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The Artlearn program contemplates the role of the artist in a post-consumer world. I come from a somewhat privileged position, more to lose than many others, although perhaps not as much as some.
Here, 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, at least for those most highly paid in at the turn of the 21st Century, 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 devising such a program, 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 within this program.