PRESENTATIONS ARE A CHANCE TO RECEIVE COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION BASED ON THE RESEARCH DONE BY THE SPEAKERS AND ARE OFTEN FOLLOWED BY A TIME OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
BEN DE LOENEN
Graduated as Master in Audiovisual Media with his documentary Ibogaine – Rite of Passage (2004), Benjamin gave many lectures and film screenings around the world and dedicated himself to the Ibogaine movement. In 2006 he got interested in Ayahuasca, after which he started observing the psycho-social processes of participants of sessions.
In 2009 the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service was born as a tax-exempt non-profit organization in the Netherlands. Among other activities ICEERS organized the first international public conference held in a health ministry in Barcelona, was involved in the legal support of arrested Ayahuasqueros such as a case in Chile which was documented for Ben’s Ayahuasca documentary project and initiated various campaigns related to the persecution of psychoactive ethnobotanicals and indigenous causes.
The Future of Psychoactive Ethbobotanicals in Contemporary society: Therapeutic Potential, Challenges & Law
Psychoactive Ethnobotanicals have been put to use by indigenous and pre-industrial societies since antiquity on.
Their potential as tools for personal growth and therapy have gained the interest of a rapidly expanding public in contemporary society; traditional or neo-shamanic, religious and therapeutic practices are the most common uses found. Even though most ethnobotanicals with psychoactive properties are not under international control, their popularization has recently been confronted with a wave of prosecution.
At this crucial time for the advancement of the acceptance and integration of these ethnobotanicals in contemporary society, new challenges have arisen…
Charles Eisenstein is the author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. He teaches and speaks worldwide on issues of money, transition, consciousness, and cultural evolution. For a taste of his work, see the short videos The Revolution is Love and Sacred Economics.
The Liminal Village is delighted to welcome Charles Eisenstein to Boom this year. Charles will be offering a Presentation as well as a transformative Workshop for those who wish to become alchemists of the new era (check the Workshops page). Not to be missed!
HUMANITY’S COMING OF AGE (A BOOM FESTIVAL/EVOLVER SALON PRESENTATION)
To many of us, it is obvious that a deeper process is driving the crises of our time. This talk describes the striking parallels between our historical moment and the universal dynamics of the transition into maturity. Drawing from anthropological examples and invoking concepts from technology, ecology, and philosophy, we will explore the Rite of Passage humanity is undergoing and how it echoes in our own lives.
Constance Bettencourt has been participating in Boom Festival as a Clinical Psychologist since 2008. Psychotherapist, member of the Order of the Portuguese Psychologists and one of the founding members of the Portuguese Center of Jungian Studies with 3 other psychologists. Assistant teacher at the C.G. Jung beginners course in Lisbon and Oporto and in accreditation as a Jungian Analyst. She pursues Dream Analysis, Somatic Psychology and the metaphor of Alchemy as guidelines for self-knowledge.
It is the aim of this lecture to address a modern correlation in between some of the classic alchemic stages and our own psychological processes. Through the lens of the Jungian model of the mind, the “transmutation” of the ego “from base into noble matter”, just as endeavored by the old archetypal Alchemist in his “Opus Alchimicum”, is no longer a reality only destined to a few.
Deciphering it is laborious and often painful, but possible, and it is this possibility which will guide the “journey” of this presentation.
Charles Shaw is an award-winning journalist and editor, and the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality. His work has appeared in Alternet, Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Reality Sandwich, and Znet. In 2009, he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism. He lives in Sebastopol, California.
LIVING IN THE EXILE NATION: THE WAR ON CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE PSYCHEDELIC COMMUNITY
Charles takes you on a journey through the history of the War on Consciousness and Cognitive Liberty, more commonly known as the “War on Drugs.” Through an examination of the political agenda behind drug prohibition, we will explore the various mechanisms of social control inherent in the prohibition model.
Also discussed will be the 40+ year war on psychedelic medicine, the recent sea change in opinion regarding decriminalization, the history of drug trafficking, and the experiences of Portugal as a 10-year world leader in decriminalization.
Through Shaw’s own story, chronicled in his memoir, Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality, we examine the archetypal healing journey and the role of psychedelic and shamanic medicines, and the potentials for organization within the Psychedelic and Neotribal communities.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Breaking Open the Head, and Notes from the Edge Times. He is the executive director of Evolver Holdings, executive editor of Evolver Editions publishing, and co-founder of the Evolver Social Movement. He writes a monthly column for Dazed & Confused Magazine. He is featured in 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim.
THE ALCHEMY OF 2012 AND GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION (A BOOM FESTIVAL/EVOLVER SALON PRESENTATION)
It should be obvious to everyone by now that the world is not going to get any less haywire any time soon. Climate change is accelerating. New technologies of control and liberation are proliferating. Civil insurrection is becoming a global phenomenon.
What is our path toward a rapid transmutation of our current civilization toward a truly planetary culture, where symbiosis and cooperation become the norm? What role could shamanism, psychedelics, and psychic experience play in this transformation? How do we as individuals contribute to bring about the world we want to see?
GRAHAM ST. JOHN
Dr Graham St John is an Australian cultural anthropologist and researcher of festivals, trance dance, psyculture & spiritual technologies. His latest book is Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (Sep 2012, Equinox) and he previously published Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (2009). Graham has held Postdoctoral Fellowships in three countries including the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is Executive Editor of the journal Dancecult.
GLOBAL TRIBE: COSMIC ALCHEMY AND TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE GATHERINGS
Drawing on material from his new book Global Tribe, this presentation explores the background to the total solar eclipse as a cosmic and cultural event. Since the mid-1990s, transnational dance and visionary arts gatherings held in remote regions of the planet became sacred sites in which “eclipse chasers” could become immersed in a “total” alignment. Graham will discuss these gatherings and their transfiguring effects in a world of transition.
IRIS LICAN & SARA BAGA
Iris Lican is a performer, dance artist, teacher and researcher specialized in ecstatic ritual female dances from the middle east. She develops an experiential art work, based on the interconnection between body movement, sexuality (Tantra, Tao), Magick, Shamanism and Sufism. The common points of many traditions as a means towards individual creative freedom and collective awareness.
Sara Baga is an artist, researcher, film director and communication designer focused on social and ecological communitary crossed interactions and experiential art. She’s also a earth activist, a permaculture designer and a slow kitchen-blender, exploring the interconnection between intuitive observation and contact-improvisation creation and magick.
ECSTATIC DANCES: THE CONNECTION OF WOMEN AND THE EARTH
This is a presentation, workshop and ritual combined. The first hour consists of an experiential ritual dance practise for women only (punctuality of participants is required), followed by a multimedia presentation about the theme (open to all).
Experiencing the deep connection of Women and Earth, through the body, sexuality, art, magic and an understanding of the social and political shifts of society throughout the ages, both in the eastern and western world, participants will merge into the rich magic of ritual trance dance for women from Sheikhat, of the berbere sahara tribes, and understand how deeply it connects to western pagan practices.
Looking at the importance of voice, sexuality and free movement both in the female body as well as in the social body, we’ll analyze how much our body is the body of Earth, and how our relationship with the earth shifts and gets repressed as we become unable to freely access our inner power through natural body expression. Body freedom is individual freedom and awareness, which develops into social and ecological consciousness in a very natural pattern. This is body Alchemy.
Lucy Legan, the author of Sustainable Schools, Sustainable Solution Series and The Little book of Seeds is passionate about the environment.
A public speaker, and long-time ecologist, Lucia encourages children, educators and individuals alike to motivate people to take actions that will make a sustainable difference.
Lucy has worked in Australia in community development for more than 10 years with Aboriginal communities, women’s groups, young people, and farmers. Since arriving in Brazil in 1997, she has co-founded both Ecocentro IPEC and the Mollison School for Sustainable Studies where she remains as Director.
She has initiated projects in various states of Brazil in the area of sustainability education, community urban gardens, local economy and sustainable events. Her latest passion is the nationwide program “Habitat – Your Sustainable School,” which empowers students, parents, and teachers with the skills to create sustainable habitats in public schools. Lucy received her Master of Education and Science at the University of Deakin in Australia and her Diplomate of Permaculture from the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
Earth as Centre Stage
“We are one” a mantra heard in many languages. But what does this mean in an ecological sense? We know that the world is more than people, resources and an environment to be vaguely protected. However in practice many of us demonstrate otherwise. We continue to lose precious species, cut down forests and cause pollution that spills into the skies. But the sacred energies are arising, and many of us feel that this is the time, the time to deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of the world where there is a fusion between ethics and positive action.
MAGALIE BONNEAU-MARCIL & JOHN QUIGLEY
French Canadian native based in northern California, Magalie Bonneau-Marcil is a healer, a dancing freedom facilitator and a spiritual activist. Her engagement to Dance the World Awake that she brought in the Occupy Movement has made the front page of the Conscious Dancer Magazine (current edition) and the front page of Positive News US. Magalie is an emerging leader in the conscious dance scene in California as she’s bridging dance as medicine and activism.
In 2011, she founded DancingwithoutBorders.org, an initiative focused on producing interactive transformative dances for social change. Magalie has been facilitating dancing freedom journeys at the largest festivals in the US from Burning Man to Earth Dance. She is devoted to igniting the power of collective awakening, celebration and embodied human spirit to accelerate the rise of a conscious future.
Through dance and rituals she invites everyone to rise, to love and to express ourselves fully and authentically.Magalie has a background in life coaching, yoga, ecstatic dance and transformational leadership.
John Quigley, the Founder of Spectral Q, is an internationally known Artist, tree sitter and Producer. His unique mix of human installation and aerial photography brings together communities to create large-scale messages for the common good.
Magalie and John have been collaborating on projects internationally and will be offering this Presentation on the power of art in sacred activism. Magalie will also be leading two Dancing Freedom journeys and a Yoga Trance Dance workshop (see Workshops page).
During an accelerated time of global uprising experiential art is called forth to play a transformative role in activism and consciousness rising. Its medicine is much needed to help us reclaim our collective power, activate the best of who we are, heal in community and share important messages globally.
In this Presentation Magalie and John will share success stories from around the globe and explore a range of creative strategies and approaches to optimize the power of ART for the common good.
Peter Bampton is a Spiritual Teacher of Evolutionary Enlightenment and a 20 year student of Spiritual Master and Cultural Visionary Andrew Cohen. He is also the co-founder of The Awakened Life Project in Central Portugal, a vibrant community dedicated to the evolution of consciousness and culture in communion with the ecological web of Life. He leads monthly silent meditation retreats and currently teaches courses in conscious evolution in Porto and Lisbon.
EVOLUTIONARY ENLIGHTENMENT: ANSWERING THE CALL OF THE COSMOS
Fourteen billion years ago the universe was born in a flash of light and energy, which slowly evolved into matter and then life, then consciousness and culture, and finally you…A human being with the power to self-reflect and to choose.
Have you ever thought about what it means to be living at the very edge of evolution as the cosmos becoming aware of itself? Are you ready to consciously and courageously participate in the process that gave you form?
Realize that “Be Here Now” is no longer enough and discover how you can become an agent of the Evolutionary Impulse and a partner in catalyzing the most exciting cutting-edge cultural emergence on the planet.
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.
His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up studyto Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner.
His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.
PSYCHEDELICS: SCIENCE, MEDICINE, SPIRITUALITY, CELEBRATION AND HARM REDUCTION
Rick Doblin, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (www.maps.org), will discuss MAPS’
He’ll discuss ways that this approach relates to psychedelic harm reduction practiced at Kosmicare and around the world. Founded in 1986, MAPS is a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
MAPS’ primary research initiative is to develop MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PSTD into a legally available option for those to whom conventional medicines provide limited relief. This non-directive therapeutic approach incorporates the principals of psychedelic harm reduction: 1. Create a safe space, 2. Sitting, not guiding, 3. Talk through, not down, and 4. Difficult is not the same as bad.
These principals can also be applied to the careful use of various non-ordinary states of consciousness. Rick will end with a discussion about the various integrated policies that make BOOM the world’s foremost example of psychedelic harm reduction at festivals.
Romio Shrestha was born in Katmandu in Nepal. When he was five years old, two Tibetan Buddhist monks told his parents that he was the seventeenth reincarnation of the master Tibetan painter Arniko, explaining that he would, one day, form his own school of painting.
Preserving and innovating the ancient wisdom and traditional craftsmanship, Romio founded a school in Nepal in 1968 and now into the 21st century he continues to bring the world of Thangka (Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist traditions of enlightenment art) on into the future.
His art can be found in The British Museum, The Victoria Albert Museum, London, American Museum of Natural History New York, National Museum Moscow as well as many private collections around the globe.
AWAKENING THE BODY OF LIGHT
Romio Shrestha considers himself the “monastery dropout” and the “black sheep of organized religion”. The experience of being in charge of a monastery with 5000 monks led him to realize that his life would be lived outside of the monastery walls and at the age of seventeen he announced to his holiness the Dalai Lama “in this lifetime my monastery will have no walls!”
Based on the idea that we all have our own specific karma, Romio believes that each one of us needs to find her/his own path…
Romio sees the divine in every person he meets and through his mesmerizing Thangka paintings he hopes to ignite the spiritual spark that exists in each and every person. We are all divine beings but we have forgotten it and Romio’s life mission is to help us remember.
Romio’s words will be illustrated by the projection of some of his art.
Romio will also be leading a ceremony for awakening the divine within on the full moon night…
We are truly blessed to have the presence of Romio Shrestha in this edition of Boom Festival and we welcome him wholeheartedly to our monastery with no walls!
Svea Nielsen & Maria Carvalho
Svea Nielsen is a trained psychologist with a master in ethnopsychiatry. She has always been interested in promoting health and awareness, and since she joined the psychedelic tribe has also been focusing on the benefits of psychedelics for therapeutic use. After setting up small « safe spaces » in Swiss festivals she joined Boom and the Kosmicare team in 2006. She is now part of the editing team for the Manual Of Psychedelic Support, an international project that gathers the knowledge and experience of more than 40 experts from around the world, including medical doctors, psychologists, therapists, artists and more.
Maria Carvalho is a psychologist, MSc and researcher in the drug field, that lectures at a Portuguese university and is finishing a Phd about psychoative substance use in recreational settings from an environmental psychology perspective. She has published a number of papers and books in Portugal on the topics of problematic and recreational drug use. In 2008 she joined the Kosmicare team for the first time, and in 2010 she coordinated a number of research projects that aim to evaluate Kosmicare’s intervention model, so contributing to transform it in an evidence-based crisis intervention approach to health promotion and prevention in recreational settings such as Boom. She is the Area Manager for Boom’s Kosmicare in 2012.
The Manual of Psychedelic Support: A Guide to Running Care Services at Music Festivals and Other Events
Large cultural events such as the Boom Festival can benefit from the implementation of a « safe space » where people can go incase of a difficult emotional or psychological experience. These challenging states of being can be triggered by a multitude of things, ranging from loneliness and exhaustion to the consumption of psychoactive substances. Since 2002, the Boom Festival has hosted psychedelic support services and the project was given the name Kosmicare in 2008. Approximately 40 volunteers are devoted to helping others, to educate about the potential use of psyhedelics for therapeutic purposes and to give information on drugs.
This presentation will be divided into 3 parts, leaving room for the audience’s feedback, since the essence of Kosmicare is in all of us. Maria Carvalho, area manager of Kosmicare 2012, will talk about how the project is implemented now in Boom and give some results of the research made in Boom 2010. A member of the Nightlife Empowerment & Well-being Implementation Project (NEWIP), partner of Kosmicare, will talk about the drug-testing and their mission of health promotion in recreational settings. Svea Nielsen, working for Kosmicare since 2006, will talk about how an international group of therapists, artists and authors – all experienced psychonauts – have compiled a Manual Of Psychedelic Support (MOPS).
This Manual covers subjects such as : the history of psychedelic care services, how to select and train a team, useful complementary therapies and case studies.
For more info on the Kosmicare adventure, take a look at this article:
Antonio Ovalle Tubac is one of the most respected spiritual guides of Guatemala. A descendant of the Maya Kaquiquel, he participates in gatherings such as the Indigenous People’s Meeting (Bolivia) and the Condor Eagle gathering, during which he performs curas and cleansings of spiritual maladies and carries the message of the Mayan elders with regards to the current state of planet earth.
THE MESSAGE OF THE MAYAN ELDERS
Tata Antonio will bring us his knowledge & wisdom about themes such as the 20 Mayan sacred seals, Mayan culture, Mayan medicine, the Mayan perspective on global warming, Mayan rituals and the 2012 oxlajuj baktun.
Tata Antonio will lead a full moon Mayan ceremony at the Healing Area (full moon night/August 2nd) and his Presentation & Ceremony at the Liminal Village will be on the last day of the program (3rd August).
Tata Antonio is one of our most special guests at this edition of Boom Festival and we are honoured to have amongst us a direct Mayan descendant bringing us the real Mayan perspective on The Great Turn.
Spanish with English translation.
THE ARTFUSION EXPERIMENT
Filip Leu is one of today’s best and most sought after tattoo artists. He specializes in original full-body designs, which he creates for the individual person.
Born in 1967 Filip grew up “on the road” in Europe and Asia. Filip’s parents, Felix & Loretta Leu, were both artists who went into tattooing and who, together with Filip, created “The Leu Family’s Family Iron” in 1982. His psychedelic/surrealist paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries as well as in the Oakland Art Museum in California, the Palazzo Ducale in Genova, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, the Festival of Visionary Arts, Sedan, France and Alex Grey’s Microcosm in New York.
Titine Leu was born in Switzerland in 1968. She grew up in her family’s circle of writers, actors, musicians and artists. In 1988 she met and began traveling with the love of her life, Filip Leu. Titine’s work has become primarily well known through her series of paintings, Hommage aux Icônes du Tatouage, portraits of famous tattooed people from the early to mid 1900’s. She is currently working on a new series that is dedicated to woman and nature. Titine’s paintings have been shown in numerous galleries as well as in the Oakland Art Museum in California, the Palazzo Ducale in Genova, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris, the Festival of Visionary Arts in Sedan, France, the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris and Alex Grey’s Microcosm in New York.
Aia Leu is a Swiss artist who lives and works in Ireland. Born in 1971 in Formentera, Spain, as a child she lived a nomadic life with her adventurous hippie family traveling throughout Europe and Asia. She has exhibited her poetic, naturalistic work for over 13 years in numerous Irish galleries, notably: Anam Cré, Bluestone, Kenmare Art, Deenagh Lodge, Kenmare Arts Festival, Carnegie Arts Centre, Mill Cove. She has an upcoming exhibition in the Carnegie Arts Centre in Sept. 2012
Collaborative painting is not a new idea. Many artists have enjoyed the experience of working together on a canvas at times.
The ArtFusion Experiment, however, was an idea born in the tattoo world in 2001.
Created by Paul Booth, Filip & Titine Leu, it has been a popular public performance ever since. It’s main objective was initially to demonstrate the fact that many tattoo artists are first and foremost fine artists.
It gives viewers a chance to see the interesting evolution of a joint creation on canvas. During the process the participating artists become each other’s teachers and students at the same time, joining their individual artistic energies to produce a unified final work of art.
Filip and Titine, joined by other artists, have presented the ArtFusion Experiment at events world wide, notably at the Palazzo Ducale, Genova, the National Arts Club, New York, the HR Giger Museum, Switzerland and visionary artist Alex Grey’s Microcosm Gallery, New York.
This year’s ArtFusion Experiment performance at Boom will be accompanied by Ajja S.F. Leu’s live music.
THE FIRE OF PEACE
Mother of five and grandmother, Pilar is the guardian of the mountain hermit of San Miguel in Spain from where she irradiates healing and awareness towards all beings. She has inherited the ancient lineage of sacred feminine medicine and has been trained by and collaborated with the wise Amazonian grandmothers of the CAMINO ROJO (Red Path). She is the guardian of the mother circle of the ARBOLEDA DE GAIA since its beginning. She is a member of the Santo Daime Church, sundancer and holder of the holy pipe. She has worked with SAGRADO TEMAZCAL for many years. She is the guardian of the WOMEN’S FIRE and she is a member of the MUJERES EN PIE DE PAZ (Women for Peace) movement.
MARIANNA GARCÍA LEGAR
Since 1993 she has been promoting the awakening of the sacred feminine consciousness and women circles in combination with the Full Moon. In 2002 she created the sisterhood ARBOLEDA DE GAIA, a not-for-profit association working for the healing of the sacred feminine in the world. She is the editor of a monthly gazette with inspirational material for women’s circles. Since 1998 she leads initiatic pilgrimages for women on the route of Mary Magdalen, Glastonbury and Euskal Herría. In 2008 she brought the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE 13 INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS to Europe, working in service for it since then. She has created the FIRE OF WOMEN and is a member of the management circle of the MUJERES EN PIE DE PAZ (Women for Peace).
THE FIRE OF PEACE: THE RETURN OF THE SACRED FEMININE
The Fire of Peace was lit for the first time in 1986, the International Year of Peace, by a Hopi Chief, in front of the United Nations in New York. For the Hopi tradition all the signs indicate that this act was the completion of a Hopi Prophecy, announcing the beginning of a millennia of peace in the world.
The fire then travelled through 62 countries and when it went back to the Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico it arrived with incredible stories revealing the alchemical power of transmutation brought by the fire.
In 2004 the fire was brought to the Iroquois land to preside over the creation of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/) who then brought it to Spain in 2008, to the Arboleda De Gaia community (http://www.arboledadegaia.es/) for the healing of the feminine energy on the planet and to alleviate the consequences of climate change on the Iberian peninsula.
The FIRE OF PEACE in 2012 is consecrated to the return of the Sacred Feminine and the healing of the masculine energy. The flame is dedicated to all men, to awaken their consciousness of peace and unity and to abandon the power of destruction to manifest the power of love. The flame is also dedicated to the healing of the masculine archetypes, which live in the subconscious of all women, for them to learn to educate boys to be loving and caring men and to heal the relationship between the genders.
Join Pilar Vergés and Marianna García Legar from Arboleda de Gaia, the guardians of the fire in the Iberian Peninsula, for a talk and ceremony, after lighting this fire for the first time in Portugal at the opening ceremony of Boom Festival 2012!
Spanish with English translation.
“Around the fire we gather the tribe in a ceremony where we will forge the necessary strength to heal our Mother Earth and dream of a future of peace, sustainability and love.”
The Teafaerie writes stories, poems, movies, plays and essays, makes videos, organizes flash mobs, and is one of the founders of Prometheatrics, a big cool Esplanade camp at Burning Man. At various times she has been a writer, nanny, actress, flow arts teacher, childbirth doula, homeless person, aid worker, live-action storyteller, toy inventor, street performer, and party promoter.
Her column Teatime! Psychedelic Musings From The Center of the Universe appears monthly on the excellent psychoactive information site Erowid.org, and she also contributes to its subscription magazine, Erowid Extracts.
They Can’t Stop Us: Collaborative Art and the Politics of Radical Participation
Emerging technologies have made it possible for strangers to create amazing art together. They also help us to collaborate on political demonstrations. What’s going to happen as we all become more densely hyperconnected? The smartphone revolution has made it easy to organize all sorts of massively multiplayer collaborative actions in real time, which means that the people will be running the show from now on.
Velcrow Ripper is an award-winning filmmaker with dozens of films and videos under his belt, including Scared Sacred, winner of the 2005 Genie (Canada’s Oscar) for best feature documentary, and Special Jury Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ripper’s latest film is Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. This award winning feature doc’s message of hope and change is delivered via magnificent visuals. He is currently completing “Occupy Love” a feature documentary, which chronicles the heart of the global revolution of compassion in action.
LOVE IN A TIME OF CRISIS: TRANSFORMING BREAKDOWNS INTO BREAKTHROUGHS
It is a time of unprecedented global crisis, as economies collapse and ecologies approach a dangerous tipping point. Clearly the dominant system is no longer working. How can we transform the breakdowns of today into breakthroughs? How can we participate in and help foster the much needed evolutionary leap to the extraordinary world that we know in our hearts is possible?
Visionary Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper has spent the last ten years creating the “Fierce Love Trilogy” which has brought him on a journey from the ground zero’s of the world to the places of great collective change. From Hiroshima to Afghanistan, From Tahrir Square to Plaza del Sol to Occupy Wall Street, he has developed a deep understanding of the heart of the times.
In this dialogue he connects the dots of the great historical currents of this astonishing era of transformation and turmoil, exploring his firsthand revelation that love is the movement. A deep evolutionary perspective on the meaning of love, spirituality and crisis in the year 2012.
This talk will finish with an introduction to the film “The Evolution is Love”, an anthology created by the crew from Fierce Love Films (Velcrow Ripper, Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie) and the first Paradigms Films screening of this evening.