PRAXIS MANIFESTO

Praxis definition:

1 : action:  exercise or practice of an art, science, or skill 

2 :  practical application of a philosophy

 

Praxis is a creative exploration, a free play of ideas and their relation to lived experience. Through long form new media, herein you will find contemporary re-evaluations of philosophy, art, martial arts, film making and method acting. 

The goal is not an assertion of an ideology but explorations of many ideologies and their convex. Each moment in time provides us with a unique opportunity, an opportunity to look at the world differently. The goal is that in these meditations you may obtain a means to advance your own personal vision. 

Placing value on the human experience regardless of station, is a priority towards this goal. You may or may not be entitled to property, but no matter who or where you are, you are entitled to expand your consciousness, in this way you can surpass the dominant culture. In doing so, you may find that breaking down the values that have been imposed upon you by others, that you have much more available to you than you had initially realized. 

You are also entitled, no matter who you are, to acquire a skill. My particular focus in the acquisition of skills, is interdisciplinary yet they all relate to the arts, performance, writing, philosophy, martial arts, method acting and film making. The attainment of these skills, can have implications to your personal life which stretch far beyond commerce. The arts, in this way are a means towards transcendence. The arts grant us permission, that we may accept at any time, to take immense pleasure in our existence. Amazingly, unlike drugs, this pleasure only enriches us over time, and like an artistic muscle, grows stronger. 

I will explore the ideas in this blog through 'long for new media', as the cyber revolution presented us with a schizophrenic consciousness, and the disparate ADD emotional life that social media creates. The post cyber revolution provides us with oppurtunities for something very different. As the film industry is experiencing, the modes of distribution have changed, (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, Youtube and the like) but the modes of production have yet to catch up, to meet the full potential of new media.

Let us remember the fallen philosophers of the 20th Century as we enjoy the utopia of the post cyber revolution. Angelus Novus:

" A Klee painting named "Angelus Novus" shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.” from “The Philosophy Of History” by Walter Benjamin. 

 

Praxis is an exploration of the Giants on whose shoulders we now stand, looking out at the horizon of 2015. A testing of the great ideas that preceded us, some of which may have been brushed under the carpet for political reasons of the time of their inception, which now bare fruit for the contemporary artist. Dusty books that buzz with energy and potential hidden away in the corners of archives, can now be updated into the medium of our age and put to use. Artists and collaborators will take risk in these pages, experimentation will take us through the dark jungles of the unknown in pursuit of the most exotic treasure of all; an ever expanding consciousness.

Never was there more potential to communicate in our globalized civilization, never was the act of communication such a competitive pursuit. Yet we live on the tip of history's leaking pen with each touch to paper we influence the direction of the ink, present in this moment holds great potential for the manifestation of new ideas, through praxis, with each word written, each brush stroke, each sweep of the camera, each emotional moment behind the eyes of the performer, we enact a page in the history of our age.

In pursuit of an evolving self which like a rock in a stream bounces off the obstructions in its wake, never becoming lodged at any given point for too long, we may find it opens up to a river, leaving the passive behind at its bank, as they stare out at what has now surged into an ocean.