Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Architect's Brother

I love this photographer/sculptor/artist. His work is breathtaking.
Robert ParkeHarrison collaborates with his wife, Shana, on the conception and execution of complex images that combine performance, sculpture, photography, and painting. Their innovative approach to picture making draws upon their use of paper negatives and collage to construct stories of loss and struggle amid landscapes scarred by technology and over-use.
At the heart of these pictorial tales is a lone individual—ParkeHarrison himself as “Everyman”—engaged in Herculean struggles with nature and artifice. The mythic world he creates mirrors our world, where nature is domesticated and controlled. In actions that are both humorously metaphorical and lyrically poetic, ParkeHarrison constructs beguiling stories that make us consider what we have done or are doing to our earth.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fridays at 11 - Talking about Virginia Tech

Shendandoah University students in their weekly roundtable talk about the fallout from the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. See it now on YouTube:

Monday, April 23, 2007

Grad School for Conflict Transformation

In an effort to give an academic grounding to my move to take my films to a public setting for dialogue and reconciliation, I am off to grad school for a seminar class this summer and a full time quest in the fall for my Masters in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. This is an emerging field of study - keying off of the justice and peacebuilding that went on in South Africa after apartheid.

Here is a blurb about the Masters Program:
The mission of the Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation is to promote reflective practice by providing value-based, applied education in conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, mediation and related applied fields.

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), formerly the Conflict Transformation Program (CTP), was founded to further the personal and professional development of individuals as peacebuilders and to strengthen the peacebuilding capacities of the institutions they serve. The program is committed to supporting conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts at all levels of society in situation of complex, protracted, violent, or potentially violent, social conflict in the United States and abroad.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fridays at 11/ SU Students on YouTube

Today on YouTube - the premiere of Fridays at 11 - the new weekly SU student-produced show on hot topics of the day. I am serving as their staff advisor. The first show features discussion about shock jock Don Imus being fired from his programs for insulting remarks/racial slurs he made against the Rutgers women's basketball team. What a cool, interesting, thoughtful group of students. Lacey Rollins and Raul Hasbun took the lead in making this happen.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Sculptor on YouTube - The Point

Clarke County stone carver Malcolm Harlow was a journeyman at the National Cathedral for 7 years in the mid-1970's. We talk with him on SUTV's The Point about his craft, the past and the future of his trade and his "crazy place".

Click on this YouTube link to watch this 9 minute segment.
And this is Malcolm's bio on the Stone Carver's guild website:
Malcolm's Personal Statement:"I like the sting of that chip of stone against my cheek."

Monday, April 02, 2007

Dance about Race - SU Dance Ensemble

Shenandoah Universty Dance Ensemble rehearses for a piece called Race - inspired by my documentary short Wit, Will and Walls; the Betty Kilby Fisher story. The dance premiered this weekend and we intend to take it on the road with the film. Very talented SU Professor Ting-Yu Chen was the choreographer - along with the dancers.

And Ting-Yu's personal site Flying Lions Dance Company: