Visiting Schrukfoot’s Lair

Here comes the latest field trip in the search of the Unknown with the Forest Dark’s first video coverage: North-East Germany is a thinly populated area with many archeological sites. Like in the Bavarian Excursion the field trip led to a place with a lot of old legends around. There are reports of a ghost named Schrukfoot who resides in a grave mound called “Pierdbarg” close to the Prillwitz Castle in Mecklenburg Vorpommern. The archeological site is in a lush, impenetrable forest. Schrukfoot is like many of his otherworldly companions responsible for accidents and once he forced a woman to work for him, but she could escape. The legends describe him wearing ivory colored clothes and his arms are stiff. There is also a legend about a mysterious treasure, which appears in certain nights in the form of “burning money” (Geldfeuer). Furthermore, there is a lake close to the forest. A legend tells that there is a lost city at the bottom of the lake. Certain people could still hear the bells some days. The city’s inhabitants were punished for profanity.

These legends are variations of stories we find all over Europe. It is furthermore remarkable that the tumuli, dolmen and stone circles in North-East Germany (Mecklenburg Vorpommern) are similar to Western European archeological sites.


The Forest of the Pierdbarg is documented in the first TheForestDarkProject video coverage or press here: Pierdbarg or Field trip

THE COSMIC DOWNLOAD: Creative Infusion From The Stars?

 

We remember the late 60ties as the time of student movement, which fundamentally changed the world we live in.  It was furthermore the time of psychedelic experience and psychedelic art, which left its trace in many ways. Transpersonal experience was hot during these days. It was the days of the first landing of the moon and before that one of the cornerstones of film history was released: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.

The opening of the science fiction epic deals with the awakening of mankind when moon watcher, an ape man, learns how to use a bone as a weapon.  However that “learning” is triggered by the mysterious black monolith, an otherworldly device, which has influence over the development of mankind.

British researcher Robert Poole revealed in a recent science conference how Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke were  influenced at the time of the development of the 2001 script (which was subject of many changes)  from anthropological research. From that point of view Kubrick’s introduction could be interpreted as a pessimistic comment about the human condition: man has progressed technically but is still driven by animalistic impulses.

Seen from today there is also a fascinating parallel: The opening sequence with the “creative infusion” triggered by the black monolith in 2001 is in some ways a good metaphor for developments in the era the movie was done. It was indeed a time of substantial change in the psyche.

Do we really know the origin of these changes in society or what exactly does start a new development  – or a revolution – in human evolution? We usually agree on social factors like a struggle between generations or injustice or political tensions as a starting point. However the development of the late 60ties in particular had so many facets, it feels from some distance indeed as been influenced by a “creative infusion” from somewhere. At least internet, the digital age and unusual architecture have their roots in the late 60ties .

This is of course a very controversial subject since once of the achievements of 18 century enlightenment is that we know we are responsible for our destiny.

But we aren’t obliged to see “creative infusion” necessarily in the sense of certain religions.

If it is possible that there is something which erupts like magma from the Otherworld into our world at certain times and at some places, which maybe communicates and influences with us on a more subconscious level in the first place, we can think of many possibilities.

Recently Werner Herzog said in his highly appreciated documentary “The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams” about paintings in a stone age cave in Southern France that scientists discovered that during that time there was obviously a period of 5000 years where no human development or change happened, then, suddenly, things changed.

We don’t really know a lot about the history of man.

 

These interventions are not only happen in a large scale but also in very individual circumstances. We know from many tales that in the The Forest Dark there are not only timeframes but also places, which work like devices. People go into the woods and are not the same when they come back.

 

 

 

 

Dark Matter

In one of its last flights NASA’s space shuttle brought 2011 an incredible instrument to the International Space Station: the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer ASM-02. This high tech observatory can do nothing less than change the course of our civilization, if it finds that scientist’s ideas about the structure and nature of our universe have to be revised. The instrument is supposed to find proof for a phantom nobody has seen or detected so far but which is (simplified) necessary to explain why galaxies seem to rotate at their outer boarders faster than they should according to physic’s laws. The only explanation is a huge amount of matter in the Universe, which can’t be seen – the so called dark matter. But what if dark matter isn’t there? We will have to fundamentally rethink some ideas about laws in nature.

For a long time only philosophers and writers questioned our ideas of reality. Now we seem in a time of transition where also very rational scientists raise a lot of fundamental questions.

Maybe, this will lead to the end of a hundred year long fight between believers of a more metaphysical view of the world on one side and defenders of a strict rationalistic view of the world  and supporters of fact and figure based science on the other side.

We are on a journey to understand the world  we live in and the universe around us and we haven’t gotten very far. Indeed this might be the time of entering  new territories in the collective journey of our civilization.

I am quite sure there is dark matter out there. However I am not so sure what it really is. Like The Forest Dark I interpret dark matter as a metaphor for something yet unknown but what will finally be revealed.

In May 2012, Waleed Abdalati, NASA’s chief scientist said during a conference in Berlin about the future of space travel that we are the transition point.  We stand in the doorway.

Maybe we will soon know what’s behind the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering “Le Horla”

The strange event with my notebook reminded me of a famous horror story I had read a long time ago: Guy de Maupassant, the great French writer of the late 19th century, was not only famous for novels like “Bel Ami” but also for his short stories. Among them is one piece of a horror story I dare to say is one of the most unsettling horror stories I ever read: “´Le Horla”. The story is told as a diary in reportage-style and chronicles the paranoia of a man who is stalked by an invisible supernatural being, which makes him ill, tries to get control of his thoughts and drinks his water. One of the most terrifying things is that we never see the Horla: ” Le Horla est un être invisible à l’oeil nu, ce qui lui confère sa supériorité”. There is a surprising resolution at the end: Most of its length the story leads us in the direction of psychological horror. We are witnessing a progress of madness. However in the end Le Horla becomes a story of cosmic horror. The Horla is only one member of a race of supernatural beings, maybe an alien race, which first appeared in Brazil. The narrator tells us of his dark foreboding feelings: “After man the Horla”.

I can assure everyone that there is no similar thing like Le Horla responsible for the strange incident with the notebook. No further things happened here, and I am sure nobody has made any entries in my books except myself.  I know what you think now: “if he only would keep his things in order and would have organized his notes a little better the whole thing wouldn’t happened at all”.

When I said I am maybe not alone in this I didn’t mean that supernatural beings keep an influence on my project in a literal sense. I am convinced the otherworld works most of the time in more subtle ways. I suggest reflecting more upon the very nature of creativity. We do not really know where ideas originally come from. Even if we develop a story inspired by a newspaper article it might be an interesting question why that particular article got our attention in the first place.

A story can begin with a certain symbol or image which appeared in the imagination first. Some images are so strong you feel a need to do something about it.  “Le Horla” was often interpreted as a story about Maupassant’s own progressing madness. I think this is a very simple and short-handed interpretation. Going back to the third act of his short story it is worth to ask why Maupassant had chosen that strange turning point, which is more suitable for a writer like the honorable H.P. Lovecraft. Maybe we should read the Horla not as a metaphor for beginning psychosis but as a metaphor for some kind of external influence, an influence which seems not to come from the subconscious but from somewhere else.

Maupassant’s description of Le Horla sounds more like something, which came from another dimension, another scheme of evolution, superior to mankind, like Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones: “One might almost say that the air, the invisible air, is full of unknowable Forces, whose mysterious presence we have to endure”.

If we take this idea not too literal, we will discover that this is a very common concept.

Even in psychology, for example C.G. Jung’s idea of the archetypes, which he said, have always a hidden influence on us, have a troubling quality. It is interesting that Jung’s writings are ambiguous about the true nature of archetypes.

Simplified, Jung plays with the idea that there are hidden patterns in reality, which work more like a tendency of certain events to happen.

There is also an interesting line in Le Horla: “Everything that surrounds us, everything that we see without looking at it, everything that we touch without knowing it, everything that we handle without feeling it, everything that we meet without clearly distinguishing it, has a rapid, surprising, and inexplicable effect upon us and upon our organs, and through them on our ideas and on our being itself”

Such a concept might easily lead to a feeling of being followed, maybe not in an extreme sense like the poor protagonist in Le Horla.

Vice versa, if we could open our eyes and train our senses to see certain events in a different light, we might lift the veil in The Forest Dark a little bit. What we need to learn is to read the hidden patterns in the right way.

There might be things, particularly in the Northern Woods, which doesn’t appear as living beings in the first place, but manifest themselves in more unpredictable ways. We know of very disturbing encounters in the woods, which are too strange to be told accordingly.

Le Horla contains a very good description of what we should be looking for:

 “Do you believe it?” I asked the monk. “I scarcely know,” he replied; and I continued: “If there are other beings besides ourselves on this earth, how comes it that we have not known it for so long a time, or why have you not seen them? How is it that I have not seen them?”

He replied: “Do we see the hundred-thousandth part of what exists? Look here; there is the wind, which is the strongest force in nature. It knocks down men, and blows down buildings, uproots trees, raises the sea into mountains of water, destroys cliffs and casts great ships on to the breakers; it kills, it whistles, it sighs, it roars. But have you ever seen it, and can you see it? Yet it exists for all that.”