an uphill climb – Ximena Velez Liendo, Bolivia – Winner of Whitley Award, 2017

19 05 2017

“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear.” – Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington

In the Quechua belief, the Andean Bear is a mediator between the upper world (the gods) and the inferior world (human); it provides a sense of direction, a passage from one era to the another, it maintains order when chaos emerges.

 





EARTH, our HOME

13 11 2016

“There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.” – Sir David Attenborough

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer





anthropocene enlightenment

2 11 2016

we live in an anxious time.

by some accounts, we have less than 3 years to figure out how we will save our precious home, our earth, life as we know it.

our demise will begin in the sea just as our birth began in the sea.

we made our mistakes, created institutions and systems to support frameworks of living that we now know are completely out of sync with the natural world.

we built damns that stopped the flows of rivers, punctured the earth and extracted wealth from the depth of the Pachamama’s soul.

we took what was not ours to take.

but we are survivors.

we are survivors because we are blessed with ingenuity. we are survivors because we are creative beings. we are survivors because we have the capacity for love.

we are anti-fragile. we have the ability to see in part, but also in whole.

like the earth that sustains us, we are in a constant state of flow. sometimes churning with more turbulence than we would like, but it is only through that turbulence, through that shifting of fixed ideals and practices, that we may grow.

we expand and contract but we then expand again. a beautiful expanding universe, woven with a fabric of collective consciousness.

i close my eyes and breathe in the earth. i swallow the sea.

the scent of change penetrates my body and i am filled with longing.

i waver throughout the day between hope to despair and back to hope again.

for we have no alternative but to hope.

it is time, this is our time.

the age of man. anthropocene enlightenment.

for the love of God

our earth, ourselves.

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How did God know his creations would smoke marijuana?

23 02 2016

“When one starts research one never knows how it ends; you only know how you start.” – Professor Raphael Mechoulam

ANANDAMIDE: a molecule which acts as a neurotransmitter, and which has a structure very similar to that of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active constituent of cannabis. It is messenger molecule that plays a role in many bodily activities, including appetite, memory, pain, depression, and fertility – hence its name, which is derived from the word ‘ananda’ which means ‘extreme delight’ or ‘bliss’ in the Sanskrit language. Anandamide’s discovery may lead to the development of an entirely new family of therapeutic drugs.

 





tapping the spirit of wonder

13 10 2015

“There are many sides to reality. Choose the one that’s best for you. Escape into the world of imagination.”
-Daisy from Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco

https://gregorycolbert.com/ashes-and-snow-films.php

elephant and boy





if only we could all speak rhinoceros

13 10 2015

-What would you do if you had a magical cloak that could make you invisible?

-If I were invisible, I would head straight to the zoo to be with all the animals. I would climb into the cages and start talking to them.

The words of a lovely young man, around 6 years of age, who I had the privilege of speaking to when Kindred Studios opened its doors to the public this past weekend. Made me think of the extraordinary imagination of Leslie Bricuse and the intimate work of sculptor Georgiana Anstruther.

Oh what a wonderful world it would indeed become if we started talking (and listening) to the animals.





Happiness is finding magic in your average everydayness

15 01 2015

“For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.” – Alan Moore

[Thank you for our rabbits, Santa]