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lest we forget : the beauty of the bomb

a visual exploration in the meaning behind the quote from the Bhagavad Gita "Now i have become death, the destroyer of worlds" that he used in a television interview in 1965 reflecting on the atomic bomb tests of 1940's. The Bhagavad-Gita centres on a dialogue between a great warrior prince called Arjuna and his charioteer Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. Facing an opposing army containing his friends and relatives, Arjuna is torn. But Krishna teaches him about a higher philosophy that will enable him to carry out his duties as a warrior irrespective of his personal concerns. This is known as the dharma, or holy duty. It is one of the four key lessons of the Bhagavad-Gita: desire or lust; wealth; the desire for righteousness or dharma; and the final state of total liberation, or moksha. Seeking his counsel, Arjuna asks Krishna to reveal his universal form. Krishna obliges, and in verse twelve of the Gita he manifests as a sublime, terrifying being of many mouths and eyes. It is this moment that entered Oppenheimer’s mind in July 1945. “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendour of the mighty one,” was Oppenheimer’s translation of that moment in the desert of New Mexico. In verse thirty-two, Krishna speaks the line brought to global attention by Oppenheimer. "The quotation 'Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds', is literally the world-destroying time,” Hinduism has a non-linear concept of time the great god is not only involved in the creation, but also the dissolution. Gita is really that death is an illusion, that we're not born and we don't die. That's the philosophy really: that there's only one consciousness and that the whole of creation is a wonderful play.

  • david cartwright
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2018
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Director Biography - david cartwright

From about the age of twelve, David, has had a camera of some kind strapped to him.

David learned the art of photo manipulation in a high school dark room under the tutilage of Larry Mattingly.

drawing on negatives for still photos as well as 8mm film.

David has always conjured images of the surreal and helps us to observe the abstract images that exist in the world around us.
David attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1991-92 and studied under the industrial Design Technology program where he received a Renaissance style education studying under talented persons who not only instructed in their given field but also worked in the industry as well.

In this environment David gained much hands on experience.

After leaving school, David ran and operated his own special effects make up studio

he created many works as a spill over studio for film and stage.

During the period of around 1994 David began working with Local Link Teleproductions (a television production studio)

David helped to produce several programs,

actively seeking syndication and distribution outlets

and helped to produce many independent film projects.

It was in the studio environment where David met and began working with published author on camcorder art, Jorn K. Bramann,

and also worked with four time Emmy award winning producer, Glenn Patrick Tolbert.

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