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The Line of Beauty

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The Analysis of Beauty William Hogarth

In The Analysis of Beauty, William Hogarth placed as the focal-point what he termed ‘the line of beauty’. Otherwise known as a ‘serpentine’.

These S-shaped curved lines were said to be agreeable with even the ‘eye of the beholder’ as they naturally  stimulated our faculties with ‘activity and liveliness’ especially when compared to straight lines which signified stasis or death.

Chiswick contemporary and fellow-arcadian Capability Brown, whose tercentenary is celebrated in 2016, in true Augustan spirit made use of these ‘lines of beauty’ in his world-renown landscapes including serpentine paths, earthworks and lakes.

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Clearly Hogarth had rediscovered a secret of design that was intuitively used since ancient times in the creation of musical instruments such as the harp and lyre

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But is also found in the most beautiful forms in nature

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Including the human form

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as well as furniture design from the Louis XV period.

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25 years prior to publication of Hogarth’s masterpiece on aesthetics and just up the road from Hogarth’s House, fellow arcadian William Kent introduced vitruvian proportions into architecture at Chiswick Park with the aptly named Chiswick House.

The golden ratio is about self-similar patterns arranged in such a way so as to provide balance of mass in space. this is what allows trees and flowers to remain upright and not completely compelled by gravity to topple by their own weight and the heavy fruits they bear. It is also what allows a more even distribution of light for leaves of all branches thus balancing overall growth.

The golden ratio spirals, the line of beauty is a waveform.

The golden ratio self-replicates in its infinite variety, the line of beauty is a singular flow that has a clear beginning and end that shouldn’t be repeated as it should remain unique. The golden ratio is found everywhere in nature and is a thing of outstanding beauty, the line of beauty is also found in nature and is more rare and seems to only be found in the most elegant things such as the curve of a well-formed ladies hips, the arch in a swan’s neck and the bend in a river.

The line of beauty appears to be related to graceful movement through space something paintings and photographs can’t do justice to. Perhaps this is what fellow arcadian Lord Byron was alluding to in his poem ‘She walks in beauty’..

As fellow arcadian Sir Francis Bacon pointed out in his essay Of Beauty 

In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor. That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express; no, nor the first sight of the life. There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

The reality of the golden ratio and the line of beauty raises important questions on the nature of the universe.

We will be exploring this strange connection in subsequent posts leading up to the release of ‘Arcadia’ (working title) next year – a call to action to revive the arcadian spirit and lifestyle along this stretch of the thames back to its halcyon days.

You can follow updates to ‘Arcadia’ on twitter.

 

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Circles of Light photographs from London

by 5ocietyx

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Over the last few weeks the 5ociety has continued to observe ‘circles of light’ manifest themselves onto a fence and the side of a house in west London. We have observed these occurrences regularly for the past 18 months or so.

If anyone is able to ‘shed some light’ on this phenomena or else debunk it as having a mundane explanation please leave a comment below. 
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Renoir: General Network Visualization and Manipulation Program

by 5ocietyx

RENOIR-NSA

With the recent revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the NSA’s domestic spying programmes, a great deal of attention has focused on this clandestine agencies ability to slurp network traffic and decrypt its contents.

How it then analyses and visualises this mountain of data is somewhat more opaque.

One way this is achieved is detailed on their own website’s research section. You can find the link here. A brief description follows:

Renoir is a general-purpose desktop program for manipulating and visualizing networks, otherwise known as graphs. It is written in Java to run on any platform that supports the Java Virtual Machine. Through a well-developed GUI, users can manipulate, analyze, and picture graphs. The program is very general, and applicable to visualizing any information expressing associations.

Renoir offers a variety of both automated and manual layout operations for conveying information. It provides user control of node icons, node color, node labeling, link colors, link styles, link labeling, and a host of other preferences. Graphical elements can have any number of attributes of varying types, including text, numbers, sound, and pictures. Attributes may be local or reside on other computers or in databases. Renoir offers unique capabilities to abstract the graph particularly when the graph gets complex, presenting simplified diagrams with details, which can be expanded and/or contracted real-time.

From what they describe it would appear United States Patent Number 6,515,666 otherwise known as ‘Renoir’ is one way they go about it.

Written in Java, Renoir is network-enabled graphing software, very similar to a tool the 5ociety has itself utilized recently provided by Gephi when attempting to analyse the chatter on the ‘Savile Outed as a Paedo‘ mega-thread on the David Icke Forums.

You can play around with the alpha version here (allow 30 secs to load).

Renoir was of course a famous French Impressionist painter. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes that together form an interpretation of reality. The brush strokes of the NSA’s graphing software are the nodes and the picture of reality they form would appear to be whatever the operative wants to graph.

It is quite easy to see how this would potentially work. The operative could easily scale from a national or even regional level right down to an individual and their associated groups and personal profile that may include real-time communications.  And they could do all this from the comfort of their laptop sat in polo shirt, shorts and sneakers eating doughnuts.

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For all its generalised power, ‘Renoir’ is merely one small component of the overall capabilities of the U.S.’s  ‘Total Information Awareness’ programme that some say has taken on an artificial intelligence of its own and is known by the nickname ‘Mr Computer’ and is considered to be a digital ‘superconsciousness’.

If you are interested in exploring this technology further, please express your interest in writing to the:

National Security Agency
NSA Technology Transfer Program
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6541
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755-6541

Or simply leave a comment in the section below and we’re sure they’ll pick it up saving you the bother 😉

Sources:
http://www.nsa.gov/research/tech_transfer/fact_sheets/renoir.shtml

Artpop meets Popart in the mighty maze of mystic magic mirrors

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Lady Gaga’s third studio album is due for release on 11 November 2013. (You can be sure the 11 11 timing  was no coincidence and is probably conducted with military precision).  The concept album that wants to be an artistic movement borrows heavily from its inverted predecessor Pop Art.

Gaga described the album as being a “reverse Warholian experience.” The Warholian experience is a direct reference to artist Andy Warhol, whose philosophy was to take popular things and make them art. Gaga’s goal with ARTPOP is to do the opposite of this.

Peter-Blake, Butterflies

Butterflies, Peter Blake

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Magical Mystery Tour: Peter Blake’s Artbus

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Magical Mystery Tour: Peter Blake’s Artbus

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Peter Blake

Whether it’s pop imitating art or art imitating pop, recurring themes appear in both genres including Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, and pseudo-occult symbols as well as the focus on primary colours.

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Marilyn by Warhol

Marilyn by Warhol

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Gaga MarilynThe more things change, the more they stay the same..

Eel Pie Island: The Birth of Rhythm and Blues

by 5ocietyx

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Whilst the birth of British beat and rock music is often associated with the Beatles and the Liverpool Sound of the early 1960s, this quiet corner of West London had an equal and enduring influence.

Taking the grittier sound of R&B and fusing it with their love of electric Rock and Roll, white surburban teenagers began to define the shape of British and international popular music.

In the 1960s The Eel Pie Hotel (on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham) and the Richmond based Crawdaddy Club and National Jazz Festival, along with myriad smaller live venues provided the showcase for performers who have become household names.

The Eel Pie Hotel

The Eel Pie Hotel has a long pedigree. It was a 19th century tourist attraction and in the 1920s and 30s it hosted ‘tea dances’ on its sprung dance floor.

From ‘tea dances’ to ‘jazz dances’

With its louche atmosphere, junk shop owner Arthur Chisnall saw it as an ideal venue for weekly jazz dances featuring George Melly, Ken Colyer and Kenny Ball. Many jazz greats performed here.

Succumbs to Rhythm & Blues

Eel Pie Hotel succumbed to R&B music very early. Many R&B legends performed here – Cyril Davies’ Rhythm & Blues All Stars, Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men (with Rod Stewart), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Eric Clapton), the Downliners Sect, the Tridents (featuring Jeff Beck) and of course The Who and The Rolling Stones – all performed on the Island between 1962 and 1967.

Decline and mysterious fall

In 1967, Eel Pie Island was forced to close because the owner could not meet the £200,000 worth of repairs which the police had deemed necessary and squatters soon moved in. In 1969, the Club briefly reopened as Colonel Barefoot’s Rock Garden, welcoming progressive bands like Black Sabbath and the Edgar Broughton Band. In 1971, after a demolition order, the Eel Pie Island Hotel burnt down ‘in mysterious circumstances’.

Source: The Twickenham Museum

There is a 'Birth of Rythm and Blues'  exhibition on 29 September in Orleans House

There is a ‘Birth of Rhythm and Blues’ exhibition on 29 September in Orleans House

Eel Pie Island

Artist’s studio on Eel Pie Island

Loveshack Eel Pie Island

Loveshack: one of many artist studio’s on Eel Pie Island, a hippie commune isolated from the mainland and frozen in time.

Eel Pie Island

The Golden Boy of Pye Corner

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Golden Boy of Pye Corner

The Golden Boy of Pye Corner is a small monument located on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield, London. It was erected where the Great Fire of London (1666) stopped and it bears the following inscription:

This Boy is in Memory Put up for the late FIRE of LONDON Occasion’d by the Sin of Gluttony.

The statue was originally built into the front of a public house called The Fortune of War which used to occupy this site but was demolished in 1910.

Hidden London picks up the story..

“Pye Corner was the name given in those days to the junction of Cock Lane and Giltspur Street and it may have originated from an inn sign depicting a magpie.

Giltspur Street was first recorded with this name in the mid-​​16th century. It seems likely to derive from the earlier presence of spurriers, whose wares were in demand for the medieval jousting tournaments held at Smithfield and Cheapside. Gilt spurs were also buckled to a man’s heels as part of the ceremony of making him a knight.

Cock Lane had a far less reputable history. First recorded around 1200, its name probably signified a lane where fighting cocks were reared and/​or sold. In the late Middle Ages Cock Lane was the only place north of the Thames where brothels – or ‘stews’ – were legally sanctioned. William Langland’s Vision of Piers Plowman (late 14th century) contains a reference to one “Clarisse of Cokkes lone” [sic]. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2, Falstaff is accused of continually going to Pye Corner “to buy a saddle” – probably an oblique reference to his patronage of the brothels.”

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Sources:
http://hidden-london.com/the-guide/golden-boy-of-pye-corner/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Boy_of_Pye_Corner

Yoda of Isleworth

by 5ocietyx

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The legendary make-up artist Stuart Freeborn who was most famed for creating Yoda passed away this year at the age of 98.  He lived in Isleworth, west London with his wife Kay who passed away in 2012  and who was also a make-up artist and worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

He based Yoda’s features on the eye wrinkles of Einstein and the ‘lumps and bumps’ of his own face. Considered a deity of the film industry, he also created Chewbacca, the Ewoks and Jabba the Hut as well as creating the images of Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent and Superman.

Stuart’s son Graham created heads and severed hands for Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

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Yoda was a self-portrait by Stuart Freeborn

He worked with Stanley Kubrick on Dr Strangelove and 2001: Space Odyssey creating the make-up for the apes in the opening scene.

He designed the make-up of Alec Guiness’s Fagin in Oliver Twist who of course would go on to play Obi Wan Kenobi.

In 1935 he made a bold move. The Times newspaper received reports that Emperor Haile Selassie had been sighted driving in Beckenham. After political and public questioning on how a foreign dignitary could be in the UK unbeknown to authorities, the truth “leaked” out. The “Emperor” was in fact Stuart with nose, beard and make-up attached.

Unfortunately, rather than attaining the admiration that the work deserved, he was temporarily detained for questioning by the local police.

The 5ociety salutes ‘Yoda’ , the Master Freeborn of Isleworth as he joins Anakin and Old Ben in the Star Wars pantheon of immortals.

Final scene from Return of the Jedi: Anakin, Yoda and Ben

http://netdwellers.com/1001/hosting/users/cinesecrets/StuFreeborn/

Osterley Park: The Holy Grail

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Osterley Park lake

Osterley Park lake

According to Mary Caine’s Kingston Zodiac, Osterley Park forms the sign of Aquarius equating it with the phoenix-eagle, or waterpot, cauldron or grail.

“The earliest Chaldean sign for Aquarius was simply a water-pot. But crested bird, Cauldron and Grail all symbolise much the same idea; rebirth on a higher octave. Crested eagles, phoenixes and even peacocks sometimes appeared on Roman and early Christian tombstones; the crest signifying where the spirit escaped from the body. Just as the old or dead were plunged into the legendary cauldron and were revived, so the phoenix rose from its own ashes with the new year.”

Map of Osterley overlay on Aquarius of the Kingston Zodiac

Map of Osterley overlay on Aquarius of the Kingston Zodiac

As you enter the park through its front gates and walk up the tree-lined Alameda you instantly become aware of its rejuvenating qualities and peacefulness. On a summer’s day a breeze whistles through the towering row of trees before you reach the lake which forms the phoenix’s left leg.

A royal legend that adds intrigue to the zodiac theory is the story of how Edward III gave Osterley to a man called Fawkener on condition that he rode round it annually with a falcon on his wrist. This appears to be an example of nominative determinism.

Osterley Park crop field

Osterley Park crop field

Caine also links ‘Kew Garden’s heaven‘ with the ‘man-made hell of Brentford’ and ‘Syon House’s heavenly gates‘ with Osterley’s Easter Resurrection.

‘Three adjacent signs here stamp Man’s evolutionary journey on the landscape – from primal innocence through bitter experience to final illumination.’

The 5ociety concurs with Caine’s theory on the origin of the place-name ‘Oster-ley’ associating it with the goddess Ostara as well as the Great West ley-line that becomes the ‘A30 ley-line’. The Piccadilly line runs through Osterley and according to Alfred Watkins and a book called London’s Ley Lines – Pathways of Enlightenment’ is itself a ley-line that runs parallel to the Great West Road at this juncture.

Stone eagle guarding Osterley House

Stone eagle guarding Osterley House

Two eagles stand guard over the en-trance to Osterley House and an aviary once existed nearby in the park that housed among other creatures, the gold pheasant and bald eagle that are both associated with the phoenix.

Horace Walpole of Strawberry Hill remarked on Osterley House

“Oh, the palace of palaces! And yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet, but such expense! Such taste! Such profusion! The old house I have often seen, which was built by Sir Thomas Gresham; but it is so improved and enriched that all the Percies and Seymores of Syon must die with envy.”

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

He was less enamoured with the park itself labelling it ‘the ugliest spot in the universe’. Anyone who visits Osterley Park today will probably think the opposite especially if they venture into the gardens to the rear of the house which contain a Robert Adams Orangery and Temple of Pan and is one of the most idyllic corners of England but sadly the National Trust has in recent years placed a paywall at its en-trance.  Among its other natural wonders are a sacred grove of rhododendrons, a walled garden and mature cedars.

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

Nevertheless, the common man, a theme of Aquarius, can still wander freely along the lake and through another copse of mature cedars beside Osterley House adorned by its dreamy wisteria like a jewelled necklace and can still enter the gardens for a few pounds.

If you are early enough and fortunate you can see the sight of a swan using the lake as a runway before taking flight signifying the freedom and majesty the Holy Grail of Osterley heralds for one and all.

Swan, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, the largest Sikh temple in Europe viewed from Osterley Park

St Mary's church from Osterley Park

St Mary’s church steeple from Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

golden lake, Osterley Park

golden lake, Osterley Park

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Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Stone eagle looks to the north guarding Osterley House

Stone eagle looks to the north guarding Osterley House

Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Lake, Osterley Park

Lake, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan-Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Crop field-Osterley Park

Crop field, Osterley Park

The Tempest: Prospero, Ariel, Gill and the BBC…and Anonymous

by 5ocietyx

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According to the Daily Mail, a BBC spokesperson said:

“The statue of Ariel and Prospero on the front of Broadcasting House stands as a metaphor for broadcasting, executed by one of the last century’s major British artists whose work has been widely displayed in leading UK museums and galleries.

“There are no plans to remove or replace the sculptures at the front of Broadcasting House.

Despite everything that has happened since the BBC’s number one asset, Jimmy Savile, was exposed as Britain’s most notorious peadophile the corporation remains unrepentant of its use of child abusers to host children’s television programmes and its use of paedophiles to decorate its flagship building.

(Broadcasting House was modelled on the ship the King of Naples was aboard before Prospero conjured a tempest from his island which caused a shipwreck.)

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Ariel and Prospero, Broadcasting House

According to the BBC, a naked boy submissively leaning into the raised leg of a wizard is simply a metaphor for broadcasting. According to the BBC,  Eric Gill was a major British artist rather than an incestuous bestiality practitioner. He was both, of course,  but the BBC ‘spokesperson’ completely ignores the background context of the artist despite the ‘inappropriateness’ to use a word the BBC are fond of.

If the Ariel and Prospero statue is about broadcasting, what are we to make of ‘Ariel piping to the children’ another Gill creation adorning the inside of Broadcasting House which features a naked pied piper playing his phallus-pipe in a sea of children?

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Ariel piping to the childen

It would appear that this piece of work also represents broadcasting.

Like the wizard standing over the en-trance brandishing his little sex-slave like a trophy, we also see Savile in not only the pied piper which represents Pan but The Sower character too which represents Saturn.

Perhaps the BBC can convince us otherwise?

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The Sower, Eric Gill represents broadcasting according to Beeb.

That the art of a paedophile that happens to feature the pied piper and a wizard as well as naked children in suggestive poses was not at all influenced by the artist’s personal preferences and the culture of the corporation as a whole.

The BBC approved Gill at the time and hold the same policy now. They obviously share his tastes, otherwise why would they have commissioned him?

Jimmy Savile in wizard's gown

Jimmy Savile in wizard’s gown

The Sower is a metaphor for the military grade psychological operation that is ‘Children’s Hour’.

One of many mind control devices used by the BBC is ‘political correctness’. But politically correct for whom? The mind benders of the Frankfurt School or the customs of the British public? They have habitually used this tool to silence opposition to the deviant agenda they are pushing.  Whilst they have forced people to watch what they say in case it upsets their sensibilities it would appear they allowed their *stars* to go hog wild behaving like Caligula even on their premises and are operating on an altogether different set of values than the millions who subsidize their indulgences through a tax on television set ownership.

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BBC logo, black cubes of Saturn?

In the future when English civilisation has gone the way of the Greeks and Romans, assisted by the BBC’s promotion of the EU, paedophilia and multiculturalism, tourists will survey the ruins of London and all that will be left would be a collection of bizarre statues of wizards, nymphs, war-lords, dragons, warriors on horseback, goddesses in chariots, naked men with lions on chains, and of course there will be the statue of ‘Ariel’ and ‘Prospero’.

And the future tourists will take one look at the naked boy and bearded wizard and they will know the dark heart of #peadobritain and see it for what it was. They may even confuse the statue as an out and out memorial to Savile such was the hedonistic exhibitionism of the cult of celebrity and ruling elites of Britannia at the time.

They may even glance at the official NWO guide-book and read that this particular statue symbolised broadcasting.  And in an ironic way the BBC  ‘spokesperson’ is being quite candid. The wizard, the pied piper and the sower surrounded by innocent children, some naked, do indeed symbolise the British Broadcasting Corporation quite eloquently.

#OpBBC engaged.

The magician Matisse and his magic wand

by 5ocietyx

Master @ Work: Matisse and his magic realism wand

Master @ Work: Matisse and his magic wand

The great French artist, Henri Matisse is seen here brandishing a bamboo pole with a stick of charcoal on the end like a magician’s wand conjuring a master-piece seemingly from thin air.

The word ‘wand’ derives from Proto-Germanic *wend- “to turn,”  the notion is of a bending, flexible stick. similar to ‘wind’ – turning and twisting air in motion, also related to ‘wander’ and to breathe or to ‘spirant’ in latin.  (So the act of breathing is directly related to the spiral and the wind is directly describing the spiralling vortexes of weather patterns and things like hurricanes and tornadoes.)

The stage magician’s wand is now solid – it doesn’t bend (unless they use a trick one), the meaning of the word ‘wand’ diminishing over time.

According to a BBC documentary, Matisse was a life-long atheist until he found God in the twilight of his life. This coincided with his design of a chapel using sunlight itself as the paint that he applied to the canvas of stain-glass windows.

(from 31.30)

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