第12回 高山宙丸のポエムナイト

今月も、詩人高山宙丸がしっとりと朗読します。ライブみたいに、飛んだり跳ねたりしません(笑)。朗読の後に、皆さんと一緒に、詩についての意見や感想を交わしましょう! 詩人として生きる。そのライフワークとして、自宅を開放して始めた、2013年8月の夜と同じ形です。 料理はVegan Pudding & Co. ヘッドシェフ、ヒロによる身体にやさしいビーガン料理。お楽しみに! 「ポエム」 はじまりのうた(その4) Waldeinsamkeit(ヴァルトアインザムカイト) 森のシステム レーズン〜第2章〜 空中庭園 ハイキング...

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Art For The Art-curious

Everyone is asking you to be creative, but you don’t feel very creative. “I need some art in my life,” you think to yourself. But art is kind of incomprehensible, intimidating even. First, if you’re a human being, you *are* creative. Second, you *do* need more art in...

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Becoming Human: Artists’ Solidarity Pilgrimage

Tasai member, Jenny Hawkinson, is making part pilgrimage and part artist residency to Bethlehem, Palestine, March 02-20, 2016. Travelling with documentary photographer, applied anthropologist and contemplative activist Steve Pavey, she will be partnering with the Dar...

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Imagination, Beauty and Art

Fresh off the TED talk presses, from right here in Vancouver. By the way, after you watch this, there’s a building on the north east corner of Hastings and Gore waiting to be re-imagined into something beautiful. I hope the talk is an inspiring reminder that we...

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Really liking WNDFRM’s 12″ preview release for some late evening writing. You might know WNDFRM as Tim Westcott, our Canadian transplanted to Portland friend who made a special trip up to Vancouver to play at Tasai’s “Remembering the Future” group show.

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ONExONE April Edition

Presenter: Meg Middelstedt | Topic: In Defense of Story: Safeguarding Story in a Consumer Society | Meg has worked for the NFB, written for the Tyee, has a Masters of Journalism from UBC, and has produced pieces for the CBC. (And, apparently, all of her professional credits rhyme.)

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Interview with Kato (TOM) Toyonori

Now, Tasai is pretty weird confluence of things: Japan, Canada, art, entrepreneurship and all as a starting place to connect artists all over the world. I was rather excited to find CL is about this same weird confluence of things. Different city, different inflection, but so much the same.

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This sense of belonging and not belonging is lived out by most people through three principal dynamics: first, through relationship to other people and other living things…; second, through work; and third, through an understanding of what it means to be themselves, discrete individuals alive and seemingly separate from everyone and everything else.

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The Three Marriages.

In another wonderfully insightful morsel from Brain Pickings Weekly, Maria Popova makes an important delineation between two kinds of tensions: work/life vs productivity/presence.

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ONExONE March Edition

Artists + Entrepreneurs. Meaningful conversations about stuff that matters to you. March 06, 2015. 19:30-21:30. 1810 Pine Street, Vancouver.

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Part of what it means to be a creative artist is to dive willingly into work that might not work. And the other part, the part that’s just as important, is to openly admit when you’ve gone the wrong direction, and eagerly walk away, even (especially) when it’s personal.

 

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Seth Godin on sunk costs.

Godin’s blog is usually useful and highly recommended, but today applies specifically to creative artists. Check out the rest of the post here.

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Remembering The Future | Tasai Group Show

EXHIBITION OPENING: Thursday, Nov. 27th. 7:00 pm | Performances by: Poem Droids Only / Ben Frost Trio / WNDFRM //// INTERACTIVE ART EXTRAVAGANZA: Friday, Nov. 28th. 7:00pm | poetry / drawing / calligraphy / projection / audio

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What the hell am I doing?

And the truth, deep down, is that we all feel as though we’re just winging it. “I have written 11 books,” said the late Maya Angelou, who was renowned as a novelist, poet, and memoirist, “but each time, I think ‘Uh-oh. They’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.’” Angelou was a remarkable talent, but she was equally remarkable in being willing to admit that she didn’t usually feel that way.

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City Trees

City Trees was originally published in 2003. There’s a lot I’d probably change if I went back to it with an editor’s eye, but I’ll refrain and leave it as it is. It’s a bit obtuse in places, elliptical in others, but overall playful and poetic and I like it’s whimsey.

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Good grief!

I wrote a book about lament, so I might be a bit biased, but I find grief and lament turning up a lot lately as important antidotes to many of the diseases of our modern western culture, not the least of which is a severe deficit of meaning.

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Harmony is to be valued” (和を以て貴しとなす)

Japan is a beautiful country, don’t you think?” he said, beginning his talk. “But it’s not because Japan designs beautiful things. I think it’s because Japan designs harmony amongst those things…“Harmony is to be valued” (和を以て貴しとなす) he said, invoking a phrase from the Seventeen-Article Constitution set forth by Prince Shōtoku in the 7th century.

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Ecologies of Meaning

That’s why, when you scratch under the surface of the shiny happy condo marketing version of Vancouver, you find people who operate within progressive well intentioned organizations that in turn operate within a progressive well intentioned cultural ethos and yet find themselves a jittery jumble of tenuous identities, their days marked with fragmentation, busy-ness, and to a great extent, loneliness.

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A still and graceful peace

With all the bullshit going on in the world right now, the fact that a roomful of adults stood transfixed for even a few moments in this still and graceful peace while beauty unfolded before our very eyes…it just makes me hopeful. Can’t help it. It just does.

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