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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Report From the Image Arts Conference

This is a report on the conference:

Image Arts Seen from the Perspective of Spiritual Reality

 that took place between the 6th and 9th of August, 2011. This is a distillation of what I experienced and the ideas I have tried to understand.  For what it’s worth, it is  a small window into the time we shared.  It was a beautiful meeting.  Thank you to all who have been, and will be, involved with this event. 

By Andrew Gilligan

In Hudson, New York, beside the river and the trains, sits the Basilica Industria, a vast old factory.  On August fifth, about seventy people came from many parts of the earth to investigate the meaning of Art today.  This is the second year of the conference’s life, put together by members of the Arts Section of the School of Spiritual Science and the community of the Free Columbia art course. The evolution of consciousness in relation to artistic and technological evolution was explored, and the metamorphosis of fear, as well as movement, group collaboration, and new searchings into what it means to be an artist and what the role of art is in these times. The high ceilings of the Basilica and the brick walls played with the echoes of expectation.
The conference, Image Arts Seen from the Perspective of Spiritual Reality, is unique today within the flood of technological innovation, the escapism of mainstream culture, and the dismissal of the reality of the spiritual world.