“The more Chaotic I am, the more complete I am.”
―Austin Osman Spare
On this day in 1967 the Outer Space Treaty went into effect. Considered the bedrock of international “space law,” it forbade any government from claiming ownership of any celestial body—such as the Moon. It also prohibited the testing/keeping of weapons on celestial bodies (for example, maintaining a military installation).
As of this year 107 countries, including the United States, Russia, and China are parties to the treaty.
It is the belief of this writer that in the next decade, we will witness the utter obliteration of the Outer Space Treaty. Further: that this will be one of the central themes of the 2020s.
What if the symbol of Christ crucified was a really a warning to other advanced beings who were in the area: “hey, they crucify advanced beings here!”
Born on this day in 1924 was Edward D. Wood Jr., who, unless you are a fan of cult movies, you might know best as the subject of the 1994 Tim Burton bipic Ed Wood.
Ed Wood was OK…but I remember being rather disappointed that it didn’t pick up the more grittier themes from the classic must-read biography of Wood, Rudolph Grey’s Nightmare of Ecstasy. That book came out in 1992, and absolutely blew my mind. Probably one of the top ten books that have influenced my work.
To me, one of Wood’s greatest accomplishments was 1953’s Glen or Glenda, which I really don’t think he gets enough credit for.
In Glen or Glenda Wood basically explored the most sensitive aspect of his personal life—his transvestism—going so far as to starring in it himself, crossdressing. It is hard to underestimate just how gutsy and dangerous (and probably…a little naive, which was always a core staple of Wood’s personality) it was for him to make this movie at that time (you know…as opposed to now which is so freethinking and tolerant).
I’l close out by referencing this very cool, synchronistic conversation I overheard yesterday between these musicians…they were discussing using multiple personas as a mode of creative expression. One woman said one of her personas was being her own publicist; another floated the idea of creating the illusion of “performing” in several locations in NYC at the same time, with different personas.
“Why do we have to be defined as the way people generally see us as people?”
“I want to eradicate this whole polarized system.”
They are currently filming the Joker movie so close to my neighborhood that my head is exploding. I could go on and on and on about it, but it’s not that type of blog.
Have a good Wednesday.