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Lung Ta (wind words)

September 16, 2009

by Dorothee Lang

“It’s simple,” he explained. “You put up the flags in a high place — and the wind carries their mantras into all pervading spaces that are in need of them.”


prayer flag 1 by Dorothee Lang


prayer flag 2, by Dorothee Lang


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Dorothee Lang edits the BluePrintReview, an experimental online journal, and currently is into collaborative works. Her work has recently appeared in LITnIMAGE, Counterexample Poetics, Otoliths and Wheelhouse. For more about her, visit her at blueprint21.de.

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  1. September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    i love how the qarrtsiluni “experiment in online literary and artistic collaboration” is blossoming with these new features/changes. as a visitor to the site it’s a complete experience: words on the page, vivid visual and audio and now, even, a bit of story (packaging) via the podcast.

    i have heard that people in the restaurant business know that they must hit as many of these elements of experiences as they can — something like texture, color, aroma, that kind of stuff — in every dish to be successful. and keep people wanting to return again and again.

    psst … it’s happening here!

  2. September 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks, Carolee! That’s a fascinating analogy — we both hope it works that way here as well as in the food biz, because you’re right, that kinda is the philosophy behind what we’re trying to do, with the help of so many talented contributors.

    • September 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

      (Though we can’t promise there will be a podcast for every image post.)

  3. September 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Wow! I love these photos & their idea-words traveling on the wind, & the title with its association to breath — a great invocation.

  4. September 17, 2009 at 5:50 am

    i agree: every qarrtsiluni issue is an experience in itself – to pick up the food biz analogy: it’s like a course with many dishes, served in daily steps, which brings time to digest, and to look forward to the next “dish”.

    the podcast is a superb addition, and fits into the restaurant pic, too: an introduction into the menu by the chefs of the house. another thought that popped up after listening to the podcast: podcasts are like the counterpart movement to the current trend of radio stations – which seem to cut down the program more and more towards the ‘economic’ and effortless combination of music + advertising breaks.


    and thanks for the feedback to ‘Lung Ta’ — it made me reflect on how the images and the whole piece came together. some notes on the process, here, in a blog post: http://virtual-notes.blogspot.com/2009/09/qarrtsiluni-lung-ta-wind-words.html

  5. September 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I really like these two images: words on colourful garments animated by wind.

  6. September 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Great start to what looks like a great issue.

    I love the frayed threads of the edges of the prayer flags.

  7. Jane Rice
    September 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I love the two images. There is such movement it gives voice to the words, the light and the wind. There’s a sense of multiplicity, chance and power of the unexpected. Demonstrates how silence itself is a voice. I hope many people enjoy this issue.

  8. September 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

    The patterns of sunlight in the second one is way cool. Just sayin. :)

    (I have some of these hanging in my window… hope it isn’t sacrilegious!)

  9. September 22, 2009 at 4:41 am

    thanks again for the feedback. yes, the sunlight, and the wind. i didn’t realize how beautiful all those elements fitted when taking the pictures. yesterday, i came across some other prayer flags, and tried to take a picture – it just doesn’t compare. (here the image: http://virtual-notes.blogspot.com/2009/09/mandala-day-5.html)

    about prayer flags in general- as far as i understood it, it’s fine to put them up in one’s garden, or in windows – here’s a brief note on handling them: “Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be placed on the ground or used in clothing. Old prayer flags should be burned.”

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