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LiveBox Artist Erick Souther Presents New Work from his Residency

Ritual for the Death of a Tree

we live and walk on their bones
we are protected by their shade and nourished by their fruit
            they have an enormous capacity to adsorb our suffering since they have an abundance
of good will and generosity
       since the early stages of human religions & their development
       TREES have been held as sacred and divine
                              their branches stretch
              to the cosmos
      they sit FIRM on the earth
                  their roots reach the underworld...                         The TREE of knowledge
                        The TREE of LIFE
                        The TREE of  TRUTH
                        The TREE of the revealer
                        The Bodhi or bo TREE
                        The Celestial TREE
                        The TREEs of the four corners  There is an innate power of TREES.
 They offer us protection from both physical and spiritual illness.   We drink and bath of their essence.
   We seek their advise and listen to their whispers through the rustling.
    We marry them and depend on them for fertility
     We worship them and obtain enlightenment under them
      We build sacred temples and statues from their fiber
       We burn them for warmth
         We have ritualized them, prayed to them, and hold them as sacred and with reverence. Why then, do we not ritualize their DEATH?

 

Images from Eric Souther's Residency June 2013

Eric Souther is a video and new media artist who creates custom software for manipulating audio and video in real-time. His interests include the materialization of digital aesthetics and the ritualistic spaces of media: the masks of media, the myths of media, and how they change the way we perceive our world. He received his M.F.A in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and his B.F.A in New Media from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at IU South Bend.

 

 

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