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Why Beauty Matters

Received this from Vanessa, and thought it right to share here:

Roger Scruton, philosopher, presents thought provoking argument on ‘Why

Beauty Matters’ on BBC 2 – explores connections between beauty,

spirituality, art etc.(relevant to Moots mission) have to watch on bbc
iplayer available until this Saturday. Worth watching.

Link Link here

POSTED 01.12.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

Seeking a harmonious life

Not sure if many people have seen the BBC programme ‘Classic Goldie’, where he rises to the challenge of composing a piece of music for an orchestra to be performed in the PROMS at the Albert Hall.

Goldie has been one of my hero’s for a long time. Not only because he is a legend in the ‘drum and bass’ genre of music for most of my adult life, but because creativity liberated him out of children’s homes and a really tough life. He initially started with being a graffiti artist in New York before entering into electronic music production and DJing. He is often in the club Fabric in London, which used to be a favourite haunt.

What impressed me in the TV programme, is his creative searching, which is inherently spiritual. He talks about this search for him being liberating, as he searches increasingly to find a harmonious life. I interpreted this to be meaning an ‘integrated’ life, a life that brings depth and a yearning for synergy of the mind, body and spirit. One commentator talked about Goldie’s music being dark yet hopeful, and I think this is true.

Goldie’s piece Sine Tempore (inspired by Augustine’s work on how creation occurred when there was no time and by implication that creation and evolution occurred in timelessness, see here for more on this) a musical expression of creation, evolution and the future. It remained Goldiesque, but more moodful and touching than I was expecting. I was struck by the sense that the music was strong when looking back and formed with highs and lows, but as it looked forward, there was a vulnerability, a lost-ness, a sense of unknowing. I think this point of the music expressed something of a collective consciousness, of hope, but the challenge of a future where we are killing the planet, with out a sense of the presence of the divine, or an acknowledgement of the divine. In the first show, I was struck how one commentator talked about music coming out of the interaction with religion or engagement with God, now it emerges out of the eternal individual. Maybe music like this, is a representation of humanity reaching out again tentatively out of the delusion of individualism and autonomy to the divine, again seeking transcendence and seeking the spiritual, but with a complete reframing of religion.

POSTED 08.08.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)

I'm Lost without Your Rhythm

An exhibition of Johanna Billing‘s performace work is open at the Camden Arts Centre, London, until September 13th.

Billing’s videos reflect on routine, rehearsal and ritual with an emphasis on the fragility of individual performance and power of collective experience.

Her new work is based around the recording of a live performance of dance ‘learned’ or performed by amateur Romanian dancers in Iasi (pronounced ‘yash’), during Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art “Art as Gift” in October 2008. This piece moved me deeply. Billing manages to allow the performer to be who they are at the same time as bringing their individual movemnt into a collective pattern.

Camden Arts Centre is a recently redevelopped centre with a great cafe and bookshop. Definitely reccommended for someone with a morning off.

POSTED 04.08.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

I’m Lost without Your Rhythm

An exhibition of Johanna Billing‘s performace work is open at the Camden Arts Centre, London, until September 13th.

Billing’s videos reflect on routine, rehearsal and ritual with an emphasis on the fragility of individual performance and power of collective experience.

Her new work is based around the recording of a live performance of dance ‘learned’ or performed by amateur Romanian dancers in Iasi (pronounced ‘yash’), during Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art “Art as Gift” in October 2008. This piece moved me deeply. Billing manages to allow the performer to be who they are at the same time as bringing their individual movemnt into a collective pattern.

Camden Arts Centre is a recently redevelopped centre with a great cafe and bookshop. Definitely reccommended for someone with a morning off.

POSTED 04.08.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

TWO GREAT SHOWS!

If you’ve been thinking where the heck is David Harris? the answer is that he’s been working on the design of two shows that both open tomorrow.

BUNK at the Kings Head is a 1-hour lunchtime production about a girl called Eve. She’s an 18 year old who gets angry and moves out of home. Unaware of how to get into a government run hostel she books herself into a traveller’s hostel.

There are performances of BUNK every day from tomorrow onwards (except Mondays) until Sunday 9th August. 1pm. Angel Tube.

The second of the two performances, Tis’ Pitty she’s a Whore is playing at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington. I have been assisting in the design of this one. Lots of blood….and incest. Also starts tomorrow and runs every day until August 9th. 7.30pm. Sun 5pm.

POSTED 20.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

Fourth Plinth Communion | Tues 28th July | 9-10am

Not sure if you have been keeping up with the human element of the current Antony Gormley inspired One & Other project. On Tuesday 28th July 2009, between 9am – 10am, Methodist Minister, Ken Chalmers, from Castle Cary, Somerset, will be celebrating Holy Communion from the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Ken hopes to provide an opportunity for people to encounter and experience God’s love for themselves, through watching and sharing in this sacred rite.

He would like to encourage as many people as possible to join him in Trafalgar Square to support this act of worship and share in a unique experience. See here for more info

POSTED 18.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Fourth Plinth Communion | Tues 28th July | 9-10am

Fourth Plinth Communion | Tues 28th July | 9-10am

Not sure if you have been keeping up with the human element of the current Antony Gormley inspired One & Other project. On Tuesday 28th July 2009, between 9am – 10am, Methodist Minister, Ken Chalmers, from Castle Cary, Somerset, will be celebrating Holy Communion from the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Ken hopes to provide an opportunity for people to encounter and experience God’s love for themselves, through watching and sharing in this sacred rite.

He would like to encourage as many people as possible to join him in Trafalgar Square to support this act of worship and share in a unique experience. See here for more info

POSTED 18.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Fourth Plinth Communion | Tues 28th July | 9-10am

The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

HOUR, a film about contemplation by visual artist Tim Wainwright and composer Chris Letcher, premiered at St Mary Woolnoth on 23rd June as part of the City of London Festival. It will be shown here at the Centre Bookshop until the end of the festival on 24th August.

Using still photographic images, sound and music, Wainwright and Letcher explore the process of contemplation, and how it can be seen to unite and transcend the disparate cities, cultures and religions along the ’60 degrees north’ line of latitude, the theme of this year’s festival.

defining contemplation as a way of looking inward, that complements rational and irrational thought processes enabling us to make sense of our world and ourselves, the artists consider the relationship between the body and the mind, the conscious and unconscious, and ultimately between the visual and the sonic.


POSTED 02.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

HOUR, a film about contemplation by visual artist Tim Wainwright and composer Chris Letcher, premiered at St Mary Woolnoth on 23rd June as part of the City of London Festival. It will be shown here at the Centre Bookshop until the end of the festival on 24th August.

Using still photographic images, sound and music, Wainwright and Letcher explore the process of contemplation, and how it can be seen to unite and transcend the disparate cities, cultures and religions along the ’60 degrees north’ line of latitude, the theme of this year’s festival.

defining contemplation as a way of looking inward, that complements rational and irrational thought processes enabling us to make sense of our world and ourselves, the artists consider the relationship between the body and the mind, the conscious and unconscious, and ultimately between the visual and the sonic.


POSTED 02.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

Memories of the Epicentre Art Cafe in the 90s

Steve has posted some long lost photos he discovered of the Epicentre Network Arts Cafe event at Greenbelt in the 1990s. It was one of the founding experiences for many of us now in Moot to get an arts cafe thing going. I have looked back with fond memories. Click here to go the photos.

POSTED 26.02.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)