Alex Grey's Pioneering COSM journal - published nearly 20 years ago featured Kenji Williams and other incredible artists and human beings. The free digital version recently became available for download! COSM Journal of Visionary Culture
“Worldspirit can provide a beacon of hope, an example of what is possible when people collaborate with discipline, focus and maintain a positive vision for the world. To create a harmonious world we need to visualize it, bring it into existence through art, and translate it vividly through creative vision and sound. Worldspirit is an icon for this message and does not end here.” - Kenji Williams
Search for Alex Grey Worldspirit on YouTube to check out the performance.
Featured Art 'Transfigurations' (detail) by Alex Grey
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Joining the roster of some of the most prolific artists, change makers, and thought leaders in the world, I am excited to announce that Evil Twin booking agency will be representing me for speaking engagements and more.
I'm honored to join some of my personal heroes - Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Edward Snowden, Android Jones, Kevin Owocki, Glenn Greenwald, David Satori, Alex Grey, and more.
Lets go Scott and Liz! https://eviltwinbooking.org/speakers/
Covid19 changes Air Traffic
What you see here is a split view of EU air travel. On the left is April 16, 2020 and on the right April, 18 2019. (via ZACH BUSH MD)
It can feel overwhelming to see this macro-visual, doubting that one can change the trajectory of the planet's future. But it's actually quite the opposite.
Every day, you get to choose the 'before' or 'after' photo shown above. You decide to purchase produce from a grocery store or a local farmer (even better, buy into a CSA farm in your town). You decide to drive to work, or bike. You decide if the next piece of clothing you purchase is new or second-hand.
It's ultimately consumers who have the steering wheel. And each of these choices really just come down to caring rather than turning a blind eye. We truly can set up consumerism to put money back into detoxifying and regenerating Mother Nature. It just comes down to making ourselves more accountable.
This global pandemic has forced all of us to sit back and finally give Mother Earth the stage. The virus, in some way, was Mother Nature showing us tangible proof of our capacity to change the future. We can see it with our own eyes; there's no question anymore.
If there's one message we can take from 2020 so far, it's that we can affect change when we choose to. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by @pakaapparel , a women-led small business based in the Andes Mountains, featuring quarantine reflections. Read the full article and view more remarkable comparison imagery: https://blog.pakaapparel.com/
Bella Gaia and the Pedagogical Power of the Overview Effect: An Interview with Kenji Williams
"...By using media to communicate about the environment and creating an immersive environment, Bella Gaia is a form of ecomedia pedagogy that expands people’s consciousness about the state of and value of our environment...."
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CultureNet, a new virtual arts education platform, and BELLA GAIA, the award-winning NASA-powered arts experience, are partnering to share the first digital livestream of the groundbreaking performance in a Virtual Earth Day celebration on April 22 at 5 p.m. EDT. The digital premiere is followed by a live discussion with BELLA GAIA founder Kenji Williams and astronaut Ron Garan, author of “The Orbital Perspective” and the upcoming, “Floating in Darkness.”
As we navigate the current cultural and ecological shifts, BELLA GAIA is turning its canceled shows into a gift for the world to share a new planetary vision of unity for humanity. The family-friendly concert will celebrate the awe and wonder of witnessing the Earth from orbit, guided by the live vocals of BELLA GAIA Ensemble artist Kristin Hoffmann. A special interactive Q&A inviting viewers to share their vision for the future will follow the 20-minute livestream.
“The only way we can get through this crisis is to come together as a functioning planetary community, said astronaut and fighter pilot, Ron Garan. “Once we do that, our unity will enable us to tackle any crisis we face.”
“BELLA GAIA is wonderful and timely in light of the planetary crisis we are facing." - Sting
The event is made possible by CultureNet, BELLA GAIA, and the SINE network.
This past July, Kenji Williams was invited to be an artist in residence at Columbia University's new Groundbreaking Hi-Tech "Movement Lab" at Barnard College. Working with Choreographer Irina Akulenko, Digital Designer Khairul Rahimi, and dancer Allison Costa.
The mission was clear - we needed a way to track the body, real-time, through a layer of scrim that also creates tracker-distorting holograms. The residency tested various ideas to overcome this challenge, testing thermal cameras, and various infrared triggers and cameras. This was an extension of Kenji's previous artist residency at the U. of Colorado Boulder, where the original holographic production was created and presented live. .
Thank you to Movement Lab director Gabri Christa, Guy de Lancey and Georgia Michalovic.
Bella Gaia's newest piece by composer, director Kenji Williams, & Sufi Whirling artist Läle Sayoko:
First performed at the United Palace of Cultural Arts for UNITY EARTH, and again at Miller Outdoor Theatre and many more during our 13 show Spring Tour, Coriolis Engine was added to Bella Gaia's finale section, ending the show with ecstatic power and meaning. Please Share!
Sufi Whirling: Lale Sayoko
Vocals: Kristin Hoffmann
Koto: Yumi Kurosawa
Wind: Premik Russell Tubbs
Composer, Director: Kenji Williams
Tour Management and Curation: Rhiannon Catalyst
Camera: Ben Doyle Runaway Productions
"I mean, that's part of the reason we visit these countries and see this beautiful dance or music, is that humanity has beauty, and we have a creative role in the universe. We're not just cancerous parasites. I do think humanity has a role to play in the evolution of the universe. And we are at a difficult point in the evolution of our species where it is an existential moment for us. So we need to be reminded of this moment, but also of the beauty amid the peril." - Kenji Williams Full Article->