Totem Pill is a flash animation created for an art show called Sequential Desire. Martin Perna aka Ocote Soul Sounds came for to visit in November 2008 while I was living in rural France, and that’s when the idea to put Totem Pill and the Grand Elixir together was born.
This image of a mushroom enabled garbage composter was inspired by a video podcast of Paul Stamets talking about his extensive research into the bioremediation capabilities of mycelium networks (aka mushrooms). Here is link to a transcript of another great interview with Stamets about the remarkable nature of mushrooms.
Here’s the sketch I was making when the guys from Hubli introduced themselves.
While I was taking pictures of cows sleeping on the beach, Marc was drawing. This friendly group surrounded him and started asking questions excitedly. They plied us insistently with cigarettes, wanting to offer hospitality. They claimed that even they did not smoke, only once a month on vacation – at MOST once a week! They stood very close to us, one guy actually leaning on Marc the whole conversation. They wanted a description of Toronto, … >> read more
In the fall of 2005, Magda and I decided to sell off most of our possessions and embark on an extended period of travel. The reasons for this were many. Magda had a distinct feeling of being stuck. We had figured out a way to coast through our life as freelance graphic designers/artists. We had developed a well-worn, carefully cultivated, comfortable rut of routine in Toronto. Our combination of skills and our solid network of … >> read more