Thursday, February 11, 2010

TEMPORAL COLLECTIONS (film update #004)

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Temporal Collections...
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In the General Vicinity of...
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The week following a winter storm.
Arundo donax.
Common names: Giant Cane, River Cane.
Resource vs. Trash.

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The two flutes I play in the, albeit lo-fi,
music of
the
Temporal Collections...
trailer
are made from local river cane
found
washed up on the beach after
winter
storms. The small one I made in
1993-ish and the large one in '97-ish:
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aloha RT,
I can appreciate your resourcefulness though I thought I'd point out that A. donax is one of the most destructive invasive species in Southern California. Locally, we're spending many tens of thousands of dollars to control this species. Nothing "local" about local river cane.
All that said, it has been used as building materials often and is in fact one of the preferred materials for crafting woodwind reeds.
Keep on keepin' on.
-Daniel

R.T. said...

Aloha Daniel,
I know it is invasive. I did not use the word "native". The word "local" was used to say i found it at "my" local beach. In other words, i found it "at home". It is an enjoyable part of my "local" beach experience in spite of it being invasive— Hence the split/dualing images of the post, Hence "resource vs. trash". You've never seen so many people having more constructive fun on a SoCal beach than when they get the chance to make little shelters and shacks with it, and you've never seen the State Beach maintenance crew have so much hard work to do "cleaning" the beach of the tons that has washed up. As a surfer, one of the biggest bummers is knowing that herbicide is one of the tactics used in trying to eradicate/control the cane on rivers such as the Santa Ana, and therefore how much possible herbicide run off there is in the lineup because of it, and yet those flutes have brought me immeasurable positivity. Life is often enjoyed on a fine line between two realities, isn't it— Especially, it seems, when it comes to man's intercourse/relationship with nature.

Thanks for sparking the conversation.
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with your comments, RT. I struggle with the "fine line" you refer to everyday as an ecologist/seeker of balance.
-D

R.T. said...

I hear ya, D. It sure ain't easy... especially when you stop to think beyond the surface level of things. Easy to get overwhelmed while surveying the complex/interconnected web of problems for solutions that don't result in new problems down the line. dominoes...

Steve and Cher Pendo said...

RT, The trailer and music are beautiful!
Aloha, Cher and Steve

zack said...

Legendary! You taught me how to make these when I was a grom. Clicking through your blog is warping me back to my grommethood. You were always good to your local grommets even if we were as invasive A. donax.

Thanks,

Zack