Art as Radical Change Agent

– Can Humans change our story?

 Jo Randerson spoke at our recent conference in Napier, here is a summary of her presentation.

It was wonderful to be at the conference with you this month.  A short point summary of my talk:

  • I grew up in a church environment where different views were encouraged and listened to
  • We (Barbarian Productions) try to make art which brings different views/people into contact with each other
  • Arts rather than being an extra decorative measure can be a critical tool to achieve social justice where large institutions fail
  • Collaboration is key with any others who share similar goals

  • I believe in small local action rather than large administrative conglomerates which are disconnected from people
  • I believe dull paper work is killing the human spirit, through arts, health and education sector
  • Theatre like the church is suffering a crisis in audience/congregation, both are desperate to seek new audiences but are unsure how
  • People in contemporary society are bombarded with philosophical and spiritual beliefs through advertising/free market thinking, without any spiritual/ethical/moral practices or standing points then people are vulnerable to whatever comes along
  • Money and leisure are held as high goals, a transactional culture is the norm (eg. tit for tat) – its invisible as an ideology and we don’t even know we hold these views
  • The church’s stories are important but we need to find new ways to share them
What are we going to evolve into?
What are we going to evolve into?

Some of the links I connected to are:

William Meredith

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love
But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear

Adam Curtis is an English film-maker who makes wonderful films which he allows to be watched for free on the internet. The series I mentioned was The Century of the Self which I ENTIRELY recommend. This link takes you to a google search of Adam Curtis Century of the Self, including the documentaries on YouTube.

Karen Armstrong – who many of you will know, her wonderful book The Case for God.

Art, like religion, requires the deliberate cultivation of a different mode of consciousness.  Karen Armstrong

barbarianSome short clips I wanted to share are from our latest production of Sing It To My Face –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Curtis is an English film-maker who makes wonderful films which he allows to be watched for free on the internet. The series I mentioned was The Century of the Self which I ENTIRELY recommend. This link should take you to it and just google Adam Curtis Century of the Self.

 

http://adamcurtisfilms.blogspot.co.nz/2007/09/power-of-nightmares.html

 

 

Also Karen Armstrong, who many of you will know, her wonderful book The Case for God.

Art, like religion, requires the deliberate cultivation of a different mode of consciousness.

Karen Armstrong

 

The short clips I wanted to share are from our latest production of Sing It To My Face –

https://vimeo.com/142110487

https://vimeo.com/142110459

https://vimeo.com/142110285

 

 

 

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