Hilary Marckx Bio
I have a PH.D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. I was self-employed as a documentary/commercial/fine art photographer from 1968 through 2008. During that period I taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, and wrote and performed songs. In 1998 I was Ordained in the United Church of Christ, and was called to serve a Disciples of Christ congregation in Geyserville, CA, where I still serve. I have a wife, Cherie, two children, Shannon and Joel, and three grandchildren, Megan, Brigit, and Liam. I am owned by a cat.
My current involvement in music can be found at http://www.hfm-swtr.com where my most current musical work can be found. http://hmarckx.wordpress.com is a blog on my adventures in music where I have something to offer from time to time. http://hfmbw.wordpress.com is a blog on Black and White photography where I discuss my work in photography. And http://hilary.4ormat.com is where you could go to see my photography galleries. Should you be interested to investigate my Spiritual/Theological ramblings you could go to http://revdocmarckx.wordpress.com.
HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY FIT INTO THE GRAND SCHEME OF YOUR LIFE?
Of course technology fits into my life. First off it was technological advancements of medicine that saved my life when I was 11 years old. Technology developed the three stents I have in my heart, and it saved my wife’s life with each of her rounds of cancer (breast and ovarian).
Technology has also been part of my creative career since I began photography in 1957 and still is. Photography is at its heart and soul technological as well as artistic/creative/scientific. I continue to use film and I also utilize my digital systems. When I taught I used multi-projector dissolve systems, and later graduated to LCD projectors and Powerpoint and other presentations. A Computer is as much a part of my creative lifestyle as are my film cameras and enlargers.
Music is no different for me. Every musical instrument that exists is a result of some technological advancement or other. I utilize electronics in my recording and performances. I play acoustic guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, harmonicas, and project them through technological wonders we term microphones and amplifiers. We listen to sounds and words on speakers that project the result of electronically produced waves that reach our ears in ways wonderfully miraculous.
I write, record, sing, create and live by virtue of technology.
HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY ENHANCE YOUR WORK?
Once I take the time to learn the medium. Technology allows me better access to my own, personal, creative processes. Fluidity in any particular medium offers a more open response to creative insights. I have never experienced what is commonly understood as “writer’s block.” My problem is quite the opposite: shutting it down so I can have a little down time. I do not write because I need to, but rather because it is how I process the land of my make-believe inner world, and its fictitious residents, and reconcile it to the broader world where the real people reside. If I did not make images and write songs, I would be reduced to gibbering.
WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE WORLD OF CYBERSPACE DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS? (EXPLAIN)
Sometimes. Sometimes not. I need more human contact than many. I like people—touch, smell, sight, sound are all part of my human experience of humanity. There are a few rare times when a personality comes across my computer/phone connection in a way that makes the other seem present. But not often. However, I have an ever-increasing number of productive connections being made through cyberspace. These connections are helpful and very good, but, except for a few rare times, leave very little room for any kind of existential experience.
HOW IS THIS CONNECTION DIFFERENT FROM YOUR 3D REALITY?
I will not be tricked into thinking that the avatars with whom I communicate in cyberspace are real flesh and blood and bone entities. Real people exist and I can recognize them as real because I can smell them and touch them.
HOW DO YOU SEE TECHNOLOGY HELPING SHAPE THE FUTURE OF HUMAN CREATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS?
While I am not a Futurist, I can add but little to this conjecture. I see humanity’s future as being less connected to the natural world and more to a virtual existence, which seems a little sad to me. I mean, because of our bad choices concerning a system-wide pollution of air quality, water, and the greenhouse effect, as well as the primitive, and pre-cordial we are dealing with our inter/intra-tribal relationships, we may well short circuit any idea of a quality future for ourselves. I see humanity, through its technology attempting to deal with these problems, through an ever increasing and isolating methodological process of virtuality. Humans with become more isolated in actual interactions by necessity, and will become more and more connected through electronic means…
IF YOU COULD INVENT A NEW PLATFORM VIA TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR SPECIFIC WORK – WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?
I would not do that! I have recently been made aware of a new experience called “The Vortex Immersion Dome,” and as far as I can tell, it is what I have been trying to achieve for over twenty years. Through all of my years of teaching photography as a meditative process at graduate school, I kept trying to accomplish something that had an affect that could effect my students in ways I suspect the Immersion Dome can. As I have stated above, I used a wall 10’ by 30’ with multi-projector dissolve to try and immerse my students. Later with digital units I got it smoother, but I could do nothing like the possibilities the Immersion Dome offers.
TELL US ONE HUMAN ATTRIBUTE OF YOUR OWN SPECIFIC PERSONALITY THAT HAS GROWN IN SOME WAY DUE TO YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ONLINE.
I have become more discerning and less susceptible (I hope) to a cyber-con. It seems we have to work and trust in ways that were not asked of us even ten years ago. Vetting is really important. Discernment is a process I have heightened. With all that said, I believe that I have developed some online relationships that are just gold. Still they are relationships enhanced by phone conversations where I can actually hear the voices of these “friends,” and listen for insincerity and falseness, wisdom or truth. So I suppose that the Human Attribute I possess that has grown due to my online relationships would be my sense of self awareness in terms of danger.
WHY DOES MAN CONTINUE TO CREATE ART?
While there are some men who create art there are some women as well. I don’t do “exclusive” language at all. So HUMANITY continues to create art because it is an ongoing process of defining and re-defining our species. Creating “Art” is a way of re-mythologizing our story generation to generation. It is how we deal with global tragedy as well as our experience of beauty and goodness. Creating art is a way of reaching out beyond one’s self into a collective consciousness and beyond and on into the drifts and wind currents of cosmic reality and say, “This is us! I/We are here! Look! Listen! Please don’t miss Me/Us!”
WHY DOES MAN CONTINUE TO INVENT TECHNOLOGY?
HUMANITY continues to invent technology because, while technology is simply a collective media, the process of its various threads of creation is in and of itself a form of art. Humanity creates. Invention is creation. An invention is to a particular medium as the act of painting is to a painting, scraping and chiseling to sculpture, writing to a story, song, play, script… Humanity invents because we cannot do otherwise, it is who we are.
THE GAP (Global Artistic Pulse)
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