IN RECENT MONTHS, parts of DK have been regrouping on the road, while some of us are in Phnom Penh. We are trying to sketch out the ‘why’ of DK. The purpose, the whole thing. I know we’ve been ‘at it’ since 1994, in various ways and shapes, but now, it’s for real. Why? One reason.
The world needs artists.
Okay, maybe not ‘the world.’ Maybe… humanity. We need artists. Artists see. They see, and they interpret. They share the form of the essence of something, and when it’s good, it’s because that form is something that we can all resonate with; there is resonance because there is some kind of universal… hm. Not ‘truth,’ but… something. Something that we go, ‘Yeah,’ when we see it, and when we see it, we see it with more than just our eyes, we feel it.
Here’s an example. Music. Music does this brilliantly. In Wholeness and the Implicate Order, David Bohm (a physicist I learned about because of his dialogues with J. Krishnamurthi, just google it) talked about music and the universal. I had shared about these conversations in the 2016 series of our online webzine, S P A C E. Proceeds from subscriptions of S P A C E, and our other programmes, make it possible to maintain this blog. (And keep designing, on the road, one step and one designful conversation at a time. Next in the 2017-2018 sequence here in S P A C E, this is the plan: Discovering and including and shining a light on voices that for some reason the mainstream media just ignores. Fortunately, we have a rolodex this time, and a good batch of past programmes that we’ve prototyped, too.)
It’s been wonderful being in Asia for these four years and learning just how very vacant Big Media is, truly, in its overlooking and excluding of so many fantastic voices. I think that is a vision that is coming forth now more strongly in our new programmes and the designs ahead; we want to be more clear about this, more intentional: we want to discover new people and new stories, not just pander to what’s already popular. Because what’s popular isn’t really what’s… well. It’s personal taste, right? But… to me, it’s not interesting. What’s interesting is what we can learn from one another, in real life, when we meet and connect. Which takes showing up, but also curiosity. I believe we still have this… curiosity. About one another.
Synthesis is a kind of art: and this comes from engaging, connecting, and learning from various input sources. That’s the kind of resource-collecting we just have to have more of, now. It takes… work. Going out of the boxes, making it uncomfortable for ourselves because we have to go where we don’t know where we are. Otherwise, stagnation. Boredom. Ennui. Bad art.
We need thinking. We need it to happen when people connect with those whose paths wouldn’t have crossed. So that we can… do things better. More… collaboratively. For dialogue, for sharing. For collaboration. So we have to do something. We have to change it up. This is how.
Making space for connexion
BEEN PONDERING THIS, for a while now. So far, this year, I’ve personally been laying low, taking the time to think things through. Looking mostly inwards, at the things that mattered. To me. It’s relative, isn’t it? Found this out through a series of conversations that led to the ‘Excerpts of Note.’
For a long time this blog was ‘just a blog,’ and to those original inclinations this blog returns. In 2004, our initial tagline was ‘Anything is possible.’ All these years later, it still fits. There were other things that we were trying, ideas we wanted to communicate that were becoming important (to us): making space for uncertainty, our recurring mantra ‘trust the process,’ the new and different call to action in ‘let’s do something, let’s make this better,’ and a pushback on the ‘culture of maybe’ that expressed itself in the programme N. So it yields stuff. When you have a thing that you care about, and it burns inside you, it will find expression. In the way it must. More next Tuesday. I need to really revise the draft of what I had to say about what this is going to look like next, because, it’s important to make sure I tell this to you well. Exclusive to come this coming Tuesday for those who are joining us in S P A C E. —AS