contrary to westernized cultures’ ambiguous approach to dreams, early cultures placed dreams squarely as a …

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