what to expect on the walking tour?
Art is always trying to express a truth.
From my studio, we will walk to the Theosophical Societies Library, 1926, hear about Helena Blavatsky, known as the “ mother of the New Age,“ and her influence on Mondrian and De Stijl, women’s rights and the first wave of feminism and how women galvanised themselves to create a force to achieve their ends, the Diamond neighbourhood, and the living conditions and history of its once mainly Jewish residents. From there, on to the world famous, ‘De Dageraad’, 1923, a “ Gesamtkunstwerk”. Here ideas about socialism and workers rights are directly translated into the architecture creating an immersive environment to live and work in. In 2001, De Dageraad was voted as the most beautiful public housing complex of the Netherlands.
The challenge to us today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change. We do not feel strongly enough that we are part of a global community, part of a larger one. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body and mind. It can make the world “felt’. And this “felt”, feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action. This is the theme of my tour, how can we make the world “felt”?
What I do?
The Dali Lama’s Pajamas is an Art Project which I started as a response to living in the Age of Distraction. What does it mean to “Be Here Now”? What does it mean to “Be Present”? Present to ourselves and present to the world around us. The Dali Lama’s Pajamas are a wearable cocoons, where the body can retreat into itself as if it were performing a ritual. The body can hug herself.
The interconnectedness of all things fascinates me and at the same thing we are so disconnected.
Bless your contradictions, May they be fierce.