6th in a series of 7 with guest artist Ruth Jones of Holy Hiatus
Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.
These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.
These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.
Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.
Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.
7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.
How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?
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Ruth Jones short biography
Rural places are often the starting point for artist Ruth Jones to create physical or psychological spaces where threshold or liminal experiences can occur for audiences.
Her film installations and events use ritual patterns to draw the viewer into a contemplation of place, presence and the human and inhuman rhythms that influence our experiences of places we inhabit.
Ruth has exhibited widely in the UK, and internationally in Ireland, Poland, USA, Spain and Quebec. Projects include sleepers 2006, film and public art project, Cardigan; Vigil 2009, a video installation about Strumble Head lighthouse, and Chwarel 2010, a video installation exploring the disused quarries at Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.
Ruth also curates Holy Hiatus, an organisation that explores ritual, creativity and community through artists’ projects, film screenings, symposium and workshops. Most recently Holy Hiatus has been collaborating with Joon Dance to create and Gather, a series of outdoor dance workshops, happenings and films.