" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 17, 2017

There is No Denying That the Universe Has a Dark Sense of Humour When It Comes to Some Gray Areas in the Arenas of Art and Life

I just saw two seemingly unrelated dark news stories on the
ABC news website involving controversial events involving bulls.
Dark Mofo's controversial bull carcass performance begins amid protest
"Spectators queueing to witness Dark Mofo's most anticipated performance have run the gauntlet of animal rights protesters decrying the slaughter of a bull in the name of art.
WARNING: this story contains graphic images.

Ticketholders for Hermann Nitsch's controversial 150.Action, a three-hour show promoted as a "bloody sacrificial ritual", met this morning and were ushered from their meeting point in Hobart's CBD to a nearby shed, where a bar was set up."
The other story was about an Australian Bull rider Bradie Gray, who hails from Tamworth, New South Wales, who is in a critical condition after the incident at Wyoming's College National Finals Rodeo.
"A bull rider from NSW is in a critical condition after a bull threw him off and stomped on his chest while competing in a rodeo in the United States.
Bradie Gray, who hails from Tamworth, has suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs after the incident at Wyoming's College National Finals Rodeo.
The 20-year-old had no pulse when he arrived at the Wyoming Medical Centre and was placed in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.
was bucked off by a bull named Levi the Boss who then stood on his chest.
was able to stand up and was pulled into a bucking chute where he was put on a blackboard and taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The College National Finals Rodeo said
Gray has undergone two surgeries and his condition is critical but stable.
On Tuesday,
Gray, a junior at Odessa College in Texas, told the Star Tribune he was returning from the fifth serious injury of his college rodeo career."

While I'm NOT a vegetarian and am a big fan of the Dark Mofo festival, having been down there for it last year and having a great time -
Dark Mofo Winter Feast 2016
I did sign the petition to have this show stopped, as I wrote about in this post from a few months back -
No Dark Bloody Mofo for Me This Year
I also stopped in the town of Tamworth on my way back to Queensland from Tasmania and a few other times on road trips last year and I love the town -
My motel room in Tamworth on my 2016 roadtrip
Was Steve Jobs a Shaman?
So while I'm not into rodeos I do wish Bradie Gray a speedy recovery from his fall, even if I'm not such a fan of the "sport".
I do love a good steak though, so I'm well aware that there is no real black and white areas in my post, as far as my personal views go ... only gray ones;-)
Dark Mofo: Hermann Nitsch's bull slaughter show gets mixed reviews
John Avildsen, Oscar-winning Director of Rocky, Dies Aged 81
John was also the director of the bull riding movie '8 Seconds', synchromystically enough.

UPDATE: June 18th, 2017
Matador Ivan Fandino killed in France bullfight
"A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.
Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull.
He suffered a lung injury and died on his way to hospital from a heart attack on Saturday, French media say.
Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century.
The Basque-born matador had already taken part in a competition earlier in the day before he was injured.
Photographs showed he was conscious, but bleeding heavily, as he was led away from the ring.
Last July, bullfighter Victor Barrio, 29, became the first matador to die in Spain in 30 years after he was gored during an event being aired live on television.

Fandino had been injured at least twice in previous events - once in 2015, when thrown into the air by a bull in Pamplona, Spain, but more seriously the year before when he was knocked unconscious in Bayonne, France.
Opponents describe the blood-soaked pageants as barbaric, while fans say the tradition is an ancient art form deeply rooted in national history.
Bullfighting was declared legal in France in 2012 after the Constitutional Council rejected a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban the practice.
More than 1,000 bulls are killed annually in French bullfights, the AFP news agency reported at the time.
Although bullfighting originated in neighbouring Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago. Fights - known as corridas in Spain - are especially popular in the Nimes and Arles areas.

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