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Open Discussion

In March of 1948, American art historian Alfred H. Barr Jr. invited curator and writer about Modern art James Johnson Sweeney to participate in a meeting two to three times a year to specifically discuss the “relations between art and religion in the contemporary world.” Why are there not more open ‘study groups’ in our community? More often than not, I find myself considering the development of a monthly seminar in tandem with Desert Suprematism. Subjects of discussion would concern the intersection of music, visual arts, and the occult. Approaches may be historical, theoretical, or performative.

Towards the end of last year, I attended an Anne Carson event where she read from her “An Essay on Threat.” Following her piece, she engaged in conversation with broadcaster and Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt. Carson discussed her ideas about writing, time, and movement, and how she doesn’t believe in paraphrasing—How moving your thoughts and creating that movement can stop time, making one immortal. Art at its most powerful can induce a feeling of stopped time and act as a reliable source of information in making the artist and even the viewer themselves immortal.

As recently as yesterday, I read an article written by scholar Ted McCormick titled “Publish and Perish.” In his article, McCormick discussed the “unregulated, unmarked, unmeasured space” needed in order to express our interests and ideas in order to “touch larger audiences and wider worlds.”

As I started on my fourth book of 2017, I noticed a trend in the nature of ‘I’ and what that means to people ranging from disciples of Gurdjieff to Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. For the Gurdjieff disciple [Margaret Anderson], the “’I’ comes and comes until it develops.” In Mishima’s case, ‘I’ represented the physical space that he occupied, “a language of the body.” To me, the ‘I’ represents the ability to recognize parallels in myself and the world, in the space I share with others, the conversations I have in order to break down our world and try to make sense of the incredibly complex time we live in.

The examples I have listed above may seem unrelated, but think about it…

Create space to think

Break down your thoughts

Stop time

Find your ‘I’

If you’re interested in locating synchronicities across disciplines that are located on the fringe of popular discourse or would like to propose a happening or event, let’s talk to each other. Let’s make space to develop and share our ideas, a place for entrancement, a place to perform. Perhaps this could lead to an unfamiliar path of magic?

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