ARTS & LITERATURE

Robert Lax: A Life Slowly Lived

Robert Hirschfield on the contemplative practice of a remarkable 20th-century poet/mystic.

“For Lax, there was no seam between walking, praying, writing. All experiences were to be fully absorbed, integrated into a life fully lived.”

 

Connecting with the Unseen World

Kira Perov, wife and long-term collaborator of the video artist Bill Viola, talks to Jane Carroll about the ideas and experiences which inspire their work

“These video works give us the gift of time. They give the viewer time to spend with these images, to move from our physical ‘real’ world to a metaphysical one.”

Calligraphy – A Sacred Tradition

Distinguished calligrapher Ann Hechle talks about her lifelong quest to understand the underlying unity of the world

“As I grapple with putting letters, words and drawings together, I am using strategies that belong to a much bigger and grander world, which are part of universal law.”

Bewildered by Love and Longing

Michael Sells and Simone Fattal talk about a new translation of Ibn ‘Arabi’s famous cycle of love poems Translation of Desires

“For Ibn ‘Arabi longing or desire is a cosmic force. It goes beyond all boundaries, and it is the closest taste of the infinite that people can have in their own experience.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Mark Boston reflects on painting the film Loving Vincent

“The entire movement of the world sometimes seems an endless, elaborately painted masterpiece, with every moment in a slightly different configuration from the last.”

Painting and the Contemplative Life

Artist and psychotherapist Benet Haughton talks about the spiritual vision that underpins his life and work

“Something has to come through that I haven’t seen before, that is transformative, so that I’m surprised, genuinely surprised, by it.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture.

A ‘Quite Interesting’ Approach to Education

John Lloyd talks to Jane Clark and Hilary Papworth about the philosophy behind the QI project

“Nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems. Everything has an underside – something hidden deep inside it which is completely astonishing.”

Narratives for a Unified World

Andrew Singer talks about the vision behind the literary journal Trafika Europe

“Regardless of the political and economic uncertainty, there is a cultural continuity and a unity to Europe that already stretches back hundreds of years.”

An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call ‘love’ is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France

“The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

A Thing of Beauty…

Barbara Vellacott contemplates the indescribability of beauty in Dante’s Paradiso

“Beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.”

Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

A Thing of Beauty…

James Turrell’s Berlin Installation

“Here the invitation is to something less cosmic, more personal.”

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Nicola Simpson on Dom Sylvester Houédard

“How do we hear the inaudible sound of dust falling?”

A Thing of Beauty…

Chagall’s Peace Window

“Unity is not achievable when it is conceived as merely bringing together a collection of parts. It requires a more comprehensive vision.”

The Field of Light

Bruce Munro’s New Work

“I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like a dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls.”

The Red Sail

Katharine Tiernan

“All about him the sea stretches away to the mauve edge of the horizon. The strangeness of it empties his soul.”

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