On Sat, 30 Jan 1999, John Fawcett-Long wrote:
> It occurs to me that in advocating for sustainable agriculture we make
> many of our appeals by values (what is right, just, sustainable, our
> vision, etc.) and by reason (reports, studies, policy analysis, etc.)
> and only occasionally use the arts. On a personal whim I would like to
> explore the possibilities in using the arts to appeal to peoples' core
> beings and their intuition by using photography, music, dance, theater,
> painting, and/or sculpture, etc., to carry a powerful message that
A wonderful idea; this is much needed. We need new forms of music based in
classical and modern tradition that express the heart of sustainable
agriculture: documentary, educational, provocative, lyrical, mystical.
Contented market gardeners, salved by ....
Beethoven's string quartets, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Shoenberg's
Song of the Nightengale, Perotin & Machaud's early music, the music of
Torroba played on the classical guitar by Andres Segovia, and for a real
pick-me-up, a solea por bulerias played by Sabicas......or at dusk a
little cante jondo sung by Vicente Escudero or by Manolo Caracol,
accompanied by Melchor de Marchena
..... would with added vigor labor at soil improvement and crop
production. Lots of new age music, acoustic and electronic is very fine
- great for listening to on tape out in the field.
> results in change. More than once I have thought of ideas of creating
> farmer-oriented art exhibits eventhough I have no experience in that
> field. Can people share with me examples of how the arts have already
> been used effectively and who organized those exhibits and events?
Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, all photographers.
Millet (sp.?) "Toilers of the Field" :-)
Countless old out-of-print volumes with wonderful photographs of market
agriculture in Europe, UK and the USA.
> Should more energy be put into expressing our movement through the arts,
> why or why not? What resources do people recommend to develop these
> kinds of projects? I am willing to compile and share with you the
> responses I get to this inquiry. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Much of this has already been done, you just need to pick up the baton and
move into the 21st century with your work. How about online galleries for
the sound & art of sustainable agriculture? I'd be more than glad to set
this up in a new page here at MetaLab.
> John Fawcett-Long
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