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Old 02-03-2010, 08:42 PM
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Burning buddha

THE BURNING BUDDHA Video Installation

Feb 5, 2010

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War has taken countless millions of innocent lives throughout history and is the cause of serious human rights abuses on earth today.

The Burning Buddha asks us to contemplate our human rights and those who have gone before us who gave their lives to bring human rights abuses to the world's attention.

This work of art honours these lost lives, the principle to which these lives were devoted, and the faith known to those who cared more for life than for themselves.

The Burning Buddha symbolizes the ghost that is left to speak to us of freedom, and of hope, a ghost that stands for Human Rights and remains a beacon representing the sanctity of life and the value of our beliefs.

The sculptor Blake has created a bronze sculpture of a female nun in one quarter life size. This sculpture in flames is the central image in this video installation.

Blake is an international bronze and marble sculptor with work in a number of important public and private collections. As an Art-Activist, Blake is well known for using his sculptures as “intentional art”. That is, he uses his métier to express his views on the large social issues of our time in an attempt to provoke raised awareness, dialogue and positive responses.

For more information on Blake please search Blake sculptor on Wikipedia or visit his websites as follows:

www.blakefragments.com
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The video link will be posted after the presentation on the 06 Feb.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:51 AM
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Re: Burning buddha

Thanks you, Blake. Very beautiful.

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Old 02-05-2010, 09:24 AM
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This is striking. It does seem a bit lonely, in that control of the presentation/drama would be key in ensuring that the proper mood is attainable. I do appreciate where you're going here.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:31 PM
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This is striking. It does seem a bit lonely, ...
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setting one's self on fire is normally a solitary action
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:13 AM
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setting one's self on fire is normally a solitary action
You obviously haven't been to one of grommet's parties!
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ah, funny men...
My point being that obnoxious viewers could (easily?) overshadow the mood and intent of the piece unless there were supporting controls.
The need to control that introspection.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:51 AM
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My point being that obnoxious viewers could (easily?) overshadow the mood and intent of the piece unbless there were supporting controls.
Don't know what this means. You mean like being in a movie theater and some people are crying, some laughing, some groping, all at the same time, and there is no usher? I really don't enjoy theaters any more. Too creepy with all those people there. Made an exception for Avatar.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:27 AM
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Re: Burning buddha

Setting one's sculpture on fire is also a solitary action.
Great fun for a pyro like me!

The show was well received now I am trying to get the video out on my site..... working on it
Soon I will be able to give everyone a link
I hope
Bear with me
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:43 AM
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NOW you tell us you're a pyro.
Glad to hear it went well.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:40 AM
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It seems to me
that many of you are too young to remember the Buddhist Monks setting themselves on fire during our efforts in VietNam

which is the basis of my reference
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It seems to me
that many of you are too young to remember the Buddhist Monks setting themselves on fire during our efforts in VietNam

which is the basis of my reference
and Nuns and some non-Buddhist also. I'm 63.

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:29 PM
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Re: Burning buddha

I am just young enuf to remember the monks setting themselves on fire. The image is burned into my mind. Some years ago I met a wonderful Vietnamese Buddhist nun who knew all of those people. I read her book- Learning True Love, about the life of the protesters...and those times. But setting oneself on fire is not limited to Vietnam in the 1960's. In 1998 during a Fast to Death by Tibetan protesters in Jantar Mantar/New Delhi, the police came to take the fasters away after 20 some days, suddenly a man doused himself with gasoline and blazed away. He later died in the hospital and the Tibetan community made him a marter. I had just spent a week at the protest site covering it for Tibet News, so I saw this man everyday. The image of him burning circulated around for a very long time. my article never was published because events just jumped ahead so fast- no one could talk of anything else.

we are all Buddhas and the universe is burning.

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:40 PM
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I am certainly not encouraging self-immolation as a form of protest.
The practice does date back to early Buddhism in a form of sutra vow.
I am trying to bring attention to the need for all of us to demand our human rights.

Of note:

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a multilateral treaty that makes up a part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.

This Covenant was compromised by countries making reservations concerning a number of points of law including interpretations within the context of Islamic Sharia law, thereby excluding many people from the enjoyment of these basic civil and political freedoms.

The following countries have signed but have not yet ratified this convention guaranteeing the civil and political rights of individuals:

United States, China, Cuba, Laos; and Pakistan;

The governments sited in the following list have not signed the convention at all, and therefore deny their population any civil or political rights including the rights to a fair trail.

Antigua and Barbuda, Burma, Fiji, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tonga, Taiwan, The United Arab Emirates and Vatican City.

Don't mean to preach, but I was shocked to find out how many governments have not signed and ratified this basic covenant.
Now you know too, the question is what will we do about it
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:27 AM
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Re: Burning buddha

Good to see you around again, Blake.

I imagine that the heat felt by the spectators really drives home the underlying message of the work. I'm looking forward to the video!


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ah, funny men...
My point being that obnoxious viewers could (easily?) overshadow the mood and intent of the piece unless there were supporting controls.
The need to control that introspection.
Grommet makes a great point here. I experienced the same problem when I attended the Body Worlds exhibit at USC...Scores of unattended children screaming/running around and physically disturbing the work along with their oblivious parents behaving in the same manner.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:57 AM
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Re: Burning buddha

Finally the first version of the video of the Burning Buddha can be viewed here.

http://www.blake-rethink.com/video/index.html


Comments are welcome
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Interesting video but I do wonder if including( Vatican City ) to the list
takes something away from the message., given there are no other religions
voting.
All religions should stand for human rights but sadly they do not.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:10 AM
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Thanks for your comments.

I am only listing governments, not religions, who have failed to provide political and civil rights to their citizens and the Vatican has failed to provide these basic Human Rights to their small population.

This covenant is seen as being a part of the Declaration of Human Rights, and I include the Vatican because they serve as a good example of a religion that influences the politics behind a government.

Many other religions fail to support the idea behind Human Rights and abuse the rights of women to mention the most obvious.

A different version of the film can be found here
http://elmur.net/elmur/CodeIgniter_1...lery/index/814

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Re: Burning buddha

Beautifully done. Several years ago a friend was going to use an image of a monk burning himself as a "cool" image for his T-shirt company. I was aghast that an image, which for me has sacred connotations of ultimate sacrifice, might be used as a commercial image to sell T-shirts.

This, on the other hand, seems right.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:01 PM
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Hello
The final version of the Burning Buddha ICCPR (The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) is on youtube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdcCCvqxBIQ

Your comments will be appreciated, I take all of them into consideration.
Thanks craigktx for your comment.

I will be presenting The Burning Buddha at Nuit Blanche 2010 in Toronto in the Distillery District on the night of October 02, 2010 and everyone is welcome to come along. We will be creating a short documentary video through the night as an interactive art performance and are looking for anyone who has had a personal experience with human rights abuses that would agree to go on camera to speak to us about their experience. If you have something to contribute to the film please contact me through this site as a PM or at info@blakesculpture.com

It will be lots of fun, as there are a whole bunch of things that will be going on including a number of live burns, (so long as I can get a fire permit, which has be promised but as of yet has not been received)



We will be looking for a few volunteers to help out if you have the time and want to get involved, please email me at info@blakesculpture.com
Thanks
Blake


P.S. The different version of the film found at
http://elmur.net/elmur/CodeIgniter_1...lery/index/814
Was Censored by the elmur.net site and is no longer available. I guess they don't want to defend human rights.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:16 AM
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Well Nuit Blanche Toronto was a blast.
We opened at 19:00 on 02 Oct and shut down at 06:00 on the 03 Oct.
Had great crowds and burnt the buddha about 35 times.

We made a short film clip that night, it can be found at

www.theburningbuddha.com

My recovery for the sleepless night was slow but the show was well worth it.
Toronto was in fine form and the crowds did not thin out until about 05:00

Great fun was had by all
Thanks Toronto
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