Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Laura Summer Reports on Free Columbia Study Sessions


On June 14, in preparation for the August conference a small group of people participated in an afternoon study of “ The Heart-Sun-Space and the Christ-Michael Language of the Visual Arts” by Ursula Gruber. Here Ursula speaks about art’s role in the tending and development of the middle sphere that arises out of the twofold penetration of the spiritual and physical worlds. We discussed our own relationships to this way of thinking about art, how we work with it and whether the article was stating experiences or defining criteria.

As further investigation into the qualities of artistic experiences we decided next to study Joseph Beuy’s conversation with Volker Harlan, “What is Art”. We will all read this and prepare a short section that was significant to us. We will study together again on Monday August 1 at 2pm. This is the day before we will hang the exhibit on the Metamorphosis of Fear. That show will open on Thursday, August 4 at 5pm at the Basilica Industria, 110 Front Street, Hudson NY.

Image Arts ... Conference August 5


Posted on Facebook by NickShiver Pomeroy; re-posted with his permission


Time:  Begins  Friday,  August 5 at 1:00 pm; ends  Monday, August 8 at 1:00 pm

Location:  Basilica Industria, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY  12534

In August 2010, in Hudson, NY, a conference took place called “The Search for Humanity in Contemporary Art.”  This conference, which sprouted out of the soil of the art section of the school for spiritual science, consisted in a struggle to bring postmodern art and art theory into a new light by seeing it in relationship to spiritual science, and likewise to see anthroposophy in its relationship to postmodernism. This was attempted in many ways. Of course, only the smallest beginning could be made. A group of around 50 people, mostly artists, gathered together to try this. You can get an impression of the activities, exhibits, research and events of last summer by going to:   http://www.freecolumbia.org/report.php

During August 5, 6 and 7 of 2011 another gathering will take place in Hudson, NY. It has grown out of last summer’s gathering.  Our focus has become more specific: Image Arts from the Perspective of Spiritual Reality. The relationships between painting, photography and cinema, and the greater effect technological reproduction (particularly of artwork) has had on the world and culture, have been central themes for artists over the last decades. Striving to achieve clarity in these relationships out of a spiritual understanding of reality is a task left to those working with spiritual science. 
The conference will include presentations by Nathaniel Williams, Johanna Berger, Faye Shapiro, Simeon Amstutz, Laura Summer and Larry Young. This year the format will be different,  with short presentations and conversation in the morning, artistic workshops in the afternoons and artistic presentation and conversation in the evening.  Cost of the conference will be by suggested donation: $120-200 sliding scale.

A group of artists is also preparing an exhibit to take place parallel to the conference. The theme of the exhibit is The Metamorphosis of Fear. As you will see below, this work can be seen as a preparatory step.

As we continue to look forward, a larger gathering in the near future is coming into sight which will take all this work and tie it together. Rudolf Steiner indicated, in conversations with an artist named Jan Stuten, that a new kind of marionette theater needed to be developed to act against the harmful effects cinema had on the human being. A century has now passed since they worked together on initial plans and sketches for this, but the project never reached maturity. 
This was to be a new art, for the small stage, of moving light. Rudolf Steiner saw that in cinema the highest form that could be achieved would be animation. His idea for a renewal of puppetry would be related to what we know as animation, only guided and performed by human beings. Rudolf Steiner suggested that the first piece he and Stuten could create for this stage, might be called The Metamorphosis of Fear. 
This summer we are creating an initial exhibit on the theme of the metamorphosis of fear and exploring the arts of painting, photography and cinema in a conference. Hopefully during the summer of 2012 or 2013 we can bring all this work together to see if we can take another step.

If you would like to join us this summer, or would like to learn more you may contact :

Nathaniel Williams      nafanyel79@gmail.com   518-672-4090

Laura Summer     laurasummer@taconic.net   518-672-7302