Chris Palm: Blog https://www.chrispalm.com/blog en-us (C) Chris Palm chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.chrispalm.com/img/s/v-12/u102888298-o144362440-50.jpg Chris Palm: Blog https://www.chrispalm.com/blog 120 120 Kulturschöpfer Home UpRooted Exhibition Berlin https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/9/kultursch-pfer-home-uprooted-exhibition-berlin September 7 two images from the Tree Talk series will open in an exhibition titled Home Up Rooted at the Kulturschöpfer Gallery in Berlin.  The exhibition focuses on the concept of home once we have been uprooted from the place we came from.  The forest being the eternal home of all living creatures will be presented and the trees able to make their case that regardless of how far we might have ventured as a species, even to the point of transforming into the seed of the tree of life itself, we can and must come home.  Coming home is a return to nature and once again becoming a part of it.  For those who do not will have no space to live within it.

 


http://www.kulturschoepfer.de/currentexhibits
 

 

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/9/kultursch-pfer-home-uprooted-exhibition-berlin Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:22:29 GMT
ITS Liquid Interview https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/9/its-liquid-interview Interview: Christopher Palm
Luca Curci talks with Christopher Palm during ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space

Chris spends his rotations around the sun photographing trees and learning about the natural world we come from. He grew up on a ranch very isolated and covered in Aspen on the side of a mountain in Wyoming. Trees were some of his earliest and still are some of his best friends. It was with their suggestion that he should go out and explore this world before all life was lost with a hope that maybe he would be able to play some small part in its preservation. These all knowing trees have sent him around the world. First to Singapore where he studied at NTU to attain his MBA and learn about the value game humans place on fiat money while he lived among the talking heads of commerce and trade. Some of these are indeed greed driven and are inevitably a part of our demise while others are using wealth creation to preserve and conserve. The most enlightened are working to evolve the system all together so that we might transition from a carbon based economy into a sustainable surplus economy. The current form of capitalism doesn’t understand how to value precious yet common goods.  Oxygen is a prime example… Chris knew from a young age that he was put on this earth to see because not everyone does. We see with our minds, not so much with our eyes although they are very helpful in the process of collecting photons for our minds to consider. Chris discovered that a camera was a wonderful tool to assist in making sense of what he saw. His best friends have always been trees, however his first true love was of photons. He has dedicated his life to knowing them better and understanding how they play. Although we can never hold photons we do have the ability to capture likeness from the reflections they produce.
In 2012 the trees were shouting loudly and Chris ventured to the forest to hear their call. Maybe it was in the air that passes through the Choco forest in Ecuador and crosses the pacific on its way to Asia that carried the message and brought him there. He has been photographing the Choco for the past 7 years telling tree stories and connecting with the the consciousness that lies in this vast ancient and biodiverse forest network of Ecuador. 
His current project, TreeTalk 2.0 forest conversations, is an exploration of teleportation of consciousness to and from the forest. Maybe if we have more of this art in this world we will all be able to breath just a bit easier.

 

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Christopher Palm – Physical art represents the wood or artifacts laid down from the artists life through their craft. The experience of art can not be touched or seen because this only exists within the dimension of the viewer experience. That which we hang on the wall is simply an artifact.  

LC – What are you currently working on?
CP – I am working on teleportation of consciousness devices to transport the consciousness of the viewer and the forest to a dimension accessible by the mind where the two may interact.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art? 
CP – To some, the artists may be considered as the most dangers of sorts because they have the opportunity to relate with all layers of society. Like a tree the way they live their life has an influence on the society they live through. Art is a tangible artifact of ideas and beliefs. It can look benign yet be highly political in its symbolism. Contemporary art tends to express vales on the cusp of change within society. It is most current or exciting when it represents a mind shift or a change of paradigm within society.  

LC – What is your creative process like?
CP – I spend a great deal of time interacting with the consciousness of the forest. It is my guide and I look for evidence of energy flows when I photograph. I follow practices of Shinrin-Yoku and deep meditation to develop my workflow. I tend to put together collections in a bit of manic flow in order to maintain the same ideas and consciousness across any portfolio. The images are constantly evolving and I surround myself with wood from the forest when ever I work.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
CP – Being an artist has always been difficult, however with mass production/ mass replication and dissemination across the internet it is more and more difficult to connect with viewers. Attention spans have decreased as content overload is more normal. I find i fear art is becoming more decorative and far less meaningful. I ask the question does the art make us feel good, but does it make us act good to? I am very mindful in my work to try and bring elements of both into what I do and how I live. Of course the experience, like the university exist individual inside us all.  

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
CP – I study forest consciousness. My understanding of consciousness is that it resides in a dimension beyond mind and body. It is something that if we are lucky enough to receive it will pass through us like water. For me the forest is the ideal place to experience universal consciousness. That is the energy I channel in to my art. In some of the art represented in the show I found evidence of the etherial dreams of the artist connecting with universal consciousness. Of course much of the art I found decorative or indulgent of presenting the artist ego. Again I go back to the idea that art is the experience and will be unique for each viewer while what is hanging on the wall is the artifact. 

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CP – There is publicity benefit to showing in Venice. If ITSLIQUID can be seen to represent a real value to me is yet to be seen. I suspect there will be some viewership over the course of the exhibition, however I am not sure if the net benefit will be shared with the artist of if the majority of this will go to ITSLIQUID. life is all about energy flows yet when we talk liquid we are drawn into a zero sum game. I prefer working with photons, for I am light. They exist in all places at once and in world of abundance. It is what makes trees grow and with their growth water also flows.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CP – Well its a liquid process so it has been fluid, let’s see where this can possibly go and we can both evaluate. My work is evolving and looking for a places to live and influence, your team is doing a wonderful and beautiful work inspiring us all to evolve. So yes I enjoy spending time in your company so very much. I do hope the feeling is mutual.

LC- What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists? 
CP – A catalogue of the exhibition would be quite nice. I have no doubt your team is working diligently on many projects and levels that are not seen. 


 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/9/its-liquid-interview Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:12:37 GMT
CAAAA https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/5/caaaa Once there was a little egg that hatched and what came out was nice.  A little bit of color and a beak of black.  The little bird coming into this world had no idea that his entire race had all but been wiped out.  There was no community there to help him learn how to be.  He had his mom and his dad, but was bred in captivity.  He never really understood what was going on around him in this world. From this cage to that but he could feel that it just wasn’t quite right or quite enough. Today was the day he took his first flap.  Imaging if you will a life like that.  If he is capable to get out there and live against those odd, just think what you or I might be able accomplish too?

 

I call him Caaa, it’s not a word, it’s not a name it’s a sound and that is how Guacamayos speak.  This photo captures the moment of his release.

Look to www.JocoToco.org for more information about the wonderful work that they do.  

 

 

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/5/caaaa Sat, 11 May 2019 03:44:17 GMT
Kambo https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/5/kambo Kambo Face For those of you in the know, Kambo is a traditional amazonian medicine where venom of the greater green monkey frog is applied to burn marks on the skin.  The monkey frog has no known natural predators and I can tell you first hand why this is.

 

Able, my able shaman arrived and we prepared the front balcony for the torture I was about to endure.  I had been through my warrior initiation ritual 2 days prior, however, I really had no idea what I had signed up for. During my first ceremony we did the drill. Purge!!!!   

 

My second ceremony was a bit later in the morning, starting at 11 and the sun was generously starting to heat things up.  Able prepared the access points on my ankle and over my primary chakra.  To accomplish this task a vine is lit a blaze and the smoldering charcoal is punked into the flesh leaving a small round hole in the skin.  It is not pleasant but far less obnoxious than a bee sting. However it is a voluntary act of masochism and you only have self doubt, yourself and ultimately the shaman to blame.  

 

After the skin was cleaned I received a dose of rape, a powdered mixture of tobacco, various plant roots and ash blown into your sinuses.  Immediately my head began to float and I was reminded to focus on my breathing.  Throughout the ritual and throughout life I have found that breathing is rather important.  I sat there eyes closed meditating on where I needed the medicine I was about to receive to do its work.  I focused my energy on my ankle and on my connection back to the life force of our earth. 

 

Shortly after the balls of poison frog venom were applied I began to feel a nausea coming over me.  This was a very different feeling to the initiation ritual were I began vomiting black liquid immediately upon application.  In my initiation ritual I could feel the black cloud of death spinning its way through every cell in my body.  I could clearly see that at some point in the threads of time the creature we all crawled out of had tried to take a bite out of the Monkey Frog and learned a very important lesson on how to process the poison.  All those who failed died.  Every cell in your body begins to work in a rhythmic harmony to remove this toxin and and you can feel the detachment between the consciousness and the body where it has chosen to reside.  Any cell that might not serve a purpose or can’t quite keep up gets tossed out.  The resulting tree of evolution brought me to the destination where I am sitting on my balcony heaving liters of black death into a bucket I am holding tightly in my hands.  I felt it this blue plastic vessel was indeed my friend.    

 

To endure this poison it is critical that you over hydrate immediately prior to the ceremony.  I would have consumed 4 liters of water and purged 6.  Some might consider this a truly amazing biological feat.

 

The difference between the first and second round was the additional applications of venom over the root chakra.  I had felt so good the day in-between I had decided to paint my roof in the sun. I may have been slightly dehydrated at a cellular level.  I recommend going into these rituals feeling strong and feeling well.

 

As the venom started to set in during my second ceremony my nausea was evolving as was I.  I felt the transformation of becoming the frog, yet my molecules would not let go and the conflict was seen in violent act of vomit.  Bright yellow this time which was a distinct change.  However, as I continued to endure the unacceptable feeling of utter sickness that you want nothing more than to end, I had run out of water in my system.  I was now dry heaving and with each heave I began to loose feeling in my face.  My lips were first as they began to swell then my eyes.  I was shape shifting into a frog.

 

Panic would be bad at this stage, potentially disastrous.  Breathing systematically and staying calm are so key to survival that I do wonder why we were ever preprogramed with a fight or flight response when in those moment staying critical in our thinking is in our best interest of survival.  We no longer have the dinosaurs to keep us in check, so living logical in the moment might now be a better option than hysteria or comfort consumption at all times.  

 

I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing and the images that came through my field of view.  Penguins, feeding a baby penguin and an ice shelf sliding in.  Moments of global death and destruction.  In those breaths I was an emperor penguin.  When a colony of life is whipped out in an instant there is a scar and beauty that you can feel if you know how.  I believe we are organic crystals that vibrate and that keeps us here in the moment, yet we also have the capability of being so much more.  If we vibrate in harmony with the life force of the earth we can communicate with life up and down through the trees.  We do this through our feelings and they are the only thing you will ever truly own.

 

Back in the moment as the nausea subsided, about 45 minuets after entering into hell, I was feeling a bit emotional unsettled but physically well. My throat still hurt and my face was still a bit swollen but not as dramatic as in the middle of it all.  The rest of the day was followed with a lot of napping which went fairly well.  in between a bit of depression and questioning of personal security on all levels ran through my head.  Through the night and into the next day these feeling settled down much like sediment in the sea.  Any disruptive event could dredge up bad feelings, however that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go sailing through it.

 

Chronic pain in my ankle is noticeable better, not perfect, but I don’t expect it ever will be.  Western medicine would have prescribed a pill for an ill until I would be shooting heroin in a back ally somewhere.  The problem with treating chronic pain with a crutch is that eventually you tend to wear them out.  When just walking two blocks to the store becomes an ordeal you start looking for ways out.  I am 4 days in and with kambo it feels ok, it is not a miracle cure but the pain has gone away.  I have my final ceremony tomorrow.   I don’t know if my body is up to the task, however I will dredge on.   So many friends have asked why I would endure such torture.  The answer is pain avoidance and looking for new /old ways to cope.  Western medicine hasn’t offered up any acceptable and viable solutions so why not try a things out?  There is a world of solutions on this earth that are all being cut down. I feel sorry for the future i continue to see evolving.  I feel sorry for the being I am connected to that is being destroyed and cut down.  We don’t own this planet it owns us and if we don’t watch our step it will very easily kick us all off.

 

Installment #3  

 

I never managed to finish writing about my first previous Kambo experiences prior to arriving at my third ceremony.  Able my Kambo guide suggested we attempt three ceremonies spaced a day apart.  I am writing to you from Saturday night, a clear indication I made through alive.  Despite my melodrama people have perished from this toxin.   If it is to happen, it most likely will occur during your initial session, or if you are truly a masochist and enjoy enduing the toxin day after day for far too long.  I have to confess I was slightly concerned.  Session two redefined a reference for intense outlined in my personal log of life experiences.  

 

During my off day I felt fine, but made sure I took things a bit slower.  I didn’t finish everything I could manage to do.  I wonder how long the person lived who came up with the saying don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  If we all satisfied in the accomplishments our bodies are capable of achieving in a day maybe we wouldn’t be dry heaving on the floor with our face the size of a melon.  Yes I know my ills were self inflicted yet, a cleans reveals so much, but almost of society’s ills are self inflicted as well.  We all want more even if it means working to get it might kill us.  It’s much better if we can figure out ways to get other people to do our work for us.  In this dimension we live in at times we have to play all rolls in life to get by.

As the rape settled in I focused on my connection to the life force of the earth and surrendered.  I let go of ego and with my consciousness tried as I might to tap into the life force that is living earth and in my sentient ability to feel we became one.

 

As the toxic balls of venom were applied I drank more water and focused on my breathing and the tree in my yard.  As my heart rate began to spike and my head pounded I reached for my blue plastic friend.  I was expecting this to be the beginning, however, with in 10 minuets of purge, all that came out was clear water.  My body had learned to process the toxin, or anything thing it potentially would kill had already died.  

 

In my mind it reminded me of a scene from Dune, where Paul Atradies processed the spice and it reminded me of a quote from this book by Frank Herbert 

 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

 

Extinction and the great die off has been my fear.  The evidence is indisputable that we are clearly in a phase of great die off.  In the last 100 years, all we have lost more that 70% of non human life on the planet.  This time we are the bacteria producing gasses that are disrupting the balance of life.  We are a part of nature and if we want to remain on this planet we have to evolve and it can go in an infinite number of ways.  

 

To think that 7.4 billion humans is not having an impact on every part of this planet is irresponsibly stupidity.  What ever happens and how fast it happens doesn’t really matter any more than you or I do.  Kambo clearly showed me that we have a choice, follow the path through fear and connect with the natural world.  Do what I can to conserve and stop injustice against nature in the name of human greed.  Start in my own yard.  Start with the soil, fixing what was lost. I realize it is very likely we will go the way of the penguins who died last week.  With 7.4 billion people it is possible this change could even come on rather suddenly we will see. 

 

      

   

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/5/kambo Wed, 08 May 2019 06:26:59 GMT
The Mycosis Backbone https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/1/the  

Now this my forest friends is the gold. This is what ties it all together. These are the Mycosis spores that connect all life in the forest and potentially all life throughout our world and possibly beyond if star trek has it right. This is a Tagua seed also known as sustainable ivory. It is loved and revered by many and the more you do so out in the world the more it grows in the forest. It might be possible that just through your love you influence these spores to grow. You see the seed doesn’t seem to germinate without them. 

I was in the forest 2 weeks ago and saw many of these blue and white coral like structures growing out of seeds but did not collect any samples because I didn’t have anything appropriate to take them home in. Today when I went back every seed that had spores was now sprouted and deeply root into the ground. It seems there is a relationship between the spores and getting something to grow. Maybe if we learned a bit more about these we could employ this technology to help speed up regrowth of our forests and we could all start to breath a bit easier in here. Sending all my love to all of you from the forest.

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) tree talk https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/1/the Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:15:00 GMT
mars https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/1/mars

This is my thought for the day, as we get ready to take off and head to Mars. Maybe our molecules don't or shouldn't function off of this Earth. It is our electrons that hold us together and they only exist as probabilities rather than of this Earth. Maybe, just maybe it is so that we all share just one electron that really connects us all. Sending all the love I have to the entirety of this world, I hope you feel it.

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2019/1/mars Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:45:00 GMT
All we are is who we be https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2018/12/all-we-are-is-who-we-be All we are is who we be,
By me talking to you, I am really talking to me. Thousands upon thousands of minds, lives all so intricately intertwined the value of these synaptic connections is far greater than either of us have the capacity to see, hence you pretend to be you and I pretend to be me. 

If I take from you, I take from me, because we are all connected to this same tree. The difference is or individual expression of “me”, yet if we want to live in a place that’s nice you have to consider that everyone is “me”.

The difference between me and the cat is nothing more than perspective of where one branch starts and one flower becomes you and a leaf becomes me. Together we can live connected on the same giant tree. You cut a branch, you cut a leaf you cut a flower we loose the value of the connections that make up our one beautiful tree. 

We can all live as one, but you have to remember that all you are is who you be. I tell you, but really I am telling me. When you come to understand the meaning of this poem you too will see.

A poem by Christopher Palm

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2018/12/all-we-are-is-who-we-be Sat, 01 Dec 2018 22:30:00 GMT
Home https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2018/11/home Home a word, a place, a feeling. Home when I go home, sometimes I shut the door and try to keep everybody out. Sometime I open up all the windows and all the doors and just let it hang out.

My home became a box, and then a tree, oh where oh where shall I be. I bounced around and then rebound but still where is me. When I go home where shall l be. 

Now as I see, all people want to be. Home is where we go, but home, my home without, my box and, without, my tree, I shall not be.

Just a little poem by me. We have just one world, a little place where we can all be, yet to call it home we have to share don’t you see.

by Christopher Palm

 

]]>
chris@chrispalm.com (Chris Palm) https://www.chrispalm.com/blog/2018/11/home Mon, 26 Nov 2018 22:30:00 GMT