Principia Bolamatica – In which is contained the whole of wisdom #Bolam365+2 #BolamABC #BOLAM

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Front cover of the Principia Bolamatica.

Like everything I do, the title of this post is both a joke and deadly serious.

When I was young, I used to collect and read books about the occult. I was looking for an answer to a question I didn’t understand, I suppose, but long before middle-age I realised that there is no answer. Only more questions, and the many mysteries and contradictions of life have no resolution. At least, none that can be understood by mere mortals.

That is the nature of life, the universe and everything.

My two previous attempts at a 365 project have been failures. The first seemed like a good idea:- for my 50th year, I was going to post a number of references for each of the 365 days including, a piece of music, a life experience, a work of art, and event that happened on that date etc etc etc, each day for the whole year. But the project was unwieldy and in the end I decided to just post one image that I had created, each day for the 365 days.

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Despite, and possibly because, of this simplification, it had no coherence and, and the whole work added up to be nothing more than an administrative apology.

Bolam365+1 started of as an extremely coherent idea, comprising photo-composites of multiple “Bolaminions”, accidentally captured during timelapse shoots.

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But I dropped the ball at the end of October 2015 when I got distracted onto other less important, unsuccessful, but highly time-consuming projects. I never caught up and now it’s too late. The second attempt was a much better project and I might re-run it and finish it another year.
http://bolam365.wordpress.com

I hesitate to promise too much for #Bolam365+2 in case it turns into an other damp squib, but here goes…

The Principia Bolamatica is a collision of images and text from notebooks and old work, partly inspired by Malaclypse the Younger’s Principia Discordia, Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and the cut-ups technique pioneered by Brion Gysin and used by Williams Burroughs & David Bowie (amongst many others). All significant influences on my work in one way or another at one time or another.
http://principiadiscordia.com/
http://briongysin.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

Anyway, I hope to publish one page a day for the 365 days of #BolamYear03 aka #Bolam365+2. Expect numerous revisions and I make no promises, my track record so far is nothing to be proud of.

Playbolam™ Fresh Hell™ coming to a soul-crushing shopping mall near you! #Playbolam #BritishValues

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After a short hiatus, I am reconfiguring the Playbolam™ studio for a new range dystopian play sets. Expect a fresh set of toys for your children that will normalise financial aspiration, respect for inherited authority, the inevitability of debt & the appreciation of added-value, real soon now.
http://playbolam.wordpress.com

Stateless-Child Asylum Application, Virgin-Birth DNA Test & Work Capability Assessment Christmas Nativity 2015 – Playbolam™ World-Of-Fear™#BritishValues

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Here is the special limited-edition Playbolam™ World-Of-Fear™ Globalised Migrant Nativity, representing all the good things that have come to pass thanks to the legacy of ThatcherWorld™.

This strictly limited edition playset includes The Angel of the Lords, Baroness Hatchet, overseeing the triumph of price over value from Blue Cuckoo Cloudland, German Shepherds watching their stock by night and day, the Three Wise Investigators bringing administrative rigour, a single mother / people trafficker / benefit scrounger / illegal immigrant, a stateless child / potential terrorist and an excellent-value government Special Adviser.

Also included is a foreign-looking Saint Nicholas impersonator, and an evil socialist, trying to take “other people’s money” away from the hedge-fund managers and dark-pool investors in order to squander it on social housing and benefit scroungers.

All of this is made safer by the deterrent of militarised police.

Merry Christmas.