Monday, June 08, 2009

HOME - A Date With The Planet

"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect."
-Chief Seattle, 1854

After ALL this... The spirits of the innumerable deceased Native Americans must be thinking that the civilized settlers are finally understanding what they were talking about.

The industrial revolution said "Let's dig a huge ditch and build a bridge over it, so we can finally walk across!"

The artist has always carried the responsibility, weather known or unknown to them, of externalizing the meeting place where the hard world of matter flirts with the soft world of the soul. Our understanding of the world, our pace of learning, and our pace of living move faster and faster, so fast that the speed of sound can be left behind with the singer. Our knowledge is deep enough to know that these words painted on your screen are simply dances of light. And the only thing we can say for certain is that we're perceiving them.

In today's world scientific introspection is breaking down the illusions of matter. The scientist, through the course of history has, rightly or wrongly, been labeled as someone with hard and crude views of life. The scientist increasingly finds himself sewn together with the artist. The closer or the more distant he or she peers the more artistic scientists need to be in their approach. In turn artists have had their own stigmas throughout history. They are crazy! They cut off their ears and send them to chicks. They drown in their own vomit. They have unprotected sex. etc... But, today's artists are more responsible than that and find themselves faced in the same predicament. The more the artist perfects his craft the more he or she finds a "science", or method to their madness.

In these modern times the artist employs more tools born out of science than ever before such as computers, lights, and sound systems. Although the medium an artist employs is not the art itself (Who can say what art is, or isn't anyway?) the artist increasingly finds him or herself interdependent with science, usually in the form of technology.
(My only complaint about this is the f**king Auto-tune! Ugh! ... If you don't recognize, you're in a lot of trouble if you ask me.)

Lets do away with the "Mad Scientist" view of genius, and lets make benevolence, and philanthropy prerequisites in order to deem someone or something "genius". Now... This documentary "HOME" is F**KING GENIUS! And it's a story of all of the above, Art, Genius, Madness, and the illusions we've been living by, regardless of what you do.

Direct link to movie: HOME
Film-makers website:

"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being." -Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Direct link to movie: HOME
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