It’s here! We just published our Inside Out Occupy Oakland Kickstarter page. For those of you who have been following our portrait project and to those who have not yet checked it out, please do and help us spread the word. LET’S USE ART TO TURN OCCUPY INSIDE OUT!
It is to live with a refined attention to detail— the flowers of the
season, the sound of water poured onto stone, the time at which
evening turns to dusk— not because these things will enlarge the
self but because they bring our lives into harmony with that
which transcends the self.
- Georgia O’Keeffe
Good ideas come from creative minds and provocative spaces. Our suffering economy and environmental threats are initiating unprecedented collaboration and innovative processes. This video explains such processes in the context of corporate capitalism.
What I have been noticing over the past few years is that we need each other and each others ideas more than ever. Finding solutions to our current political, financial and environmental crisis demands creativity and thoughtful partnerships. I see new forums popping up daily to facilitate the discussions that need to happen. Whether these manifest themselves as global ventures like The Hub or casual discussions in an Oakland bar, they demonstrate people’s recognition of the need to work together.
This blog is meant to serve as a documentation of a varied collection of intriguing personalities, design concepts, academic debates, photographs, food ventures, and local events.
Welcome to my first post.
I’d like to share an inspiring example of a woman whose utilizes her body as a versatile artistic tool. After dancing with Alvin Ailey (my favorite dance company), Thaddine Swift Eagle Johnson has become a champion boxer. She blurs perceptions of the boundaries of women’s roles as she steps between dance stage and boxing ring. Thaddine teaches marginalized youth the power of artistic expression as an alternative to violence and crime, an important lesson that can be applied to conflicts around the world. The style of her artwork is inspired by her heritage and reminds me of some of the work I am drawn to on the streets of the Oakland Art Murmur. Her work is definitely a KO.
via BBC News