And now, after two straight posts of actual new content, here comes an update on projects-in-progress and older projects that are getting interesting new tweaks.
On the ‘very good news’ front, my book (To Hear The World With New Eyes: A Cultural History of Synesthetic And Cross-Modal Art) is back “on the table” for publication early next year. I am not even sure about the behind-the-scenes machinations that have made this possible again, but somehow the project is still alive and kicking. Though I’ve been straining at the leash to put the book out in any form at all, I feel that the publisher who it is under contract to will do a much better job of making it available than I have done in the past with the books released under my personal Belsona Books imprint. Admittedly, I have limited resources to even update my own personal website now, and would not have the resources to mount any kind of concerted promotional campaign for this book. So it is a massive relief to have others helping with that endeavor.
There are now also some talks about a Turkish translation of some (if not all) parts of my Micro Bionic book, as well as at least one of my more widely read stand-alone articles. I’m not at liberty to disclose the parties involved now, but it’s safe to say I’m excited about making this material available to a new audience and opening it to totally new interpretations. I never intended the “message” of Micro Bionic to be for a solely ‘Western’ audience, and hope that the ensuing dialogue with non-Anglophone readers will lead to an inspiring expansion of that book’s themes: overthrowing the conceit of “technology for technology’s sake,” fusing the rational and irrational in creative work, etc.
Lastly – I’m taking the plunge and planning to pitch an idea for a documentary film about Zbigniew Karkowski, who regular readers here will know I have a continuing admiration for. I hope to compile and edit enough footage to first compose a trailer for the film, then move on to making a full ‘treatment’ and acquire the funding to expand the idea to a feature length. I also hope to make it much more than a mere film portrait of an individual, but a wider exposition of the ideas and forces that he acted as a conduit for. My vision is to take it beyond the typical “music documentary” format which simply alternates between interview footage and live footage: I hope to integrate animations and visualizations of ZK’s sound pieces, fly-bys of the many areas in which he nomadically worked and lived, and samples of Zbigniew’s often acerbic, but mostly illuminating correspondence with friends and collaborators.
Since this is of course the holiday season, it’s a time of greater than usual financial setbacks for me. Some complete strangers have already surprised me with generous donations given in return for some of the written / audio material that I’ve made freely available. And, as always, I’m grateful beyond words (despite the fact that stringing together words is supposed to be one of my strong suits). If you’d like to help, simply donate via the button on my homepage or off to the right of this column.