editor’s note

(Erin O’Flynn, Duncan Figurski)

When you see a picture of a baby on a wall, you generally assume someone put it there on purpose. Did this picture materialize from the abyss of the human unconscious? Probably not. The intention behind this object often defines the threshold which separates “art” and “things.”

Time and energy were consolidated into metaphorical objects and brought to a larger audience. Both conscious and unconscious concepts have been pulled out of the ether and transformed into their more cohesive assemblages. They may take on the shape of photographs or shoes or songs or dildos or wallpaper.

The gaseous nonsense of thought that has brought these pieces to being was highly energetic and volatile, but a piece of art is cohesive enough to be seen or heard or experienced. The only explanation for this transformation is a release of energy. A lower potential energy often infers stability in an object; the creation of a piece of art solidifies ideas into reality. It is a distilling process—art becomes sacrifice as a release of energy.

Hécatombe is an ancient Greek and Roman public sacrificial ceremony in which as many as a hundred oxen would be sacrificed to the gods. Sacrifice has been ubiquitous to our global culture since the beginning of time. This offering of life, symbolic or real, would exchange energy for results. The time and energy spent on a painting or a dance or on composing a song, take place within waking hours, a concentration of lived time, given up so that the piece may come forth to be seen.

This Sacrifice is used to process emotions, explore identity, grapple with a per- sonal or societal history, etcetera. hécatombe approaches art and the process of creating as diminishing the energy state of highly abstract ideas. No matter how that energy is used, it has been relinquished from the ether and brought forth to give vitality to new things. Our magazine is a homage to those intimate offerings we make on a daily basis, specifically those which are used to bring new things into our world.