Heems // Manza

Heems // Manza
March 12, 2016 zachary

Yogi, Actor, Spiritual Being, Paul Manza has this email exchange with Yogi, Rapper, Spiritual Being, Himanshu Suri, AKA Heems.

On Tues, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Mark De Pace wrote:

Hey Paul –

Hope all is well with the baby and fam.

Ghost Robot is going to do a custom issue of our newsprint zine with all Creative Control related content and I would love to team you up with Hima for an interview.    

He’s kind of got his hand in everything and I think the two of you could have a really interesting conversation about technology, creativity, and philosophy.  Does that make sense at all?

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 12:46 PM, Paul Manza wrote:

i love it. and him.

we got to hang out in austin a bit, i have some fun photos of us going to

get his hair cut before the party i could send you.

love to the family, p.

On Fri, Jan 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Mark De Pace wrote:

Hey guys –

Super excited about getting you two together.

Maybe we can skype, or we can just trade questions via email.  Let me know what works.

This is going to be rad! – Mark

On Tue, Jan 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM, Himanshu Suri wrote:

Sorry the internet was out all day at the artist residency I am at. Paul lets start emailing maybe send questions ill respond and then follow up.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 11:27 PM, Paul Manza wrote:

hey man, curious what your thinking about creativity and technology based on your experience of eastern philosophy and what the fundamental differences are between what eastern and westerns philosophies are as they pertain to these things influencing consciousness.

what about them makes different use and creation of new technology. i am thinking of both primitive spiritual technologies and the newest ie. micro-surgery/vaccines, bitcoin/central banks, wiki leaks/nsa, nuclear power/solar power, music production and consumption, well all media production and consumption but you’ve been deep in the music/language recreation. what are the powers and challenges having  created an identity and more importantly a new way at language, at meme-ing.

how are these things foundational for the things we are doing and thinking about and feeling. i’m particularly interested in unconscious self censorship, conformity and how much we can get of what seems like free thinking, curiosity and spontaneity.

its amazing how they drive personalities, perceptions of personalities, intimacy and loneliness, the quality of the societies we find ourselves in the midst of. i loved hanging out in austin and getting to see you perform, there were definitely some unscripted moments there and it was a great invitation for me to do more of the same. are you in ny for the film premiere? what are you working on? i’m excited to hear/see what’s up from your recent overseas perspective.

peace,   p.

On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 11:31 AM, Himanshu Suri wrote:

Awesome. I will respond to this in depth later today. At a wedding thing. But great questions. I look forward to responding.

Himanshu

On Thu, Feb 25,  at 4:10:52 AM EST Himanshu Suri wrote:

Technology is frightening. For someone so active on social media, I’m a bit of a luddite. I’ve lost 6 IPhones and 4 MacBooks. While it was probably my penchant for the wilding, I like to think I threw them into the ocean. Creativity is frightening, but it’s one of the few things I know a little bit about. I think it’s difficult for me, and perhaps my generation, to separate one from the other. I record raps on logic. I make art on photoshop. I send emails to arrange for the opportunities that allow me to be creative.

As someone who is into yoga, and into technology, and acted in Creative Control, I’m specifically interested in the intersection of these worlds. While I’ve been sensitive to the commodification of yoga, and my Hindu spirituality, I’ve been cautious about this intersection, but have enjoyed websites like YogaGlo because they afford me the opportunity to practice yoga in my room, away from white people, who make me worry, about yoga, and myself. Commas.

It would be cool to learn how to rap in the language of Emojis.

As far as self-censorship in this modern age, I think more about self-curation and how that involves a certain sense of censorship. I think the youngins are particularly good at curating their self of identity in the context of social media and its something I worry about. The presentation of one’s interests versus the actual interest.

I’ve been in Goa, India working on performance art and doing more unscripted things. But I hope we get to connect again Paul. Was a pleasure hanging in Austin at the SXSW premiere!

Hope to hang soon.

Himanshu