Phantom Glitch

This is my inspiration blog. voyageviolet is my personal, and Starslap is my art blog.

"It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees."

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I think there is something true here, though the truth is often very complicated.

True story: I probably was always gonna be a writer. It feels less like a passion than an inevitability. But if I’d fallen into gardening before art, you’d never have seen a painting out of me, and I’d be known (if I was known at all) for my absurdly named cultivars of native plants.

It worked out well enough for me. I regret nothing. (For one thing, Digger would have been really hard to do as a photo comic!) But there’s more than one way to go. Sometimes fifty roads diverge in a yellow road, and none of them suck and most of ‘em overlap.

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tbh i find solarpunk kind of naive and self-congratulatory but at the same time it’s tremendously hopeful and also i’m super weak to art noveau aesthetic, so why not! i’m really interested in if this is going to go anywhere or just be one more quick little n-punk fad. 

Ok well, coming from decades of engagement, participation, and contact with holy crap just so many strains and permutations of punk and *-punk, anyone who thinks punk isn’t or can’t be optimistic and joyful is sadly misinformed. Even at its most nihilistic and bitter, punk is a refusal of despair-submission-conformity and a wish for something better than the bag of flaming shit you got handed in this life. And yeah, at times that’s expressed through destructive rage, if you got handed a life that is a bag of flaming shit then it’d be weird not to get angry about it ever. And yeah at times punk scenes and movements get shit so magnificently wrong you just sit there and go did you need a map to achieve this amount of fuck up or what. But at its root, punk is about knocking shit down and experimenting with the rubble to see if you can make better shit, which is intrinsically idealistic.

Even the wonderful steampunk scene I was part of (which granted I have since learned was REALLY unique and I was just damn lucky to be in the place I was at that time) was breaking apart the things other subcultures got wrong and making a better community, even in the absence of defined politics or the slightest interest in anything that looked like one.

Solarpunk interests me because it’s unashamed of its optimism and celebration of beauty, and that actually is kind of a revolutionary stance in a disgusting meathook dystopian present. When despair is the order of the day and people deliberately affect jaded cynicism, it’s radical to be hopeful. When death and horror assails us from every screen and paper, it’s radical to be innocent and enthusiastic. Surrounded by ugliness, beauty can be resistance—have you ever seen a dandelion growing out of a crack in the pavement?

Which leads me to another point. Even though the selection of Art Nouveau as a guiding point was ostensibly arbitrary, it’s interesting because Art Nouveau emphasised harmony with the natural world and advocated a whole-life approach, it was effectively an early lifestyler counterculture, and was itself a reaction against over-formal, rigid aesthetics and cultural structures that demarcated sharply between production and consumer, human and nature. It’s a no-brainer to extend that to tech. Solarpunk, instead of rejecting the smooth and inscrutable modern object (as Steampunk does), takes hold of it and demands it give up its secrets (as Cyberpunk does) and also be prettier (as Art Nouveau undoubtedly would), all the while infused with righteous equality and viridian environmentalism.

Finally, as a meta side-note, there’s an interesting continuation playing out, from apocaplytic, to post-apocalyptic, to regeneration, and I think Solarpunk may be a rare manifestation of the regeneration phase. See, when people or cultures are traumatised, their narratives and inner worlds become apocalyptic. Then, they become post-apocalyptic, as they struggle to survive in the scarred emotional landscape. But given time, the inner/emotional world never goes back to the way it was, but it can regrow and be good again, like Oo in Adventure Time. With Steampunk, I encountered a theme of recovering dignity and civility in the post-apoc wasteland, which signals the beginning of regeneration; Solarpunk strikes me as a natural progression, and it’s a point in the progression that is too seldom reached at a community scale, so I am fucking thrilled to see people are latching onto this idea and running with it.

I realise this is all far more academic than practical, but meh.

What wonderful commentary! Thanks for laying this out. And yeah, I think that’s one of the most delicious hooks of Art Nouveau, that desire for technology to be beautiful and harmonious, the rejection of separation between man and nature. It’s the perfect thing to enjoy a revival now.

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sooo I’ve been thinking a lot about solarpunk


and mostly about a question posed here: “What would the punk aspect of solarpunk be?”

The big popular post going around and a lot of resulting brainstorming focuses on the beautiful cities and light and art nouveau influences, but what about the places that aren’t the cities? what about the people who can’t afford and/or don’t have the privilege of solar everything and beautiful self-sufficient homes and all of those trappings? how does solarpunk even begin to exist? it looks like such a lovely utopian idea/place and that’s all cool but then i saw this. (credit)


what if solarpunk outside the cities isn’t pretty? imagine people struggling to survive in that wasteland, the biggest desert you’ve ever seen and hotter and more dangerous, too, by lack of ozone layer and proper protection. imagine the people scrounging for solar panels because they’d be so USEFUL out in a place where there is nothing but sun but they’re expensive when you’ve got nothing to show but some sunbleached clothes and farms of cacti. 

imagine cities powered by massive solar panels on the edge of the desert, defaced with corrosive paint made from desert flowers and aloe and sand, angry capslock messages that ENERGY IS 4 ALL because there’s plenty to go around, so stop being stingy and keeping life about profit

shift gears for a minute, go back further, think about cyberpunk. all that tech sounds pretty cool and looks pretty metal (pun intended) until you realize the cultural aesthetic isn’t as green as we thought it was and  god we’re guzzling gas faster than ever but how do we get clean energy out there without provoking the Big Bad Business


(image credit) the caption on this post reads, “we have a name before we have a manifesto. Isn’t that awesome?”

the hashtag makes me think of twitter, social media, anonymous. an uprising using that one key- #solarpunk- to gather meetings like this, with temproary signs and locked doors and watchful eyes around every corner, slowly turning it around to go from cyberpunk to solar, a revolution of energy. electricians who fix things illegally, maybe to restore electrical power to suspects who just happen to have a few too many power outages, or to subtly convert gas guzzlers to fuel efficient to needing none at all. 

think about that war, between oil, and the sun, and fighting it, winning it, changing the world, only to end up with nothing, struggling to survive, because you weren’t the face of the revolution and didn’t have enough pennies to pay for panels- because, of course, most physical money is being marked wasteful and invalid, and credits are the new system! isn’t the system great? 

of course it is. you helped build it. it’d be greater if you were a participant, though. 

just. rugged edges of solarpunk (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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Évolution inversée

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
― Pablo Picasso

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Excerpt from “Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color” by Philip Ball

Kandinsky was deeply influenced by theosophy, a spiritual philosophy derived from Goethe’s simplistic division of the world into polar contrasts…Theosophy’s dogmatic categorization is reflected in Kandinsky’s conviction that color acts as a universal language of the soul. Of course, color does speak to our emotions - but not, it seems, in a way that everyone agrees on, independent of cultural conditioning. Yet Kandinsky believed that there are concrete, objective color associations so that an abstract composition can, through the calculated use of color, invoke a very particular emotional response. It was simply a matter of cracking the code - or, in a more Kandinskian metaphor, of using color mechanistically to pluck the strings of the emotions: “Generally speaking, color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key after another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.

Kandinsky explained his chromatic language in his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1912), where we find claims such as this:

Yellow is the typical earthly color. It can never have profound meaning. An intermixture of blue makes it a sickly color…Vermilion is a red with a feeling of sharpness, like glowing steel which can be cooled by water…Orange is like a man, convinced of his own powers…Violet is…rather sad and ailing.

He attempted to establish these “meanings” of colors through “scientific” experiments at the Bauhaus art and design school in Germany. He distributed a thousand test cards to a “cross section of the community” on which recipients were asked to match the three primary colors to three geometric shapes - a square, a circle, and a triangle. There was some consensus that the triangle was yellow but disagreement about whether blue belonged in the square or the circle.

A link between color and music is not unique to synesthesia but has been perceived since the time of ancient Greece. Kandinsky, a violinist and cellist himself, collaborated with Schoenberg and hoped to find a way of incorporating “dissonance” into existing “harmonious” schemes for organizing color. He felt that a work of art should have a symphonic structure, and his “color music” compositions are generally regarded as some of the first truly abstract paintings, devoid of all reference to recognizable objects…

Kandinsky’s fruitless search for the emotional language of color, like the tangles of color linguistics, reminds us that it is futile to be dogmatic about color. There can be no consensus about what colors “mean” or how to use them “truthfully.” Color theories can assist the construction of good art, but they do not define it. In the end, the modern artist’s struggle to find form for color is an individual quest. To Bridget Riley, it is precisely this that makes color so powerful a medium of artistic expression: “Just because there is no guiding principle, no firm conceptual basis on which a tradition of colour painting can be reliably founded, this means that each individual artistic sensibility has a chance to discover a unique means of expression.”

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Character design for music video.


Character design for music video.

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"The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which … unquestionably stems from man’s unconscious."

Carl Jung, “On the Ouroboros,” c. 1930 (via crystal)

If you wondered what the Thuban Press logo is all about.

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Started work on a few enemy designs for the new Snowy London zone in Monsters & Monocles. Here’s Death Jr. and the Spider Thief :)
Greenlight: …


Started work on a few enemy designs for the new Snowy London zone in Monsters & Monocles. Here’s Death Jr. and the Spider Thief :)

Greenlight: …

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x There. I was too weak to color it. Guess I just wanted to share it too much…




x There. I was too weak to color it. Guess I just wanted to share it too much…


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