Steps to an Ecology of Art, or A Short Walk to Complexity « Magazin Cultura21

15.07.2010 | Arts and Sciences for Sustainability

Steps to an Ecology of Art, or A Short Walk to Complexity

How is walking an ecological practice? Walking can make us perceptive and open us up to an ecopraxis, attentive to the complex patterns of life. By David Haley, Manchester (UK)

The walk will attempt to Walk the Talk to Many Futures by Making Time a Matter of Urgency. It is a workshop event for Cultura21’s first Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The walk itself will be quite short – about two and a half hours on a mid-August morning, so the distance will be quite short too. However, this brief stroll in the Balkan foothills may for some become a moment of epiphany, a paradigm shift, or a quiet confirmation of what Francisco Varela refers to as ‘mindfulness/awareness’ in his book The Embodied Mind. David Bohm offers the process of dialogue as a similar experience:

‘Because the nature of Dialogue is exploratory, its meaning and its methods continue to unfold. No firm rules can be laid down for conducting a Dialogue because its essence is learning – not as the result of consuming a body of information or doctrine imparted by an authority, nor as a means of examining or criticizing a particular theory or programme, but rather as part of an unfolding process of creative participation between peers.’

Read the full article at : – http://magazin.cultura21.de/piazza/english/steps-to-an-ecology-of-art-or-a-sh…

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