Now I´m home again, full of impressions, full of talks, full of emotions - sleepless - trying to handle this "overload". Working at home can be a quiet thing, it can raise an addiction to silence.
Lying awake in my bed tonight, I decided to get up at 4 o´clock in the morning and to watch the DVD "Die grosse Stille" (English title "into great silence") in the hope this film would have a soothing impact on my restless brain. And it did. Here is what the film is about
Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks quarters for six months filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, INTO GREAT SILENCE dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it s a rare, transformative experience for all.
Now it´s 8 o´clock in the morning, I sit at my laptop with a second cup of coffee, writing these lines. I will end now to watch and feel all the soft swatches of organic fabrics Martje from the Netherlands sent me and see if I get inspiration for new herzensart creations. Slowly I immerese myself again into my silent artist life.