I’ve launched a new blog called Ecliptics.
This new blog will feature the work and personal observations of writers, filmmakers, musicians, activists, theorists, and anybody else I can find who’s trying to create something. As those who follow Ktismatics know, I’ve begun experimenting with my new mini-videocam. Most of the posts on Ecliptice will consist of videotaped interviews — “E-Clips” — which I hope will enhance the sense of personal connection. I’ll also include excerpts of each subject’s work, along with links to their websites and announcements of their upcoming gigs. Because this format relies on my ability to conduct face-to-face interviews, the blog will center primarily on creative activities in the Boulder-Denver area. Maybe once I get going I’ll conduct some “guest interviews” — either visitors to the area or interviews conducted remotely with people who live elsewhere. Creative work and the work of creation are universal, so I expect the blog to generate interest beyond the local community.
Last night I posted the first interview on Ecliptics. The subject is Josh Minor, whose film I put up here on Ktismatics last week. I’ve got an interview scheduled with another of the award-winning university student filmmakers. There are a couple of writers from a recent public reading event whom I’d like to talk to. And my daughter claims that she too would like to be interviewed. I expect to post maybe two interviews per week once I get up to speed. It’s my hope that these interviews and the discussions they elicit will enhance the sense of common cause among people who are trying to do something different in what so often seems like an indifferent world. As the interviews accumulate, Ecliptics may begin to serve as a kind of collective resource for those who so often work in relative isolation.
I thought about continuing to write my own stuff on Ktismatics, but I don’t see why I can’t roll that into the new Ecliptics blog. I’d like to recommit my blogging energies to what got me started in the first place: “ktismatics,” or the theory and practice of creation. I’m interested in all kinds of creation — inanimate, posthuman, sociopolitical, unintentional, evolutionary, mythical — but since I fancy myself a psychologist it’s the individual work of creation that draws me most insistently. I think there’s room in the new format for me to continue my own ktismatizations as well as showcasing those of others. Of course I’ll continue to welcome discussion and disagreement about my ramblings and divagations. And who knows — maybe I’ll still post an occasional movie screengrab or veer off-topic in other ways that catch my fancy.
Thanks to all who’ve followed along and especially to those with whom I’ve enjoyed stimulating on-line conversations. I hope to see you at the new place. I still have some technical issues to resolve: Can I do better than YouTube, which loses more image resolution than the camera affords? Where can I store these videos without eating up all my hard disk space? Can I get smoother and more efficient as an interviewer and an editor? And of course there’s also the content: Is it interesting? Can I build continuity of themes across interviews while highlighting each person as an individual? If you have any thoughts about these or other issues related to the new blog format, feel free to put comments here or there.