BudoCon x Potato Head: Dr. Lawrence Blair Talks ‘Geometry and the Jungle’

Lawrence Blair, the man behind Emmy-nominated documentary series Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey, landed at the Beach Club on Thursday 28 September to share stories, film clips and photographs of his adventures in the wilds of Indonesia.

RING OF FIRE

 

Bringing Indonesia’s least contacted peoples and remote lands to the screens of the West for the very first time, Ring of Fire follows the decade-long wanderings of Lawrence and his late brother Lorne in the ’70s and ’80s. Travelling by land, sea and air, through the archipelago’s dense jungles and untouched islands, they venture into the blank spaces on the map, recording never-seen-before footage.

 

Myths and magic come to life with the Blair brothers’ very personal narrative of head-hunting cannibals from New Guinea, human sacrifice in Sumba, and Borneo’s ‘dream wanderers,’ who can track each other through strange nighttime visions.

 

We were honoured to have Lawrence speak at the Beach Club, offering first-hand accounts and rare footage from some of his most precarious and perspective-changing encounters with Indonesia.

 

SACRED GEOMETRY

 

Later on in the evening, Lawrence introduced the mysterious and deeply symbolic world of sacred geometry, one of his specialisations and subject matter of his 1976 book, Rhythms of Vision: Changing Patterns of Belief.

ACOUSTIC MUSIC BY SAMUEL J 

British singer/songwriter and guitarist Samuel J performed live on the night. A vocalist who has shared the stage with the likes of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Donovan and Jurassic 5, Samuel counts performing for the Dalai Lama at his 70th birthday celebration as one of his biggest career highlights.

 

Away from the stage, Samuel works with music to empower children, coaching guitar and composition to different groups each quarter. He is also a mind-and-body practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in music therapy, spinal rehabilitation, reiki and massage amongst other healing practices.

POETIC ADVISOR: PERFORMANCE BY KAMAU ABAYOMI 

Enigmatic San-Franciscan poet/rapper Kamau Abayomi, a two-time winner of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival poetry slam and TEDx speaker, gave a live spoken word performance midway through the evening.

 

Kamau’s portfolio is wide, spanning not only poetry but  film, music and dance. He’s the Founder and Creative Director of Live Mysteries, an eclectic soul-filled arts collective based in Bali, and the author of GodBody, the first book in a fictional novel series.

 

He has made a home for himself amongst the creative circles of Bali, drawing inspiration from those around him and exploring subjects as varied as ethnicity, eroticism and self awareness in his work.

Kamau at Potato Head Bali

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A photo exhibition featuring cultural snaps from Lawrence and Lorne’s Indonesian odyssey completed the evening’s highlights. Held at Studio Eksotika, our audiophile bar, the images were displayed alongside an exclusive print by Mati Klarwein.