member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Slideshow is of Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Friday, June 22, 2012


You may recall an earlier post about eidetic images and how we can use the process of infusing imagined scenes with all our senses and an emotional force to 'magically' change things in the outside world. I was trying to link that idea with the process of memory-building taught in the ancient Ars Memoria, which I tried to describe--by example- in part II of this post, by introducing the scientist Charles Tart and an experiment he ran at Stanford University. One process appears to go backwards while the other goes forward, but really, both are attempts to better grasp the world you are experiencing and better direct your place in it.
In the post on eidetic images, I quoted from an autobiography of Nikolai Tesla in which he described his strong abilities in eidetic imaging and how they helped him with his inventions. The amaaaazing magician, Marco Tempest starts out with that ability of Tesla's and then describes some more of his history, using a magical technique that he's developed which merges image and books and artwork and photos and sound in unexpected ways. It's really a treat...Enjoy!!

On the TedTalks Blog, there's another video which explains how they worked their projection mapping with a physical pop-up book:

The magician himself, without Tesla:

where he shows amazing 'deceptions'.


  1. Awesome videos!! I so enjoyed them. I didn't know the magician, Marco Tempest. He is really great! What a man! I remember very well your old posts about Nikola Tesla. "his strong abilities in eidetic imaging and how they helped him with his inventions" Oh He must have been a cosmic visionary! Didn't he dream a huge number of lucid dreams which led him to discover many innovations? And "In dreams begin resposibility".... Thanks so much for this interesting post!!

    1. sapphire: tesla is inspiring in so many ways, and tempest's magic seems a perfect way to express that! i was amazed by his videos, and also by the path he and his friends forged in their creation. i'm glad you enjoyed them, too :)

  2. Marco is really amazing!. I remember the video of the phones. The projection mapping technic on the poop-up books is fantastic, and makes me think about thousands of stories to tell based on this.

    I've really enjoyed the post Zoe. Thanks.


    Ahh Im trying to develope my own memory building, but It is not going too far for the moment :). Just the hall with 4-5 stupid things to remember and two door going nowhere for the moment :).

    1. ohhh, i would love to make something with this projection-mapping technique, that would be an awesome project! you don't have anything going on right now, right? ;)
      just kidding.
      but....if you get the crazy notion of adding one more project...

      nothing you want to remember is stupid. do it, do it!! it's a little bit like self-hypnosis, i think...i've been noticing that when tart and others talk about hypnosis, they are talking about investing all your senses, and your emotions, into a symbolic location and interacting with it-- a process which...changes your physical reality...