The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists and The Future / The Wave
The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists and The Future, by Arlene Goldbard, Waterlight Press, 2013, 194 pages, Library of Congress Control Number: 2013937647, ISBN-10 0989166910
The Wave, by Arlene Goldbard, Waterlight Press, 2013, 135 pages, Library of Congress Control Number: 2013937646. ISBN – 10 0989166902
Culture is the matrix of every humane society, the power-source of the imagination, empathy, creativity, and resilience needed to activate our innate capacity for moral grandeur and social healing. Begin to see culture clearly and everything changes from despair to possibility. We know ourselves and each other through music, images, movement, and stories. Thousands of years ago, art aided our survival as a species. Today, culture is the laboratory in which we nurture compassion and discover how to improvise a livable future. And artists are both the stem cells of the body politic, generating myriads of forms of beauty and meaning, and our indicator species for social well-being.
People sense the truth of this, but the guardians of the old order can't yet see it. They keep ignoring what's emerging and trying vainly to solve all our dilemmas with numbers. Corporation Nation is killing us: our social institutions and official understanding no longer fit reality. We are like 20th-century people trying to live in the 19th century.
The antidote to this malady is awareness: face the damage, assess our capacities and talents, envisage the possible, then bring our actions in line with the new reality. The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists and The Future and The Wave by Arlene Goldbard point the way.
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