Leap Into the Void

by: Elaine Diane Taylor


In 1960, the French artist Yves Klein created the illusion that he could fly.

Using a photograph that he manipulated and a faux newspaper he created, he caused a reaction of shock and concern.

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Leap into the Void
Artist: Artistic action by Yves Klein (French, Nice 1928–1962 Paris)

The public knew you couldn’t leap from a roof and fly, and yet here was a photograph showing Klein in a euphoric-faced swan dive. He appeared unaware and unconcerned with what the public believed was about to befall him.

But media is not reality – it’s just a way to get an idea across: paint, words, photographs, film, music, charcoal or cloth for example. Media is the plural for medium.

Mass media is the action of one party conveying a message to many at the same time.

Art and mass media used to be objective.

In the Renaissance art portrayed a known truth, and the creator was praised for their execution. A virtue of love, betrayal, or the beauty of God. That has changed with evolving technology.

Art is now subjective. Art and other media, including money and architecture are all subjective. It is no longer about conveying objective truth. It is now about how the artist feels about an objective truth. It’ subjective.

We know from physics and experience that to leap from a building in a swan dive will result in tragic injury or death. And yet Klein uses photography and a faux-newspaper (the first fake news maybe) to state otherwise.

He’s showing you that media can lie. The void of subjective reality. Of “What is truth?”.

The 1960s viewer was distressed looking at the image. They didn’t know photographs could be manipulated, especially when supported by a newspaper’s declaration of a happening as a statement of fact.

If the photo is reality then we know what will happen next. And it’s concerning. The man shows a sense of freedom in his belief that he can fly. He swan dives in abandon. The restraints of gravity are not in his world view. He’s free. There’s no objective view of his future.

The void here is the space between perception and reality. A moment in time that is a juxtaposition of both truth and fiction, what we know and what the photograph and media we trust shows us.

Technology has improved since the pre-Photoshop era of 1960 when Leap Into the Void was created. We now accept that a photograph is no longer objective; it can be manipulated to express the idea of an artist.

And so the medium of photography is now accepted as subjective. Pixels are manipulated for effect. Zeros and ones are manipulated to communicate an idea.

But there were two different media used in this art piece. Another medium shown was the newspaper. Mass media. Klein made a faux-newspaper and broadcast to the world that he could fly, putting his publication side-by-side with other papers.

But media can easily be manipulated and does so without effort and thought now. Technology makes it easy to make a photograph, audio or film look and be anything you want. They can make anyone look like they are saying anything. It looks real. As Marshall McCluhan said, “The medium is the message.” Meaning, that the medium itself frames how we live and communicate, and what we trust and believe.

And so we’re in the age where we know we can’t trust media to be objective. Including mass media. It’s not that all media is trying to manipulate, it’s that the whole worldview of media now is subjective and we’re all catching up to the fact that it is expected to be subjective.

They use the medium of photography,  of audio, and of film, and tie those media together with words to make a statement. Is sounds like fact. It might be fact. It’s not even that news sources are trying to be subjective, sometimes, it’s that the technology has evolved to where the tools themselves are subjective


Money is now also subjective.

Gold in the Wild photo series. © Elaine Diane Taylor
Gold in the Wild photo series. Artist: Elaine Diane Taylor


The use of gold as wealth, and sometimes also money, has spanned thousands of years. We may not be familiar with long term patterns. In the last very few years gold has been only a commodity; a pretty, shiny thing that’s traded like corn and oil.

And yet governments around the world still use gold as a store of value. Russia and China have been buying as much as they can over the past ten years. Gold is objective.

Money has been affected by the objective-to-subjective shift just like other media.

It’s been a tragic playing out of art-in-real-life in the last few years, as a string of bankers  leaped to their deaths from buildings, in apparent suicides. I wrote the song Black Swan Dive around this subject. Debt and the Crash of 2008. Money and manipulation.

What is money? What is debt and how much can we handle? There’s so much global debt now that there’s no way for it to be paid using the current system.

The global financial world has made a dive into the void.

And it’s taken us with it.

We are in the years between the solid backing of money with physical gold, and flying into the void of an endless creation of dollars. Swan diving in euphoria, we are free of the constraints of physical numbers and hard reality.

We’re collectively swan diving into a future of endless promises to pay without a due date. The perpetual delay of payment is like climbing yet another story higher before the reality of hard concrete hits. Delaying the landing. Increasing the velocity. Believing you will take flight before the slam of pavement shocks the world out of subjective reality.

But who knows.

Maybe technology will develop and before the hit comes all the nations around the globe will learn to fly. Maybe those in the know already know how to take us to the stars.

Bankers’ heaven.

Digital money giving us wings.

Money is a medium. Just like photography or film or audio recordings. Or virtual reality.

But we haven’t all collectively recognized that money is subjective yet. Dollars, yen, yuan and pound notes all live in the mechanical age of Gutenberg’s press. The financial world rules there with a hard oily fist.

But money is subjective now because we say it is. A creation that can easily be manipulated. It’s an idea of value moving through a conduit we call dollars today. Or Bitcoin. Or Ethereum.

Money is no longer objective, just as a photograph is no longer objective. Crypto currencies left the centralized world in their dust – bitcoin and blockchain technology were inevitable.

The concept behind the company GoldMoney is the decentralized expression of subjective money with objective gold.

So the world will want to catch up before that pavement makes contact.

Me? I prefer to hold a little of my value in solid gold. All an artist can do with it is what we’ve done with it since time began. I’m good with that.

At least while everyone is in mid-air and the ground is rushing up.

I’ll take the idea of an artist creating jewelry, wearable gold with subjective symbols, but also monetarily objective as wealth.

And so I can have the best of both worlds. Objective and subjective.

I think I’d like to leap in peace, without a euphoric void that the globe and mass media are holding up as truth.

I’ve seen artists at work.

Interesting times ahead.


Elaine Diane Taylor Pendant 18Kchain - 5The glass and gold pendant will be available shortly. With 2 grams of raw and unrefined flake and nugget gold from the Gold Rush Trail of British Columbia. Encased in hand torched boro silicate glass with an 18K chain. The gold is ethically sourced and the miners are ethically paid.

Elaine Diane Taylor~

October 28, 2017

I’m currently in Victoria, British Columbia. Beautiful and historic. The Parliament Buildings hold up our heritage of gold panning in art. Beautiful.untitled (2 of 10)untitled (3 of 10)untitled (7 of 10)untitled (8 of 10)untitled (9 of 10)Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 2017










A Terrible Breeze    (North Korea, Nuclear War, Twitter and Social Media/Mind)

The news comes down
A little bluebird sings
Words of war
Of fire and furious things
Of testing might
‘Til no patience knows
If keeping still
Still keeps you safe at home

It’s a terrible breeze
They speak of today
Of threats that used to live a world away
We all know wind
Can blow both ways
And a terrible breeze can blow it all away

A worldwide net
Sees our village grow
Until we all forget
What each one used to know
How a blind bird’s wings
Can reach the shore
And turn that wheel of peace and war

Village fools sinking down, down, down
Debt and gold wound in numbered shrouds
Deal of a life it’s bread and clowns
Can we afford another go around?
The news comes down.

It’s a terrible breeze. The news comes down.

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
©2017 Elaine Art & Media SOCAN/ASCAP


Single available on iTunes



Not Much of a Holiday (Greek Debt and Media Persuasion)

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

© 2015 Intelligentsia Media, Inc. All rights reserved.


Single available on iTunes

The Greek bank holiday and long lines to get a few euros for the day. Debt deals behind closed doors. The media telling us what opinions to have. China building islands in the South China Sea and claiming all the international waves. More dealing to come. More standing in line for those who owe. Who owes? There’s a long line of nations in debt and this is far from done.


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Preparing for the Fall live boutique album available on iTunes — featuring Wag the Dog, Black Swan Dive,  American Pie and Gods of the Copybook Headings.


Coins and Crowns

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

© Intelligentsia Media Inc. All rights reserved.


from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

Single featured in Episode 1 of Mike Maloney’s documentary series Hidden Secrets of Money.


The Gods of the Copybook Headings

words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Elaine Diane Taylor

©2014 Intelligentsia Media Inc.


from the album Preparing for the Fall available on iTunes


The copybooks of the early 1900s gave us all the wisdom we need. The sayings that were copied are the truths, the gods, of our world. All the empires who followed the gods of the marketplace instead have fallen, and there’s terror and slaughter when the gods of the copybook headings return. The lyrics are by Rudyard Kipling. One of my gurus.

Another Week on Wall Street

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

© 2013 Intelligentsia Media Inc. All rights reserved.


from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

See the bankers wave their Wall Street wands and conjure piles of paper green. Naked short selling is like betting that your neighbour’s house will burn down. But in this scenario it happens to burn down. If the bankers win then we lose the whole world as we know it. I wrote this in 2009, with a lyric “A little grease (Greece) is floating out to sea, and little pigs (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) are bobbing up and down, they’ll send a storm and we’ll see, when the tide goes out who’s naked on the beach“, and it’s coming on now. The world is changing as we know it.


Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.

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