"Performance" is story and communicates with words or without, with photos and images, movement and art... it is often where the human first encounters the mirror of self reflection and the glint of (Aha!) possibility. The arts can paint both the horror and beauty of the human condition and make us Think! (capital T.) It inspires some things and expires others. The canvas of human imagination, this table rasa of potential and raw material of human evolution grows the psyche, breathes inspiration and creates the collective future earth narrative. We are, after all, what we imagine ourselves to be and what we make of ourselves and our ecosystems.
The current ecosystem supports bullying and does it in ways that we don't even imagine because they are so acculturated as to have become invisible to us. But they are there-- like background noise that we no longer hear because it is such a constant low drone. We are infected with a virus-- epidemic and pandemic and while we have identified the illness that the virus causes (despair, overwhelm, cynicism, intractable fatigue, adult and horribly-- youth suicide,) we haven't quarantined the virus nor found its true cause. Time to get into the lab and take a look under the microscopic eye of honest and fearless scrutiny. Here's how...
The tide of bullying has swept the earth like a great flood while we, like Noah, helplessly cling to our personal craft, violently reeling while watching the Tsunami size of the problem drown human dignity. We assign blame elsewhere instead of examining our own violence and our complicity with the ecosystem we are all swimming in.
Yes the possibilities are unfortunately endless but fortunately for us-- they are now under our lens! There is beauty in that horror for it highlights the shadow thereby summoning the best of us and what we may call forth from the internal and deep well of the bright shadow of the brilliant Self.
If you would like to look at the "Words and Violence" compendium, email me. We publish the next edition just before the fall semester. Submission are welcome-- send us a proposal. If you have something to contribute, we would like to hear from you.
You may find the Program "Words and Violence" Here
and in the addendum a list of Writers, Designers and Contributors