Learning together in remote communities
In 2018 the artlearn focus is on "the remote" and "the wild" as places where possibilities can open up. I've long contemplated the role of the artist in a post-consumer world. I know I enjoy privileges of urbanization, but such privileges are also liabilities.
Here today, the artist’s role is to envisage and attract us to a more meaningful set of relationships with the living world. The old role of the artist and designer in many industries was often to attract us to the consumption of material manufactures, services and energy. These are largely as surrogates, for an integrated sense of the “natural world”, our relationships with sun, water, living things and with each other. The advertising industry, film and media workers drew us into a sublime set of relationships increasingly alien to the living world.
The gardener and ecologist have not, in the last few centuries at least worn the label “artists”. In a rethink of the artistic career however, perhaps it is time to synthesize a new schooling of our visualizers; one where peace studies, ecology and new studies inform the visualization of what might actually re-embody us in relationships with the living universe.
In finding the new meaning and places for the artist, we need to work from the ground up. I have spent my career engaging with a wide variety of community groups around environmental, cultural and social justice issues. I invite you join me, investigating and creating new projects along side what we are already doing in 2018.