FREEDOM-BEINGS

A space to explore, creatively, a transdisciplinary vision of an ecologically sustainable human society.

“Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and inform our lives.”

Joseph Beuys

Why freedom-beings?

The crises and challenges we face “outside” are interlinked with the those that are present in our “inner” perspectives, and the values and habits that have created them. Both material and non-material forces – such as values, attitudes and decisions – have, and still, shape the world as it is. 

Recognizing that, we can see that

Another world is TRULY possible

and however great the task might seem, we can, and must, awake as creative ecological citizens.

6 PRINCIPLEs

Dialogue

a creative act of being human for which listening is the basic skill

Compassion

an indispensable human quality to recognize the human complexity

Openness

and respect to others is necessary for a sustainable future for humanity

Presence

a capacity to stay with and connect that which is more essential

Intuition

an awareness of things as they are, beyond the filter of conception

Community

an ability to co-create collectively which is the base of human wealth

Why Social Arts?

Learners and change makers must be literate in the social arts and aesthetic practices. The knowing-doing gap is the disconnect between head and hand. So what is the gateway to overcoming that gap? Activating the heart. Activating the senses. Learners must be literate in “aesthetics” in its original meaning: aistesis — to sense. We must cultivate all of our senses.

Otto Scharmer

Senior lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute

Feminine principle is all about empty, open, agendaless time and space. This approach asks us to trust that human beings individually and collectively have wisdom. In fact, we could say that people have all the wisdom they need to solve the world’s problems. As change agents we therefore create situations in which this wisdom naturally comes forth

Arawana Hayashi

Choreographer and co-founder of the Presencing Institute

QUESTIONS

A space which converges fundamental thoughts, principles and intuitions that come from different cultural and disciplinary contexts. It is informed by an expanded conception of art, which lives both within and outside the art sphere.

It connects artists, students, professionals, projects, members of the public and researchers from across various practices. Offering an opportunity for dialogue among practitioners, and trans-disciplinary research of practices. Contributing to a creative, social, ecological, educational and ethical, ego awareness to eco-awareness, societal transformation.

To make a visible embodied experience as a collective sensemaking process. 

To observe inner and external change dynamics, to inspire generative social fields.

To create art as an “instrument of consciousness” rather than “object of attention”.

To experiment with the creation of new meanings to prototype an emerging future.

To co-create a vision which contributes to the expansion of awareness of social change.

To make a personal and social transformation as an ethical and aesthetic work of art.

To make the process of change visible through narratives, audio, video, meta-video

Activities could includes concept development, planning, production, application, methods of reflection and artistic products.

Doing together: Practice-exercises, movement.

Production: photos, films, artefacts, performances, embodied prototypes, experiments, models, models, sketches, etc.

communicating: write, record, tell stories, books, etc.

a place of questions; connecting inner and outer work; highlighting imagination in trans-formative social processes and the emergence of alternative ways of thinking; Perceiving interrelationships, connecting theory and practice to allow for greater understanding; Participation, dialogue and collaboration.

Why should I join?

As agents of change, we connect theory with practice, thought with action. In a trans-formative process in which intuition, reason and imagination are all modes of “thinking”, of equal value.

Since we are shaped and influenced by the conditions in which we live, where freedom is located, how it occurs and achieved, are key questions to explore for us to understand human ecosystems. Our sense of freedom is equally about what is happening “out there” as what is happening “in here”.