Countdown to 2012 - A Celebration of New Planetary Consciousness
Canal Room, NYC - December 16, 2011
This cosmic extravaganza featured genre-blending live music and multimedia including trip-hop performance by DJ SPOOKY, funk-fusion-jazz band, KUNG FU, and a very special electronica jam rock performance created especially for this event, by the BMD JAM SESSIONS featuring MARC BROWNSTEIN and ARON MAGNER of The Disco Biscuits with ADAM DEITCH of Break Science and Lettuce.
The event celebrated positive transformation, music, art, peace and unity and included visual art projections by SCOTT DRAVES aka SPOT (creator of the famed abstract morphing animation ELECTRIC SHEEP), intergalactic intermezzo sets by SYNCHRO (spinning House and beyond), invocation and activation ceremony by James Riverstone , featured artist Gizem Bacaz , and movie shorts provided by Post Modern Times and 2012:Time for Change (the 2010 feature-length documentary collaboration between best selling author Daniel Pinchbeck and Emmy Award nominee João Amorim , which presents an optimistic alternative to the mainstream apocalyptical doom and gloom portrayal of 2012 and the “end of the Mayan Calendar”).
The event honored the great 2012 visionary José Argüelles , who passed away in March 2011. Jose, founder of the Foundation for the Law of Time, gained international acclaim in 1987 with The Mayan Factor – which introduced the date of December 21, 2012 to mass consciousness. Argüelles advocated that a great transformation is taking place via the “galactic synchronization” of the 2012 Winter Solstice and that this is the end of a 5,125 year Great Cycle, and the beginning of a new cycle ushering in the Noosphere – the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness. In memory of Jose, free 13 Moon / 28 Day calendars will be made available courtesy of the Foundation for the Law of Time .
The event also once again payed tribute to Terence McKenna - author, speaker, visionary, and overall psychonaut – who created the infamous Time Wave Zero Novelty Theory which postulates that “the universe has a teleological attractor at the end of time that increases interconnectedness, eventually reaching a singularity of infinite complexity in 2012, at which point anything and everything imaginable will occur simultaneously.” Dennis McKenna participated by appearing via a special Skype video message. Sadly, Terence died in 2000 as result of the deadly brain tumor Glioblastoma. In memory of Terence and on behalf of Countdown to 2012 and 13:28 Productions, a portion of postproduction proceeds were donated to the National Brain Tumor Society and information and literature was made available to help raise awareness of this deadly cancer.
Check out this Glide Magazine article (published 12/20/2011):
Countdown to 2012 - Celebrating the Life and Logos of Terence McKenna
7th Note Showclub, San Francisco, CA - December 15, 2000
On December 15, 2000, in San Francisco, the tribe gathered for a memorial ceremony for Terence McKenna and to celebrate a new commitment to the evolving group mind, commUNITY, love and expression.The event featured 2 rooms of art, multimedia and music, including a performance by Lost at Last with a very special guest appearance by PHIL LESH, eulogy readings, invocation and decorations by many friends and loved ones of Terence's, multimedia presentations by visual artists Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffman, mind expanding grooves of DJ FANOE and DJ JONAS, masterful visual 'Gel-o-tronics' by Vince D'Onofrio, and other blissful multimedia by Scott Davies, and the debute performance of Tinsel Tilde (joined by friends Daniel Paul and Diva Priyo of Lost at Last). Proceeds from the event went to help provide for expenses incurred during Terence's illness.
Although Dennis McKenna could not attend, he sent these words along and helped sum up what we were all feeling: "This gathering is an affirmation of HOPE, and a statement that however dark things may seem in these times, we have the faith and belief that the future will be more marvelous than we can even begin to imagine... Until that moment, we must somehow keep on keeping on...When the countdown finally gets down to the end and we make the COLLECTIVE crossing, in whatever form that takes, we will find Terence waiting for us there, bemused smile on his face as always, saying something like'Well, I told you it was gonna happen: what kept you?'...This gathering and celebration is a message to the world that we are up to the task ..Go forth, celebrate the future, life, ideas and hope: be as good as you can be to each other, and know that Terence is with us now, and will be with us at the ESCHATON, whenever and whatever that is... "
There was a new sense of cummUNITY and magic felt by all present at the event. We were especially treated when Phil Lesh joined Lost at Last for a most appropriate version of Lost at Last's jam 'PEYOTE', followed by OTHER ONE, DARK STAR, and FRANKLIN's TOWER. To cap it off, Phil read Robert Hunter's 'Words for Terence' written exclusively for the event.
Check out this SF GATE article (published 12/14/2000):
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