Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Kaz Maslanka @ 2nd Annual -- The Film and Video Poetry Symposium

I am really excited and honored to be a part of the second annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium - The symposium takes place in Los Angeles, New York City, and Moscow. Most of the Symposium will be centered around film, yet, there will also be a Visual Poetry show at the Los Angeles Center for digital art. I Have two pieces of my work in that show: "Newton Second Law in Karmic Warfare" and "Congenital Wisdom"

In addition, I will be giving a lecture and workshop on Mathematical Visual Poetry at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (Downtown Los Angeles). The purpose is to provide tools to access mathematical visual poetry and methods to construct it - I will supply times for this soon. The opening for the upcoming show is July 13th so come on out if you are in Los Angeles.I will be sharing this event with some extremely talented people for which some will be presenting lectures at "The Little Theatre" in Santa Monica. So there will be a lot to experience. Check out what is happening here at this link

I will be showing: Newton's Third Law in "Karmic Warfare" and "Congenital Wisdom"

Monday, June 10, 2019

"Golden Fear - 2019" Showing at the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art

I am happy to have Golden Fear showing in the group show @ The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art.

Golden Fear is a mathematical Visual Poem that incorporates the continued fraction describing the Golden Ratio. Furthermore, it metaphorically maps the concept of fear into the unit measure (Replaces 1 with Fear)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A work by Victor Valqui Vidal

Here is a piece by Victor Valqui Vidal

The following is a script of a chat Between Victor and Kaz had about this image:

Victor said:
One of my students added:
So two corollaries: 1) man equals his wife 2) man over his wife (or the other way around) equals one.

Kaz said:
These are great discussions. What happens when man divided by woman equals a variable? What would that variable be called? Please take that to your students - I would love to hear their response.

Victor said:
We agree on an equality level

Kaz said:
Man over his wife would equal one only if the value of the man is the same as the value of the woman - that works fine as a math poem, however, I think it is more interesting to leave it open. What happens when the value of the woman is more than the value of the man?

Or what happens when the value of the man is greater than the value of the woman? I would like to say that I like the poster you present here - your equation is a translation of the first statement - but a math translation for the second statement is also interesting: "Woman x man = The value of the marriage"

Victor said:
After sleeping on these questions, I like my first take on this the best.

Kaz said:
Thank you for submitting this Victor.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Basho Inspired Mathematical Poem included in the 2020 Calendar for the American Mathematical Society

I am truly honored to have the American Mathematical Society ask to use one of my mathematical poems for their 2020 Calendar. I was assigned April 23rd

to see the original blog post   click here

Friday, March 15, 2019

Kaz Maslanka in the "Prism" show --- Osaka Japan at The Contemporary Art Gallery

I am pleased to be a part of "Prism" a new show in Osaka Japan @ The Contemporary Art Gallery Zone. I will be showing a piece titled "10,000 Dharmas Return ..." A special thank you and shout out to the Venerable Hyon Gak Sunim who helped in retitling this piece. Also happy to have my Los Angeles buddy Brian Tucker in the show with me.

Not to forget a big thank you to Toru Nakatani for curating the show.

Below is "10,000 Dharmas Return"

Below is a show poster from the Prism show @ The Contemporary Art Gallery in Osaka

Unit Circle Words by Lawrence Mark Lesser

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Karl Kemptons New Book "A History of Visual Text"

The authority of visual poetics, Karl Kempton lays it all down for you. I am happy to share with everyone 6 years in the making ...

Click Here to download: A History of Visual Text by Karl Kempton

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Kaz Maslanka at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

I will be showing "The Graveyard of Empires

If you are in Los Angeles - see ya at the opening. February 16th 6:00PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Delusions of Control

Afghanistan has a horrible history of not only bands of marauders trying to control this land but, empires trying to control it as well. The piece was inspired by an Afghanistan general who said that his country is the graveyard of empires. Even today it is in political turmoil with militants trying to seize control of this vast mountainous area.  This is a proportional poem that addresses the imperial struggles of control and the futility of such a quest. 
In the vernacular, the poem can be read many ways including the following: "The value of Afghanistan is to the value of Hope as the value of The Graveyard is to the value of an Empire. Or the Value of Afghanistan is to the value of a graveyard as the value of hope is to the value of an Empire.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Kaz Maslanka to Show Again at LACDA

I am happy to be part of another show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.
I will be showing "What is the Radius of Your Compassion"

What Is The Radius Of Your Compassion by Kaz Maslanka

This piece uses the formula for calculating the volume of a sphere. 

For the metaphor, I am mapping the concept of compassion into the radius of the equation.

Kaz Maslanka at LACDA Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

I am happy to be a part of the show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. I will be showing "Newton's Third Law In Karmic Warfare"

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Meet Kazmier Maslanka - Mathematical Visual Poet

I am honored to have SDVoyager Interview me and publish it here: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Oceanside Museum Of Art Accepts Newton's Third Law In Karmic Warfare Into The Upcoming Auction

I am very honored to have my mathematical visual poem, "Newton's Third Law in Karmic Warfare" accepted into the Oceanside Museum of Art's auction. This event will be saturday, April 7th, 6:00-9:30 pm. General Admission $50, VIP $125
If you are interested in understanding more about this piece, I published a paper that will give you the tools to access it. You can download it here by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Kaz Maslanka Electronic Music 1979-1988

I would like to thank Joel Sanderson for his work in archiving the work on this blogpost.

Here is an archive of some of my electronic music from 1979-1983

During the day that I met John Cage, a video was taken to document the event at the University of Kansas in Lawrence Kansas (Home of William S. Burroughs) In this video at seconds 28 to 38 you can see me reading statements from Cages work. It is hard for me to express how hard I connected to John Cage in that period of my life. His "Indeterminacy" record (1959) was a profound influence on my thinking. In this video you can see Cage and Burroughs chatting.

Here is a link to that video

Here is a 1988 recording of me and 3 of my friends doing an electronic improve at Kirby's Beer Store.
"An evening of experimental music performed by a temporary gathering of musicians at Kirby's Beerstore in Wichita, Kansas. It features Kevin Smith (keyboards), Kaz Maslanka (keyboards), Brian Curtis (keyboards) and John Eberly (saxophone)

Here is the link

Friday, February 23, 2018


Every aesthetic production is autobiographical in the sense that one exposes a piece of one’s soul with every expression.  

Kaz Maslanka

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Congenital Wisdom on view at the Joint Mathematics Conference in San Diego

Last August "Congenital Wisdom" was show at the Bridges show at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. It is a mathematical visual poem which incorporates a mathematical paradigm poem. The paradigm that I am using is Newtons equation for the law of gravity. In a paradigm poem we map concepts into the existing equation to create conceptual metaphors across the cognitive domains.

The piece points to the idea that the legendary events involving two different apples were both creative events. One being Newton's apple that he saw falling out of the tree and the other being the apple from the knowledge of good and evil. In the poem you will see that the force of creativity is acting on both apples. You will notice that the distance between the apples is described by mapping concepts across a five dimensional distance formula. The concept of negentropy is mapped to the gravitational constant in Newton's equation. I have gone into much detail to give you the tools to access this piece in a YouTube video that can be accessed here: Lecture on Congenital Wisdom

Currently this piece is on view at the Joint Mathematics conference in San Diego California through January 17

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